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The Hidden Gem of the Austrian Alps: Tux, Austria


Tux, Austira is a 365 days a year vacation paradise located in the Austrian Alps. Little known outside of Europe, it is one of the newest and most diverse nature and sport resort areas in Europe. With year round glacier skiing at over 10,000 feet, and hundreds of miles of marked hiking trails, Tux appeals to almost any nature and sport lover.

Tux is a municipality consisting of five villages, Tux-Vorderlanersbach, Tux-Lanersbach, Juns, Madseit, and Hintertux, which stretches 5 miles through the Zillertal (Ziller Valley) and dead ends in the Hintertux Glacier. The villages of Tux start out at a height of 4,260 feet and peak at the top of the Hintertux Glacier at 10,660 feet.

Tux is best known for its skiing, and the belongs to the Ski and Glacier World 3000 which includes the Hintertux Glacier, Eggalm, Rastkogel, Finkenberg, and Mayrhofen. This conglomerate of ski areas has over 140 miles of trails, served by 62 lifts capable of moving around 107,000 people per hour! This is all available under a unified lift ticket which costs around $30 a day.

In Tux itself, the center of skiing is the village of Hintertux, situated at 4,920 feet above sea level directly at the bottom of the Hintertux Glacier. It is the home of the gondolas which take you to the top, and thus the base station for skiing and all other glacier activities. Hintertux, like the other Tux villages, is built in the traditional Tiroler style and has numerous hotels, some located just feet from the gondolas, ski-shops, and a few bars and a disco.

The Hintertux Glacier itself is 10,660 feet above sea level at the peak and has over 53 miles of trails and 21 lifts. In winter, you can ski down to 4,920 meters, giving you over a half hour of ski time if you ski at a moderate pace. In summer however, only the top third of the mountain is open to skiing, allowing you to ski down to 6,900 feet. In addition to the miles of groomed trails, Hintertux also allows and encourages off piste skiing. In winter, as in summer, there is a good amount of powder, often waist deep, and a literally endless supply of off piste opportunities. For those less experienced with the glacier, there are guides available who can accompany and guide you when skiing off piste to help you avoid crevices and dangerous areas.

The lifts bringing you to the peak of the Hintertux Glacier are a series of three high speed 6-16 person gondolas. They make the journey from 4,920 feet to 10,660 feet in about 25 minutes and are capable of moving 35,000 people per hour, thus almost completely eliminating wait times even during the most crowded times of the year. Once on the glacier itself, there are numerous chair lifts and t-lifts which are responsible for moving you from one section to another, or taking you back to the top.

In addition to skiing, Tux offers numerous other activities so that even a non skier won’t get bored. Activities such as hiking in and around the glacier, paragliding, and spelunking are available year round. Additionally, in winter, you can ice skate, sleigh ride, sled, and cross country ski. In summer, you can mountain bike, swim, and climb. For all of these activities, there are local guides available.

Hiking in Hintertux is an experience you will never forget. Whether you go in summer or winter, spring or fall, there are over 155 miles of hiking trails to try out, 24 of which are maintained in winter. In winter, as in summer, one can hike to the top of the glacier, and enjoy a break at one of the many lakes or restaurants, or take the gondola to the top, and hike down.

For those looking for peace and quiet, Tux is the place to go. You can relax in the thermal baths located in Hintertux, or enjoy one of the numerous spa hotels. In fact, one of the most attractive qualities of Tux is its relative isolation and lack of main-line tourism. Because Tux is relatively new and located over 10 miles from the nearest Autobahn, it doesn’t get the same volume of traffic that the big name resorts like Kitzbühel and Solden do. In fact, in contrast to the big name resorts, the majority of visitors to Hintertux are Europeans, not Americans or British! This, in and of itself, makes Hintertux attractive, as it provides American tourists with a true European experience. But don’t worry, the people in Hintertux speak good English!

Another factor which makes Tux so attractive is its friendliness to families. There are numerous activities offered year round for children of all ages. For example, in winter, children can go to ski school, or in summer attend the Kraxel-Maxel outdoor camp!

Overall, Tux, Austria is a sport resort area with enough different options to please any one. Those looking for peace and quiet will enjoy Tux as much as those looking for a nerve wracking extreme sport experience!


Skiing in Greece


Snow and skiing may not be the first images that comes to mind when thinking of Greece; however, Delphi, Greece is home to the largest winter sports center in Greece. The Parnassos Center is located on the Parnassos Mountains. It has two sites, Fterolakka, located at an altitude 1600 meters, and Kelaria, located at 1750 meters. They both end in Toumborachi. The location has seventeen skiing sites with eight skiing routes and two mini skiing routes for beginners. it has thirteen lifts: six each of aerial and tow lifts and one four seat telecabin. It is open each year between December and May. There are schools available as well such as Pappos-Baloumis, Mpoumpa and the Pro Shop. There are several equipment stores available as well. Also available to visitors are snowmobile and sleigh rentals,and ice skating.

Though the winter season in Greece is rather short, there are many Winter sport centers to choose from for your enjoyment.

The Velouchi Resort in Karpenisi is located on Mount Tymfristos, in Central Greece. The ski center has eleven sites with six lifts, in addition to a lift leading to the skiing site for beginners. Other amenities include a restaurant, a cafeteria, a snack bar, and a equipment shop. The resort is open from December to March.

The Elatochori resort is located on the Pieria Mountains of Mount Olympus. The ski center has six ski trails. There are also a tracks for snowboards and sleds. Other amenities include a chalet, two schools, shops selling and a Snowboard Fun Park.

The Kalavryta Center in Peloponnese is located on Helmos Mountain.

The resort has eight ski lifts and thirteen ski runs with different levels of difficulty.

The ski center offers night skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and paragliding. There are three ski schools available as well as ski equipment. It is open between December and April.

The Profitis Ilias Resort is located on the Politsies plateau of the Mavrovouni mountains. The center has five ski slopes and one ski run. There are also three lifts. Other amenities include a school and a shop where visitors can rent ski equipment and snowmobiles. There is also a chalet with a restaurant and cafeteria available. It is open between December and March.

The Pisoderi Resort is located on Mount Verno in western Macedonia. The ski center has twelve runs and five lifts. It has a chalet where visitors can rent ski equipment or receive ski instructions. There is also a medical center on the grounds.

The Tria Pente Pigadia is located on the Vermion Mountains in Northern Greece. It has seven lifts including two for beginners. Ski instructors are available at the resort. It is open each year from October to April. There is a chalet with a beautiful view. The chalet offers night accommodations.

The Vasilitsa is located on the Pindos Mountains. The ski center stretches over two mountains and has sixteen ski runs that have every imaginable kind of terrain. The ski center is known as one of the best places in southeastern Europe for snowboarding. Other amenities include a small snowboard shop, two chalets that have overnight accommodations and a small bar.

The Kaimaktsalan is located on the Voras Mountains in Central Macedonia. The resort has fourteen skiing sites and four lifts. The ski center also has a snowmobiling course. Other amenities include two schools, and a chalet with a restaurant and a cafeteria. The cafeteria has a playground. The chalet also has seven luxurious mini suites available.

The Thessaly Pelion is located near Chania. The ski center has seven skiing sites and five lifts including a lift for beginners. The site offers night skiing on the weekends. Other amenities include a school that also rents out ski equipment.

The Seli is located on the Vermion Mountains of Northern Greece. The center has eighteen trails ranging in difficulty to meet the needs of all skiers, and six lifts.

The Seli village is located at the bottom of the ski center. The village has ski schools and shops available. The village also has hotels and coffee shops to welcome visitors.

The Falakros is located on the Falakros Mountains in Northern Greece.

The ski center has over twenty skiing sites. There are four lifts in addition to three beginner lifts. The ski center has four ski schools and the Tsakiris shop available to skiers. Other activities include trekking, cycling, riding, and jeep safaris. Other amenities include three chalets and a medical center. There are also accommodations available in Drama.


Major Events Coming to Noosa Australia


These festivals tend to be arranged not just to recognize a significant icon or even historical event within the location, yet this is also a method to get people to leave their homes along with their hectic agendas for an pleasurable meet up with other people as well. It is like having the capacity to celebrate some thing exceptional, not just with the family but along with your whole community too!

Fresh acquaintances can be seen as well as previous friends could be met once again! Activities like large events happen mainly annually, so they are always well-prepared for. Anybody can be expecting that the best of the best is done for the activities & that a lot of work has been put to all of them to ensure they are absolutely exciting and unforgettable for all!

The Pomona King of the   Mountain  is just one of the entertaining events which is celebrated Within Noosa every twenty fifth of July. Basing from the name this specific event is to test out whether or not there exists someone who has what it takes to be named as being the subsequent  Mountain  King in the Zinc FM International  Mountain  Challenge.

This particular event is also cited as the “most excruciating  mountain  race in Noosa and also the world”, well could you think of just how exciting this may be? A straight champion, Neil Labinsky is hot in the eyes of the people because in 2010, it will be his 5th time to join, and many would want to know if it will be a straight win for the guy right after winning four times consecutively in the past years.

In case you haven’t had enough with the King of the  Mountain  challenge, then there is also the Noosa Jazz Festival in Sept 2 to 5. This year’s themes is going to focus on celebrating 20 years of Noosa Jazz. After twenty years of enjoying the cream of Australian Jazz, it has finally arrived at a year that demonstrates that the festival is one of Australia’s longest running jazz festivals.

Laze in Noosa’s excellent seaside resorts while hearing excellent shows by the likes of Bob Barnard, James Morrison, George Golla and Vince Jones, that happen to be just a few of the names that wowed the audience and also set the best atmosphere for a unforgettable occasion at beach.

And talking about beaches with accommodation, Noosa has its exquisite selection of fantastic beaches that you would like to check out and stay while enjoying all of the fun filled adventures of the location. Take a break from going to those corporate hotel and motel chains.

Noosa accommodation is a family operated resort complex situated strategically in James Street Noosaville only fifty meters from the pristine Noosa River and Sandy Pelican Beach where you are able to go swimming, ride the boat, fish, sail, ski, kayak or just leisurely spend your time on the beach. In addition you could also catch a ferry going to the famous Hastings Street! The actual beach is well patrolled, lifesavers working throughout the year!

Finally and not the least, here’s an additional event you might get pleasure from while staying in Noosa, the Noosa Triathlon on the 27th to 31st of Oct. The Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival is a 5 day event of nothing but world-class sport and entertainment which celebrates the Australian sporting way of life.

The very best sports athletes are often attracted by the occasion which usually come from a variety of sport backgrounds and also contend with other sports lovers in most abilities and ages! Being the highlight of the festival, the Noosa Triathlon is the high light of the festival and it is accepted as one of Queensland’s famous events, Australia’s largest, oldest and highest profile triathlon and the second biggest triathlon event on the globe.

One perfect Noosa accommodation place to stay is certainly Pelican Resort Noosa, that is located in the actual center of these fun-filled activities and is also excellent for accommodation in Noosa all year round.


Curiosities From the World of Sports


There are so many things you can find out about sports, there being a lot of curiosities which can stir anyone’s interest. You should look into this kind of things whenever you have the chance because not only do they enrich your general knowledge, but these details are also very interesting.

First of all, you should know that football is the most beloved sport in the whole world. There is no other sport which has achieved the same performances when it comes to the number of amateurs of a particular sport. Then, you might want to know that boxing used to be an illegal sport, but it was legalized in 1901. Then, another interesting thing is that Jean Genevieve Garnerin was the first woman who preferred parachuting, being the first one to jump from a hot air balloon in 1799.

975 was the year when the first woman reached the top of the Everest Mountain, this woman being Junko Tabei from Japan. Larissa Latynina is the female gymnast who won the largest number of medals. She was a Russian gymnast who won eighteen Olympic medals in only three editions of the Olympic Games. The three editions were organized between 1956 and 1964.

The first edition of the ancient Olympic Games was won by Corubus and the first modern edition was held in Athens in 1896. Three hundred eleven men took part into the games and there was no woman involved. As for the modern ages, you might be curious about how many tennis balls the organizers of the Wimbledon Grand Slam Tournament change. If you are, you might be surprised to know that they change forty-two thousand balls in one edition. Last but not least, it is very interesting to know that golf was the first sport which was played on the Moon.


The Foundation of Martial Arts – Yoga


At first glance, Martial Arts and Yoga seem like opposing forces and philosophies, but these two health maintenance systems have more in common than meets the eye. For a moment, consider the similarities between Tai Chi and Hatha Yoga. Within the warm up, you notice very similar movement, philosophy, and principles.

Why does “climb the   mountain ” stance look so much like Warrior I posture? Is it coincidence, luck, or a common link? Why does Kundalini have movements that resemble punching, kicking, and martial arts foot work? Are Kung Fu forms an extension of Vinyasa? Each has been referred to as meditation in motion.

The place of origin, for most Asian martial arts, is agreed to be the Shaolin Temple. Apparently, the monks at the Shaolin temple had become very proficient at meditation, but had not developed a health maintenance system to sufficiently train their bodies.

In the sixth century A.D., Bhoddidharma, a visiting Buddhist monk, from India, began to teach the monks at the Shaolin temple, a form of physical health maintenance, which is believed to be Yoga. It is also said that Boddidharma was a member of the Warrior caste. Therefore, he should also have had working knowledge of Kalarippayat; an indigenous Indian Martial art.

Boddidharma is said to have reached a level of meditation that was very advanced. The body can be trained to a point, but the mind should also be trained as well. This is a cornerstone to all martial arts training. How often have we heard about the three conflicts of mind, body, and spirit?

This is why each martial arts school should encourage a Yoga class. The healing aspect of Yoga is very beneficial to all martial artists – regardless of their style. Some karate and kung fu centers have incorporated Yoga as part of the class schedule. The reason was to attract mothers, who were hanging around the waiting area, to pick up their kids.

While there is a demand for Yoga classes among women, some martial artists, both male and female, will join in to feel the healing benefits, meditate, increase flexibility, and much more. The fact is, much like martial arts, there are many styles of Yoga.

Some are very physical and demand a lot of endurance. So, there is no end to the possibilities of where the need for Yoga can fit within a karate or kung fu studio. After all these years, it looks like Yoga and martial arts will be together again.


Hummingbird Fishfinder Mount Installation


One key decision you need to make before purchasing a Hummingbird fishfinder is how and where you are going to mount it. You need to ask yourself one question: are you going to be using your fishfinder on just one boat, or are you going to need to move it from boat to boat as needed?

Let’s take a look at the options you have if you want to permanently mount your fish finder to one boat and leave it there.

Economical fish finders will come with the standard-issue mounting bracket and transom mounting transducers. This is the least expensive way to mount your Hummingbird fishfinder and is perfectly acceptable. You want to find a spot near the “captain’s chair” or wherever you will be fishing from. You will mount the bracket using the included hardware to any flat surface where you will not be drilling into other wiring or mechanical parts, usually a place made of wood or metal.

The display is then attached to the bracket, and tightened down to secure it. A wire is run from the display back to the transducer. Depending on the boat, you may be able to hide the wire under flooring or where the cables for the steering and motor controls are. Wherever you run the wire, make sure it is secure and out of the way of incidental contact.

As far the transducer is concerned, you will want to mount it on the transom in a spot where it will be submerged both at low speeds and high speeds, avoiding interference with the prop, preferably on centerline. If your boat has a ladder, mount it on the opposite side to avoid entanglement and possible damage to the transducer.

When you screw it the mounting bracket, make sure you use a bedding compound suitable for marine use, such as Bostik 920 or similar product, to prevent leaks. Be sure the transducer is aligned so that it is pointing straight down, as many transoms are angled. Remember, you want to make sure the transducer is mounted securely, since it will be subject to a lot of force at high speeds.

Another type of transducer is called a “through hull” transducer, common in inboard boats. These are attached to the inside of the hull, usually in back towards the transom. A hole is drilled into the hull, in which the transducer is placed. There is some debate as to whether you would want to actually drill a hole into your boat, as technology may change over time and you may want a different fishfinder some time down the road. Others are leery of possible leaks, although if properly installed, this should not be an issue.

A third option is what is termed a “shoot through hull” transducer, where the signal is directed directly through the hull of the boat. These are used on fiberglass boats, and have the obvious advantage of not having to drill any holes in the hull. They are typically glued to the inside of the hull with an epoxy glue for a strong solid bond.

The disadvantages of this kind on mounting system are:

  • The signal is generally weaker that other mounts, as the signal must pass through the boat as well as the water.
  • They cannot be used on aluminum, wood, or steel hulls.
  • They are typically more difficult to interpret fish echoes as well.

The advantages are:

  • They cannot be knocked off the boat by a submerged rock or stump
  • It works well at high speeds
  • There is no marine growth on the transducer itself since it never comes in contact with water

The last type of mounts are used for portable units. The obvious advantages of these are the fact they can be moved from boat to boat, and do not require any permanent installation on or in your hull. Brackets are available to mount your display unit using clamps that attach to the side, corner, or bench of your boat. Transducers can be mounted using suction cups or brackets that clamp to your boat. They make mounts for trolling motors, and even have trolling motors with transducers built right in them.

As you can see, there is a way to mount your Hummingbird fishfinder on any boat. Evaluate the above factors, and you will find the right choice for your situation.


5 Best Extreme Sports in Peru – Peru Travel Guide


Many foreign visitors to Peru are happy with a relaxing few days travelling around ancient Inca archaeological sites, kicking-back in luxury hotels, and riding exclusive trains to Machu Picchu. But if your dream getaway is a taking things to the max in search of extreme thrills and fun, then you won’t be disappointed either! Peru can offer it all! Here are the 5 best extreme sports in Peru.

Extreme   Mountain  Biking

Peru was made for  mountain  biking, after all the Andes – the world’s longest  mountain  chain runs right down the centre of the country, peaking at 22,132 feet (6,746 m) in the Cordillera Blanca in central Peru. Possibly one of the most extreme sports in Peru with locals and foreigners alike, there are literally thousands of places to find fast fun down-hill thrills. In Cusco there is a handful of specialist travel agents that offer a range of different day (and multi-day) trips, with full suspension Kona bikes. Our favourite extreme ride is the 1 day Mega-Avalanche single track ride, that starts at the top of Abra Malaga in the Sacred Valley (close to Cusco) and descends 1600 meters to the village of Ollantaytambo. Oh, and you can do it three times!


You wouldn’t think so, but yes, Peru is actually one of the world’s best surfing spots. Along the northern coastline, Peru offers waves for everyone from beginners to pros. Peru has produced many world surfing champions, and it’s easy to see why when you understand just how good the waves are. Chicama has the world’s longest left-handed wave in the world at 4km’s long, and Mancora (close by) has the world’s largest left-handed point-break in the world. Extreme sports in Peru don’t get much better than this!


During the 1960s, the small oasis town of Huacachina was once a holiday hot-spot for rich limenians. Nowadays, this rather less glamorous place is the home of one of the most fun and extreme sports in Peru – Sand-boarding. Located 7 km’s from the main city of Ica, Huacachina is surrounded by vast sand dunes which stretch as far as the eye can see. There are only a handful of hostels in the town, but all of them will rent you sand-board for a few soles per day. Cover yourself from head-to-toe in sun-block and start climbing! It’s fun, cheap, thrilling and often painful!

White Water Rafting

With so many  mountains , there are bound to be quite a lot of fast flowing and rocky rivers to enjoy. Rafting is probably one of the most common extreme sports in Peru, and in the region of Cusco, there are many expert travel agencies that will take you out on the river. The Urubamba River (in the Sacred Valley) offers a thrilling full day experience which is suitable for beginners through to intermediary rafters. But hard-core rafters looking for the ultimate thrill need to go a little further afield. Cotahuasi Canyon is the deepest canyon in the world, and is also home to one of the world’s toughest rafting challenges. The route includes 6 days of full-on, technical class 4 – 5 rapids, uncharted pre-Inca ruins and spectacular campsites. Extreme sports in Peru don’t get much better than this! But be warned the Cotahuasi raft is for only the toughest travellers!

Zip Lines in the Jungle

15 Km’s from Machu Picchu, close to the village of Santa Teresa is Peru’s first canopy top zip line (also known as flying fox). A series cables with a total length of 2500 meters are broken up into six sections, with the longest section being 400 meters in length. At the fastest point on the wire it is possible to reach speeds of 60 Km/h (37 mph), which is enough to give the sensation of flight! Make sure that you are not scared of heights either, as part of the line hang 150 meters above the jungle floor. Extreme sports in Peru don’t get much more fun than this!

Of-course there are a whole bunch of other great things to see and do in Peru, but if you think that there are better extreme sports in Peru than the ones listed, we would love to hear your thoughts!


Giant Mountain Bikes For The Massive Feathery Touch


Giant mountain bikes are the leaders of true excellence in the field of superior mountain bikes. They are more than what they should be. These massive mountain bikes are perfect road companions. When you are planning to plunder the rough terrains of the mountains, the giant bikes are there to provide you with a firm support so that when you ride you have fewer chances of stumbling and falling.

Giant Mountain Motorbike – The Perfect Companion On Trails

The massiveness of the bike does not mean that the vehicle has weight. While constructing the bike, the prime intention of Giant is to help you maintain a low center of gravity along with lower paddle feedback. With full suspension and great technology, these mountain bikes make you move with confidence and ease.

There is no time to rest as you go through the list of advantages of giant mountain bikes – no power loss, no breaking influence, no paddle kickback along with a linear rising rate and exceptional traction. The bikes manufactured in Australia are massive maestros with the ability to fight the battle of hazardous mountainous journey. This particular bike type has been portrayed in one of the episodes of Good Morning America.

These giant motorcycles introduced by the Giant Company would cost you a little more than the regular mountain motorbikes, but what they offer is worth the price. These bikes offer both strength and comfort and they just rule the motorcycle market with overwhelming qualities. They are perfect companions and have been received numerous awards for their superior quality and outstanding performance.

These giant mountain bikes are more preferred for their durability rather than style. This is because the materials used to make this category of road rulers are simply the best of the lot. Giant bikes are meant for both recreation and competition. While the design is executed, the company follows a quality control process and the sort of customer service they provide sets a high level for other companies to meet.

The giant with its matt black finish and usual characteristic features astounds passers by with its magnificence in style and stature. Balance of strength is what matters the most in case of all mountain bikes and when talking of giant bikes on the mountains, the strength is well distributed throughout this mechanism on wheels.

These giant varieties boast of the lightest mid-range frames you would hardly notice in case of other bike varieties. The fork, brakes and the wheels contribute to the total weight of the bike and the rest is all light and easy to manage.

Usually anything massive gives you a feeling of extra weight and you feel hesitant in managing the mechanism. Only these world-class giant mountain motorbikes make you feel light and comfortable to ride on. Therefore, it is time to say YES! to giant mountain motorcycles.


Helicopter Mountain Rescue In Snowdonia


When a female climber slipped and fell while scrambling on the cliffs of Craig Yr Ysfa below Carnedd Llewelyn in Snowdonia, the rescuers who were first on the scene recognized that her leg injuries required immediate treatment. Fortunately for her, help was at hand in the form of RAF 22 Squadron’s Sea King helicopter, and she was in hospital in Bangor within the hour.

Snowdonia in North Wales contains some of the best mountain walking and climbing areas in the UK. Besides Snowdon itself, there are several other peaks above the 3000 ft mark, and these are surrounded by steep crags and sheer cliff faces which are often the site of accidents, either as a result of fallen climbers, or walkers who have slipped from a path. When accidents occur, members of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue team are called out, and if they require assistance to move the casualty quickly to hospital, a Sea King Mark 3 SAR (Search and Rescue) helicopter from RAF Valley on the Isle of Anglesey can be on the scene within 20 minutes.

The Sea Kings are operated by C Flight 22 Squadron (C Flt), one of the busiest SAR flights in the UK, carrying out around 300 rescue missions every year, and since the Flight formed at Valley in 1956, over 6000 rescue missions have been flown. Sea Kings have been operated by 22 Squadron since 1997, replacing the Wessex which took over from the Westland Whirlwind in 1976, and provide increased range and load capacity, plus enhanced night and bad weather performance. Helicopters are on standby 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and can be airborne within 15 minutes. Although their main function is to perform search and rescue missions for RAF aircrew, the bulk of their activity is centered on civilian rescues, often assisting mountain rescue teams across the UK.

The Sea King is manufactured by AgustaWestland in the UK, and is powered by two Rolls-Royce H1400 -1T turboshaft engines, providing 2,700shp. It has accommodation for a 4-man crew, and up to 19 passengers, or nine stretchers and two medical officers. The Mark 3A is equipped with advanced all-weather radar, navigation and Global Positioning Systems, and when hovering can be controlled by the winch operator, who can position the rescue harness directly above the casualty. The winch operator also controls the hydraulic hoist, rated at 600lb. The Sea King has a range of 280 nautical miles, with a maximum speed of 143 mph at sea level, and helicopters from 22 Squadron, who are based at RAF St Mawgan in Cornwall, carry out rescue operations all around the United Kingdom, as well as mountain rescues in Snowdonia.

The Sea Kings are a familiar sight to hill walkers and climbers, and it’s a comforting thought to anyone who ventures into the mountains that should the worst happen, the big yellow helicopter will quickly be on the scene.


Do Your Workout Clothes Smell Even After Washing? Here’s The Answer!


As an avid mountain biker and owner of some pretty expensive Oakley and Pearl shorts and jerseys, I could not understand why overtime my gear smelled like a musty, mildewed towel after they came out of the wash. It got so bad I really could not stand to even put on my biking attire. Not only were my clothes smelling, I was beginning to notice they were beginning to feel like sandpaper and losing their wicking properties.

I felt like our laundry detergent was not doing a thing to clean my biking clothes, all in while, not really doing anything about the gross smell. I began a desperate search to find out why and if there was a solution that would clean the dirt out, not dissolve or weaken the synthetic fibers and most important, get the smell out of my bike clothes.

So I started where we all start a research project, the internet. I wanted to discover if others were having the same problem, why it was happening, and finally what to do about it. So to my delight, others were also in stink heaven. What was interesting was most of the issues tended to be with high tech fabrics. It seems the more expensive, the more they stunk over time. So why does synthetic or high tech sports clothing start to smell over time? The answer is in how dense the material is woven. The denser the material, the better it breaths and ultimately the better it wicks. Here lies the root of the problem. As your body sweats, these fabrics are designed to wick moisture away from the body but in the process trap fats and oils deep in the fibers. Because these fabrics are so dense normal laundry detergent is not molecularly small enough to get into these areas and wash away the fats and oils. Overtime bacteria start to hide out in the fibers eating the oils and fats. The digestive byproduct, yep… you guessed bacteria poop, is what caused the smells. Some sportswear is starting to advertise being antimicrobial. For the most part, these are chemicals that are washed into the fibers but after several washings they lose their bacteria fighting ability. Silver synthetics has been the only proven long term method, however, most of these product have been removed from the market for fear of ground water contamination.

So over the past 3 or 4 years, specially formulated detergents have hit the market designed to properly kill bacteria as well as wash away the trapped fats and oils. For the most part these products use hydrogen peroxide as the active cleaning agent. Basically hydrogen peroxide is water with an extra oxygen atom. One of these detergents is WIN Sports Detergent. They were the official detergent of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. It was the first time a detergent was allowed sponsorship at the Olympics. In my trial test of WIN, I discovered it did work. I especially liked the way it left my clothes smelling. After several washes, I also noticed my clothes were noticeable softer. Certainly a bonus! If you are troubled by the smell of your sports clothing, I hope this helps you solve the problem as it did me.