Wednesday, April 19, 2017
A Tour of Mt. Aso and Mt. Kuju in Kyushu
Another nice one last weekend! This 74 km FAI triangle around Mt. Aso and Kuju has never been flown before, to my knowledge. Enjoy the scenery and come fly with us in southern Japan sometime!
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Support from KUMADEN and YAESU
The transciever has a dual tuner, which means it's actually two transcievers in one. It can tune to virtually any frequency from sub-AM band to 1GHz, so that I can listen in on the European weather beacons while still having a channel open to talk to my supporters.
Thank you KUMADEN and YAESU for your support!
Saturday came with changeable weather. We had to wait out a passing rain shower before tandeming, and the southwest wind was already getting a little strong. But we had a surprisingly nice flight! Thanks Joleen for your support, and I had fun today chatting with you while airborne!
The second flight on the Delta 2 was about as rough as it could get. Is it because it's the height of the season? There was an incipient front collapse at least one every five minutes, and violent up- and donwdrafts. Great training!
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Kumanichi News Report
Montbell Supports Team Canada for the Red Bull X-Alps
I am very happy to announce that Team Canada Red Bull X-Alps 2017 is going to be supported by Japanese outdoor gear and clothing company Montbell through the Montbell Challenge Support Program. This program supports people that are pursuing adventure and exploration by offering necessary gear and support. We are very happy with this new sponsor because we feel it is a good fit with our team. Montbell, originally created and based in Japan, now has shops all around the world including Switzerland and the U.S.
Yesterday was the perfect day to go check out the Montbell shop in Minami Aso City as it was pouring rain with strong winds. The Minami Aso Montbell shop is situated in a town that was devastated by the Kumamoto Earthquake on April 14th, 2016. At that time the Montbell provided tents and sleeping bags for the disaster hit areas with their own parking lot turning into a tent city overnight. Montbell's Minami Aso shop was instrumental in organizing relief and support to the people living in the area.
Since the earthquake, we had not been to Minami Aso, as the Great Aso Bridge had been wiped out during the disaster and access to the area had become difficult. Yesterday, despite the driving rain, the area looked beautiful and once again thriving with a lot of construction and newly rebuilt homes and roads.
We arrived at the shop in the early afternoon, and managed to stay until closing time. The Red Bull X-Alps race is such a multi faceted race that it is difficult to choose the ideal gear. Lightweight and minimal ended up being the main criterion for choosing the necessary items. For example, thermal underwear was available in silk, polyester and wool, and in thin, medium and heavy weights. These all had to be tried on in various sizes before final decisions were made.
Since we live on the Amakusa Islands and spend most of our free time in the mountains or on the sea, we usually buy all our gear online. Of course this is very convenient for us, but actually touching the fabric, trying it on, accessing the feeling of the clothing on your body and receiving valuable advice from experienced staff is so important! We would like to thank the shop manager Mr. Yamamoto and to our personal assistant deluxe, Mr. Murakami, who ran around the shop endlessly selecting different garments.
In the end we had to go through our treasures and once again re-access what we really needed and what we could do without. We chose a lightweight tent and sleeping bag, a warm lightweight down jacket, a windbreaker, a rain poncho, running shorts and t-shirts, wool long underwear, spandex leggings, goretex hiking shoes and various weights of synthetic socks. By the end of the day we were knackered but satisfied that our newest sponsor Montbell will help our team get to the goal in Monaco.
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Foreigners who LOVE Kumamoto- Richard Brezina
Click on the CC settings icon at the bottom of your screen for specially written subtitles in English!
KAB`s Kuma Power TV show featured Richard Brezina on April 3rd. Living in Japan but representing Canada in the Red Bull X-Alps 2017, the show highlights Richard`s daily life and training in Amakusa, Kumamoto, JAPAN.
Thanks to the KAB staff for doing such a great job putting this show together, especially the director, Mr.Uchida!
For more information about Team Canada Red Bull X-Alps 2017, check out http://rickbrezina.info/
To support Team Canada Red Bull X-Alps, sponsor us on crowd funding: http://fnd.us/ricksxalps?ref=sh_c6R2ce
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