Monthly Archives: December 2020

Michelob Ultra: Think Pink

first_imgDid you Know?About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. In 2017, an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 63,410 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.Michelob Ultra and Virginia Eagle have decided that October will be our month to help make a difference. For every purchase of Michelob Ultra draft beer in the month of October, VED will make a local donation to the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation.last_img read more

Fridays on the Fly: How to Tie a Girdle Bug

first_imgThe “girdle bug” is one of those classic patterns you should never hit the river without. This tried and true fish catcher, sometimes reffered to as a “Pat’s Rubber Leg”, imitates a stonefly and will often net fish when it seems like nothing else can. It also happens to be one of the easiest flies to tie yourself, and a great one for fly tying newbs looking to cut their teeth in the world of  tying.Get a feel for how it’s done by watching this short video, then review the steps we’ve broken out below. Happy tying!1. Attach the lead wire to the middle of the hook shank.2. Line the hook shank with thread.3. Attach your first piece of rubber to the end of the hook shank. This will serve to imitate the bottom legs.4. Attach your chinelle to the bottom of the hook shank. Later on, after attaching legs to the mid section of the fly, you’ll wrap the chinelle back up toward the eye of the hook.4. Attach 2-3 rubber legs to the flies mid section then one near the base of the eye.5. Slowly wrap your chinelle back up the flie’s mid section, weaving in and out of the established rubber legs, until you arrive at the hook’s eye.6. If you’re new to fly tying, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the “whip fishish” technique. This will allow you to knot the thread securely around the base of the eye, thereby completing your girdle bug.A finished girdle bug.last_img read more

Blue Ridge Outdoors President Blake DeMaso Delivers Commencement Address at Lees-McRae College

first_imgWith adventure comes failure. It’s natural that if you are taking a risk, you aren’t always going to succeed. The key to failure is to not let it beat you, and most importantly, don’t panic. Take the time to understand what you need to do differently, why that failure occurred, and then get up and try again. DeMaso’s speech focused on finding adventure, which was especially appropriate for Lees-McRae graduates. Life is like that sometimes. Your adventures aren’t always going to be successful. Sometimes, just when you think that everything is going great, you say something dumb and end up with three broken ribs. You have to respect the adventure, have fun, enjoy it, don’t get too cocky, and don’t get too comfortable. Life will throw you a curveball or a pointy rock right when you least expect it, and you are going to have no choice but to not let it defeat you, brush yourself off, and continue on. The diverse curriculum embodies the way that you as graduates and the school have embraced adventure. Classes that cover topics like outdoor recreation management, nursing, and pre-veterinarian are not for the faint of heart. Saving a wild animal’s life, much less a human’s, requires guts. Adventure runs deep at this school and translates into your athletics programs. Both traditional and non-traditional sports are enjoyed at this school. Congratulations to all of you who have participated in any of the sporting programs, and a special congratulations to the softball team for winning the Conference Carolina Championships! “The key to failure is to not let it beat you, “ DeMaso said. “Life will throw you a curveball or a pointy rock right when you least expect it. Take the time to understand what you need to do differently, why that failure occurred, and then get up and try again.” “Adventure isn’t just about doing things like rock climbing, skiing, or hiking,” DeMaso told the graduates. “Life is one big adventure. Adventure is getting that first apartment, first job, or first love.” Honestly, I have not been on a downhill mountain bike again since then, and I can say with confidence that I have no plans for that activity in the future. But what I did learn is to be careful of overconfidence. Life, similar to When I visited Lees-McRae back in early April, I was blown away by the students, staff, and administration. When I first saw the school motto pulling into campus— Well, no I didn’t. “Being bold and putting yourself in uncomfortable and sometimes risky situations is the formula for success. Those calculated risks are what separates the people who are just going through the paces of life from the people who pioneer new businesses, help causes, and change their communities. They influence people and ultimately change the world.” I am sure many of you are ready, excited, and yes, nervous about moving on to your next adventure. You might be ready to put Lees-McRae and Banner Elk in your rearview mirror and move on. I would be willing to bet that almost all of you will later look back on your time here as special and long to be back in the safety of these mountains. Just remember that your adventures began here, and you are well equipped to take what you have learned here and go out into the world and make yourself, your families, and this school, proud. Entering into this relationship is a leap of faith for all parties involved. Figuring out how to navigate life’s adventures together is the key to success. I caution you to never stop taking calculated risks and caring for one another, just as this school has taught you to do with your friends, classmates, and professors. Foster these relationships, but do not get complacent. Keep embarking on those bold and sometimes risky undertakings, but love and So I decided to focus on what I know the best: the outdoors. “Daaaad, don’t you know that the show The Bachelor ruined the word ‘Journey?’” Being bold and putting yourself in uncomfortable and sometimes risky situations is the formula for success. In his speech, DeMaso recounted a downhill mountain bike ride that went horribly wrong; he ended up landing on a ”perfectly placed pointy rock” and breaking three ribs. “The opening of my speech!” In the Mountains, Of the Mountains, For the Mountains—I felt right at home. What other school has a beautiful mountain stream running right through the middle of campus? Those calculated risks are what separates the people who are just going through the paces of life from the people who pioneer new businesses, help causes and change their communities. They influence people and ultimately change the world. adventure, can take a turn at any moment, and you have to be prepared. Careful preparation, concentration, and attention to detail are critical parts of any adventure as well as your lifelong pursuits. There will likely be a point in your life that you choose to change paths and enter into an adventure with a partner. These partners could be mentors, co-workers, business partners, loved ones, or family of your own. Those adventures alongside those partners will change the entire dynamic. You can no longer make decisions independent of anyone else. You are now forced to make decisions that are in the best interest for the group. This is where things get tough. Now, my wife and kids couldn’t be prouder of their dad and the opportunity to give a commencement address to this incredible group of graduates. They jumped at the chance to hear what I had come up with. Two years ago, Lees-McRae won the top adventure school award given to them as voted on by the readers of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine. With over a half million votes, you guys beat out state universities like West Virginia University, Virginia Tech, and University of Tennessee. You guys were the first small school to ever take the title of Top Adventure School in its 8 year history. The mountains have embraced this community and this school. It’s a safe haven for outdoor adventure, learning, and friendships. These mountains are your protector. They provide an amazing place for learning and growing into adulthood. Most of you will probably leave this safe haven and embark on one of the most important adventures of your life. Take what you have learned here, go out on your own, create the life that you have worked hard for, and know “you got this.” I am not sure about you…but I call that life. As I went around the first turn, the front tire got caught up on a rock, and I went straight over the handlebars, flying down the side of the mountain through the air. In the air, I reflected on how dumb it was to exclaim something like that to my co-workers and how I probably deserved my fate. I landed on my side in the only place there was no body armor on this splendidly chiseled pointy rock that was placed perfectly in my landing zone. It knocked the wind out of me, and as I laid there in the middle of I launched into the opening of the speech, proclaiming with pride, that the title was “The Journey.” I got two sentences in and looked up to expect tears in their eyes, so blown away about the words that I had pieced together. As I looked over them, I was taken back. My wife was slightly shaking her head, and my 17-year-old daughter was rolling her eyes. I said, “What? What is the matter?” Adventure isn’t just about doing things like rock climbing, skiing, or hiking. Life is one big adventure. Adventure is getting that first apartment, first job, or first love. Adventure is leaving friends and family and starting in a new town where you don’t know anyone. And the adventures never stop. They continue through life creating relationships and family. Thank you. I went back to my bathroom defeated, with my tail between my legs. For days it was reported that I was walking around looking down and shaking my head, mumbling about how some dumb reality TV show just ruined my speech. I looked up the definition of adventure, and I have to say, I had a really good laugh. The definition of adventure is an exciting experience that is typically a bold, sometimes risky, undertaking. What I witnessed while visiting, and coming back here this weekend, is amazing: a dog-friendly, environmentally conscious school, with a wide curriculum, that attracts students from all over the country, not to mention your wildlife rehabilitation center on campus, as well as a diverse mix of on-campus activities and athletic programs. Lees-McRae is truly a special place embraced in these beautiful mountains. Adventure is at the core of this school, and it is now part of you. Embrace those risky undertakings and bold experiences. And yes, they are exciting but also scary. The title of the speech was “The Journey.” Oh, I was going to blow all of you away with this speech. Beaming with pride, I entered the kitchen where my wife and two teenage daughters were, and I proclaimed, “I’ve got it.” It requires compromise and patience. For the adventurous souls that are used to taking risks, this can be tricky. The full text of his speech appears below, along with photos from the commencement address and graduation. Congratulations to this year’s Lees-McRae graduates and all of the 2019 graduates across the region. Never stop taking chances. This was not smart. I worked tirelessly on what I was going to say and then one day it came to me while I was outside knee-deep in my favorite trout stream. I made a beeline back home and locked myself in my bathroom—my only getaway spot in our busy house—and wrote the opening paragraph. I looked back over it, and it was the most profound thing that I have ever written. nowhere, with no medical attention around, with three broken ribs, I reflected on this failed adventure. I had no choice but to get up, dust myself off, and finish the painful ride down the mountain. As graduates here today, you are already in a great position for whatever your future holds, because as a school, you have embraced adventure. There is nothing that is safe in life. Going out on your own requires you to be bold and take risks every day. Yes, it can be scary, but the rewards are big. He encouraged graduates to take risks every day. Find Your Adventure Congratulations, graduates. There was this one time, as a fairly new business owner, that some of my co-workers at the magazine and I were invited to go on this epic downhill mountain biking course. Now downhill bikes are completely different than your average mountain bike. It is basically a motorcycle with no engine where you hurl yourself straight down a mountain, through the woods, narrowly missing trees, while going over jumps and around berms. This is not your everyday bike ride. DeMaso first began pondering lofty speech themes while knee-deep in his favorite trout stream. But when he ran his ideas by his teenage daughters, they weren’t impressed. So he decided to stick with what he knew best: the outdoors. “What, dad?” care for the people in your life. They come first now, and you will have to navigate these adventures together. Yes, some of these relationships will fail, and again, you will have to learn from your mistakes, pick yourself up, and try again. Lees-McRae College won last year’s Top Adventure Schools Contest, and it has a well-earned reputation for being a leader in outdoor learning and adventure. This year, they asked Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine president Blake DeMaso to deliver the keynote address. DeMaso spoke last Saturday in Banner Elk, N.c., to the Lees McRae College’s class of 2019 graduates. What? Accept failure, embrace learning, and go on to that next adventure. As we were gearing up with full helmets and body armor, I reminded the guide that while, yes, we are outdoorsy people from an outdoorsy magazine, none of us have ever done this before. See, when we go out on these trips, the guides always want to take us on the biggest adventure, wanting to give us the “real experience.” So we take off, and I was gripping the handle bars for dear life. As time went on, I embraced it, and I was feeling good about my abilities on the course while my co-workers about 10 years younger than me were struggling. We came to a stop so everyone could catch up, and when we pushed off again, I rode second behind the guide, looking back to my friends and exclaiming, “Hate that an old man like me has to show you guys up!” I know you are all wondering: Blake, have you since mastered downhill mountain biking? Did you not let that failed adventure get the best of you? Did you brush yourself off and get back on that bike after you healed? I am very honored to be here. I have been extremely excited for this day and I started preparations for this speech from the moment I received the invitation to speak. last_img read more

LEKI Unveils UNGROUNDED: A Digital Series Featuring Trailblazing Women in the Outdoors

first_img Where the journey to dreams is revealed through uncommon drive  LEKI is proud to announce the launch of their new digital series UNGROUNDED, created and directed by Ben Clark, starring four LEKI-sponsored women athletes all with unique paths to the outdoors. Ski mountaineer Caroline Gleich, ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin, ultra-runner Meredith Edwards and outdoor explorer Sunny Stroeer share their individual stories of the ups and downs of living their passion and breaking ground in a previously male-dominated culture.  “At LEKI, we’re fortunate to have the opportunity to work with powerful women who are pushing their sport every day,” said Patrick Meehan, Marketing Manager for LEKI USA. “These women all work tirelessly and often under the radar to push their own limits and are paving the way for a new generation of mountain athletes. It’s our pleasure to help shine a spotlight on their accomplishments.”  UNGROUNDED release dates:  Founded in 1948, LEKI is a leading manufacturer of Skiing, Trekking and Trail Running poles and gloves, and its latest addition of folding camp chairs and tables. LEKI products are German engineered with most of the products being made in the company’s Czech Republic factory. This in conjunction with extensive research and independent testing make the best products featuring quality, value and technology. LEKI USA, Inc., headquartered in Buffalo, NY, is the sole distributor of LEKI brand products in the United States. For more information please visit or call 800.255.9982. Run Around The World: UNGROUNDED trailer:  center_img April 15: Caroline Gleich. A world class ski mountaineer, Gleich summited Mt. Everest last spring as part of her #ClimbForEquality campaign to raise awareness for gender equality. In Episode 1, Gleich overcomes her own struggle after tearing her ACL to rise to the top for all women. Please consider supporting Big Mountain Dreams Foundation and the #climbforequality: May 19: Meredith Edwards. Edwards is pro athlete traveling the globe putting up versatile and consistent results in the mountains and on the podium as a skier and runner. Episode 3 reveals how in 2019 she fought an inner struggle with her body that almost resulted in a full blood transfusion-and came back from it to win one of the world’s most challenging Ultra Marathons. See more of Edwards in  LEKI has supported women in the outdoors from the very beginning. From professional skiers and mountaineers to trail runners and weekend warriors, LEKI makes women-specific poles to support every adventure. UNGROUNDED is the one piece that tells the whole brand story about the role LEKI fulfills for all women in the outdoors. June 2: Sunny Stroeer. A weekend warrior who took a leap of faith to grow into her goals, Stroeer changed her life like a snake sheds its skin. Episode 4 reveals the process required to tapping into the person she was inside, an athlete who could set speed records on the world’s highest peaks, gave her a new perspective and accomplishments only she could manifest. Stroeer and AWExpeditions run all- women’s high mountain trips across three continents:  May 5: Mikaela Shiffrin. The strongest female ski racer in the game today, Shiffrin has the guts and courage of the heroes of yesteryear. In Episode 2 she reveals that skiing our best is a standard we have to set and hold for ourselves-win or lose. In memory of Jeffrey Scott Shiffrin 1954 – 2020. Please consider donating to US Ski & Snowboard or The Alzheimer’s Association in his honor: or  About LEKI last_img read more

Almost One Million Survivors in Haiti Will Have a Way to Protect Themselves from Rain

first_img All shelter needs will be met by 1 May, the organization said, specifying that ten weeks after the earthquake, a million people have already begun to receive tents, plastic sheeting, and construction materials. The million people left homeless by the earthquake need to have shelter before 1 May, when the rainy season begins, given that “the rains are going to have a massive impact,” the Red Cross coordinator in the region, Gregg McDonald, declared. Humanitarian-aid agencies have begun to develop temporary housing, principally of wood, that can be built easily and cheaply, the organization emphasized. More than fifty NGOs have contributed to this effort during recent weeks, at a pace of 100,000 people being helped each week, according to the Red Cross, which is coordinating international aid related to shelter. center_img Almost one million survivors of the 12 January earthquake in Haiti will receive materials with which to protect themselves during the upcoming rainy season, the Red Cross indicated today. By Dialogo March 26, 2010last_img read more

U.S. Will Hold Military and Humanitarian Exercises in El Salvador

first_img Over the next six months, the United States will hold military and humanitarian exercises in El Salvador, a country that President Barack Obama will visit in March, U.S. Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte announced on 25 February. The “variety of joint programs” that will be carried out “only demonstrates the strong ties that exist between the armed forces of El Salvador and the United States, and how working together can benefit the majority of Salvadorans,” the ambassador declared. Aponte made the announcement during a medical-services day held by military personnel of both countries for poor communities on Corral de Mulas Island, in the Bay of Jiquilisco, around one hundred kilometers southeast of San Salvador. El Salvador, considered a U.S. “strategic ally” in Central America, will be visited by Obama on 22 and 23 March, as part of a Latin American tour that will also include Chile and Brazil. Aponte also announced that officials from the United States, Guatemala, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and Honduras will come together in El Salvador to participate in a conference on “Peace-Keeping Operations of the Americas 2011.” In addition, teams from twenty-two countries will come together in El Salvador in June to participate in the 2011 Commando Forces Competition, an international competition in military tactics. A first humanitarian exercise titled “Beyond the Horizon” will begin next week in San Vicente, sixty kilometers east of San Salvador, where U.S. military personnel will rebuild infrastructure damaged by Tropical Depression Ida in November 2009. Aponte said that the U.S. hospital ship USS Comfort, which provided care to patients in the country in 2007 and 2009, is scheduled to dock at the Salvadoran port of Acajutla, 118 km west of the capital, in July. By Dialogo March 01, 2011last_img read more

“Intelligence Act Seeks to Protect the Population”: Ministry of Defense

first_imgBy Dialogo April 13, 2011 “Intelligence Act Seeks to Protect the Population”: Ministry of Defense Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera said on 12 April that the proposed Intelligence Act now making its way through the Congress of the Republic seeks to better protect citizens from criminal and terrorist threats, while also providing guarantees against any abuses that might occur in the course of that activity. “The aim is to protect the population from the bandits, through intelligence that concentrates on discovering and neutralizing them, and also to defend the population from abuses, so that surveillance and intelligence activities are not deployed against targets unrelated to crime or to threats to the country’s security,” Rivera maintained during a session of the First Commission of the House of Representatives held to present and discuss the bill. He added that another objective is to “protect intelligence agents who comply with the law, so that they can carry out their tasks with full immunity from any judicial or disciplinary dispute.” According to the Minister, the bill aims to create a legal framework regulating the intelligence activities of all state institutions carrying out this task in the country, now or in the future. The bill establishes “some specific purposes, an appropriate juridical framework, some limitations, an oversight mechanism, some checks, and a purging of the intelligence data itself” that is gathered by these entities, he stated. And he added, “The law is going to give order to a process of purging all these databases, with checks and guarantees. The Public Prosecutor’s Office is going to head an interinstitutional commission for this purpose, so that there will be transparency, and there is also going to be oversight by the political parties.” The high-ranking official emphasized that the initiative clearly establishes that no one may be included in these databases for reasons other than illegal activity. “One concept that’s very clear is that no one can be in intelligence databases for reasons of race, sex, gender, ideological convictions, or membership in a party or organization of a legal nature, and that the only records that can be there are those that should be there because they refer to criminals or to individuals who really constitute a threat to public safety,” he affirmed. Rivera Salazar underlined the fundamental role intelligence plays in the struggle to protect Colombians. “In recent years, intelligence has been one of the major explanations for the achievements and progress on security that we’ve had in Colombia, and it’s an indispensable element without which a goal as ambitious as the one being proposed by President Santos, defeating violence, could not be achieved,” he declared. The Defense Minister maintained that approval of the bill will make it possible to remedy what he called a “gray area” resulting from the lack of specific regulations on the subject of intelligence. “What this bill seeks is that there be no gray areas, that we be able to put this in black and white: white what we can do, clearly defined, and black what we can’t do, clearly defined, so that once the Intelligence Act has been passed, we’ll be able to have one fundamental guiding verb, which is the verb ‘to protect,’” he specified.last_img read more

Like Father, Like Son, Except When It Comes To Sailing

first_imgBy Dialogo July 22, 2011 Uruguayan Navy Captain Hugo M. de Barros, who serves as a liaison officer in the U.S. Southern Command since July 2009, is crucial to strengthening military ties between the two countries. His eldest son, Lieutenant Hugo de Barros, intends to follow in his father’s footsteps, but with one difference. He plans to excel at the sport his father never did quite well in – sailing – an event for which he his competing in at the 5th Military World Games in Rio de Janeiro. “My father never pushed me into a military career, but just growing up as a son of a Naval officer, I learned from him and that became an incentive. He is a great man, an example to be followed. Now, with regard to sailing, I think there’s a lot I can teach him,” joked Lt. de Barros. The Uruguayan team only trained for three weeks before coming to Rio de Janeiro and all participants must compete in boats provided by the organization, which makes the trials more difficult. “For the amount of training time we had, I think we’ve done very well, winning two of the nine races in which we’re competing. We raced against countries with Olympic athletes who dedicate almost 100% to this sport,” said de Barros shortly after the end of a trial on Wednesday (July 20), held in the waters of Guanabara Bay, in front of the Naval Academy. For the younger Hugo, the words that define what he feels for his father are respect and admiration. “I also hope one day get to serve in the U.S. Southern Command as my father and, if possible, keep raising the name of the Uruguayan Navy internationally,” he said.last_img read more

Security Measures During Whale-Watching Season in the Pacific

first_img Units from the Tumaco Coast Guard Station, the Tumaco Port Captaincy, and the Yubarta Foundation are conducting a safety and security campaign and monitoring vessels to ensure responsible whale-watching of the Yubarta species of humpback whales, which visits Colombian Pacific waters at this time of year. The objective of the National Navy and Yubarta Foundation units is to reinforce safety and security at sea and implement measures that can be put into place by tour guides and motorboat crews for the purpose of preventing emergencies that might put human lives at risk during whale-watching excursions. The natural spectacle provided by this species, which crosses the Pacific Ocean during the year in search of warm waters for its mating rituals, entertains hundreds of visitors who travel to the Pacific beaches between July and September to see the whales. The Pacific Naval Force is participating in this natural event by implementing constant security measures carried out by its men and women on board ship, promoting the safety and security conditions that can make it possible to enjoy the season in complete calm, at the same time that it invites the sailing community to take the necessary safety and security measures when sailing – for a better Pacific for all. By Dialogo July 26, 2011last_img read more

Olympics: Dominicans to watch in London

first_imgBy Dialogo July 18, 2012 Félix Sánchez, New York, USA, running: Sánchez, born in New York to Dominican parents, could have competed for the United States. But in 1999 he opted to represent his parents’ home country, which was a blessing for the Dominican Republic. Sánchez, nicknamed “Super Félix,” won the country’s first Olympic gold at the 2004 Athens Games by placing first in the 400-meter hurdles. Now 34, Sánchez, who broke the Pan American Games record in the event in 2003, is looking to regain his former glory. Luguelín Santos, Santo Domingo, running: If Sánchez has been the best Dominican runner of the past decade, Santos is likely to be this decade’s star. In 2010, he won gold at the Summer Youth Olympics in the 400-meter dash and the 4×400-meter relay. Now 18, and with a Puma sponsorship recently inked, Santos looks to London, where he seeks his first Olympic gold in the 400. María García, La Vega, judo: García, 24, burst on the international judo scene when she won bronze at the 2006 World Youth Championships. After winning medals in the Pan American Games and other international events, she qualified for the 2008 Beijing Games, where she lost in the round of 16. She will compete in the 52-kilogram (114-pound) class. Yuderqui Contreras, San Pedro de Macorís, weight lifting: Contreras, 26, won gold at the 2010 Central America and Caribbean Games in weight lifting. Competing in the 53-kilogram (116-pounds) class, Contreras set a personal best by lifting a total of 211 kilograms (465 pounds). She finished fifth at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. The event includes the snatch and the clean and jerk. In London, Contreras will again compete in the 53-kilogram class. center_img SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The Dominican Republic won two medals in the 2008 Beijing Games but will be looking for more in London. Gabriel Mercedes, Monte Plata, taekwondo: In the 2008 Beijing Games, Mercedes tied Guillermo Pérez of Mexico in the taekwondo finals of the competitive 58-kilogram (127 pounds) class. Judges awarded Pérez the gold. Mercedes, 31, took the silver. He has been atop his game since earning the gold at the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico. Mercedes will again be competing in the highly competitive 58-kilogram weight class in London. Dorian McMenemy, Northborough, Mass., USA, swimming: Born in the United States to a Dominican mother, McMenemy chose to swim internationally for her mother’s home country. At the age of 15, she’s the first Dominican female swimmer ever to make the Olympics, qualifying for the London Games after placing 46th in the 100-meter butterfly at the 2011 FINA World Championships in China. McMenemy, who just completed her freshman year of high school, will be among a field of 42 competing in the 100-meter butterfly. last_img read more