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.

 

  

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

  

Joe Gibbs on the return of Crispy M&M’S and the forgotten Redskins’ dynasty

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For an unknown reason, NFL history has robbed the Redskins dynasty of the 1980s and early 90s of the recognition it deserves. But the real question is, why?

NFL fans remember the Packers championship teams of the 60s, the Steelers of the 70s, the 49ers of the 80s, the Cowboys of the 90s, and the Patriots of the present day. But no one remembers the Joe Gibbs-led Redskins.

From 1982 to 1991, the Redskins appeared in four Super Bowls and won three of those games, and in each game, they won with a different starting quarterback and a different starting running back.

Not content with one of the most successful coaching careers in NFL history, Gibbs created his Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR team in 1992. The team has won three Sprint Cup championships since 2000 with stud drivers like Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart.

At this Sunday’s Daytona 500, the Joe Gibbs Racing Crispy M&M’S #18 car will return to the track after a 10-year absence, piloted by Kyle Busch.

We spoke to Coach Gibbs about flourishing in both sports, the upcoming Daytona 500, his relationship with Jack Kent Cooke, and why he thinks his success with the Redskins has been largely ignored. You can listen to the interview via the audio player or read the full transcript below.


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Let’s talk about Crispy M&M’S making their return to the track after a 10-year hiatus, kind of like you making your return to the Skins the second time.

Just about the same; I was 11 years, Crispy’s been out 10 years. We’re excited to have them back. And on Sunday’s Daytona 500, every time that Toyota Camry comes off the corner with Kyle Busch driving it, it’s going to be bright green and it’s gonna represent the return of Crispy. So we’re excited about that and I’m excited to be part of the M&M’S team.

It just occurs to me that the Skins dynasty doesn’t get the props it really deserves. Why do you think that is the case historically?

“Well, I’m glad that you mention that because I feel strongly about that. And I think you’re right. We went to four Super Bowls in 11 years. And we had great players; I think that more of our players should be in the Hall of Fame. You’re right, for some reason that era gets left out. Obviously, the 49ers were in there, the Giants… there were some other real good teams. But I feel just like you, you voiced the opinion, which I agree with. What it takes to be able to get to a Super Bowl, and to do it four times, that says a lot about our ownership, our front office and our players. So, I agree with you and I appreciate you bringing it up.

Well, I’ve thought about this probably more than I should’ve, but it’s almost like the legacy is punished because of your versatility. You’ve got three different quarterbacks that you won a Super Bowl with, three different starting running backs. Defense has a couple of stalwarts, but there’s a lot of personal changes there as you’d expect over an 11-year period. Do you think the success you had with so many personnel changes has been detrimental in hindsight, if that is even a possibility?

Well, you bring up an interesting point. I’ve never looked at it that way. But I think we had a lot of those players that went to two, three, four Super Bowls. And I think that for that period of time, we did have three different quarterbacks. But I think that says a lot about the surrounding players we had with them and those three guys. People always say, “Hey, you won three Super Bowls with three quarterbacks.” What they leave out is three great quarterbacks. You got Theismann, you’ve got Doug, and you’ve got Mark Rypien. I mean, those guys were special; we had special players. But I appreciate you bringing it up this morning, you made me feel good! Okay? Because I think we need more attention on what we were able to accomplish, that team, in that 11-year period.

Read the full interview here. 

  

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