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October 24, 2019

Win 2 Durable Snow Peak Special Edition 60th Anniversary Mugs

first_img 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States 1. Snow Peak founder Yukio Yamai. 2. The brand initially focused on mountain climbing gear. 6 Biggest Ski Gear Innovations to Look Forward to in Winter 2020 Editors’ Recommendations You Should Read Patagonia Founder Yvon Chouinard’s Guide to Life I believe in Snow Peak gear because I have used the stuff on glaciers, in rainforests, and in cozy car campsites. It has never let me down because the stuff is superlatively well made. The Japan-based company’s commitment to quality started way back in 1958, the year a diehard mountain climber named Yukio Yamai decided he needed better gear than he could buy, so he would just have to make it himself.The company that would come to be called Snow Peak started off making gear for serious mountaineers, most notable the pitons used in rock climbing and crampons used for safe navigation over snow and ice. The precise engineering and quality materials that went into every item Yamai’s company produced led to rapid growth in the early 1960s, and soon the company was mass producing high-quality climbing gear for an ever-expanding group of outdoor enthusiasts, both within Japan and abroad.Snow Peak CEO and president Torhu Yamai. Snow PeakAs explained to me by Snow Peak USA’s brand engagement manager, Michael Andersen, Snow Peak added multiple new products to their lineup in the 1980s: “[Snow Peak founder] Yukio’s son, Torhu, entered the picture and helped pivot Snow Peak from an outdoor climbing brand to the quintessential car-camping brand it’s known as today. As the current CEO and president, Torhu Yamai revolutionized the camping industry in Japan through his recognition of a shift in people’s interests. Auto-camping was the future, and Tohru seized the opportunity to help push Snow Peak into all new territory.”Thus it is that a brand founded on making top-quality technical climbing gear now offers bedding, tents, apparel, and, of course, lots of different cookware and cooking gear. Indeed, the cookware has long since surpassed the technical gear as the iconic offering of the brand. Andersen agreed that while “Snow Peak has many different signature products … perhaps none [is] more iconic than the humble titanium mug. As one of our longest standing products, the trusty titanium mug is still manufactured in our hometown of Tsubame-Sanjo, just a few miles from our world headquarters.”Snow Peak headquarters in Japan. Snow PeakWhy is the mug so noteworthy? “It exemplifies much of what makes Snow Peak so special: quality, design, and function, above all,” Andersen said.He’s spot on there. The Snow Peak mug is nothing if not simple, but it’s also of superb quality, and within that simplicity of design is an unmistakable elegance. If you want to get your hands on your own elegantly simple and amazingly durable camping mug, make it a Snow Peak 60th Anniversary Titanium Single Wall. I guarantee you’ll still be using the thing another 60 years hence, provided you don’t drop it off a mountain or anything. Professional Climber Adrian Ballinger on the Savage Mountain, No-Oxygen Climbing, and YouTube Snow PeakI got my first Snow Peak mug about a decade ago and, as far as I can tell, it’s the last camping mug I’ll ever need. Even after bouncing along strapped to my pack during countless miles on the trail, used for everything from boiling water to preparing pasta to digging a hole, the super lightweight titanium mug is still in near perfect condition. The only issue is that the logo has worn away — but I know damn well who made the thing, as does any other experienced outdoorsman who will properly identify a Snow Peak mug at a glance.That mug was a gateway purchase that led to an entire Snow Peak cookware set that I bring along with me whenever I head out into the field, and that’s true whether I’m car camping or trekking for miles into the mountains. Let that sink in, if you will: Even when weight is no factor, I still use my Snow Peak gear instead of, or in concert with, other camping cookware. It’s just that well made. Even when I’m planning to cook on my big old two-burner Coleman Roadtrip LXE grill, I’ve always got my Snow Peak Litemax Titanium Stove and a can of fuel with me, because I know I can count on the thing as a backup. When your camping stove weighs all of two ounces, why not bring it along? An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Boulderinglast_img read more

September 25, 2019

Mindfulness could help to stave off dementia research suggests

The findings back up recent evidence pointing to a link between anxiety and risk of mild cognitive impairment, and lend weight to the known association between depression and dementia, they say.Researchers said more research was needed to establish whether reduced anxiety in middle age could reduce the risk of dementia.But they said approaches other than anti-anxiety drugs were worth exploring/“Non-pharmacological therapies, including talking therapies and mindfulness-based interventions and meditation practices, that are known to reduce anxiety in midlife, could have a risk reducing effect, although this is yet to be thoroughly researched,” they said. “Given the high prevalence of anxiety seen in primary care, we suggest that general practitioners could consider anxiety alongside depression as an indicator of risk for dementia.”To improve the rate of earlier diagnosis of dementia, close monitoring of subtle cognitive decline in older adults with a history of anxiety, depression and cerebrovascular disease would be encouraged,” she said.Last year a trial suggested mindfulness – a meditative practice of paying more attention to the present moment, is more than twice as better at reducing stress than gardeningThe practice – which can involve deep breathing, has been growing in popularity in recent years, with the NHS recommending it as a way to reduce stress and anxiety.The eight week trial by the BBC and the University of Westminster showed it was better than gardening and yoga at helping people to relax. US scientists recently found that an eight week course of mindfulness, involving daily classes, can help lower inflammatory molecules and stress hormones by around 15 per cent. Mindfulness and meditation could stave off dementia, research suggests. Analysis of research involving 30,000 people found that those who suffered moderate to severe anxiety in mid-life were more likely to develop dementia years later.Researchers said responses to stress may speed up brain cell ageing and degenerative changes in the central nervous system, increasing vulnerability to conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease.And they said therapies such as mindfulness and meditation, which have been found to reduce anxiety, might reduce the risk of later dementia.Researchers from University College London examined studies looking at the association between mid-life anxiety, depression, and the development of dementia.The findings, published in BMJ Open, found an association between moderate to severe anxiety and future dementia, with a gap of at least 10 years in between diagnoses. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Study author Dr Natalie Marchant, from UCL’s division of psychiatry, said: “Clinically significant anxiety in midlife was associated with an increased risk of dementia over an interval of at least 10 years.”These findings indicate that anxiety may be a risk factor for late-life dementia”.GPs should monitor patients suffering from anxiety in case of heightened risks, she suggested. read more