Ben & Jerry’s Global Free Cone Day on Tuesday, April 12

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– 5.6.2011 Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc,You don’t need to search for it online. It’s true. Ben & Jerry’s gives away free ice cream. The annual event is a way to say thanks to those who have supported the company since the beginning. To continue the tradition, Ben & Jerry’s outlets across the globe will open their doors from noon ‘ 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 to serve up the newest, super-premium quality and values-led flavors featuring even more Fair Trade certified ingredients than ever before.This year’s newest flavors being offered in Scoop Shops include:Late Night Snack inspired by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon ‘ Vanilla Bean Ice Cream made with Fair Trade certified vanilla, a Salty Caramel Swirl & Fudge Covered Potato Chip Clusters (the fudge uses Fair Trade certified cocoa, too)!Bonnaroo Buzz – Light Coffee & Malt ice creams with Whiskey Caramel swirls & English Toffee pieces. This flavor, inspired by the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, is back by popular demand in Scoop Shops and now available in pints!Stephen Colbert’s AmeriCone Dream – Vanilla ice cream with fudge covered waffle cone pieces & a caramel swirl. A long time pint favorite, so popular we made it a scoop shop flavor for the first time this year!And even a top secret flavor for Peanut Butter fans: Peanut Butter Ice Cream with Caramel Cluster Pieces, and Peanut Buttery & Marshmallow Swirls!Long before there were crazy chunks and swirls, the two cofounders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield challenged the notion that business had to exploit somebody else to make a profit. In supporting Fair Trade, Ben & Jerry’s appeals to savvy consumers who are very well aware that they support businesses with their purchases. The Fair Trade program works to pay farmers a fair wage, helps support and develop safe working conditions for the farm laborers, works cooperatively to address community needs resulting in schools and health care facilities while it encourages proper environment care and stewardship of the land. That’s what the program is about in a Fair Trade nutshell.Not only is Ben & Jerry’s involving its values via the Fair Trade commitment, but it’s also echoing the company’s philosophy of incorporating fun into everything it does. This year’s modern spin on Free Cone Day means the company will introduce a new, downloadable application for iPhones and Droid users that will add some interactive fun on the go, help provide directions to the closest Ben & Jerry’s free cone location, and even provide a Free Cone Day frame for visitors to send photos to friends and loved ones to see what fun they’re missing.Over the past year Ben & Jerry’s added more specific flavors that use Fair Trade certified ingredients. The company has taken a pledge to transition to use fully Fair Traded fruits, nuts, vanilla and cocoa in all of Ben & Jerry’s products globally by 2013.Get it in your calendar and map out your closest Scoop Shop using the new app or at www.benjerry.com(link is external) for a visit on Tuesday, April 12!About Ben & Jerry’sBen & Jerry’s produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream and ice cream novelties, using high-quality ingredients including milk and cream from family farmers who do not treat their cows with the synthetic hormone rBGH. The company states its position on rBGH* on its labels. Ben and Jerry’s products are distributed nationwide and in selected foreign countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry’s, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community. Contributions made via the employee-led Ben & Jerry’s Foundation in 2010 totaled over $1.8 million. Additionally, the company makes significant product donations to community groups and nonprofits both in Vermont and across the nation. The purpose of Ben & Jerry’s philanthropy is to support the founding values of the company: economic and social justice, environmental restoration and peace through understanding, and to support our Vermont communities. For the full scoop on all Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop locations and fabulous flavors, visit www.benjerry.com(link is external).* The FDA has said no significant difference has been shown and no test can now distinguish between milk from rBGH treated cows and untreated cows. Not all the suppliers of our other ingredients can promise that the milk they use comes from untreated cows. last_img read more

Historic damage spurs innovative response

first_imgWhen Hurricane Irene unleashed a torrent of water into creeks, streams and rivers across central and southern Vermont, it also spurred the largest recovery effort in the history of Central Vermont Public Service.  But the recovery effort actually began days earlier. Long before Hurricane Irene dumped up to 9 inches of rain across CVPS’s service territory, Central Scheduling Manager Scott Massie and his team were making calls for help.  With private forecasts raising the possibility of historic devastation, CVPS was on edge and preparing for the worst.  But virtually every utility on the East Coast was gearing up for the storm, and outside contractors were in short supply. Massie reached far to the west ‘ to Missouri, Texas and Illinois, and north to Ontario ‘ contacting utilities and contractors that might be available to come east.  Before the storm struck, he lined up hundreds of outside contractors and mutual aide workers, a feat that paid dividends as CVPS recovered from the worst flooding to hit Vermont since 1927. CVPS spokesman Steve Costello jokingly introduced Massie to one reporter on Monday as the ‘most important man in Vermont.’  But Massie, a former lineman who now heads CVPS’s field schedulers, pooh-poohed the introduction, saying he was just one cog in the wheels.  ‘Getting the resources and managing them is important, but it’s the people in the field who are the real heroes,’ Massie said. While orchestrating CVPS’s overall storm response, Massie lent a hand to the entire region, leading daily calls of the New England Mutual Assistance Group, the utility organization that orchestrates the sharing of crews during major storm recovery efforts.  As of 9 a.m. Friday, NEMAG members in other states were still looking for 700 line crews to help restore service to more than 300,000 customers without service. A CVPS operations supervisor is being hailed as a hero for a decision that may have saved several lives near the start of the storm. Hundreds of workers were scattered around rural towns, working on the earliest outages on Sunday, when the rain began to fall hard in the south.  Brattleboro Operations Supervisor Dave Miller, who joined CVPS as an apprentice line worker 40 years ago, decided to call in his local crews, because he thought conditions were becoming unsafe. His decision led minutes later to a call to bring in all CVPS field personnel, unless they were dealing with critical emergencies, until conditions improved. Within an hour, hundreds of roads across the state began to wash away ‘ along with power lines CVPS crews had been working on prior to Miller’s call. ‘If Dave hadn’t decided to pull in his crews when he did, there’s no doubt in my mind that we would have had several fatalities,’ said co-worker Chris Gandin.  ‘I think Dave Miller is a hero.  His decision saved some lives.’ For his part, Miller said he was just doing his job.  ‘Safety has to be the first item on the list when we plan storm recovery,’ Miller said.  ‘That starts with good training and good people.’ When entire towns and dozens of neighborhoods became isolated, employees looked for new ways to get in to see the damage so recovery plans could be made. CVPS routinely uses helicopters to assess high-voltage transmission lines following storms, but employees used whatever they had to get past washouts and bridges to survey smaller lines and road damage. Chief Engineer Greg White hiked five miles to get into Rochester so he could evaluate the damage to a key substation long before roads reopened, while Royalton Operations Supervisor Ben Bemis rode his off-road motorcycle to look at damage.  A fixed-wing plane was used to take a look at road damage in some areas, while other employees set out on bicycles to do assessment where no other vehicles could go. Forestry Manager Duane Dickinson and meter readers Tim Madore and Charlie Daigneault rode mountain bikes into the backside of Wardsboro, West Jamaica and East Dover after all usual access routes were washed out. ‘We had to actually fjord the rivers,’ Dickinson said.  ‘We carried the bikes over our shoulders and got back in wherever we could.  The local folks were really helpful, pointing out alternate access routes like ATV trails.’ Still, there remain places that are simply inaccessible thanks to washouts, landslides and debris.CVPS. 9.2.2011last_img read more

FairPoint, governor to honor exceptional service to Vermont following Irene

first_imgConsolidated Communications,Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and other state officials will join FairPoint’s leadership team to honor the extraordinary dedication and service to Vermont and their fellow Vermonters following Tropical Storm Irene. Tropical Storm Irene tested all Vermonters, and the FairPoint Vermont State President’s Awards were created to honor those who went way beyond the call-of-duty to keep Vermonters, and their towns and villages, connected. 2011 has been a tough year for Vermont. In addition to rebuilding Vermont telecommunications infrastructure post-Tropical Storm Irene, FairPoint helped communities recover from historic spring floods in Chittenden and Franklin counties. Wedged in between and during these 100-year events, FairPoint successfully completed the largest broadband buildout Vermont has ever seen with almost 1,100 miles of new fiber and nearly 90 percent of FairPoint’s Vermont customers now having broadband access. Following remarks from FairPoint Vermont State President Mike Smith, Gov. Shumlin and FairPoint CEO Paul Sunu, the 70 FairPoint award recipients ‘ chosen from many different roles and locations around the state ‘ will be presented with special commemorative plaques. Who:         ·         Peter Shumlin, governor, State of Vermont·         Paul Sunu, CEO, FairPoint Communications·         Mike Smith, state president, FairPoint Vermont·         70 FairPoint employees to be honored for exceptional service to Vermont Where:      FairPoint Communications800 Hinesburg RoadSouth Burlington, VT When:·         Monday, December 12, 2011·         2 p.m.last_img read more

Solar is saving the University of Virginia $1 million per year

first_imgSolar is saving the University of Virginia $1 million per year FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享WVIR:The University of Virginia says it’s leading in higher education when it comes to sustainability. The school’s efforts to go green have resulted in nearly a million dollars saved in utilities per year.One way UVA has become more sustainable is by its roughly 1,000 solar panels scattered across the university. UVA says the solar panels help it unplug from fossil dependency.“At the University of Virginia, we’ve got about 600,000 watts of solar panels on our roofs,” Jesse Warren, the sustainability program manager for buildings and operations at UVA, said. Some of the power goes back to the grid through a partnership with Dominion Energy, and some of it goes back to taking university buildings off the grid.“The thing that really sets us apart here at UVA is how we’re developing and preparing our solar sites,” Warren said. “Here in facilities management, we’ve got great information about all of our buildings and all of our rooftops.” Facilities management has partnered with an environmental engineering class to help identify which rooftops are ideal for solar development. “We’re committed to continuing to grow solar across grounds and anywhere we can bring that together with our students and faculty, we’re going to do it that way,” Warren said.As the University of Virginia’s solar power grows, it will add another 32 megawatts of energy.More: UVA reports solar panels save it money, hopes to implement more in futurelast_img read more

Hawaii regulators approve six precedent-setting solar plus storage contracts

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:In only a few years, solar paired with energy storage has gone from a niche concept to the new reality of the U.S. power system. And it all really came down to price.While the 14.5 cents per kilowatt-hour that SolarCity was able to achieve with solar plus storage on Kauai was groundbreaking three and half years ago when it was announced, today Hawaiian regulators set a new threshold for the price that solar projects fully backed by four-hour batteries must beat: 10 cents per kilowatt-hour.The Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission (HPUC) has approved contracts between the subsidiary utilities of Hawaiian Electric Industries and the developers of six projects, representing a combined capacity of 247 MW of solar, and 998 megawatt-hours of energy storage – meaning that the entire capacity of all six projects will be fully backed by four-hour batteries.The price for each of these contracts was between eight and ten cents per kilowatt-hour. This is cheaper than both gas peaker plants and HEI’s current cost of fossil fuel generation, much of which is petroleum-based, which the company put at around 15 cents per kilowatt-hour.These six projects will dramatically increase the volume of utility-scale solar on the island chain, and using 2017 capacity factors provided by the U.S. Department of Energy, pv magazine estimates that these will generate somewhere in the neighborhood of 480 gigawatt-hours of electricity annually, more than tripling the current output of utility-scale solar as the island moves towards its mandate to get all of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2045.But perhaps more important than that is that these projects can be used to supply electricity during the evening peak and on cloudy days, moving solar from an intermittent, mid-day supply of electricity to a dispatchable resource. As such, they are ushering in the age of the solar peaker. And there will be more where these came from.More: Hawaii’s new reality of solar plus storage: under 10 cents Hawaii regulators approve six precedent-setting solar plus storage contractslast_img read more

Moody’s: Coal could drop to 11% of U.S. electric generation by 2030

first_imgMoody’s: Coal could drop to 11% of U.S. electric generation by 2030 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Platts:Demand for U.S. thermal coal will “erode significantly” between 2020 and 2030 as total use for U.S. power generation could fall to as little as 11% based on scheduled and likely retirements, Moody’s Investors Service wrote in a report released Wednesday.Mines in the Powder River Basin are expected to be the hardest hit as thermal coal generation declines. The operations are run by companies that have all gone through or are undergoing bankruptcy restructuring, such as Blackjewel, Cloud Peak Energy, Westmoreland Coal, Arch Coal and Peabody Energy.Natural gas generation will replace most of the thermal coal generating capacity set for retirement as the U.S. coal industry contracts and becomes ever more reliant on export markets, according to Moody’s.“The pace and magnitude of the decline in coal demand for power generation remains uncertain. But the closures of coal-fired power plants already announced, plus other likely closures such as power plants more than 50 years old, would reduce coal to as little as 11% of total U.S. power generation by 2030,” the report said. “This drop would represent a substantial reduction from today’s mid-20% contribution to power generation, and the continuation of an ongoing secular decline in thermal coal demand.”While many of the remaining coal-fired power plants in the US are not fully utilized, the Moody’s report said capacity factors at those plants are also unlikely to increase even as other plants retire. According to the report, domestic utilities consumed about 84% of the coal produced in the US in 2018.Moody’s estimates that exports will make up more than a quarter of US coal sales by the early to mid-2020s, assuming that thermal and metallurgical coal markets continue to support reasonable profits. Cash flow will be volatile because many US producers do not have cost structures that can compete when the commodity cycle drives prices down, Moody’s added.More: Coal’s share of U.S. power generation may fall to 11% by 2030: Moody’slast_img read more

Waltzing Away

first_imgClick here to subscribe to the Pharr Out BlogFor those of you trail savvy folks out there, you may know Warren Doyle as the man who has hiked the AT more than any other living soul (he’s working on number fifteen right now). For those Ashevillians reading this, you may know Warren Doyle as a Contra dance regular at the Grey Eagle and Warren Wilson. For Brew and me, we know Warren as a friend and as our wedding dance waltz instructor. He took the two of us from four left feet to wowing our wedding crowd in three short sessions. However, what I didn’t know at the time was that while showing me how to waltz, Warren was also teaching me about the trail.What I am starting to learn out here is that the AT is as much a dance as a hike. With the trail as the leader, the past few days I have learned how to spin, twirl, step forward and backward- all in proper timing. The rocks and roots in Maine make me sometimes feel more like an acrobat or gymnast than a hiker. However, another lesson the first two hundred miles have taught me is that I will make more progress if I let the trail determine my steps, If I try to lead the dance, I tend to end up kicking my partner and constantly tripping.Leaving the Maine Wilderness, I was six miles behind my ideal schedule. I was able to tag on six miles to my day into Caratunk, but along the journey I was forced to ford several very strong rivers. This made me anxious because the AT out of Caratunk passes over the Kennebec, one of the largest rivers in Maine. Most hikers take a canoe-ferry across the river, but when I arrived I discovered that because of high waters, the boat hadn’t run in over a week. I had no clue what I would do if the boat didn’t run the next morning, but I could do nothing about it except wait and hope for the best. As luck would have it, the next morning I rode over on the first ferry in eight days.The day after I crossed the Kinnebec, I climbed up the Bigelow Mountains of Maine. This range is where Maine starts to show her teeth, and trust me when I say Southern Maine is mighty ferocious. I knew I couldn’t make it to the road after the Bigelows, but lucky for me I have a super handsome and athletic husband who was able to hike in five miles with our equipment so we could set up camp.After the Bigelows, the Mountains came in greater size and frequency. I really started to struggle with the climbs and much to my dismay, on day five Brew and I had our first “road-side meeting” fiasco. We miscommunicated the night before so we spent the entire day playing hide and seek in the Maine woods. We didn’t locate each other until late that evening. Thankfully, my food had been replenished in the meantime by a hiker who shared a package of ChipsAhoy with me. (On a side note, Chips Ahoy says they have 1000 chips per bag but that’s way too many for one person in a day.) I was emotionally and physically drained that evening after hiking 38 grueling miles, but I was blessed with some gorgeous views and near perfect weather.After six days of 30+ miles, I finally cut the mileage down to marathon length (26 miles) for my last two days in Maine. I needed the lower mileage and lower intensity not only to recover but also to store up for what lay ahead, the White Mountains of New Hampshire. If there is anything I learned in the first week on the trail, it is that adhering strictly to my schedule is not necessarily as important as listening to my body and dancing with the trail, which may include taking steps backwards and twirling when I least expect it.last_img read more

Eagle Creek Pack-It System: Don’t Leave Home Without It

first_imgThe idea of adding more to my usually already overstuffed luggage while packing was so counter intuitive I found myself questioning my “open-minded” trait that has always served me well in the past.For my last few trips I finally caved, as it were, to trying the Eagle Creek Pack-It system. A series of little baggies (they call them Cubes and such) to pack your clothes, accessories and whatever else you find yourself taking along. While packing I continued to baulk as I put my t-shirts in one Cube, socks and underwear in another. Pants, sweatshirts, gloves, everything had a place. There are even “Folders” for dress shirts and pants (of which I rarely, but on occasion need to pack) to keep them from getting wrinkled up and ready to wear upon arrival.Then it clicked. While compressing one of the cubes to get it zipped up it dawned on me how, despite the extra fabric the cube introduces to the packing, it keeps my clothes compressed and out of the way for more items to be packed.Aside from the compression the cubes bring to the packing process, I’ve always appreciated having my bag organized. Even when backpacking I like to use stuff sacks to keep smaller items like socks, gloves, extra long johns and the such from exploding out of my pack and onto the wet and/or dirty ground as I rummage to find something. The same applies to my suitcase now. And, if for some reason immigration and customs decides to pull me aside for a full bag inspection, I won’t suddenly have unmentionables scattered across the inspection table and falling onto the floor as I have seen some other poor souls suffer.This sense of organization has been adopted by the many kinds of gear I find my self lugging across the globe for various projects like GoPro and other photography accessories, climbing gear, water sports gear and more. It looks like I’ve retained staying “open-minded” after all.My only gripe would be for Eagle Creek to provide more color options to distinguish one bag of gear from another. Some of the cubes have little mesh windows and that’s a good start, but not always the most effective. I’m currently working on a good labeling system without using a sharpie on the bag and having to cross it out each time I use that bag/cube/etc for something else. Got any ideas?last_img read more

Gear Guide: Get Trail Ready with these Multisport Essentials

first_imgIt may still feel like winter here in the Blue Ridge, but the trails will be dry before you know it. Fickle weather calls for lightweight, multifunctional gear. These selections will help you hit the ground running – or biking, or hiking – come spring.1. Spy Optics CutterChange with the weather, almost as instantly. The Cutters are built with performance in mind featuring Scoop ventilation for a clear view and Hytrel Rubber on the featherweight frames so they stay in place for the long haul. If the clouds roll in, swapping out for rose- tinted lenses on the go is a breeze. Even with all the tech, these shades are fashion forward enough to pull double duty on the singletrack and at the brewery. $160.2. Deuter Compact Air EXP 10You won’t find a more feature-filled, versatile pack than the Compact Air EXP 10. Inside, the EXP comes standard with a pump sleeve, tool pouch, externally accessible bladder compartment, expansion zipper, helmet carry system, and stowaway rain fly. The star of the show, however, is the FlexLite carrying system that utilizes a springy metal frame in combination with mesh lining to not only prevent overheating with three-sided ventilation on the back, but transfers the load seamlessly to the hip straps. $129.3. Green Guru Clutch Saddle BagGreen Guru fashions all their bags from upcycled inner tubes and hand builds them in the U.S. Because it is made of rubber, the Clutch will keep your gear dry and the reflective strip will keep you visible. $254. Lems Boulder BootAt a scant 9.9 ounces, the Boulder is one of the lightest boots on the market. Lems built the boot on a minimalist platform with zero drop and minimal arch support, which accounts for the low weight. The upper is water resistant nylon and the sole is 9mm of LemsRubber, making for a boot that is both tough and flexible. How flexible? This boot can be collapsed and rolled up, the perfect accessory to stuff into a backpack or suitcase for travel and camping. $115.5. Westcomb Focus LT HoodyTo move fast and nimbly in the mountains, you need a jacket that can keep up. The Focus combines Westcomb’s renowned construction quality with eVent DVL technology to produce a shell that keeps the weather out and breathes like a soft shell. The Focus packs down impossibly small and weighs just 203 grams, so you can stuff it in your pack and forget about it until that early spring storm rolls in. $280.6. TerraLux TT-3 FlashlightGo deeper and climb higher with the TT-3. This ultra rugged, indestructible LED flashlight can be used underwater for 2.5 hours. It illuminates 300 feet of trail and pumps out a blinding 250 lumens, all powered by two double-A batteries. $90.7. Vapur Microfilter 1LiterThe 1.1-ounce filter screws into the 1.6 ounce collapsible bladder bottle giving you a ultra-lightweight microbial filter that removes 99.9 percent of everything bad, and all you have to do is suck the water through the top. The filter can also be used on its own as a straw or squeeze filter and is good for up to 500 uses. $70.8. PROBAR Meal BarsOrganic, 100% plant-based, non-GMO meal-bars are everything you need for a quick meal on the go: nutritionally dense, 350 – 400 calories of mostly raw fruits, seeds, nuts and vegetables. $3.25.9. FITS Ultra Light Trail SockThis zero-cushion sock with a high ankle cuff is perfect for keeping snow and debris out of your shoe without sacrificing performance fit for your foot. Perfect for the year-round runner or hiker. $17.10. Sport Hansa Helle Eggen KnifeCheck out any survivalist forum or talk to any experienced outdoorsman and they’ll inevitably brag about Helle knives, which have a long tradition of superior craftsmanship and quality. One of their premier offerings is the Eggen, a triple-laminated stainless steel blade so durable that it stayed sharp through months of rugged outdoor use. The birch handle with its finger guard provided our tester with outstanding control and accuracy. $154.last_img read more

Thule’s Technical Backpacks Raise the Figurative Bar

first_imgThule has just released news of a new collection of technical backpacks, and as evidenced by other recent bag and hardgood introductions by the company, they’ve pulled out all the stops.First in the new line for Spring ’15 is the Thule Guidepost Trekking — billed as a “deluxe gear hauler,” it is highly customizable with a lid that can be transformed into a 24L summit pack for a two-in-one solution. The Guidepost is the top-level option in the technical collection. The medium range Capstone Hiking Backpack is a little smaller but just as feature-laden as the Guidepost, and also customizable. Last but not least is the Sapling Elite Child Carrier. An adjustable cockpit, belt pockets, and the customization options of the other packs in the series make it easier to bring the little ones on hikes and treks.The focus of Thule’s new technical packs seems to be the emphasis on customization. With gender specific design, two suspension systems, and the ability to adjust torso length on the fly, you can zero in on the perfect fit for your experience every time you hit the trails.The new technology developed to accomplish this is pretty innovative:TransHub Suspension SystemAn aluminum and steel wire spring frame distributes the weight of your pack evenly onto your hips and legs to preserve your back for longer hikes, and allows for 150mm of adjustment to the torso length of the pack to fit your body comfortably. This system features on the flagship Thule GuidePost series backpack.Capstone_w40L_Slate_04_Prelim_4MicroAdjust Suspension SystemJust like the TransHub system the MicroAdjust evenly distributes your pack’s load to your hips and allows for a wide range of adjustments for your perfect fit. You can expect to see this system on the Capstone Hiking backpack.Thule_Capstone_22L_Men_Roarange_207304_207404_4 (1)Gender Specific DesignMale packs are designed with a more generous cut around the neck line and the hips, and female packs feature shoulder straps designed for a slender neck and curved chest. Additionally, female hip belts have a gender specific contour for improved fit.Guidepost_65L_Potion_05_Prelim_4QuickFit Shoulder YokeThis system allows you to adjust the width of the shoulder straps to fit your specific body. Thule has even provided a handy fit guide which will allow you to quickly find the optimal fit based on the circumference of your neck.Capstone_w40L_Slate_01_Prelim_4The minds behind these new technologies include Graham Jackson, the project manager for Thule’s Technical Backpack line and an avid outdoorsman from the Rocky Mountains; Anders Lundgren, Thule Group’s chief engineer; and the Thule Design Team made up of Henrick Kax, Sky and Trisha Wookey, and Damian Kelly.Henrick Kax leads the Design Team responsible for the new Technical Backpacks. You might know Sky and Trisha Wookey from Wookey Backpacks. Founded in 1996 they’ve gone on to win several prestigious and highly acclaimed awards over the years. In 2012 their Mile High Mountaineering Salute 34 backpack was voted one of the “top 100 products of 2012” by Men’s Health Magazine. Damian Kelly brings experience from projects for Mountain Hardwear, Sitka Hunting, and Timbuk 2 to the Thule Design Team, with a focus on preserving everything you love about Thule in the face of all the innovation taking place, especially with their emphasis on packs and bags.Thule Technical Backpacks come with a 25 year warranty and will be available from specialty retailers February, 2015.last_img read more