first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Matthew Bandyk for SNL:In March, renewable energy sources, excluding hydroelectricity, generated more than 10% of U.S. electricity for the first time, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data.Wind, solar, biomass and geothermal resources were responsible for 10.6% of all U.S. megawatt-hours generated that month, up from 7.7% in the same period a year ago and just 2.6% 10 years ago.Widespread installations of new wind and solar facilities over the last decade explain much of the increase in renewables generation. Wind and solar made up less than 1% of U.S. generation as recently as 2007, but stood at 8.5% in March, another record. March is the most recent month with data available in the EIA’s monthly electricity data reports. Renewables came close to hitting the 10% mark in November 2015, when they generated 9.6% of electricity.In addition, the productivity of those facilities, not just their total numbers, also matters. Advances in renewable energy technology now allow wind farms and solar panels to generate more electricity.Including hydroelectric power, renewables pumped out 19.5% of U.S. generation, the highest level since at least 2001.Full article (with chart) ($): Renewables crack 10% of US electricity generation mix Renewables, Excluding Hydro, Surpass 10% of U.S. Electricity Generation for the First Timelast_img read more

first_imgNew analysis shows potential for significant solar growth in Africa through 2030 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:The African solar PV market could grow to as much as 30 GW by 2030, according to a new report on the potential of 10 key countries by the German Solar Association (BSW-Solar) and the Becquerel Institute, in cooperation with Intersolar Europe.The Solarize Africa Market Report points to an enormous amount of potential across the continent that has yet to be exploited, based on research focusing on South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Ghana, Algeria, Ethiopia, Angola, Namibia and Tanzania. More than 1 GW of solar capacity was installed throughout Africa in 2018, according to statistics from both BSW-Solar and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), bringing cumulative installations for the entire continent to slightly more than 5 GW by the end of 2018.“The solar potential in Africa is large, as is Africa’s energy demand, and we are optimistic about many of the markets we analyzed,” says David Wedepohl, managing director of BSW-Solar. “We estimate we would need about 2,000 TWh solar PV to fully decarbonize the energy consumption on the continent by 2040.”The report notes that total PV installations in Africa account for only about 1% of the world’s cumulative installed capacity. The researchers say that investment opportunities vary throughout the continent based on a range of factors, including political stability, solar radiation and the receptiveness of different markets to foreign investors.However, many countries will need to upgrade and expand aging and underdeveloped grid infrastructure in order to facilitate significant PV development, the researchers say.More: African nations could install 30 GW by 2030: BSW-Solarlast_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Richmond Times-Dispatch:Dominion Energy on Thursday announced plans to build the nation’s largest offshore wind farm off the coast of Virginia — a 220-turbine installation that would power 650,000 homes at peak wind. If it gains state and federal approvals, the $7.8 billion project would deliver 880 megawatts of energy by 2024 and a total of 2,600 megawatts by 2026. The turbines would be anchored on 112,800 acres Dominion is leasing from the federal government 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.Dominion’s announcement comes two days after Gov. Ralph Northam signed an executive order calling for a plan to make Virginia’s electric grid solely dependent on carbon-free energy sources by 2050. That plan called for 2,500 megawatts of offshore wind by 2026.As pitched, Dominion’s would be the largest offshore wind farm in the country. The nation’s first commercial offshore wind farm began operation off the coast of Rhode Island in 2016. Others are in development.“If approved and generating power as projected in 2026, Dominion’s 2,500 megawatts project will be the single largest project in U.S. waters,” said Laura Morton, a policy analyst with the American Wind Energy Association, an industry group. The next largest project, Ocean Wind, would generate 1,100 megawatts off the New Jersey coast.New Jersey has a procurement goal of 3,500 megawatts by 2030. New York recently announced a 9,000 megawatt goal by 2030.Making Virginia a leader in offshore wind has become a goal for Northam, who vowed policy support for the industry during a speech in Norfolk on Thursday. Northam is calling for construction permits related to Dominion’s project to be filed by 2021 — the last full year of his administration.More: Dominion plans to build nation’s largest offshore wind farm off coast of Virginia Dominion plans 2,600MW offshore wind project, largest in U.S.last_img read more

first_imgMake 2015 the year you stick to your New Year’s resolutions!This year conquer that race you’ve been eying or organize the over-nighter you’ve been fantasizing about.Take advantage of these sleepy days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve that provide the perfect opportunity to create the year of your dreams. Mix a hot toddy, grab a pen and follow these three tips to make this year’s resolutions stick!1. Own It. Setting aside quiet time allows you to think about what you really want to accomplish or change this year. Waiting to the last minute leaves us grasping for ideas and too often we resolve to do things we think we should want, but the goals don’t actually align with our values or lifestyle.Be specific about your goals. Don’t merely write that you’ll work out more often in the coming year, but add when you’ll find time in your schedule. Add whether your route to fitness will be at the gym or outside. Create a series of smaller steps that you can take to reach your goal.Next, arrange your life to support your goals. If you need equipment or a gym membership to make your goal happen, now is the time. Consider other obligations and talk with your partner about how you can support one another’s goals in 2015, whether it means swapping chores or hitting the gym together on date night.2. Share Them. Telling friends and family about your resolutions can help your stick-to-it-ness. Enlist your friends most likely to hold you accountable, thing of the coach- and cheerleader-types you know. Skip the naysayers.Better yet, find others who share your New Year’s resolutions and motivate each other. If you’re goal it to hit the gym more often, the group dynamic of workout classes provide a community of accountability. Whatever your goal, the more you talk about it, the more likely you are to find someone who made the same one. Sharing the journey enhances the ups and minimizes the downs.It’s not enough to tell your family and friends your resolutions at the start of the year. According to research from the Dominican University of California, while those who told friends and family about their goals did better than those who didn’t, people who emailed others weekly progress updates did even better.3. Get Over It. Make a vow to do the best you can under the circumstances and forgive yourself for the occasional slip-up. Don’t beat yourself up, because nobody is perfect and the minor misses are an expected part of the process. Perfection leads to the all-or-nothing view of the world, which can end with goal-setters to abandon their goals altogether. Better to acknowledge your mistakes, dust yourself off, and reset your sights on your 2015 goals.Make your goals something you intensely want and capture that emotion in a way you can tap into when temptation leads you astray. Write down your goals and post them in a place where you’ll see it often, whether that’s by your mirror, refrigerator or computer. Follow these three tips and you’re sure to make 2015 the year you do keep your resolutions.Cheers to a year of becoming the best you yet!~ Mountain Mamalast_img read more

first_imgIn solitude, I’m pounding the fire road called Road Across the Sky. I’m eyeing the long stretch ahead glinting in the noonday sun when I come across small yellow butterflies. Possessing a one-inch wingspan, there are hundreds of them in the air and on the road—as if I need yet another reason to consider this day special. A gust of breeze from the north and they’re gone, leaving me to contemplate the ephemeral nature of my passage here today; I’m a slow-moving speck under the big blue sky of the West Virginia high country.I’m competing in the Highlands Sky 40-miler, an ultra with a well-deserved reputation for being extra tough and beautiful with lots of variety in the course terrain and scenery. The point-to-point race started at 6 a.m., as 195 brave souls galloped to the Flatrock Trailhead and commenced the course opener: a 2200-vertical-foot climb up to Roaring Plains, (gotta love that name).The climb takes us up wet and muddy single track, through what appears to be a lush and green tunnel. The stinging nettle is in abundance and the itching comes in waves as my bare legs continually brush through it. Oh well, it distracts me somewhat from the hard work of ascending the mountain. The field of runners spreads out quickly, and I expect to soon find myself alone. However instead I find myself keeping pace with Bob and Victor and we seem to make a good team as we chug up the mountain.A few hours later we’re still together, with Bob leading Victor and me through mountain laurel thick with blossoms, on single track which is indistinguishable from a free running mountain stream. The dark, tannin-stained water hides rocks which diabolically threaten to take us down. Somehow we stay on our feet and truck on. I feel good; this free running splashing is exhilarating.john robinson1Aid station two, mile 10.8, is at the end of Roaring Plains trail and I pause just long enough to exchange grins with the kind volunteers and to grab a handful of cantaloupe, watermelon and strawberries. Still with Bob and Victor, I blast off down steep Boar’s Nest Trail. It’s rough going and in a little while the boys leave me behind. A few times, just when I think I’m lost, I come upon another orange tape course marker. Thank you course setters! Also, along this stretch of trail I’m overcome by a young veteran of the race who before moving on gives me some pointers on staying on the course up ahead. I appreciate the advice and soon I’m climbing the South Prong Trail where I catch up to Victor and Bob. We hit Aid Station three near the top of the South Prong climb and then traverse a section of the course that consists of yet another rock-and-water-filled trough. It’s wild and beautiful. Just as I’m wondering how I’m staying on my feet I trip on a submerged rock and launch tangentially into the soft thick shrubbery alongside the trail. Victor witnesses the whole thing and compliments me on my gracefulness. Yeah right.Before the course merges with the Road Across the Sky I blast, still in trio with Bob and Victor, across a super boggy section that features ten slippery (very slippery) wooden wetland bridges. Somehow I manage to avoid careening off out of control.Aid Station Four, mile 19.7, is busy with volunteers, crews, and well wishers. I feel like a star as I approach amid cheers of encouragement. I grab pickles and watermelon from the kind folks there and head on. I’m alone now—normal ultra mode—because Victor has taken off like a rocket and Bob is apparently not far behind him.It’s warm and the sun is high in the sky as I head north, past the butterflies and on to Bear Rocks. I pause at a tiny stream to douse my head with the cold water to dump some heat and refresh. I’ll be doing this head cooling thing several more times during the rest of the race, whenever the opportunity presents itself.Yahoo! I’m yodeling now as I’m overcome with emotion over the stark beauty of the high country of northern Dolly Sods. The sky is big and the country open, islands of spruce and low-clinging shrubs lie among expansive meadows. The plant life is more characteristic of what you’d find in far more northern climes. There is an overwhelming feeling of remoteness; the silence, beyond my own footfalls and breathing, is profound. I press on. I’m weary, but I’m doing my best to maintain a relaxed and optimistic state of being, to run a happy race, and to appreciate the awesome beauty of the route and the day. And I’m introspective along here, thinking back on my ultra experiences, and about how the Highlands Sky 40 might be my last race for a while; I haven’t committed to any others for the time being.At about mile 32 I catch up to Bob again. His legs are not behaving so he’s slowed down a bit. I move on, assuring him that his legs will come back soon. I’m on the bouldery section of the Rocky Ridge Trail, on the western side of Dolly Sods and overlooking Canaan Valley. In a few spots the terrain allows me to see across the valley to the state park, the race’s finish. It looks like a long way from here to there.I’ve been amazed at the quality of the aid stations in this race and number seven is no exception. The happy outlaws manning it are pleased to have me visit this remotest of all aid stations. Great food, chilled Ginger Ale and cold wet washcloths rehabilitate me; a hearty bon voyage from the crew and I’m on my way.I’m so lost in thought amid low-grade suffering that I don’t hear my friend Jeremy come up behind me. We chat for a few minutes until he powers on ahead. He says his wife and seven- month-old son are waiting up at the next aid station. No wonder he has some extra spring in his step.The Dolly Sods Wilderness falls behind me as the course enters Timberline ski area and has me climbing to the summit via a cross-country ski trail. I’m kind of on automatic pilot at this point, grinding it out. At the “butt slide” rock garden steep descent I fight to stay on my feet. Fatigue is now my constant companion, however I still revel in the stark beauty of the day and this place. Now the forest is giving way to the open meadows of the valley of Canaan. I lope along a gravel road toward aid station eight, and when I arrive there to cheers and smiles I think, “these are some of the kindest souls on the planet!”Shortly after departing AS 8, running down hard-surfaced Freeland Road I come to what must be a fatigue-induced mirage. Four smiling, beautiful women in the yard of a modest cabin along the road are cheering me on. I put the brakes on an one of the girls sprays me down with lovely cold water from a garden hose while another serenades me with a melodious dirge on a violin. Perhaps I’ve died and gone to heaven.After leaving the women —it wasn’t easy, believe me—I glance over my shoulder several times to assure myself that they are truly real. They’re smiling and waving, fading with the distance. I shake my head in happy disbelief as I jog rejuvenated toward the finish line four miles across the valley.“One mile to go,” announces the cardboard sign, as I cross open meadows in Canaan Valley State Park. A few folks are scattered along the route on this last short bit -cheering the racers on to the end- and I appreciate that.Friend and race director Dan Lehmann welcomes me across the finish line and oh it feels good. My time is 7:55:07, fifteenth place overall. As I coast to a stop I’m glowing with relief but more than that it’s gratitude that I feel…I’m grateful to be living life in the here and now, among kindred spirits and stunning natural beauty, discovering mysteries about human existence that few get to experience.It’s not “just another day” and I am glad for it.john robinson3last_img read more

first_imgWhere North Carolina butts up against Tennessee the land lies in folds and wrinkles like a blanket kicked to the foot of the bed. And we’re glad for it. The landscape is rough and varied and in it we’ll find peaks to bag, trails to tread, and waters to fish. Look around and you’ll find more quiet coves and pockets of pristine forest than you can count, and it seems every stream becomes a waterfall as it descends from the cloudy peaks. The Cherokee, who have inhabited this still-wild region for eons, believe that the places where water changes course are heavy with power and importance. Perhaps that’s why we’re drawn to waterfalls, to spend a silent moment listening to the voice of the water plunging over rock or to put our feet in the pools and rills where a bit of magic remains.Wherever you go in Western North Carolina, you’re never far from a waterfall, and when you find yourself in need of a moment outdoors where the sounds of nature drown out all the noise of the world, look to this guide to find a few places you can go to recapture some of the spirit of the mountains.Soco FallsSoco Falls cuts a fine figure with twin falls plunging over perpendicular rock faces in a shady cove. The Cherokee found this place so powerful it was one of few where a life could be taken, which is why Spanish explorers met their fate here. It’s said that you can see the face of a Spaniard peering out from behind a veil of water at Soco, a silent witness to the power of the place. One of the easiest falls to access—it’s a five minute walk from the parking area—you’ll find the trailhead to Soco Falls off US Highway 19 at the edge of the Qualla Boundary just 5.5 miles west of Maggie Valley.SocoFalls-RedditSoco Falls cuts a fine figure with twin falls plunging over perpendicular rock faces in a shady cove.Linville FallsFor a picture postcard view of Linville Falls you’re looking at a round-trip hike of 1.6 miles on an easy path that ends at Erwin’s View, perched on a rocky outcrop high above the gorge. From here you can see the three tiers of this fall and hear its dull roar as the water plunges into a pool so blue-green it’s nearly black. A great hike for families or young hikers, the trail is well maintained and it’s easy to access at Milepost 316.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway.Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 1.16.27 PMFor a picture postcard view of Linville Falls you’re looking at a round-trip hike of 1.6 miles on an easy path that ends at Erwin’s View.DuPont Forest Waterfall TourThe DuPont State Recreational Forest gives you the chance to see anywhere from one to five waterfalls on another relatively easy series of hikes. Start with the short jaunt down a wide gravel trail to Hooker Falls, then backtrack and hike a little further to Triple Falls, an impressive spot where many stop their waterfall tour.Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 1.29.03 PMHooker Falls in Dupont State ForestPress on to High Falls where the water slides over a 150’ high rock dome. Turn back here and you’ll miss Grassy Creek Falls, the crystal-clear Lake Dense, and Bridal Veil Falls. All told, you’re looking at a big day—around 12 miles round trip.DuPont-TripleFalls-JFryeTriple Falls in DuPont State ForestHigh Shoals FallsOne of the most popular hikes in South Mountains State Park, just south of Morganton, the 2.7-mile High Shoals Fall Loop can get crowded on prime weekends, but for a weekday or off-season hike, it’s perfect, plus, South Mountains has 20 backcountry campsites scattered around the park, so this 2.7-mile loop can grow into a strenuous trek from backcountry site to backcountry site over the course of a weekend.HighShoalsFalls-Flickr-PerVerdonkThe 2.7-mile High Shoals Fall Loop can get crowded on prime weekends.Yellowstone, Second and Upper FallsGraveyard Fields is a popular stop on the Blue Ridge Parkway and for good reason: an easy trail leads to Upper and Second Falls and through some lovely countryside. The hike to Yellowstone and Second Falls is an easy one and during wildflower season and autumn’s color show, a spectacular one. Reaching Upper Falls is a bit of a challenge though, and requires experience in both route finding and bushwhacking. If you find yourself following the Yellowstone Prong to Upper Falls, you won’t be disappointed though as views are excellent.SecondFalls-WikimediaThe hike to Yellowstone and Second Falls is an easy one and during wildflower season and autumn’s color show, a spectacular one.Skinny Dip FallsWe almost didn’t include this 0.8-mile round trip hike off the Blue Ridge Parkway, but then we thought, “How could we not include Skinny Dip Falls?” The hike begins across the Blue Ridge Parkway from Looking Glass Rock Overlook and follows an old roadbed almost to the base of the falls where a tantalizing pool awaits. If there’s no one around, you have time for a quick strip, dip and drip (dry) before you’re discovered.Crabtree FallsJust off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 339.5 you’ll find Crabtree Meadows, a pleasant-enough campground and a 2.5-mile hike to Crabtree Falls. The trail is a mix of conditions, from a flat, meadow-roaming trace to a steep, switchbacked section or two that will leave you breathless. But Crabtree Falls is worth every step. Dropping 70’ down a near-vertical rock face and fanning out into a wide veil, Crabtree is a photographer’s dream.Crabtree-Flickr-ForestWanderJust off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 339.5 you’ll find Crabtree Meadows, a pleasant-enough campground and a 2.5-mile hike to Crabtree Falls.Harper Creek FallsNear Morganton, Harper Creek Falls and South Harper Creek Falls are accessible via a tough 8.5-mile hike that includes a dozen stream crossings, some rough trail conditions, and a long-distance view of Grandfather Mountain. Both falls are quite lovely, but Harper Creek Falls, the first you’ll encounter if you make the loop counter-clockwise, is quite lovely as a two-tiered cascade rushes over rock faces to make upper and lower pools framed by the forest. You’ll find the trailhead for this hike 1.5 miles south of Betsy’s Ole Country Store on Brown Mountain Beach Rd.Screen Shot 2016-05-10 at 1.32.40 PMNear Morganton, Harper Creek Falls and South Harper Creek Falls are accessible via a tough 8.5-mile hike that includes a dozen stream crossings.Panthertown Valley Waterfall TourPanthertown (pronounced “painter-town” by the old-timers) Valley is called the “Yosemite of the East” because of an impressive collection of rock outcroppings jutting out of the earth. The headwaters of the Tuckasegee River are found here, as are a number of waterfalls. On this hike of anywhere from a couple of miles to 10 miles, you can see as many as seven waterfalls on a long, but pleasurable, day. You will need some map reading skills to take on the full extent of the valley, but practice up and hit the trail.Among the waterfalls you’ll find here are Greenland Creek Falls, a beautiful double-decker cascade that’s around 60’; Wilderness Falls, where a small stream slips down a rock face to join one of the many streams here; and Schoolhouse Falls, which has a large plunge pool good for swimming or wading.Panthertown Valley Gems.Schoolhouse Falls in Panthertown ValleyCullowhee FallsThe locals call it Cullowhee Falls but some folks call it High Falls; whatever you call it, the hike in is around 2 miles to this 150’ waterfall downstream from Glenville Dam. Water flows here year-round, so there’s always a waterfall, but on days when the dam releases water it’s mighty impressive. On the hike in you’ll follow a well-maintained trail and pass Thurston Hatcher Falls, a 30’ plunge and cascade. To reach the true base of Cullowhee Falls requires a few rock scrambles, but nothing too challenging.CullowheeFalls-JFryeCullowhee Falls requires a few rock scrambles, but nothing too challenging.[divider]about the author[/divider]JasonFryeHeadshot1Jason Frye is a travel writer and author of Moon North Carolina, Moon North Carolina Coast, Moon Blue Ridge Parkway Road Trips, and is hard at work on a guidebook to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. His stories and photos have appeared in Our State, Salt, and Thrillist, and is forthcoming in Southern Living Follow him on Instagram: @beardedwriter. Related Articles:last_img read more

first_imgwomens-baileyflannel-western-rise-tealFor the Dawn PatrollerWestern Rise Bailey Stretch FlannelMSRP: $99This is not your average flannel. Constructed with the soft-yet-stretchy blend of polyester and wool, the cut on this shirt is made for a woman—relaxed, but with a tailored lady’s fit. This wrinkle- and odor-resistant shirt makes it the perfect outfit for those times when you don’t have time to change for work after your dawn patrol ride. Equally at home on the trail or in the office, this is the do-it-all shirt. kidcomfortair_us_4224_15For the Active MomDeuter Kid Comfort AirMSRP: $239There’s no woman more badass than the active mom herself. Balancing work and family and chores and personal time can be a challenge, and Deuter is here to help. This easy-to-adjust pack is ideal for light day hikes or in-town strolls. Plus, it’s about as comfortable as it can be given you have a 20+-pound kid on your back. Who needs the gym when you have this thing? s16-w-ensenadasunhoody-cornflower-90375_31cFor the Do-It-AllerOutdoor Research Ensenada Sun HoodyMSRP: $79Being in the outdoors inevitably lends itself to a lot of time spent under the sun. Enter the Ensenada, the answer to all of your skin-protection needs. Ideal for warm-weather activity, this lightweight hoody is built with UPF 50+ and is quick-drying, stretchy, and breathable. Never get a sunburn again. Not every girl is made of sugar, spice, and everything nice. Some girls are made of adventure, craft beer, brains, and no fear. Or so the meme goes.So if your special lady is one of those adventure seekers who values practicality and functionality over the “pretty factor,” check out some of our favorite holiday gift ideas. w-patch-gray-profileFor the Everyday AdventurerForsake PatchMSRP: $149.95Whether on the streets or on the trail, this vintage style leather boot fits the bill. It’s entirely waterproof while still allowing those dogs to breathe, which means you can wear it practically any time of the year and during any season. The Peak-to-Pavement traction easily tackles slick terrain and blacktop alike.center_img upshift-onframe-webFor the Bike CommuterGreen Guru UpshiftMSRP: $40Versatile enough to fit most bikes, this frame bag is everything a bike commuter needs. It’s easy to attach and access, and with 7.3L of space, holds all of the odds-and-ends your lady may need on her ride (think pints of ice cream, bottles of wine, etc). Durable enough for bikepacking trips, too, this bag is more functional than its price tag might suggest. Made from upcycled nylon, each bag has its own unique style, just like that special someone. blackout-2For the Intrepid TrekkerVapur BlackOutMSRP: $13.99Collapsible, attachable, reusable. This lightweight 1L water bottle, isn’t really a water bottle at all. It’s like a sack, that stands on its own, and when filled, feels just like a bottle in your hand. It lays flat when empty, which means you can hydrate when you need to, and save space in your pack when you don’t. The BPA-free material is good for you, good for the Earth, and durable enough to last through even the toughest of excursions. apples-walnutsFor the Health-Conscious EaterGoMacro Macro BarsMSRP: $29.95 for variety 12-packOrganic, gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, sustainably sourced. These nutritious bars hit nearly every mark on the latest health fads. What’s more, they actually taste good (shocker, I know). With flavors ranging from peanut butter chocolate chip to apples and walnuts (and everything in between), there’s sure to be a bar that fits her palette.last_img read more

first_img“It’s very demanding,” he says from a café near the beach. “I went for three hours yesterday. I was exhausted at the end, like a stranded animal on the beach.”  BRO:  In your book, you discuss some heady topics that usually aren’t broached in fitness manuals—the environment, mindfulness—what do these topics have to do with moving naturally?  Erwan Le Corre likes to talk about spearfishing. Le Corre: To equip people with the physical and mental skills that you need to perform in time of need in the real world. Every year, millions of kids get out of school and they can’t operate their body in the real world. They can’t even breathe correctly or stand up correctly. They’re clumsy and weak. That’s the truth. How does that happen? Kids live and grow indoors. They don’t play outside anymore. They don’t naturally develop any strength or cardio capacity. And then they grow up to be clumsy and weak adults. The ultimate goal of this book is to provide a physical education that modern people don’t get anymore. A lot of people are inept and have a complete lack of physical capability in the real world. I want to provide that education.  Le Corre: The problem with functional fitness is that the programs still stray away from anything close to the real world, and how people actually move naturally. Standing on a Bosu ball and doing lunges, you don’t do that in nature. You’re still restricting the idea of fitness to a limited scope of drills that might look functional but don’t transfer to the real world.  Le Corre: I’ve always wanted to write a book, even before I designed the certification program. I wrote down every detail over the last 10 years, and it took me longer than that to develop and mature my philosophy and practice. It really took me decades to write this thing.  It’s hard to imagine Le Corre exhausted. A decade ago, the native Frenchman made a splash in the U.S. when he introduced a revolutionary approach to fitness called MovNat that ditched the gym and focused on natural movements in a wild environment: walking, running, balancing, jumping, crawling, climbing, swimming, lifting, carrying, throwing, catching and self-defense. MovNat helped usher in the functional fitness movement, and at one point, Le Corre was dubbed the “fittest man alive.” Le Corre has spent the last several years refining and growing the MovNat program by teaching workshops and building an arsenal of certified trainers across the country. This spring, Victory Belt Publishing has released a book, The Practice of Natural Movement, where Le Corre compiles all of his knowledge about the art of natural movement. The book is nearly 500 pages and includes everything from Le Corre’s philosophy about why it’s important for modern humans to get back to more animal-like movement patterns, to detailed pictorials that show you step by step how to do movements that Le Corre believes are key to being healthy. Read the book and you’ll learn the basics (how to get up from the ground without using your hands) to the awesome (how to climb a skinny tree with no limbs). BRO: You’ve been teaching MovNat for a decade, why write a book now?  He can go into detail about fighting the currents and the challenge of holding your breath at the bottom of the sea. How you have to learn about the fish’s behavior. Le Corre lives on Mexico’s coast with his wife and three kids and spends as much time as he can in the water, hunting fish. He and his family like to eat what he catches, but mostly, he likes spearfishing for the challenge.  BRO: So, spearfishing seems to be the exact sort of practice you’re training for with MovNat.  Le Corre:  We’ve been led to believe that fitness is a purely physical thing–it’s mechanistic, based on an anatomical understanding of the body. That idea is limited and compartmentalized and it’s been failing so many people who get bored, step off the elliptical and think fitness isn’t for them. But fitness is about more than just strength or cardio. It’s about the freedom that natural movement gives you, and mindfulness, the environment are all a part of it. center_img BRO:  And yet, your book is very practical. You spend pages showing readers how to do the most practical of movements.  We spoke with Le Corre about his new book, the deficiencies of functional fitness, and the secret to catching a fish with a spear.  Le Corre: It is, because it’s real world, practical. You want to get fish and eat it, but it’s difficult. I don’t believe in training just to be strong or to look good. Fitness starts with a mindset, some sort of expectation—usually to be strong or bigger. That’s the conventional modern expectation of what it is to be in shape and what is sold to us by the industry for decades. So, I’m challenging that with MovNat and with this book.  BRO: You helped launch the functional fitness movement, and in your book, you say functional fitness doesn’t go far enough.  BRO:  In that light, your new obsession with spearfishing makes sense. What’s the secret to catching a fish with a spear?  It’s intellectual masturbation. If you want to do a functional movement, do a natural movement. A movement that is practical. Get up and get down with no support from the hands. That’s natural. That’s practical. Functional fitness at best is highly limited. At worst, it’s complete bullshit.  Le Corre: Yeah, it boils down to this: Are you capable or not? That’s the litmus test. If something happens, can you sprint? Can you fight? Can you carry?  BRO:  What’s the ultimate goal of your new book?  Le Corre: Patience. You’re not fast enough to swim after a fish. You have to let them come to you. You have to let yourself sink and then you freeze. You have to do your absolute best to be completely relaxed under water. Let the fish swim in front of you and then pounce.last_img read more

first_imgPennsylvania boaters take heed: mandatory life jacket requirements began Nov 1 Some questioned if it could ever be done, but on October 12, Eliud Kipchoge, the world’s best marathon runner, ran the marathon distance of 26.2 miles in under two hours. The extraordinary run took place in Vienna, Austria on a flat course. Kipchoge ran alone but was aided by 41 pacers. He ran the distance in an astounding 1:59:40, maintaining an average pace of 4:35 per mile.  Although this is the fastest marathon ever run, his feat will not be counted as a world record. The run was not a race; it was orchestrated for Kipchoge alone. In addition to being aided by 41 pacers that shielded him from the wind, he was also assisted by a crew of cyclists that delivered him water and fuel when he needed it. Kipchoge also wore a pair of controversial Nike running shoes, which Nike claims saves runners energy and translates to faster running times.  Eliud Kipchoge is the first person to run a sub-2-hour marathon A mother and her teen were out hiking on a popular New Jersey hiking trail when a rabid coyote attacked them. The mom, Robyn Weber, says that she and her son were hiking at Point Mountain Preserve when a coyote approached them and bit her leg, refusing to let go. When the coyote did eventually release her leg it began following the duo and next attacked Weber’s 15-year-old son, biting him several times in the face, leg, arms and foot. Both hikers were treated with a series of shots to prevent them from contracting rabies.  New Jersey mom and teen attacked by rabid coyote while out hiking Fall is the perfect time to paddle the waters in search of fall foliage but the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is reminding boaters that beginning November 1 and lasting through April 30, all boaters are required to wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket during the cold weather months. The requirement covers times when the boat is moving or anchored and includes boats 16 feet in length or less including kayaks and canoes. The requirement covers all Pennsylvania waters. The attack took place in Hunterdon County and the county health department says that there has recently been a spike in animals testing positive for rabies. Since January 2019, 24 coyotes, cats and raccoons have tested positive for the disease.  “The water temperature is dropping rapidly beginning this time of year,” said Ryan Walt, PFBC Boating and Watercraft Safety Manager. “Even on sunny days when air temperatures are comfortable and even feel warm, the water can be cold enough to put boaters at risk for sudden cold water immersion [cold water shock]. A life jacket can keep you afloat and alive.” Historically, nearly 80 percent of boating fatalities in Pennsylvania happened because boaters were not wearing life jackets.last_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo September 21, 2009 Colombian President Alvaro Uribe paved the way for the unilateral release of several hostages held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrilla group, authorizing opposition Sen. Piedad Cordoba to participate in the handover and dropping its condition that all the captives be released at once. “The unilateral release of captives offered by the FARC is being mediated by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Catholic Church,” said a brief communique read to reporters by peace commissioner Frank Pearl at the Nariño presidential palace. Uribe, Pearl, Defense Minister Gabriel Silva and National Police director Gen. Oscar Naranjo met Saturday morning in the Bogota military airport with family members of various hostages of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrilla group. According to the communique read by Pearl, during that meeting “the families asked the president to facilitate the release of captives offered by the FARC, without imposing the condition that all kidnap victims be freed simultaneously.” The FARC expressed months ago its willingness to unilaterally free army Corp. Pablo Emilio Moncayo, kidnapped almost 12 years ago, and another soldier, Josue Daniel Calvo, as well has handing over the body of policeman Julian Guevara, who died in captivity. The rebel group demanded that the captives be released to opposition Sen. Cordoba, something Uribe authorized on July 8. But at the time the president put as a condition the simultaneous liberation of all police and soldiers that the FARC want to exchange for imprisoned rebels (the guerrillas speak of 23, the government of 24), as well as the handing over of the remains of three men who died in captivity. On Saturday, however, the government withdrew that condition, and repeated its authorization for Sen. Piedad Cordoba to take part in the liberaton” of Moncayo and Calvo, and the handover of Guevara’s body.last_img read more