Cloud Peak Energy, in Standing Behind Push for Access to More Federally-Owned Coal, Ignores Market Momentum FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Gillette News Record:When Cloud Peak Energy applied in 2015 to open up 3,508 acres of public land to expand the Antelope mine south of Wright, it couldn’t know the industry was on the cusp of a historic downturn spurred by low natural gas prices and increased federal regulation on carbon dioxide emissions and federal leases.Two years later, the West Antelope 3 application that promises to give Cloud Peak and the Antelope mine access to another 441 million tons of coal is the only PRB federal lease effort still active.No applications were filed in 2016, and others that had begun earlier were dropped by coal producers when the downturn saw production drop by more than 25 percent over a two-year span.Because the federal permitting process takes anywhere from eight to 10 years, Cloud Peak decided to continue with its lease after President Donald Trump lifted an Obama-era moratorium earlier this year on issuing leases to mine coal on federal land.Shannon Anderson, an attorney and organizer for the Powder River Basin Resource Council based in Sheridan, agreed this application could be a test of the “new normal” for PRB coal leases.Anderson also said the BLM needs to make sure it gets a fair financial return from Cloud Peak if a permit is approved. Whether coal companies are paying a fair price to mine federal coal is one of the main issues that led to Obama administration to issue the lease moratorium.A recent federal appeals court ruling could impact Cloud Peak’s application as well.Last week, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the BLM needs to consider not only the impact mining has on the federal land it happens on, but the impacts of burning that coal to produce electricity. An argument that extending the impact potential is moot because a power plant will simply burn coal from somewhere else needs more support, the court ruled.While the lawsuit and ruling are based on mining operations at the Black Thunder and North Antelope Rochelle mines in Campbell County, the two top-producing coal mines in the world, neither have any significant active coal lease applications, Anderson said.But the ruling does give environmental groups some legal ammunition to fight all new federal coal lease applications on the basis of the impact the coal could have when burned, she said.“It should have some implications for how the BLM does its analysis on this lease and the climate benefits of not leasing the coal,” Anderson said. “It’s climate change, and the BLM is under an obligation to do it and the science is sound. … We hope that’s one of the things the BLM will look at as they go forward with the process.”More: Lease tests coal’s ‘new normal’
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Platts:Capital Dynamics said Tuesday its Clean Energy Infrastructure business has signed an agreement with independent power producer Tenaska to build a 2,000-MW portfolio of greenfield solar power projects in the US Midwest.“This agreement was a unique opportunity for us to acquire a meaningful pipeline of solar capacity in an efficient project development structure within a market poised for growth,” Benoit Allehaut, director of Capital Dynamics’ Clean Energy Infrastructure team, said in a statement.Zug, Switzerland-based Capital Dynamics is an independent global asset management firm that focuses on private assets, including private equity, private credit, clean energy infrastructure and energy infrastructure credit.The deal, closed Monday, includes 14 solar projects in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator market, and the portfolio represents “a large share” of all solar projects currently in the MISO North interconnection queue, with projects in Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Minnesota, the companies said. “We are excited to be expanding our partnership and offer clean energy power through long-term supply contracts to customers in the Midwest,” Allehaut said.Omaha, Nebraska-based Tenaska has developed more than 10,000 MW of natural gas-fired and renewable energy projects in the US, including two utility-scale solar projects in Southern California in which Capital Dynamics is an investor, the companies said in the statement.More: Capital Dynamics, Tenaska to build 2,000MW of solar projects in MISO Swiss investment firm and Tenaska team to build 2,000MW of solar in Midwest
Bankrupt Mission Coal sees no future, plans to liquidate company FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Mission Coal Co. LLC finalized a bankruptcy reorganization plan that, if approved by a federal court, will dissolve the company.The plan would designate an administrator to “wind down” Mission’s businesses and affairs and reconcile claims, according to a disclosure statement the company filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama on Jan. 2. The Tennessee-based coal producer, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October 2018, wrote that the plan would “avoid the lengthy delay and significant cost of liquidation under chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code.”Mission has about $175 million in debt obligations between a $104 million first lien credit agreement and $71 million second lien credit agreement, according to the disclosure.The company plans to sell “substantially all” of its assets, transferring all assumed liabilities including any cure costs that may be needed for any executory contracts or unexpired leases following the transaction. Other liabilities include workers compensation and occupational health claims that arise after the transaction closes as well as all black lung responsibilities, among others.Those assets include all inventory, equipment, assumed contracts, transferred permits, owned and leased property, and all coal reserves excluding those under its Pinnacle businesses. Mission controls about 318 million tons of proven and probable coal reserves between two deep mines and a surface mine in West Virginia and one deep mine in Alabama.Upon the plan’s effective date, the board of directors would be dissolved, leaving only the plan administrator to direct matters pertaining to winding down the company, such as resolving remaining claims and paying off claims the buyer is not responsible for. Once that is complete, the coal producer will liquidate.More ($): Mission Coal submits bankruptcy reorganization plan that would dissolve company
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:South Africa’s Standard Bank will not fund any new coal-fired power plant projects, but will continue to provide finance to thermal coal mining projects and companies if they meet certain criteria, it said on Thursday.Climate activists have been pressuring Standard Bank – Africa’s largest bank by assets – to curb its lending to the coal, oil, and gas sectors, which together accounted for around 4% of its lending and commitments in December 2019.Under a new fossil fuels financing policy, Standard Bank may only finance thermal coal mining projects that comply with international conventions on greenhouse gas emissions and the environment such as the Equator Principles. The bank justified its continuing financing of thermal coal extraction by saying most of Africa’s electricity is still generated by burning coal.“If we were to stop completely to fund any coal mining related activity, we could as well say we are stopping 80% of Africa’s electricity generation and we do not think that would be a responsible thing to do,” said Kenny Fihla, chief executive of Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking.More than 80% of South Africa’s power is generated by coal, and lenders have not kept pace with international peers on ending funding for thermal coal.Standard Bank said it would not finance contractors or consultants to the thermal coal mining and coal-fired power generation sectors. But the bank will continue to finance new thermal coal mining projects and expansions, existing and new thermal coal mining companies, and existing coal-fired power generation utilities.[Helen Reid]More: S. Africa’s Standard Bank won’t fund new coal power plants, but sticks with coal mining South Africa’s Standard Bank takes first step away from coal, will stop funding new power plants
My heart feels broken, so heavy with loss I feel by the loss of my friend and paddling partner. She was taken from the world too soon. I miss her and feel sad not only for me, but for all of her friends and family. The kayak community lost one of their best this past week. Dear Mountain Mama, Can you help me find the light in this time of darkness? Yours,Broken Dear Broken,Of course you feel broken. Shannon Christy graced everyone she met with her signature smile, and with her warmth and generosity. She shared her love for life with everyone she met, on and off the river.I was lucky enough to paddle with Shannon a couple years ago when I was pregnant. She made me feel like a superstar for being pregnant and paddling. A year later, when I introduced my baby to Shannon at the put-in of a local run, she greeted him as if she was a long-awaited nephew. My baby boy couldn’t help but return her smile.In her brief time on this planet, Shannon lived with a pure and happy heart. We all loved her and feel the darkness of her death. So young. So beautiful. So talented. And when we feel loss, we can feel broken and sad.Broken, let yourself grief. But don’t stay broken. Let Shannon’s light shine through you, let her zest for life play out in your own life, and embrace challenges with her same sense of optimism. When you put-on the next river, look for the river mermaid smiling at you. And when you take your next boof stroke, let yourself smile and think of our friend.Paddle toward the light!Mountain Mamaa
Klean Kanteen is again making a serious push out on the festy scene, quite effectively reducing plastic bottles, cups and other plastic products — especially single use products — by providing hydration stations and working with festival organizers to incorporate and sell alternatives to plastic water bottles that show-goers reuse all weekend.It’s even more of a challenge because many music festivals are backed by companies like Coke and Pepsi, but that isn’t stopping them.At the center of KK’s single-use-free music fest strategy is the water refill stations. Companies such as Camelback have taken on similar initiatives at Austin City Limits and other festivals around the country.For FloydFest, they worked together and installed a commercial well — providing free drinking water to all and eliminating driving it in. According to KK, the most immediate impact was eliminating the waste of more than 50,000 single-use plastic water bottles throughout the weekend. Purchases of Klean Kanteen Steel Pint cups eliminated the use of more than 64,000 single-use plastic cups.To get behind this effort, a schedule and more info, click through to KleanKanteen.com.
In the past few years, I’ve abandoned my road-tri roots and only raced in off-road events. This really makes no sense because one broken collarbone, two surgeries, and an impressive collection of scars should have tipped me off that mountain biking is not one of my greatest talents. However, my husband and I moved to St. Simons Island on the Georgia coast recently, and I realized that our canoe was going to get more trail time than our 29ers. (We have an amazing water trail system down here, by the way.)If I wanted to overcome island life inertia, I needed to dust off my aero bars and do a road triathlon. There’s an amazingly scenic race on Jekyll Island called the Turtle Crawl and the name alone was enough to get me to raid my margarita-fund piggy bank and register. The sacrifices we all make for our sport, right?We moved into our little island cottage just in time to get some solid training in, but I’m not sure riding to the Harris-Teeter to get more limes counts as training (despite having to dodge kids and senior citizens on beach cruisers.) Anyway, I was used to racing in the mountains, which tend to be, you know, mountainous, and I think the total elevation gain for this race might be six feet (and that includes speed humps). AND the race has “crawl” in its name. Need I say more?No need to sand-coat it: the race was hard. I did well (second woman overall), but was reminded that whether it takes place on a mountain, island, or the local county park, every race is a personal adventure. My 4:30 a.m. wake-up was rewarded by a beautiful fiery beachfront sunrise. I dolphin-dived through waves, ran barefoot through the sand and leap-frogged with my super-fast husband on the bike. And I’m still chipping off layers of sand and salt from my body.I also learned not to hate on the flatland race. Do you know what happens after you slog your way up a hill on a bike? What goes up must come down (my hill-climbing mantra) and, for those few moments of down, you get to do this momentous thing: coasting. Ironically, while the coast was almost close enough to reach with a solid snot-rocket for most of the race, there was none of that going on in this race.My grocery-store time trials hadn’t quite prepared my legs (or any other part of me…ouch, sitting) for 29 miles of constant pedaling. And if there was such a thing as “off-road swimming,” it would be an ocean swim. Motorboat wake on a lake has nothing on an ocean current and wave crests. You also end up bumping into a lot of wildlife and it is NOT the bearded, tattooed, craft-beer-scented wildlife I’d previously encountered on my off-road tri swims. I’m trusting that I’m not being subjected to new-islander hazing when locals tell me that those Cannonball jellyfish that blanket our beaches are not poisonous. (Okay, just looked it up. Mostly true.)I’m not going to hang up my fat-tire bike for good, but I am looking forward to more road triathlon adventures…as soon as I can sit on a saddle again.
As I sit at my desk browsing race wheels on ebay, putting a race calendar together and writing down goals for the coming cyclocross season, I’m feeling a weird mix of excitement and a hint of annoyance. Excitement because, simply, cyclocross season. Call it crazy, but I start bouncing in my seat just thinking of an hour of racing a single speed cross-bred of a bike on caution-taped courses of sand, grass and mud, in between drunken, cowbell ringing, heckling fans. Annoyance because all of the goals I wrote down look familiar. Aka, goals that I didn’t achieve over the last few seasons. I’ve done this long enough that the improvement from year to year has tapered off, and the same goals are appearing for the next season. And it irks my need to improve and rather competitive self.And then I remember a particular race from last year. It was the Kingswood Park UCI (pro) race, part of the Cincy3 Cyclocross Festival. It’s one of the biggest cross races in the US, held under the lights in a park walking distance from the house I lived in when in high school.Since my high school days, I’ve gone on to attend school at Virginia Tech, and my family has moved on to Raleigh, NC, and none of us get back to Cincinnati often. Despite the fact that it had been on the list of races to hit the last few years, I wasn’t able to do it for various reasons. Last year was different, as I was taking a semester off of school to work a co-op, in no other place than Cincinnati. Honestly, I was more excited to spend another fall racing bikes in one of the biggest cyclocross towns in the country, catching up with the great people and families that I knew from racing and working at the local shop in high school than I was about the job.And I was no more excited than the first weekend of November for the Cincy3. It had been a dream for the last few years to get up to Ohio for this race. Three days of racing with the biggest names in the states, with one of them being under the lights, and another being the first ever Pan-American Cyclocross Championships. And to make it that much better, my family was coming up from Raleigh for it, my grandparents were coming down from the Toledo, OH area, and there was bound to be plenty of friends to run into.Saturday morning brought chilling air and the short lived snow flakes added to the excitement. The day’s races were filled with a bunny hopping fest by my brother and fellow BRO athlete, a non-exciting single speed race on my end, and plenty of hectic-ness to get ready for races. In between races brought on some great spectating, catching up with neighbors and friends, as well as some heckling and cowbell ringing.As the afternoon drew on, I started to think about and prepare for the UCI race in the evening. It would be my first UCI race, and I was racing much more to say that I raced with the big boys than to do well. Heck, my plan was to go balls to the wall just to see how long before I got lapped and pulled.Walking back to the van, I realized that I had lost my numbers. In the chaos of the day, I must have put them down in a nook in the van or dropped them in the porta potty. Despite desperate search attempts by my mom and I, they were nowhere to be found. So we walked back up to registration, me feeling like a dog with its tail between its legs. What an idiot, I thought. “Sooooo, my son lost his number for the elite men’s race, any chance he could get another one?” My mom asked, as I couldn’t bring myself to ask.“Well, let’s see. Looks like you’re in luck. We’ve got just one left, 99.” The official at registration checking in told us as he handed me a fresh set of numbers.I chuckled a sigh of relief, “Thanks a bunch!” As I handed the new set of numbers to my mom “Maybe you should hang on to these until I pin them up…”“Yeah, no kidding,” and turning to another official, smiling, she asked caringly “Long day?” Both of the officials nodded their head slowly. They had been here since seven in the morning, and wouldn’t likely get out until midnight. “Can I bring you back a cup of coffee or something?” They reassured my mom they were fine and had plenty of caffeine through the day.Walking back to car, my mom and I decided to head to Panera for a rather traditional pre-race coffee instead of a sit-down Italian restaurant that the rest of the family and grandparents were off to. As good as some pasta sounded, two hours out I wanted little more than a banana, a bite of a bagel, and as much coffee as I could down without shaking while warming up.As I sat in Panera with Momma, pinning numbers to my skinsuit and chugging Hazelnut coffee, I couldn’t help but feel a little selfish. Here I was, getting ready for a race I had been dying to hit for years. My family and grandparents had come to my temporary hometown, and I had opted go caffeinate my tired self instead of spending time with them. As we headed out, my Mom paid for another coffee to go. “Who’s that for?”“The official at registration.” I nodded, not surprised that she actually followed through on her offer.Back at the race course, I stayed in the van to stay warm, procrastinate actually warming up, and blasted music to try to get into the race mindset, while my mom went on a coffee delivery. Five minutes later she came back, “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone more excited for a cup of coffee. The official just stood up and gave me a big hug and said thank you, while the other official gave me the thumbs up. Something different at every race.”In that moment, I couldn’t help but turn down my music, look her in the eye, and just smile ear to ear. No words. Just a smile. I don’t know what of. Gratitude, inspiration, understanding maybe? In that moment, that Saturday evening wasn’t just about bike racing. It was about much, much more. It was about friends, it was about family, it was about dreams and it was about making a difference in a stranger’s day. Bike racing had just happened to be the means by which it was all happening.The next fifteen minutes entailed quite the heart to heart conversation about the purpose of racing, really the purpose of pursuing anything that we have a passion for. It’s not about necessarily being the best, rising through the ranks, getting sponsored, going pro, or even meeting goals. It’s about giving your best no matter how good you are, and most importantly, using your God-given gifts and passions as a means to reach out and make a difference, even if that is as seemingly small as a cup of coffee.Kitted up, I got myself out into the cold, grabbed my bike off the rack after a quick lookover, and rolled over to the side of the course to simultaneously warm up and watch the end of the pro women’s race. As I rolled into the starting grid, my mom handed me my phone so that I could see an inspiration good-luck text from Becca, my girlfriend who was back in Blacksburg, Virginia. If I wasn’t already on a caffeinated, emotional and spiritual high, I was now.Wearing the 99 number, starting on the very last row, the gun finally went off. That race was the fastest I had ever entered, by a long shot. It was a night of cowbell filled, hand-up taken, adrenaline pumping cross racing. There were more cheers for me than people I thought I knew in Cincinnati. I made up little ground out of the gate, botched a bunny-hop, tripped over the barriers the next lap, crashed on a straight away, and ultimately ended up getting lapped and pulled barely half way through the race. And Sunday’s race, while I lasted until the last lap before being pulled, wasn’t much to write home about either.But that wasn’t the point. The point was that it was a fantastic weekend that brought friends, family and complete strangers together over a shared passion. It was a weekend of pursuing dreams, heart to heart conversations, and making differences.So instead of a list of goals taped to my door, something else is there. The 99 bib number from that night in Cincinnati. For motivation, yes, but more to serve as a reminder of what I can use Cyclocross as. It’s a reminder that there’s more to it than training to reach such and such goal. Just like any sport, any passion for that matter, it is a great means to spend quality time with family and friends, reach out to someone who has the same passion, and hopefully make a difference in someone’s day, even if it is as seemingly small as a cup of coffee on a cold Cincinnati night.
As the days grow long and the adventures longer now that we are out West. The adult playground that is the entire state of Colorado never ceases to exceed our expectations. From Boulder to Buena Vista, Telluride to Denver, we’ve been hiking, biking, backpacking and enjoying the afternoon rain showers. (What better way to replace regular showers?) Now, check out some of the gear that keeps us moving and grooving in the Wild West.La Sportiva Nucleo High GTXFor almost 90 years La Sportiva has been designing high quality footwear to get you to, up, and in the mountains. We’ve been rocking the Nucleo High GTX Boot (La Sportiva’s most breathable boot to date) since April, and we’re smitten. We’ve put these boots to the test in the rolling mountains of the Appalachian Trail, the craggy peaks of Colorado, and the swamps of South Carolina. Each time we’ve been more impressed with the versatility of these leather, medium duty hiking boots.One of our favorite features of these boots is how breathable they are. Gore-Tex has been used in hiking boots for a long time, but the Nucleo features a material called ‘Gore-Tex Surround’. It consists of a polyester mesh insole that allows air to pass under the Gore-Tex bootie insert, negating many of the complaints users have when wearing Gore-Tex. The boots have full waterproof protection, while also BREATHING. It’s like yoga for your feet. We literally walked through the swamp of Congaree National Park and our feet were happier for it. These boots, when used with warm socks, offer good protection in the high snowfields of Colorado. At a pound each (5 ounces under the average weight for leather boots) these lightweight champs are still kicking in the final round.The breathability and waterproofing of the Nucleo, while extremely important to us, were outshined by their most important feature—durability. The Nucleo is made from rugged Nubuck leather and La Sportiva’s proprietary Nano-Cell mesh that makes the boot feel indestructible while offering the breathability that you would expect from a synthetic option.We also like how well the boot grips on different types of surfaces. La Sportiva has a long history of making particularly sticky shoes—it’s their specialty. The Nucleo’s Vibram Nano Sole with Impact Brake System is no exception. This sole was designed to help cushion and stick to terrain when moving fast down hill. The downward push into the front of your boot after a long descent where you end up with hot blisters on the ends of all your toes just doesn’t happen here. Between the Brake System and the lace system, you’ve got a boot that fits like a glove.We like this boot a lot. If you are interested, we’ve written a blog solo dedicated to the Nucleo High GTX that you can read here.National Geographic Maps Road Atlas (Adventure Edition)We do a lot of driving and we can say without a doubt that the United States is best seen off highway. Smart phone GPS is great, but when you’re on a road trip, the windows are down, and the tunes are playing, you want a real map in your co-pilot’s hands. Nat Geo Maps has made an incredible adventure atlas for just these times. The Adventure Atlas holds up to the accuracy and detail that you would expect from Nat Geo Maps, but takes your road trip to the next level. It covers all 50 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.First and foremost this book acts as an incredibly detailed road atlas. It has all of the major roads and highways, but also digs a little deeper with back roads and forest service roads to help get you into the backcountry. All road types are clearly identified so you know what to expect. Major cities and metropolitan areas are shown in high detail with inset maps.Nat Geo Maps had “spontanious road trips” in mind when they put this atlas together. It shows campsites, national and state parks, BLM land, rivers and mountains ranges. It features an exceptionally accurate topographical profile. They even profile and offer additional information on America’s most visited national parks.We also like how durable the atlas is. Unlike most atlases on the market this one is actually made to be abused and passed around the car on countless road trips. It’s spiral bound and printed on high quality paper. It also has plastic covers to help prevent stains from spills while your headed down your new favorite road.Mountain House: Breakfast SkilletWe wake up plenty of mornings cold, hungry, and far too tired to pull out the entire kitchen cooking setup. That’s when we praise Mountain House for making the breakfast skillet—a warm, lightweight, easy to cook meal, that you appreciate and need when you live in a van.Mountain House has been around for 50 years and you can find them in most major outdoor retailers. Their freeze dried meals are ideal for camping, backpacking, or just having on hand in case of emergency. They’re also perfect for groggy van-lifers who need to eat something wholesome before they can actually get anything accomplished. When you open your pouch you’ll find scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns, peppers, and onions… everything we want in a breakfast before our adventures.Freeze dried food has come a long way since it’s inception. People tend to turn their nose up at the thought of freeze dried eggs but somehow Mountain House has figured out a way to make them taste home-made. All of the ingredients re-hydrate perfectly and make you forget that five minutes ago it was sealed in a pouch. The process is easy– just open it up and add in the recommended amount of boiling water directly into the pouch. Take a second to stop and smell the coffee and BAM, you have a delicious, homestyle breakfast ready to be devoured… straight out of the bag. No mess or dishes—just happy, full, van-lifers ready to get to their next adventure.Mountain House also guarantees the taste of their meals for 30 years. You read that right… 30 full years. That’s the longest proven shelf life in the business. That’s also why it’s always a good idea to have some on hand in case of emergency. They won’t go bad even when your power goes out a decade from now. You’ll be able to have a tasty breakfast right before you stub your toe in the dark on your way out the door.You can snag Breakfast Skillet in four different sizes depending on what type of adventure you need to fuel. Feed up to ten humans with one container! Perfect for backpacking with a group. Pro tip: throw some Breakfast Skillet in a tortilla and add a splash of hot sauce for a gourmet backcountry breakfast burrito!If you like the gear we’re reppin’, or what we’re wearing, check out some of the sponsors that make this tour possible: La Sportiva, National Geographic Maps, and Mountain House.
Looking for those last-minute gifts for outdoor loved ones? Or just want the perfect gear for your next adventure? Here are 10 top-recommended gear from our outdoor experts and wear-testers.Phoozy Apollo, $30Protect your phone from the elements: this waterproof thermal phone koozie, constructed of NASA-inspired materials, is cold-proof, heat-proof, drop-proof, and sink-proof (it floats!). By maintaining a constant temperature for your phone, it provides up to three times longer battery life, too. Yet it’s ultralight and slim, easily sliding into pockets.Osprey Rook 50 Daypack, $155This affordable, lightweight multi-day pack (also available as the women’s Renn pack) is a new release for spring 2019. It includes a new adjustable suspension harness for on-the-go comfort and ventilation, as well as an integrated cover.Dark Peak NESSH Jacket, $250This high-performance mid-layer exceeds the quality and durability of leading brands, but without the high price tag. (They sell direct to consumer online, avoiding distributor and retailer markups). At just 12 ounces, the NESSH jacket is super lightweight and comes in either goose down or synthetic insulation. It handled our Southern Appalachian winter as well as any high-end jacket we’ve tested. Best of all, for every jacket they sell, they donate another jacket to someone who is homeless. One sold, one given. Every time.Volt Avalanche X Gloves, $269These waterproof, breathable, built-in heat gloves offer four heat settings and provide over 150 degrees of warmth. They can run from 2 to 8 hours on a charge depending on the setting and include a battery charger. The shell keeps out the elements, while the patented Zero Layer Heat System uses ultra-thin heating wires permanently bonded into the fabric lining to provide efficient heat transfer. Whether you are skiing, camping, hiking this winter, the Volt Heat keeps your hands and fingers toasty warm.HART Outdoor First Aid Kit Extended, $37Many first-aid kits offer the cheapest, least reliable products that have a hard time delivering when you need it most. HART’s first aid kits are stocked with top-of-the-line products that can withstand the most punishing elements. The Extended Kit has everything you need for eight days of emergency family first aid.MagnaReady Flannel, $62Buttons are so 20thcentury. Put on the MagnaReady flannel, line up the front sides one over the other and click, click, click, click—hidden magnets button it for you.C-Gear SandLite Mat, $47Instead of the normal footprint or tarp under your tent, the CGear mat outside can make all the difference by creating a self-cleaning surface for storing gear, taking off and putting on shoes, or throw it down next to the campfire for seating.Available in a variety of sizes, including larger mats with d-rings for staking, CGear mats are made with a patented weave that acts as a one-way street. Dirt and dust can fall through the top surface, but particles from the ground can’t make it through the openings and stay trapped underneath the mat.Bear Edge 61106 Knife, $22For an affordable, versatile knife, the Bear Edge is your go-to blade. Its rugged metal frame with black Zytel handles provide durability and reliable grip in all conditions. A reversible metal pocket clip provides convenient right- or left-hand pocket carry in a “tip up” attitude for fast deployment. The sideliner lock keeps the blade secured while folded yet allows quick, smooth release thanks to the assisted opening. Uncommon Green’s Stainless-Steel Insulated Maps Water Bottles, $35This 21 oz Hydration Bottle is powder-coated for durability and grip and forged from indestructible stainless steel, while being vacuum-insulated to keep your water ice cold. Each is etched with signature map designs from college towns, home towns, cities, and topographies around the U.S. and the world.prAna Becksa Bralette and Leggings ($59, $89)The recycled polyester blend features a fitted interior shelf bra with mesh lining; the leggings are also a recycled 1×1 compressions stretch rib polysester blend wode side pockets and a wide waistband. Best of all, they are Fair Trade Certified and bluesign®approved, so you feel good, inside and out.myCharge Portable Power Outlet, $180The Portable Power Outlet from myCharge provides up to 10x extra battery life and features USB ports as well as a built-in AC Power Port. The powerful charger can run a 34” TV for up to four hours and has power-stay technology that allows the battery to maintain power for up to one year. Bridgedale Storm Sock, $21This 100% waterproof sock provides three layers of protection: an inner layer of Merino Wool, a waterproof membrane, and a Lycra outer layer to provide stretch and protection.