Interview with Duracell’s Kevin Jorgeson, first to free climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park

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It may not rain, it may not be cold or windy…but it always gets dark. In the outdoors, light is essential. Experts trust Duracell Quantum to provide dependable power in the dark because it lasts longer in 99% of devices.

During Kevin Jorgeson’s free climb of El Capitan, he trusted Duracell Quantum to power him through the night so he could climb in the dark and be one step closer to reaching the top.

We spoke to Kevin about his epic 19-day climb, the wear and tear on his body and his partnership with Duracell.

How are your hands? I’m worried about your hands.

I wish I could say you could still see the battle scars, but unfortunatel,y they are all healed. I was actually quite sad when they healed because it was the last physical remnant and evidence of the climb, you know? Now it is literally all memory.

How did you partner with Duracell? 

I’m pretty selective on all my partnerships and I try to work with companies that I am already using their products. So that includes my climbing shoes, my harnesses, the equipment we use to stay on the wall, and that goes for batteries too. So when we started this conversation, it was a natural fit. I had been using Duracell for years, we even had them up on the wall (of El Capitan). It was something that already existed, and it just meant that now we’d be able to tell that story.

What does “free climbing” mean? Does that mean you walk up to a mountain and climb it, with nothing?

No, the word “free” kind of messes with people’s perception. Really, it’s climbing as you would imagine climbing — it’s just climbing. 99% of climbers are free climbing. Meaning we climb, but we use equipment to catch us if we fall. And we fall a lot. It took us six years to put this thing together. Six years of a lot more failure than success. It wasn’t like we just walked up and climbed this thing. We started working together on this in 2009.

Why did it take so long for someone to be able to free climb El Capitan?

It’s just so hard, man — it’s so hard. The biggest day of the climb, distance wise, was day one, and that was only 500 feet. Every day after that was 200 feet. Our best case scenario for this climb was 12 days. But I got stuck for a week in one spot. So that’s why it took 19 days.

One of the hardest things about climbing the Dawn Wall, and it sounds lame, is the skin on your fingertips. You cut your fingers on the holes that you’re grabbing and you have to put tape on to cover your cuts. The problem is, there is a big difference between calloused skin and tape. We’re climbing as hard as you can climb on vertical granite. Every little bit counts. So when you have two taped fingers, it totally changes your ability to climb. And that’s what happened. I kept going through this cycle where I would rest until one of the two would heal, and then I would climb, then I would re-split the fingers, rest for a couple more days and try again. It was the most mentally taxing climbing experience I’ve ever had. You have to turn the disappointment of failure into motivation, all over again. And that’s a hard way to go back and forth. And all this stuff is happening at night, which made Duracell so clutch.

Read full interview here.

  

Stimulating Sex Stats! NEW Infographic from Adam & Eve

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How often do couples indulge in alcohol and drugs before they have sex? Do they “do it” to music?

Adam & Eve, America’s most trusted source for adult products, has a new infographic that shares the answers to these questions! Fun facts include:

·      Of those who drink or take drugs before sex, 79% say it affects the experience positively.
·      Marijuana is the most common drug taken before sex.
·      More than 40% of respondents reported music played while making love is more arousing than their partner’s physical touch.
·      And much, much more.

See the full infographic here.

  

The Stats Behind Sexting

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As smartphones have become more prevalent, sexting is more common. Who’s doing it, how often and what are they sending?

Adam & Eve, America’s most trusted source for adult products, just introduced a brand new infographic about the truth behind titillating text messages.

Here are a few interesting details:

  • ·      More than 35% of Americans admit to sexting.
  • ·      95% send sexual thoughts or ideas, 38% send sexy selfies and 36% send explicit images.
  • ·      32% say they started sexting between the ages of 19 and 29.
  • ·      56% of those who admit to sexting say it has improved their relationships.
  • ·      Those who are dating are more likely to sext than those in a committed relationship.
  • ·      And much, much more.

See the full infographic at http://www.adameve.com/t-sexting-infographic.aspx.

 

  

Talking Dove Men+Care Hair and Face products with grooming stud Glenn O’Brien

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Glenn O’Brien has done a ton of cool things. He was editor of Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine, and then the first Editor-at-Large in magazine history at High Times.

He produced and starred in Glenn O’Brien’s “TV Party,” which David Letterman called “the greatest TV show ever,” and he wrote and produced the film “Downtown 81,” starring Jean-Michel Basquiat. He has also worked as a stand-up comedian and an advertising creative director and copywriter.

But most importantly, Glenn O’Brien is a noted expert on YOU. He knows what looks good on you and, most importantly, what doesn’t.

We spoke to Glenn about when growing a beard doesn’t work, how to handle thinning hair with style, and the new 2015 Dove Men+Care Hair and Face range of products.

What are you doing with Dove?

They wanted someone to talk about their new line of grooming products and it’s something I know about. During the whole awards show season, we’re talking about how men can achieve the looks that one sees on the red carpet and improve their looks. I like the old sort of Renaissance Man idea, where you might not know everything about everything, but you know something about everything. It makes for a well-rounded person. And Dove is here to help you look like you know what you’re doing, even if you don’t, as far as grooming.

Out of the entire line of Dove Men+Care Hair and Face products, which is the best product? What is the one that a guy can’t live without?

For me, speaking as somebody who’s not in their 20s, I think the hydrating products are really important. Because that’s something that most men who aren’t in show business or in the public eye tend to maybe not take care of their skin. Somebody threw a figure at me, like 50% of men never wash their face. The Dove Men+Care Hydrating Face Lotion, if you do that every day, you’re going to see the results. You might see the results in a month, but you’ll really see the results in 10 years.

As a stylist and creative director at varying points in your career, what do you place more emphasis on: emulating what’s hip or cool, or embracing a natural strength?

Good style is always personal, not just trying to look like everyone else. It’s going with what you’ve got and what you want to project. That’s the way I approach it.

What’s the most common male grooming mistake you see, amongst all ages, all ethnicities? Is it a unibrow? Is it neck hair?

I think in the general population, I think you see a lot of guys, now that we’re living in the new age of beards, you see a lot of guys trying to achieve a false jawline by trimming their beard, and thinking that is going to cover up for being a little overweight or whatever, give them a crisp jawline. Usually it backfires. And it just makes them look, like, you know, worse. It’s surprising, because you see it on a lot of sports anchors and people you think would know better because they get a lot of public exposure, but I guess nobody wants to be the bearer of bad news.

Click here to read the full interview.

 

  

New Arnette Spring 2015 Collection Released

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We love Arnette Eyewear. From the limited edition Public Enemy Collection sunglasses we reviewed, to the slickness of their winter video lookbook, it’s all top notch.

Arnette just released their Spring 2015 Collection. Capturing key modern elements with Arnette’s iconic tone, the Spring 2015 collection launches five new sunglasses encompassing a variety of round and retro shapes, and four new optical frames consisting of bold and edgy designs alongside softer silhouettes.

Key styles for the sunglasses range include the Fire Drill Lite and Tall Boy. The classic Fire Drill frame (pictured above) is scaled down this season for a fresh new look to fit smaller faces. The Fire Drill Lite features a 6-base lens with a nylon frame and is available in six classic colors. For a bolder look, Arnette created the Tall Boy shade which features a distinct 4-base shield lens, a first in the brands history.

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The Tall Boy is also a part of the Arnette Creative Exchange System (A.C.E.S.), which includes an extra set of interchangeable arms.

Additional new sun releases include the Boiler, Biscuit, and Uncorked. The Boiler features a classic Arnette wrap frame while the Biscuit showcases edgy hot rod styling and beveled detailing. New to the A.C.E.S. Collection is the Uncorked, offering a clean retro design with a round lens shape. Arnette also presents The Mix Tape collection to the A.C.E.S. series this season, offering interchangeable arms with 80’s inspired graphics that celebrate the sonic vibe of youth culture.

Arnette expands their optical collection with the addition of four key styles: Bitrate, Crossfade, Scale and High Hat. The Bitrate was the brainchild of revolutionary video DJ Mike Relm, featuring a uniquely squared shape, dropped brow and Arnette’s signature D.O.T. temple tips (customized with DOT icons designed by Mike in his signature Black and Red colors) for reducing pressure. Another bold addition featuring round D.O.T. tips is the Crossfade built with a clean acetate frame and thicker stem designed for added style. The Scale and High Hat are softer frames featuring neutral silhouettes and detailing which round out the new RX collection.

Arnette’s new 2015 Spring Sunglass and Optical Collection will be available March 2nd on www.arnette.com and fine eyewear retailers worldwide. MSRP $69.00 – $130.

For more information on Arnette Eyewear visit www.arnette.com