Gearing Up

first_imgClick here to subscribe to the Pharr Out BlogPacking up my car for this trip, I had a hard time restraining myself. For the first time in my hiking career I could pack above and beyond what would normally fit into a medium sized backpack and instead load the trunk of my vehicle with all my favorite pieces of gear, multiple clothing options, and a slew of snacks to get me started on the trail.I realize this is a luxury! And the truly indulgent part is that I will get to pick and choose every day only necessary supplies to place into a day-pack or runner’s belt and leave the rest only to reconvene with my goods later that evening. Having already hiked from Georgia to Maine with a laden pack on my back, I know I will appreciate the weight differential of a supported attempt.Now for all you gearheads out there, I thought I would go ahead and let you know what equipment I plan on using during my journey. Diamond Brand Outfitters has been a huge supporter of this endeavor and has provided me with the best outdoor gear possible. I am very lucky to have their support and sponsorship. Not only does it make this trip financially viable, but their belief and encouragement in me is as important as any of the gear they have provided.—————Now for the goods . . .Sleeping Bag:Western Mountaineering Mightylites. I love Western Mountaineering Sleeping Bags. Yes they are expensive, but they are also the best and they last forever. I just wish I had purchased one when I first started hiking instead of spending a slew of money on bags that didn’t work or didn’t last. The Mightylite is a lightweight full zip bag. It is summer weight so it should keep me warm down to 40′ and below and the full-zip will allow me to ventilate for the warmer climates. One of the best things about a down bag beyond their lightweight efficiency is that they don’t hold in all the nasty stinkiness of a hiker like their synthetic counterparts.Shoes:I am totally stoked to be wearing Inov-8 shoes for my hike. They are from Britain and not yet widely distribute in the US, but they are starting to show up at a few specialty outdoor stores. They are also starting to show up on the feet of some very notable ulta-runners and elite hikers – I may not be in their ranks, but I can be in their shoes! To top the tread, Steve at Diamond Brand made me some killer custom Super Feet before I left so it feels like I am walking the trail in a supportive pair of socks! And speaking of socks, I made a huge mistake on my first AT attempt by only have a couple of pairs of Smartwools to last the entire 2,000+ miles. This time I have a pair of socks for every 100 miles. I agree wholeheartedly with whoever it was that said, “the most important piece of equipment you can have is on your feet”.Pack:I won’t need one!!! We’ll that’s not entirely true, but I certainly won’t have to wear it the whole way. In fact, my first choice in carrying daily supplies will be a simple runner’s belt that fits around my waist. My option for longer or more technical days will be an Osprey Talon 11-day pack. And for those nights where I camp away from my support vehicle or if I need to continue my trek at any point without support, then I will take my trusty McHale. McHales are custom made packs out of Seattle. Again, they’re not the cheapest option out there, but it’s the only full size pack that has ever been comfortable on my slender 6’ft frame, and they last a lifetime!Food:After 6,000+ miles of hiking, some of the few energy bars that I can still stomach during my demanding days are Cliff Bar products. Right now my car is loaded with a variety of approximately 300 bars to get me started and money says they are all gone by the time I reach the South. I also for the first time in my hiking career will experience the tradition of enjoying a warm stove-cooked meal in the evening. I admit that typically I’m not the best cook (even with pre-packaged freeze-dried food) and I’m even worse at cleaning dishes, but for this particular trip, having support means having someone cook my meals in the evening… and I have always, always, been very good at eating. Also note, my dear friend Miles sent me off with 13 dozen of his famous chocolate chip cookies – apropos since Miles’ thoughtfulness will be directly converted into literal trail miles.Other Odds and Ends:I have a tarptent to sleep in at night when conditions do not allow for a star-lit sky. When I treat my water, I will use a drop or two of bleach… not really healthy, but I don’t have time or space for a full on filter, I’m not sold on the steripens, and iodine and aquamira contain chemicals no better than chlorine – just better marketed. I will take daily Perque supplements to make-up for whatever nutrition is not found in Cliff Bars. Cell Phone? Yes, I will carry it most of the time. I am a huge advocate and will wage war with anyone who tells me it should be left at home. There will be ample bug spray for New England. And my clothes will all be super light dry-fit synthetics – I have been a huge fan of Patagonia (both the products and the company) even since I discovered the outdoors.Now for the piece de resistance…My husband!!!!I literally picked him up on my way to Maine. That is, he was my fiancé leaving Asheville and then on June 8th in Charlottesville, VA, he became my “one and only” FOR LIFE. Brew Davis is more than I could ask for and more than I deserve. I could go on and on, but in an attempt to stay on topic, suffice it to say this summer would not be possible without him. He is an indispensable part of my hike. Obviously to set an overall trail record, support is essential but the job entails more than just going from point A to point B with a car. It is the emotional, logistical, and social foundation to my hike and there could be no better person to fulfill that role than my husband.We received varying responses when describing our summer plans to friends and family. Some thought it would be too soon to put our marriage to through the trials of the trail and others thought it would be an incredible adventure and bonding experience. I think we tried hard to see the hike from both perspectives, but in the end the hike is something we both want.That being said, I want to hike the AT to reach for a dream that I have held since college and I want to experience it in a way that might not be available to me later on in life. Whereas my husband wants to help me successfully hike the trail and be there for me day-in and day-out because he loves me. Simple but true, this will be a very unselfish summer for Brew. The entire reason he is giving up his summer vacation is to help me, his wife, obtain a goal. I guess that’s what happens when people love each other, the dream of one suddenly becomes a goal for two.And of course we both want nothing more from this hike than to honor the life and memory of Meredith Emerson. I often think about Meredith when I am hiking in the woods; looking at a flower, or a stream, or a mountain view and thinking of how it would make Meredith smile. But I also thought of Meredith the morning of my wedding. I thought of how she would never be able to walk down the aisle with her father on her arm. And while her death may have deprived her of hiking in the woods, walking down the aisle, and climbing the corporate ladder, in no way did it slow her pace. Her influence is felt stronger and wider now than it was before. And Brew and I will take her smile, her joy of life, and faith in humanity down the trail with us.Alright gear-gurus, that’s it for now. But I’ll be sure to let you know how everything is holding up, including my husband, when we start the trek in 5 days.last_img read more

Graeme Souness predicts his Premier League top four for this season

first_imgGraeme Souness predicts his Premier League top four for this season Graeme Souness has picked his Premier League top four (Picture: Corbis via Getty Images)Graeme Souness is expecting a repeat of last season’s top four in the upcoming Premier League campaign, with Liverpool retaining the title they won for the first time.The former Reds player and manager has labelled Jugen Klopp’s side as the favourites to win the Premier League for a second consecutive season, although feels that the race for glory will be closer than last season.Liverpool strolled to the title, finishing 18 points clear of Manchester City and picking up 99 points in the process.The Scot feels Chelsea and Manchester United have notably improved, but he has not seen enough improvement from Arsenal for the Gunners to launch a bid on the title.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMikel Arteta has clearly had an impact at the Emirates, winning the FA Cup and Community Shield in August, but Souness thinks they are still some way behind the top clubs.‘As it stands, Liverpool are the favourites for the title, but I don’t see them running away with it again,’ Souness wrote in the Sunday Times.‘I expect a bigger challenge, though, from United and Chelsea this time.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘United will be better with Donny van de Beek, but the goalkeeping situation may be an issue.‘Chelsea have signed well, but let’s see how quickly Timo Werner, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz settle in.‘Beyond that, I don’t see a title challenger. People are making noises about Arsenal, but I don’t see them being strong enough.‘If you’re asking me now, that’s my top four for next May: Liverpool, City, United and Chelsea.’Souness may consider Liverpool the favourites to lift the Premier League trophy again but the bookmakers do not agree with him, making Manchester City odds-on to regain the title.MORE: Harry Redknapp predicts this season’s Premier League championsMORE: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp assesses Leeds United’s strengths ahead of Premier League clashFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 6 Sep 2020 3:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kSharescenter_img Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

QLD shrugs off mining downturn as housing investment cools: RBA

first_imgThe RBA says Queensland is showing evidence of having recovered from the mining downturn. Photo: Jodie Richter.QUEENSLAND is shrugging off the mining downturn amid declining housing investment and a decreasing pipeline of construction work, according to Australia’s central bank.The minutes of the latest Reserve Bank of Australia meeting reveal the board is optimistic about economic conditions in the Sunshine State, citing evidence of a recovery from the mining downturn, rising commodity prices and the sustained strength in construction. RBA Governor Philip Lowe. Photograph: Adam Yip.In the eastern capital cities, “a considerable number of new apartments was scheduled to be completed in the period ahead”.RBA Governor Philip Lowe will give a speech on Thursday, when he is expected to highlight improvement in the economy, discussing the outlook as non-mining investment grows, and job market conditions tighten. The RBA says Queensland is showing evidence of having recovered from the mining downturn.The RBA stated that while unemployment rates in Queensland had remained high relative to earlier periods, employment growth had risen.That suggested the labour market adjustment to the earlier decline in the terms of trade and falling mining investment was progressing. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The board observed that economic conditions in the state had generally strengthened over recent quarters, reflecting continued growth in consumption and a pick-up in business investment and demand. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour ago“Strength in tourism and other service industries had supported growth in aggregate demand in Queensland.”center_img The Reserve Bank of Australia has released the minutes of its latest board meeting. Image: AAP/Dean Lewins.In contrast, the minutes said “population growth had been below average, reflecting lower net overseas and interstate migration”.The RBA noted dwelling investment remained at a high level, but building approvals had stepped down and the pipeline of residential construction work appeared to have passed its peak. Retail boss loses $400K selling Brisbane pad Brisbane’s most liveable suburbs The top retirement hot spots In Queensland, the central bank said dwelling investment had declined from “very high levels” and the stock of work in the pipeline was being worked down gradually. last_img read more

Perched high on the hill this home has impressive views and plenty of development potential

first_img50 Markwell St, HamiltonThe main bedroom is also here, featuring a walk-in wardrobe, an ensuite and access to a balcony with stairs leading down to a grassy, tiered yard with established gardens.Other features of the residence include solar panels and airconditioning.Agent Frances Roberts said the property’s position mixed perfectly with unlimited redevelopment potential.“Indulge your creativity — let the location inspire your vision for a multi-level home with options to either transform the existing architecturally-designed 1980s brick residence or remove and build new,” Ms Roberts said.“The dynamic potential of this versatile site will appeal to buyers and developers wishing to create outstanding and innovative residential options.” 50 Markwell St, HamiltonA staircase ascends to a study/library with built-in shelving, louvres and a voided ceiling space looking to an open-plan lounge and dining room below. Off a short hallway to the right of the study are two bedrooms with built-in wardrobes and shared access to a balcony, along with a casual living space and a bathroom. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Downstairs, the second level’s lounge and dining room has a wood fireplace and a wall of glass letting in ample natural light. Double glass doors then open to a tiled deck with a glass balustrade.Back inside, a kitchen and a bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite are to the right of the level. The kitchen enjoys leafy views through sliding windows, with features including spacious benchtops, dual sinks and high-quality appliances, along with a laundry nook.On the first level of the house is a second living room with tiled flooring and built-in cabinetry. 50 Markwell St, HamiltonPERCHED high on the hill this inner suburban home has impressive views and massive redevelopment potential.The three-storey, exposed double-brick house at 50 Markwell St, Hamilton sits on a 1285sq m block on two lots sits high on the eastern side of Hamilton Hill.It has expansive views to the river and Gateway Bridge and is accessed through a private road. Beyond a timber front door, timber walls and floors pair perfectly with exposed-brick feature walls and raked timber ceilings.last_img read more

Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez to resume Cuba cancer treatment

first_img Share 9 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez to resume Cuba cancer treatment by: – August 6, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Hugo Chavez recently appeared with his head shaven following chemotherapyVenezuelan President Hugo Chavez says he is going back to Cuba to resume treatment for cancer.He had surgery on the island in June and returned last month for treatment.Mr Chavez had a tumour removed in Cuba in June and has since had chemotherapy, but the exact nature of his cancer has not been disclosed.He has said his treatment is going well, but the illness has raised doubts about whether he will be able to stand for re-election next year as planned.Addressing crowds on his 57th birthday on 28 July, President Chavez declared that he was aiming for victory.The Venezuelan parliament is to hold a special session to authorise his departure due on Saturday.BBC Newslast_img read more

Revealed! How Man Utd’s Angel visited Nigerian prophet in attempt to heal injury

first_imgManchester United’s Angel Gomes went to T.B Joshua’s church for healing— JAGS (@EtniesJags) June 15, 2020 Angel Gomes has responded to a video circulating on social media which showed how the Manchester United teenager visited a prophet in Nigeria in an attempt to heal his injury. However, a two-minute clip of the English playmaker has surfaced on social media which serves as clear evidence of his fitness struggles just before his breakthrough. Gomes can be seen opening up on his injury problems while attending T.B. Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations in Nigeria. The teenager explained why he sought out the prophet after being advised by his parents, as he states in the video: “My name is Angel Gomes, I’m from Manchester. I’m sixteen. “I play for Manchester United Football Club. And I’ve been struggling really with injuries. Loading…center_img According to, Gomes began his United journey at the age of six when he was selected to train in the club’s academy, where he spent 11 years before graduating to the first team in 2017. He has since made 10 senior appearances for the Red Devils and is reportedly on the verge of signing a contract extension which will see him remain at Old Trafford beyond the summer. “I’ve been having injuries around my hip and groin which have been affecting me playing. I also suffered an ankle injury not long ago which kept me out for a long time. “These injuries would come at hard times for me, times when I was having a breakthrough or times when I had to go to a tournament or playing games, these injuries would happen quite frequently. “I play for Man United, I also represent the England national team Under-17 level as captain. I’ve known about the Synagogue Church of Nations for a long time. “As my family follows the prophet, my parents are big fans. So we thought it would be a good time for me to come and be touched by the prophet.” Gomes responded to the video via his official Twitter account, insisting his religion should not be a hot topic of discussion amid the coronavirus crisis and Black Lives Matter protests currently sweeping the globe. He said: “Regarding the video that has come out from 2016. I am from a Christian family and at the time my mum was a fan of the pastor, and she really wanted me to go. I was going through some issues. read also:Ronaldo, Iniesta inspire Angel Gomes “From the outside looking in it looks crazy, but I was just practising my faith. I didn’t really need to explain myself but a lot of people were asking me what the video was about. “I was young at the time and if my parents thought something was best for me I would do it. There are far more important issues out there in the world we can tackle.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Sancho hat-trick keeps Borussia Dortmund in title hunt

first_imgEngland forward Jadon Sancho capped a blistering individual performance with a second half hat-trick which helped Borussia Dortmund to a 6-1 win at Paderborn on Sunday.The victory kept alive their slim Bundesliga title hopes and left Borussia Dortmund second on 60 points from 29 games with five rounds of matches remaining. They are seven behind champions and league leaders Bayern Munich, while Paderborn remained rooted to the foot of the standings on 19 points.With prolific 19-year-old Norway striker Erling Haaland sidelined by a knee injury, the visitors missed a string of chances in the first half.But Sancho lit up the second half as Borussia Dortmund ran riot.Thorgan Hazard, who took Haaland’s place upfront, gave Borussia Dortmund a 54th minute lead from close range.This was after goalkeeper Leopold Zingerle, who had made a string of good saves, failed to deal with an Emre Can cross from the left. Sancho made it 2-0 with a simple tap-in from two metres three minutes later, thanks to some good work from Julian Brandt.An Uwe Hunemeier penalty kick briefly rekindled Paderborn’s challenge in the 72nd minute.It turned out to be a false dawn as Sancho scored Borussia Dortmund’s third two minutes later with a fine left foot shot from inside the penalty area and Paderborn fell apart in the closing stages.Achraf Hakimi drilled in the fourth in the 85th minute with a crisp shot into the far corner and Marcel Schmelzer added the fifth in the 89th from close range.The unstoppable Sancho broke away at the halfway line barely 60 seconds later. With Paderborn throwing everybody forward for a corner kick, he had all the time and space to put the icing on the cake with a clinical finish.Borussia Dortmund, the 1997 UEFA Champions League winners who last won the German title in 2012, are at home to ninth-placed Hertha Berlin in the next round on Saturday.Paderborn visit fifth-placed RB Leipzig.Reuters/NAN.RelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Whirlwind Bayern Munich dismantle Schalke in season opener Tags: Bayern MunichBorussia DortmundJadon SanchoPaderbornlast_img read more

Mannus ready to step up

first_img The St Johnstone goalkeeper had won four caps before Wednesday night but all as a substitute, and has spent most of his international career on the sidelines since making his debut against Trinidad and Tobago in 2004. The 0-0 draw was a disappointment for Northern Ireland, but Mannus’ performance was one of the high points, with the 30-year-old twice producing good saves to deny Malta captain Michael Mifsud. The keeper played down his role, saying: “Personally I was happy to be given the chance to start and of course play the full game.” He added: “I wasn’t really tested to be honest, I don’t think I had lots to do, but what I did do, I thought I did well. There wasn’t a big crowd there or anything like that but I do feel I am ready for it if ever asked to step up to an international game which featured a big crowd. “International football’s always a different experience and I guess on this occasion it’s definitely been a different one for me as I’ve got to play. “I have been in and out of the squad over the last 10 years. I think I’ve sat on the bench and in the stands more than any other player in the squad over the last decade, so it’s great to have the chance to play again. “I feel I am ready, I am playing at the highest level I’ve played at and I’ve had the chance to play in big games like at Celtic, where you have 50,000 people at matches. There are other goalkeepers available besides (Lee) Camp and (Roy) Carroll, so I felt that I did okay and that I’d be ready to go in.” Canadian-born Mannus got his chance on Wednesday because of Carroll’s illness, while Camp made himself unavailable for selection last year. Despite waiting almost a decade for a full cap, Mannus revealed his dedication to the cause has rarely even been acknowledged. “Michael hasn’t really said anything to me about the loyalty,” he said. “Nobody has ever really said anything to me about it, I just do it. I don’t think this was any reward for loyalty, just a personnel thing.” Alan Mannus hopes he has shown Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill that he would be a safe choice in high-profile games after keeping a clean sheet on his first international start against Malta.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Bucksport claims 1st place at Pine Tree Wrestling League regionals

first_imgBUCKSPORT — The Bucksport Middle School wrestling team was crowned regional champion Saturday with a first-place finish at the Pine Tree Wrestling League’s Eastern Maine championships at Bucksport High School.Bucksport produced three individual champions with Cameron Rich (145 pounds), Jaxon Gross (195 pounds) and Jacob Coghill (240 pounds) all earning individual wins. Kaleb Nightingale (117 pounds), Tyler Hallett (130 pounds) and Grayson Fernald (170 pounds) also made title bout appearances for the Golden Bucks.Connor Fitch (93 pounds), Alyssa Maguire (137 pounds) and Bea Bernier (155 pounds) also starred for Bucksport with consolation bracket wins. Abby Hanscom made an appearance in the 123-pound consolation title bout.Bucksport’s winning total was 166 points, which was more than enough to top second-place finishers Troy Howard Middle School and Mattanawcook Junior High School at 141.5 each. Oceanside and Camden-Rockport rounded out the rest of the top five.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textOther local schools competing were Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School and Dedham Middle School. Ellsworth’s Luke Horne (81 pounds) and Chase Hardwick (130 pounds) won consolation titles to help the team to a ninth-place finish, and Dedham’s Paige Anderson, who added a third-place finish at 175, helped her school finish in 11th place.The league championships, which will draw teams from both regions, will be held next Saturday, March 31, in Skowhegan. The event is set for 9:30 a.m.last_img read more

Alpha, Slingerz barred from 2017 Caribbean Club Championship

first_imgALPHA United FC and Slingerz FC are barred from participating in this year’s Caribbean Club Championships according to a release yesterday from the Guyana Football Federation (GFF).CONCACAF has informed the GFF on January 9 last that Alpha United FC and Slingerz FC will not be allowed to participate in the 2017 Caribbean Club Championship since the Regional Body has deemed that the clubs are not in good standing with the GFF.Both clubs, by virtue of being the top two place-finishers in the Season 1 of the Elite League, qualified to participate in the Championship.However, CONCACAF ruled that because the clubs are not in good standing with the GFF, in accordance with Section 111 art. L, of the Caribbean Cup Championship Regulations, and “with the aim of properly safeguarding the integrity, smooth operation and running of the competition, (we inform you that) Alpha United Football Club and Slingerz Football Club are not eligible to participate in the 2017 edition of the Caribbean Club Championship.”The genesis of this development began when Alpha United FC and Slingerz FC, along with two other clubs, objected to the expansion of the Elite League. Subsequently, the GFF engaged in extensive consultations and negotiations with the clubs in question in an effort to add`ress their concerns.These consultations proved futile and the GFF reached out to CONCACAF who then provided comprehensive constitutional guidance that confirm the GFF’s authority to “draw up regulations governing the conditions of participation and staging of competitions organised by the Federation.” This interpretation by CONCACAF, sent to the clubs on November 24, 2016, was acknowledged by the clubs but not contested.The clubs, in the said letter of November 24, 2016, were formally notified that their actions would affect their standing with the GFF. In pursuance of the GFF’s statutory obligation, CONCACAF was then formally informed on December 13, 2016, that four clubs had withdrawn their participation in Season 2 of the Elite League.This then led to CONCACAF on January 9 advising the GFF that Alpha United FC and Slingerz FC were ineligible to participate in the 2017 edition of the Caribbean Cup Championship and directing that the clubs be so informed. This the GFF did on January 10.The GFF is particularly saddened by this turn of events as, ultimately, it is the players who are most affected. However, we encourage the clubs to recognise the need for their players to participate in active football. The GFF remains ready to guide and support the process.last_img