Lately every weekend has found the FNO crew biking on what is considered what is some of the best single track on the east coast. That said, it is still relatively tame to most videos we watch, and it pales in comparison to this video. This video was shot our direction just recently and it features mountain biking where it doesn't belong- In the Dolomites on a fixed lined climbing trail. This is known as "Via ferrata" in the Alps and it translates to "Iron Road" in Italian. The climb requires fixed lines to tie into given the danger of the sheer cliffs adjacent to the trail. If it requires fixed lines for climbers, it only makes sense to take a mountain bike on the same trail and give it a whirl. Well that's just what we found. Enjoy Via Ferrata.
Is climbing in the Himalayas on your bucket list? The notion of hiking around in the world's tallest mountains is a romantic concept. Many aspire to make the venture and some are lucky enough to actually do so. But have you ever wanted to mountain bike across the Himalayas? I am hearing my quadriceps scream just thinking about it. Well these guys are all for it. While this is not our typical Thrill Thursday video, it is breathtaking in another way.
The Tour of the Dragon is a 268km (166.5 mile) bike ride that ascends and then descends the Himalayas, and these extreme athletes attempt to complete it in just one day. It takes place in the Kingdom of Bhutan, and this supposedly secret race known only amongst the world's best athletes is being documented for the first time. We guarantee it would get your heart rate pumping so check out this week's Thrill Thursday: Tour of the Dragon.
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In reading that title you either first thought of our Kickstarter campaign or Miley Cyrus. Whichever it was says a lot about you.
Now going on Day 20 of our Kickstarter campaign and we’re standing strong around $7500. We’re starting to get excited with idea of a race to the finish. We have an important strategic move ahead so continue reading..
Successes: We’ve been reaching out and building our Founding Family with some new faces. We have more new faces than old (but beautiful) faces at this point.
Challenges: Continuing to stay present in the media and keeping some eyes on FNO. Most importantly communicating what is probably our best reward on Kickstarter- The Founding Family.
The Founding Family is a group that you can only join by pledging at least 10USD on Kickstarter. FNO has a current emailing list, but the Founding Family will have their own exclusive email list. We plan to use the FF as a soundboard on all projects and products in the future. What does that mean? Impressive discounts on gear.
Let us say, hypothetically speaking of course, that we have a pretty sweet design of a new camping mat we plan to market for 100USD to the public. First dibs are going to the Founding Family, but even more importantly the FF will be looking at the product for nearly half that price. And its brand new gear! Why would we do this? We’re not looking to the Founding Family for profit, but we’re looking to build a small FNO team. The ability to get gear in the hands of the Founding Family means more feedback and ideas for us. Win-win.
What to look forward to (Strategy): We plan to do the last of our media outreach over the next week. Then next Tuesday 9/9 we plan to launch the last of our social media push in order to move our campaign up the “U” and over the edge. We hope this last push will serve as the catalyst that increases awareness as we climb the “U”. So, like us on Facebook now and we will let you know when this final push begins..
Final Note: Lastly we’ve partnered with a few different projects on this journey of ours as we’ve tried to learn and grow. These guys have been great resources and they are the last of our partners. Check them out, and maybe even help them out to help them reach their goals too.
Sun Strap- Harness the power of the sun and keep all your devices charged. Why wouldn’t you?
VIER- The most compact and durable bike lock we’ve ever seen. If you missed the “Today Show” this morning on bike theft, you should watch it. And return to your computer to back these guys.
HYDAWAY Bottle- This isn’t some roll-up plastic bottle. The most durable bottle that disappears before your eyes.
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Here’s a few of the more entertaining segments you’ll encounter while reading the Father Nature Outdoor's blog. One, for when we stumble upon some of the coolest content on the web. Two, because we tend to enjoy alliteration. -
Media Monday- Showcasing some of the best outdoor news outlets we follow on social media. These guys and gals deliver internet gold day after day.
Trail Tuesdays- Our original blog segment that tracks itself back to our beginning. A personal look at some of the coolest local trails we’ve trekked.
Wanderlust Wednesday- Because you can never get too much exploration under your belt. These are some of the coolest places we’ve been, and want to go.
Thrill Thursday- Exhibiting the chemically-imbalanced (adrenaline) and fearless acts that push the extremes.
Father Nature Fridays- A look into the operations at Father Nature Outdoors. Where we are, and where we hope to go.