A new Harvard study confirms the health risks associated with BPA in polycarbonate water bottles. We found that drinking cold liquids from polycarbonate bottles for just one week increased urinary BPA levels by more than two-thirds. If you heat those bottles, as is the case with baby bottles, we would expect the levels to be […]

The Outdoor Parent Blog

by Tom Markiewicz on May 5, 2009

Fitz Cahall of The Dirtbag Diaries recently launched a new site called The Outdoor Parent. The Outdoor Parent is a collection of surfers, climbers and skiers who have embarked the greatest adventure — parenthood — and lived to tell about it. Stories, perspective and reflections on parenting, children and the outdoor lifestyle. As I recently […]

Time to throw away your Nalgene bottles

by Tom Markiewicz on May 8, 2008

There’s been numerous articles recently written on the problems that have surfaced regarding Nalgene bottles. Since most climbers own one of these, I decided to look into what is actually going on. I was in the REI in Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia recently and I didn’t see a single Nalgene bottle on the shelves. A foreboding […]

Outdoor clothing store Nau closes

by Tom Markiewicz on May 7, 2008

I was introduced to Nau by Andrew Hyde during my trip to Boulder in March. During a brief chat at the TechStars office, Andrew recommended I stop by the Nau store in Boulder before leaving. He praised the quality of their sustainable clothing and fact that the company was founded by former Patagonia employees. So […]

Yvon Chouinard interview on TreeHugger

by Tom Markiewicz on February 22, 2008

TreeHugger has an interesting interview with the founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard.

Climbing Blog Focus – Patagonia’s The Cleanest Line

by Tom Markiewicz on June 21, 2007

I’m starting off the new series with a blog that’s not quite pure climbing, but one from a company all climbers are familiar with – Patagonia. The Cleanest Line is described by the company as a weblog for the employees, friends and customers of the outdoor clothing company Patagonia. The Cleanest Line has a heavy […]