Live Outside and Play: May Gear Picks

first_imgIt’s May, which means it’s time for another gear review! One whole moon cycle teaches the rambling traveler some, but not all. Our good friend Einstein said it best, “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.”  We’re looking forward to the next seven months on the road, and what they have in store for us. While we’re stumbling, and discovering, check out some of the gear that keeps us on the trail and ready for the next adventure.La Sportiva Women’s Rocky Mountain Pant– If you haven’t had Stretch Cordura® grace your activewear wardrobe, have we got a treat for you! La Sportiva has created pants that combine the comfiness of leggings with the ruggedness of heavier protective mountain pants. This hardy, yet light, pant features Stretch Cordura®, which is a ying-yang of durability and breathability. I’ve hiked with these from daybreak to sunset through brambles and underbrush and walked away unscathed and cool. These pants come complete with large pockets for climbing overhangs without fear of anything falling out, elastic bottoms so they don’t snag on the trails, and a super comfy waistband so you can wear them all day. Can we talk about the waistband again? It really is a game changer.Appalachian Trail Map Guides-  Thinking of hiking the Appalachian Trail? Or just want to hike a section or two? National Geographic Maps has you covered. They’ve published a new, Appalachian Trail illustrated thirteen map set. Just like all of their maps, the A.T. maps are printed on waterproof, tear-resistant, paper that holds up like no other map on the trail. They’ve decided to print this set in booklet form instead of their usual fold-out style. We prefer the booklet on the trail. For us, they tend to be a little easier to deal with in windy situations, especially when you only need a small section of the map at a time. Each booklet covers 150-200 miles of the A.T. The whole set covers Springer Mountian, Ga., to Mt. Katahdin in Main. Each page is centered on the A.T. and overlaps with the adjacent pages so there is little chance of getting lost. Along the bottom of each page is a trail profile that shows the distance between shelters, camping areas, and trail access points. Each booklet lists resupply information, town inset maps, camping options, and much more.You don’t have to be a thru-hiker to enjoy these beauties. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. We love maps.Lowe Alpine Airzone Trail 35- Lowe Alpine is celebrating their 50th birthday this year and they have been making top notch gear since their inception. Lowe Alpine, who was founded by climber and mountaineer Greg Lowe, is responsible for some of the most commonly used climbing and mountaineering gear today.We’ve fallen in love with all of their packs, but today we’d like to introduce the Airzone Trail 35. This 35-liter pack is perfect for lightweight backpackers or for day hikers who need a little extra space. Checking in at 2.7 pounds, this pack edges out most others in its size class. The Airzone Trail 35 uses a top-loading, single clasp, design that cuts weight and increases stability and accessibility. The Airzone get’s its name from the tensioned mesh that separates the pack from the wearer’s back. The mesh promotes air flow and cuts weight. They’ve included unique trekking pole holders that fit various types of poles and ice tools. Our personal favorite thing about this pack is the way it holds weight. There are specific designs for each gender, with the female design taking into consideration back length, hip belt length, shoulder height, and load distribution. No matter which gender, it is incredibly stable and well balanced._______________________________________________________Like the gear we’re rockin’ ?  Check out some of the brands featured in the images above that support this program! La Sportiva, National Geographic, and, Lowe Alpine.last_img read more

Public hearing on industrial zoning code in Endicott postponed

first_imgThe public hearing is expected to be held through a Zoom call on Monday, Mat 4, since this pandemic has prohibited people meeting in groups. In the Zoom meeting on Monday, dozens of people joined in on the call to hear what the Village of Endicott board was ready to address. However, it was quickly announced that the public hearing on additions to zoning codes regarding recycling and other guidelines will be postponed to Monday, May 4. Questions can be submitted to [email protected] before and during the meeting. Endicott Mayor Linda Jackson says the board received information on regarding the addition to recycling and guidelines to the village’s existing industrial code just shortly before the meeting. Jackson said because the information came so closely before the hearing, there was very little time to review and rescheduled it to have a more thorough hearing in May. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Village of Endicott’s board meeting was ready to hold a public hearing regarding newly recycling and guidelines additions to the village’s industrial zoning code. last_img read more

Red-hot Ellsworth baseball team hands GSA 1st loss

first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Latest Posts BLUE HILL — In its last game of April, the Ellsworth baseball team saw a close game against George Stevens Academy get away from it late to fall to 1-2. Three weeks later, an improved Ellsworth team got its chance for a statement win in the rematch — and made the most of it.On the mound, in the infield and at the plate, Ellsworth is getting the best of its opponents these days. The team is off to its best start in five years, and although the regular season is starting to wind down, the Eagles showed in Blue Hill that they have the look of a team that could be on the verge of a postseason run.“Our team is playing good baseball right now,” Ellsworth head coach Dan Curtis said. “Everybody is stepping up and contributing in all aspects of the game, really.”Conner Wagstaff throws a pitch during the fourth inning. Wagstaff finished the game with 14 strikeouts. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLEllsworth got revenge for last month’s defeat with an 8-3 road victory over GSA on Thursday. Conner Wagstaff recorded 14 strikeouts, and the visiting Eagles kept their bats hot throughout the game to end GSA’s unbeaten streak.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAfter GSA took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, Ellsworth capitalized on an error with a two-run single to take its first lead. GSA’s Jeff Allen scored a run to tie it in the bottom of the inning, but another two-run single in the top of the third made the score 4-2.From there, Wagstaff couldn’t be stopped. The sophomore didn’t allow a baserunner in the third, fourth and fifth innings, during which he struck out six different GSA batters.“That was a fantastic pitching job by Conner today,” Curtis said. “Once he got into his groove and found what was working for him, he really took control of the game.”Ellsworth (6-3) would add another run in the fourth inning and two more in the sixth. After GSA (8-1) added a run in the bottom of the sixth to cut Ellsworth’s lead to 7-3, Adam Bradshaw scored on a bases-loaded walk in the top of the seventh for Ellsworth.Wagstaff departed after notching the first out of the seventh inning, but Brad Smith dispatched the final two GSA batters to give Ellsworth its fifth win in six games.Ellsworth finished with 10 hits and no errors. GSA had three hits — two from junior Taylor Schildroth — and two errors.The loss was the first of the season for GSA, which is still in first place in Class C North. GSA won Class C North last year before losing to Sacopee Valley in the state championship game.“George Stevens is a program that I personally respect more than any program in the state of Maine because of that coaching staff,” Curtis said. “It’s a class program, and you have to do the things the right way to beat them. We pulled it off today.”For Ellsworth, the win could be the start of its own winning streak. The team plays a doubleheader against Caribou on Saturday, May 20, and will play four of its next five games against teams it already defeated in previous matchups this season.“We’d like to improve even more, but this is a good spot right now,” Curtis said. “We’re winning tough games, and we’re putting ourselves in a position to be in the thick of things in the next few weeks.”Ellsworth softball wins 24-1The Ellsworth softball team (5-4) put a stop to a three-game losing streak with a 24-1 win against GSA.Mackenzie Chipman and Sammy Mason pitched a combined two-hitter for the Eagles. Callie Hammer had three hits and five RBIs for the Eagles, and Mariah Young added four hits and two RBIs.After it heads to Caribou on Saturday, Ellsworth’s next baseball and softball games will be at home against Old Town at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 22. GSA faces Dexter at that time tomorrow, May 19. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020center_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Biolast_img read more