Vaude Commits to Greenpeace Detox Challenge

German outdoor company VAUDE has long been known for its sustainable manufacturing processes, but its most recent commitment to the environment may be the biggest yet. On July 13, the outdoor outfitter VAUDE announced its Greenpeace Detox Commitment in which the company voluntarily agrees to eliminate all hazardous chemicals in its supply chain by 2020. "Zero Discharge" is the joint goal of VAUDE and Greenpeace. With this commitment, VAUDE is taking clear responsibility for the entire lifecycle of its products, which also includes clean and safe production throughout the supply chain. 

"VAUDE has taken the PFC issue seriously from the beginning and has now set a very ambitious timeline to eliminate these hazardous chemicals by 2018 from its entire supply chain. Thank you VAUDE for responding to your customers’ demands, for choosing to commit to Detox and taking this bold step towards a toxic-free future", said Mirjam Kopp, Detox Outdoor project leader from Greenpeace.For years VAUDE has been working hard to completely avoid the use of hazardous chemicals – at its material suppliers as well. “We want to be able to stand behind even the smallest button on our products. But as an independent mid-sized company, the influence we have over our suppliers and the chemical industry has been too low. We therefore welcomed the Detox Greenpeace campaign from the outset. After intensive discussions and negotiations with Greenpeace, we have found common ground – which we are very pleased about! After all, we can only make progress by working together,” said Antje von Dewitz, VAUDE CEO.

To find out more about VAUDE's efforts to protect and preserve the outdoors, take a look at its sustainability report.


Vaude Announces Eco-Friendly Water Repellency

German outdoor company Vaude has recently announced their transition into a more environmentally friendly water repellent finish to be used on its new products. The move comes as part of a company objective to eliminate the use of PFCs (Perfluorinated compounds) by the year 2020. 

After intensive research and development, VAUDE will be transitioning a majority of its products with water repellent finishes to environmentally friendly PFC-free alternatives in the Spring/Summer 2017 Collection. These technologies have been put through numerous tests with different materials and have met performance requirements.

"The most recent test results have convinced us. They evince outstanding water repellency, so we will therefore be transitioning a majority of the collection," Antje von Dewitt,Vaude's CEO stated, pleased as to the progress on this much-discussed PFC question. The challenge in this issue is to dispense with the use of environmentally harmful fluorocarbons (PFC) in DWR fabric finishes, or water-repellent treatments of textile surfaces. When transitioning to environmentally friendly alternatives, there have been numerous challenges that have had to be met: from reduced functionality due to lack of water and oil repellency, to undesirable effects on color and surface properties, to changes in a fabric’s nature. The ongoing testing effort at VAUDE over the last years was, and remains, correspondingly high.

VAUDE sustainability strategy: "The green theme"

VAUDE employs a comprehensive sustainability strategy that serves as a "green theme" throughout all areas of the company. "It is important to strike a balance between environmental, social and economic responsibility," Antje von Dewitz stated. "We implement our values ​​in all areas as well as promote technological advancements and the search for environmentally friendly performance materials in the supply industry." With sales performance that has been above the industry average for years, VAUDE confirms that sustainability can also be a factor for economic success. In 2015, the company was honored as Germany's Most Sustainable Brand with the German Sustainability Award.

Read the full release here


Employee Spotlight: Jackie DeWolfe

My journey to Liberty Mountain began about six years ago, I moved from a small town in Minnesota to Utah. My family always encouraged us to be outside, even in the frigid winter temperatures. I grew up next to a lake so I could usually be found catching frogs and salamanders, exploring Minnesota’s state parks, snowmobiling, fishing, or just wandering around the woods with my dog—not much has changed over the years! In my early twenties, I visited Yellowstone for the first time, and my love for the mountains was solidified. This sort of lit a fire of where to go once I graduated college, and this led to packing my car to Salt Lake City.

I remember vividly the first hike I went on was a fourteen-mile (over 4000’ of elevation gain) out and back called Mount Timpanogos. I really wanted to get some photos of the aspens fall colors, and the trees were on. Overly ambitious—I paid the price in the form of black toenails, blisters, and sore legs. Luckily, I became wiser, and continue to trail run, backpack, fly fish, and backcountry snowmobile with my boyfriend in some amazing places. My passion for the outdoors has always fueled my graphic design work, and to work at Liberty Mountain is icing on the cake!

About Jackie

Name: Jackie DeWolfe

Number of years working for Liberty Mountain: Almost three

Job title: Graphic Designer

What you do at Liberty Mountain: Create multiple print catalogs, print ads, email blasts, mailers, packaging, and various other design projects. My day is never boring!

Hobbies and Interests: Trail running, backpacking, backcountry snowmobiling, fly fishing, taking photos, mountain biking, fly tying, gardening, cooking/baking, and watching one too many episodes of X-files.

Favorite activity: A three-way tie, I love the simplicity of trail running, backpacking, and fly-fishing equally.

Favorite outdoor areas: Wind Rivers, and the High Uintas, the more remote the better!

Most interesting place ever lived: SLC, UT

Least interesting place ever lived: Mankato, MN

Top-five favorite movies: The Lord of the Rings, Into the Wild, Dumb and Dumber, A River Runs Through It, and Step Brothers.

Top-five favorite books: Into Thin Air, White Fang, The Hobbit, The Animal Dialogues: Uncommon Encounters in the Wild, and Travels with Charley.

Top-five favorite bands: Jack Johnson, Florence + the Machine, First Aid Kit, Tom Petty, and Fleetwood Mac.

Inspirational Hero: I have found most people I have met in my life to be inspiring; everyone has a story to tell.

Inspirational quote: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Helen Keller

Dream vacation: Alaska or Patagonia

Cake or pie: Pizza pie

Dogs or Cats: Dogs


Gear Review: Olicamp Ion Micro Titanium Stove

The folks at Backcountry Exposure recently published a review of the Olicamp Ion Micro Titanium stove. The stove weighs in at only 1.5 ounces, making it one of the lightest stoves available, yet still packs a punch with its 8,900 BTU burner. The Ion makes a great choice to anyone looking for a lighter pack out on the trail, or any situation where storage space is limited.

To learn more, and see the whole lineup of Olicamp stoves, visit www.olicamp.com


Peregrine Equipment Launches "Refuge" Hammock Line

Outdoor gear company Peregrine Equipment has recently launched its new Refuge line of packable hammocks. 

The Peregrine Refuge hammocks are designed to be stronger and more durable than comparable hammocks on the market. The Refuge is the only hammock on the market to use full-strength CE certified aluminum carabiners and Dyneema slings as attachment points. The Strap Kits (sold separately) are also made from the same nylon webbing as CE certified climbing slings, sewn into full-strength loops rather than the weaker construction method of a daisy chain. The fabrics and thread that are used to make the hammocks have been carefully selected to deliver a long lasting product. The Refuge is available in 1-person and 2-person models.

Because of their durability, Refuge hammocks can handle the abuse of camping with kids and add an element of fun to your campsite. They are great for lounging around a group site, but also provide a lightweight sleep system option for backpackers looking to leave their tent at home.

To learn more or purchase your own, visit: www.peregrineequipment.com/hammocks


Grivel Awarded 2016 Compasso d'Oro

Climbing equipment manufacturer Grivel Mont Blanc was recently awarded the 2016 Compass d'Oro for innovative and quality industrial design. The honor is only given out once every three years, and is known as one of the most prestigious international design awards. 

Grivel received the award for its innovative twin gate carabiner. The twin gate series of carabiners takes climbing safety to a whole new level, making it almost impossible for the carabiner to accidentally come unclipped. 

Upon receiving the award, Gioachino Gobbi, the inventor and designer of the Twin Gate said In 2018 Grivel will be 200 years old, therefore I’m very proud to receive this prize which is not only a clear recognition of the great engagement of the entire company today but an homage to the previous generations who, while working in much harder and discomfortable situations have been able to invent those pieces of equipment that allowed numerous “giants” such as Valter Bonatti…Riccardo Cassin…Toni Gobbi…to reach and conquer the highest summits of the world

To learn more about Grivel Twin Gate Carabiners, check out the video below or visit this blog post on the Liberty Mountain climbing blog.


Gear Review: Ion Micro Stove

The gear experts at Camping Stove Cookout recently included the Olicamp Ion Micro Titanium stove in their list of "Best Backpacking Stoves." The Ion Micro is currently the lightest and most compact canister stove available, and is perfect for Ultralight obsessed backpackers looking to cut ounces wherever possible.

In their review, CSC says "This stove tucks away and goes almost unnoticed while backpacking, then performs with the best when put to task boiling water or cooking a meal."

Later on they add "If you want to keep your backpack as light as possible and still have a great little stove as a companion, you may have found it here with the Olicamp Ion micro stove."

Learn more and see other Olicamp offerings here