Marmot Presents: Paig Claassen trip update!

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MARMOT PRESENTS - Louder Than 11 Live: Talkshow #7 featuring Paige Claassen. Live at 11AM MST on Friday April 25th, 2014!

Paige has just returned from Marmot's Lead Now Tour (, a global tour to inspire people through rock climbing while simultaneously raising money for non-profit partners around the world. Paige compiled an impressive tick list with 5.14 ascents in six countries, first ascents on two continents, and countless first female ascents from Chile to China. Over her 10 month world tour, Paige worked with local non-profit organizations to raise money specifically for women and children by teaming up with Louder Than Eleven to make video marketing material.

The Marmot Lead Now Tour has raised nearly $20,000 for charity and Paige is not done yet. She is planning a US tour of her voyage to continue to raise money for non-profit partners. Join Louder Than Eleven, Marmot, and Brian Runnels of for a conversation with Paige about the Marmot Lead Now Tour and whats next for this international rock superstar.

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Check out some of the latest, great media hits from Scarpa!

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Cold Thistle releases their follow up review on the Rebel Ultra.

Caipirnha's showcased in Wanderlust and Lipstick's 'WanderGear' Wednesday.

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Osprey- How to chose the right luggage: Hard or soft...the debate!

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Please see the article excerpt below regarding the great bag debate...Osprey comes out on top again!

Q. Should I choose a hard or soft bag?
A. Soft bags are more common than hard-shell luggage and are easier to squeeze into overhead compartments. These bags also absorb shock better than their molded counterparts. Soft bags are available in a wide variety of models; for example, you can purchase a carry-on with a zippered backpack attachment, or a duffel that can be either strapped to your back or wheeled through the airport.

Many ultra-lightweight luggage pieces are hard-sided and may help you meet weight requirements for checked luggage. If your tightly packed bag often weighs more than you do, look into purchasing a lightweight bag, which can save you a few pounds. Hard-sided bags also protect fragile items better than soft bags.

Whether you opt for a hard-sided suitcase or a soft one, be sure that you're paying for good quality. Flimsy hard-sided luggage can break or crack under pressure, while cheap soft luggage can tear.

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Ambassador Field Report: Dave Cornthwaite

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Please check out the film that AAO Ambassador Athlete Dave Cornthwaite put together on his incredible swimming journey down the Missouri river last summer! Proud to support such a great athlete!

"I've been waiting a little while for this, but I'm super excited to finally be able to share a short 8 minute film about my Missouri River swim from last summer. It's turned out really well thanks to the filmmaker Miguel Endara, if I had half of his talent I'd be happy!

I've created a minisite for the film at and hope you feel it does the project justice

More than anything, it's a beautiful memory of what was undoubtedly the toughest journey of my life to date. "- Dave

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Brian Block- on top again!

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I have just received word that Brian has reached the top of Kilimanjaro! This is his 7th of the "original" 7 summits and a great accomplishment that has come to fruition over the last few climbing seasons.

Vanessa, who traveled with him to climb and finish this goal, fell ill at high camp and had to walk out. Unfortunately it was not the altitude, but rather a travelers bug, that dehydrated Vanessa to a point of danger had she continued. She will meet him at the gate to celebrate his success!

Please join AAO in helping to celebrate Brian's success!

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CNN report on foot pain- Sole footbeds a great move!

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Check Out the #4 recommendation on's 5 Things to Know About Foot Pain:

4. Expensive orthotics may be overkill

Custom-fitted orthotics, which are worn inside shoes, can easily cost $300 to $500 - and are not often covered by insurance.
While serious athletes and people with foot abnormalities may need to spring for customized inserts, those who just need extra cushioning and support should stick with the $30-to-$50 off-the-shelf insoles available at running stores, says Dr. Steven Weinfeld, chief of foot and ankle surgery at Mount Sinai's School of Medicine.

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Scarpa's recent media coverage!

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Fall gear guides:
Alien, Terminator X and Rebel GTX carbon in Backpacker:
Maestrale RS in Outside's Buyer Guide:
Maestrale RS in Skiing's Gear Guide:

Print Placements:
T1 Throwback in Skiing:
Spark on
Spark in Women's Adventure:

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AAO Tales from the Road

...stories of perilous, nay, endless traveling in the ever changing midwest territory...