• The Mountain Mama by Mad Rock Pregnancy Climbing Harness
When you’re eight months’ pregnant and scaling a difficult “problem” at Yosemite, the last thing you want is your harness to press against your bloated belly, right? Mad Rock has produced what’s believed to be the first rock climbing harness for women climbing for two. It features padded leg loops, very wide and flexible webbing, an X-strap at mid-back that supports the torso and, of course, an open midriff.
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• Mountainsmith Modular Hauler
If you’re anything like us – and we certainly hope not – you probably just throw all your outdoor gear in a backpack or shoulder bag and then spend precious minutes rummaging around for that head lamp or water bottle you know is in there somewhere. This bag, or “modular hauler,” takes the guesswork out of storage. There’s a large main compartment with either three or four padded “ballistic” polyester cubes holding 26 liters of stuff. For the organizationally challenged, the hauler is worth the price.
• Pacific Crest Trail selfie hiker
In 2011, a hiker named Kolby Kirk walked 1,700 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail and took either a still photo or video of himself all 159 days of the journey. Then, he sliced it into a 21/2-minute video set to music. It’s oddly fascinating. You can see the pounds melt off Kirk (he lost 90), his beard grow to epic proportions and see how his nose burned. http://laughingsquid.com
• Best Airlines for Business Class
Not all of us get to fly business class, but for those transcontinental jet-setters out there, Executive Travel Magazine rates the service:
1. Singapore Airlines (“world’s widest seats, 34 inches”)
2. Oman Air (“Arabic dates and coffee greets business passengers”)
3. Qatar Airways (“Star chef Nobu Matsuhisa oversees the in-flight menu”)
4. British Airways (“Onboard ‘Club Kitchen,’ where flyers can graze between meals.”)
5. Etihad Airways (“features 6-foot-1-inch flat beds with privacy shells.”)
6. Swissair (“all-veggie menus from Zurich’s Haus Hiltl, the world’s oldest vegetarian restaurant.”)
7. Virgin Atlantic (“22-inch-wide beds that convert to 33 inches.”)
8. Cathay Pacific (“seats at 32 inches and a side storage compartment that doubles as extra knee space”)
9. Qantas (“Mark Newson-designed Sky Beds with massage options”)
10. Emirates (“lie-flat seats and restaurant-quality meals”)
From writer Paul Theroux: “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they are going.”
— Compiled by Sam McManis, firstname.lastname@example.org