KLEAN KANTEEN – MEASURING WHAT MATTERS

MEASURING WHAT MATTERS

Here at Klean we take a holistic approach to understanding and managing the environmental footprint of our products —from sourcing raw materials to manufacturing, packaging, shipping, daily use, and end-of-life disposal. We call this Measuring What Matters. To do this, we use a lifecycle assessment process and other tools that uncover hidden impacts and track our progress year over year. This information allows us to identify improvements that can lower a Klean Kanteen’s overall environmental impact without sacrificing performance.

MEASURING WHAT MATTERS

Here are just a few highlights of our processes in action.

First off, did you know one vacuum insulated stainless steel bottle requires twice the amount of resources to produce as a single-wall bottle of the same size? It’s true! In 2019 the switch to a new manufacturing partner for our next generation of insulated product, TKWide, reduced the amount of water needed to manufacture this collection bringing it closer to the water usage of single-wall. Through similar changes greenhouse gas emissions per unit of purchased electricity have also been reduced due to the amount of energy in our manufacturing supply chain that comes from clean(er) sources, such as natural gas and solar. The Klean design and sourcing teams continue to work on manufacturing solutions that conserve resources, while still delivering the award-winning Climate Lock vacuum insulation you love.

When we discovered how much paper went into boxing individual retail products through the LCA process, we moved to “packaging” all of our Kanteens in belly bands or hang tags only. This simple switch saves substantial amounts of water and material every year and produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions! Where the paper for our belly bands, packaging material and shipping boxes comes from matters, too. Right now 100% of our paper material is made from post-consumer recycled content and / or forest-friendly materials that are FSCcertified or wood-free. Thanks to our LCA tools, we know we can continue to improve on the amount of sustainable material going into our paper products.

We also assess the impacts of shipping our products from the factory to our headquarters in Chico, California. We learned just how much more greenhouse gas emissions air freight produces than container ship. In fact, although we only used air freight to ship 1-2% of the total weight coming to our headquarters in 2018, it accounted for 25-35% of our transport emissions! Through careful planning, we have since reduced our use of air freight by 62%.

The more we know, the more we can work hard to make sustainable choices at every step of the Klean Kanteen journey.

Ledlenser to Illuminate the Walker Bay Outdoor Twilight Run

Walkerbay Outdoor

The 2021 Walker Bay Outdoor promises to be a festival of sports and entertainment in the beautiful Overberg town of Hermanus. Breathing in the fresh sea air, dining out at the many world-class restaurants as well as taking part in your choice of mountain biking, trail running, swim running and triathlon events makes for a perfect long weekend, for outdoor enthusiasts. The excitement starts on Friday, 23 April, with the Ledlenser Twilight Run.

With a route along the spectacular Hermanus cliff path that gets underway from Grotto Beach, one of the town’s Blue Flag beaches, and ends 7.5, scenic, kilometres later at the Old Harbour. Starting at dusk, headlamps will be compulsory as the cliff path often deviates far from the street lights of town. Fortunately, Ledlenser will be illuminating the run, providing complimentary headlamps to the first 50 entrants, of the 200-runner entry limit.

Walkerbay Outdoor

“The Ledlenser Twilight Run is the perfect event to showcase exactly what Walker Bay Outdoor is all about” promised Gerhardi Odendaal, group CEO of the festival organisers’ the Old School Group. “Walker Bay Outdoor is a weekend of sporting events in one of South Africa’s most beautiful towns and its suitable for every kind of outdoors-man and -woman. Runners, mountain bikers, swimmers and triathletes can push their limits, racing for victory or amongst their friends, or take it easy and enjoy the sights. The Ledlenser Twilight Run illustrates this perfectly, as the fastest runners can compete for victory while the more social runners can stop along the cliff-top path to take in the views every time they see something beautiful.”

“We’re thrilled to announce Ledlenser as the title sponsor of the opening event of the weekend as well as the official headlamp partner of the 2021 Walker Bay Outdoor” Odendaal continued. “It’s with the help of partners like Awesome Tools, that we aim to grow the weekend from a race-focus multi-sport event to a festival of outdoor activities for all levels of athletes. There’s an event or an experience for everyone at the Walker Bay Outdoor, from walks and fine-dining experiences, to two-day mountain bike races and trails runs.”

Ledlenser are equally exited by the partnership. “Being able to place our industry-leading products in the hands of outdoors-men and -women who will get great use out of them” Liz Woodroffe of Awesome Tools, the South African distributor of Ledlenser, said. “The quality products made by Ledlenser prolong daylight and therefore, enable being active when dusk sets in or even during total darkness. They bring light into the darkest corners, making them ideal for illuminating the cliff path during the Ledlenser Twilight Run.”

Walkerbay Outdoor

“The first 50 entrants to the race will receive our MH2 Ledlenser headlamp” Woodroffe confirmed. “It boasts a 100-lumen maximum output and is designed for activities like trail running; thanks to its super comfortable forehead band, which can of course be removed and washed. It offers incredible value for money, operates with ordinary AAA batteries and can provide a focussed beam of light at the turn of a dial. Given its 10-hour battery life it’s unlikely anyone will run out of light, even if they stop to admire every sight on the Ledlenser Twilight Run route.”

Following the Ledlenser Twilight Run you have the opportunity to enter one or multiple of the remaining 17 events on the Walker Bay Outdoor schedule. These include long and short route mountain bike races, with single- or two-day options, as well as a one- or two-day trail run, a triathlon, open water swims, plus the Sea and Sand Cliff Jump and Swim Run. Each event can be entered individually or as part of the Walker Bay Xtreme, a six event multi-sports challenge. To earn a Big 6 Xtreme finishers’ medal competitors need to complete the Ledlenser Twilight Run, Day 1 of the MTB Adventure, the 14-kilometre trail run, the sprint distance triathlon and the 2.5-kilometre open water swim. The most exhilarating and perhaps daunting challenge of the Walker Bay Xtreme is Sea and Sand Cliff Jump and Swim Run. It requires you to leap from the 8-metre high Dreunkrans into the cool waters of Walker Bay.

To find out more about the Walker Bay Outdoor and the Ledlenser Twilight Run, or to enter the events online, visit www.walkerbayoutdoor.com. Outdoor enthusiasts can stay updated with news from the events and Hermanus by following Walker Bay Outdoor, on Facebook, @walkerbayoutdoor, on Instagram, and @WalkerBayODR, on Twitter.

Walkerbay Outdoor

2021 Walker Bay Outdoor Schedule

Friday, 23 April

Ledlenser Twilight Run – 7.4km – 17:30

Saturday, 24 April

MTB: 2-Day Stage Race (Day 1) – 46km – 07:30
MTB: 1-Day Adventure (Long) – 46km – 07:30
MTB: 1-Day Adventure (Short) – 34km – 07:45
Trail: 2-Day Stage Race (Day 1) – 19km – 08:15
Trail: 1-Day Adventure – 19km – 08:15
Sea and Sand Swim Run Jump – 4km – 14:00
Run: Cliff Path (Long) – 12.2km – 16:30
Run: Cliff Path (Short) – 5.6km – 16:45

Sunday, 25 April

MTB: 2-Day Stage Race (Day 2) – 36km – 07:30
MTB: 1-Day Adventure – 36km – 07:30
Trail: 2-Day Stage Race (Day 2) – 14km – 08:00
Trail: 1-Day Adventure – 14km – 08:15
MTB: Sprint 800m laps – 14:00

Monday, 26 April

Triathlon: Open Sprint Distance – 08:00
Triathlon: Junior Junior Distance – 12:00
Open Water Swim – 5km – 13:00
Open Water Swim – 2.5km – 14:00

For more information on the Walker Bay Outdoor please contact Monique de Villiers on 021 712 3130 or via email monique@oldschoolgroup.co.za.

Leatherman Warranty, Sharpening & Maintenance Services.

Leatherman Service

Dear Leatherman Customer,

WARRANTY EXPLAINED:

What is covered by our warranty?

  • Our tools are guaranteed against defects in materials and workmanship for 25 years
  • We don’t keep track of the time, i.e. no till slip required

What is not covered by our warranty?

  • Maintenance, accessories and loss
  • Tool finish and coloured coating
  • Modified tools
  • Corroded or rusted tools
  • Blunt blades
  • Dirty tools
  • Burnt tools
  • Welding damage to tools

What about sabotage or policy abuse?

  • Intentional/deliberate abuse is not covered by our warranty
  • No more than four tools return limit as our warranty is intended to cover the original owner for their
    personal use
  • Only whole tools or at least 2/3 of the tool returned will be considered for warranty

SHARPENING AND MAINTENANCE SERVICES

Periodically tools are returned to us that just need to have blades sharpened, tools serviced, generally
cleaned or repaired out of warranty. In this case we will be happy to do the required service at a minimal
cost as follows:

Menu of Services – Price (incl. VAT)

  • Standard Service (includes sharpen, lube, clean)
    R70/tool*
  • Replacement of Components  (out of warranty tool)
    R140/part*

*Price are subject to change

Please note that these fees will apply from January 2021.

Kind regards
Your Awesome Customer Service Representative

 

FEATURE UPGRADE FOR LEDLENSER’S MH PRODUCT RANGE

Upgraded MH Range

New features and colours for the MH4 and MH8 hunting and fishing headlamps

June 2020: Ledlenser, the German-based lighting specialist, is giving its MH range of headlamps for hunters and anglers a comprehensive feature and colour upgrade. The MH4 will be rechargeable in future and will be equipped with the practical Magnetic Charge System. In addition, it will also sport a red light feature to maintain night vision. The MH4 and MH8 will be newly available in camouflage and black in 2020. All innovations are based on extensive customer feedback. Ledlenser is also presenting the Powercase as a practical accessory that enables the headlamps to be carried safely and, at the same time, offers the option of charging them during transport.

The popular MH4 headlamp has undergone a major upgrade with updated features for 2020. In future it will be supplied with a rechargeable battery and will be equipped with the Magnetic Charge System, which enables convenient charging via magnetic contact without having to remove the battery from the lamp. The additional red LED light on the front side is another new feature, e.g. for maintaining night vision, and will appeal to demanding users in the hunting and fishing communities. Frequent travellers to remote regions will also appreciate being able to operate the MH4 with a standard AA battery. With a light output of 400 lumens, the MH4 achieves lighting ranges of up to 180 metres; optionally, the low-power mode achieves a lighting range of 40 metres with 20 lumens of light output. The MH4 is seamlessly focusable thanks to its Advanced Focus System. The lamp head can be easily clipped off and flexibly attached with the integrated metal clip. At 94 grams, the MH4 is a true lightweight and the ideal outdoor all-rounder for anglers and hunters.

Upgraded MH Range

The new Ledlenser Powercase is a transport box and power bank in one: the elegant textile pouch enables the head torch to be securely transported. At the same time, the transported headlamp can be conveniently charged using the integrated Magnetic Charge System. The battery has a 5.000 mAh capacity. In addition to the integrated charging of the compatible MH4 and MH8 headlamps, the Powercase also offers the practical option of being able to charge other electronic devices via the external USB port.

Upgraded MH Range

The MH8 is aimed at demanding users who want to have sufficient power reserves for various applications. In addition to a light output of 400 lumens and a lighting range of up to 180 metres, it features an additional Boost mode that can temporarily provide up to 600 lumens and a lighting range of up to 200 metres. The MH8 also offers two further dimming levels and a Blink function. An additional RGB LED provides light, e.g. for game observation, in red, green and blue, and rounds off the extensive equipment package together with the Advanced Focus System. The MH8 is also charged with the practical Magnetic Charge System and can optionally be operated with conventional AA batteries. As with the other MH models, the MH8’s lamp head can also be removed and thus offers a wide range of applications as a handheld torch. The transportation lock prevents the lamp from being turned on inadvertently while in the backpack waiting to be used. The additional strap on the headband, which runs over the head, increases stability, but can also be easily removed at any time.

 

FEATURE UPGRADE FOR LEDLENSER’S MH PRODUCT RANGE

The new Powercase - the transport box with powerbank function

New features and colours for the MH3, MH5, MH7 and MH11 headlamps

June 2020: Ledlenser, the German lighting specialist, is giving its MH product range of headlamps a comprehensive feature and colour upgrade. The MH5 is now equipped with the practical Magnetic Charge System, which makes charging even more convenient. In addition, it also now sports a red light feature to maintain night vision. The three fresh colour versions black-yellow, black-orange and black-blue are newly available for the MH3, MH5 and MH7; the flagship MH11 is newly available in black-orange. All innovations are based on extensive customer feedback. Ledlenser is also presenting the Powercase as a practical accessory that enables the headlamps to be carried safely and, at the same time, offers the option of charging them during transport.

The popular MH5 headlamp has undergone a major upgrade with updated features for 2020. The additional red LED light on the front side is an important new feature, e.g. for maintaining night vision, and will appeal to demanding users in the outdoor community. In addition, the MH5 is now equipped with the Magnetic Charge System, which enables convenient charging via magnetic contact without having to remove the battery from the lamp. Frequent travellers to remote regions will also appreciate being able to operate the MH5 with a standard AA battery. With a light output of 400 lumens, the MH5 achieves lighting ranges of up to 180 metres; optionally, the low-power mode achieves a lighting range of 40 metres with 20 lumens of light output. The MH5 is seamlessly focusable thanks to the Advanced Focus System. The lamp head can be easily clipped off and flexibly attached with the integrated metal clip. At 94 grams, the MH5 is a true lightweight and the ideal outdoor all-rounder.

Upgraded MH Range

The new Ledlenser Powercase is a transport box and power bank in one: the elegant textile pouch enables the headlamp to be securely transported. At the same time, the transported lamp can be conveniently charged using the integrated Magnetic Charge System. The battery has a 5.000 mAh capacity. In addition to the integrated charging of the compatible MH4, MH5, MH7 and MH8 headlamps, the Powercase also offers the practical option of being able to charge other electronic devices via the external USB port.

Upgraded MH Range

The MH11 is the flagship in Ledlenser’s MH range of head torches. In model year 2020 it will now also be available in black and orange. The features provided by the lamp for the most demanding applications remain unchanged. Thanks to the Ledlenser Connect app, it offers a variety of useful functions. These include assigning individual switch profiles and features such as the timer, interval function and SOS distress signal. With up to 1000 lumens in Boost mode and 750 lumens in power mode, the Ledlenser MH11 achieves an enormous light ouput. In Optisense mode, the MH11 automatically adapts to the existing lighting conditions. An RGB LED also provides light in red, green or blue colours, making the MH11 an individual all-round talent for the highest demands.

Upgraded MH Range

The MH7 is aimed at demanding users who want to have sufficient power reserves for various applications. In addition to a light output of 400 lumens and a lighting range of up to 180 metres, it features an additional Boost mode that can temporarily provide up to 600 lumens and a lighting range of up to 200 metres. In addition, the MH7 offers two further dimming levels and a Blink function. The additional red LED light and the Advanced Focus System round off the extensive package of features. The MH7 is also charged with the practical Magnetic Charge System and can optionally be operated with conventional AA batteries. As with the other MH models, the MH7’s lamp head can also be removed and thus offers a wide range of applications as a handheld lamp. The transportation lock prevents the lamp from being turned on inadvertently while in the backpack waiting to be used. The additional strap on the headband, which runs over the head, increases stability, but can also be easily removed at any time.

Upgraded MH Range

The MH3 is an inexpensive entry-level model with considerable features. With 200 lumens of light output, it achieves a lighting range of up to 130 metres. In addition, the MH3 has a low-power feature which, with 20 lumens, can still achieve a lighting range of up to 40 metres. The Advanced Focus System allows the light beam to be seamlessly focused with one hand. The MH3 is powered by the supplied AA battery or alternatively by an optionally available lithium-ion battery. Overall, the all-round headoffers a better-thanaverage performance package and weighs just 92 grams.

Upgraded MH Range

Natural light colours for reliable working

LedLenser CRI

CRI lamps from Ledlenser offer significantly improved light properties compared to conventional LED luminaires.

Solingen, June 2020 – Bright torches or headlamps are indispensable for many areas of work. In terms of colour rendering, the light of an LED luminaire usually differs greatly from the natural light of the sun or even that of a light bulb. This has to do with the fact that this artificial light does not contain all spectral colours. In most cases, it is easy to accept that the colour of the illuminated objects is not reproduced one hundred per cent true to life. For some activities, however, natural light is very important in order to be able to work accurately and faultlessly. If the light is similar to daylight, you can work longer under artificial lighting without tiring your eyes. The Solingen-based company Ledlenser has developed CRI lamps precisely for this purpose.

CRI is the abbreviation for “Colour Rendering Index”. This index describes how naturally the colour of an object is represented under light and is an important quality feature of artificial light. The ideal reference value is sunlight with a CRI of 100. Ledlenser’s CRI lamps have a value of 90 – in contrast to CRI 70 for a “normal” cold white LED lamp.

Many workers in the industrial and craft sectors need lamps with natural light. High precision is particularly important during testing. Weak points can be made more visible with CRI lamps. This applies, for example, to mechanical and plant engineering, especially to pressure equipment and steel piping. During the visual inspection of welds, impermissible oxidation layers, which can lead to rust in the long term, can be detected much better. In the transport sector, CRI lamps are used for the safety inspection of bridges, the maintenance of trains and aircraft or in the automotive industry for vehicle inspections or paintwork. Natural light helps electricians to distinguish between coloured cables and wires.

CRI lamps are also used in medicine. This is confirmed, for example, by the members of Medical Crew. The Allgäu company provides medical care at numerous renowned sporting events, such as the Zugspitz Ultratrail and the Stubai Ultratrail. Matthias Hoeter, founder and head of Medical Crew, explains the advantages of Ledlenser’s CRI lamps: “It is important for us to be able to judge the participants in real colour spectra. The visibility on the skin is actually better and more natural with these lamps, because it hardly reflects at all when the skin is wet”.

For these and many other applications Ledlenser also offers the Natural Light technology. The portfolio currently includes four special CRI lamps. Ledlenser is therefore one of the few manufacturers of mobile LED light to offer this technology. The flashlights from the i9 CRI, i9R Iron CRI, i4R CRI industrial series and the iH7R CRI headlamp are tailored to the needs of quality inspectors, industrial workers, electricians and doctors. These lamps reproduce colours absolutely naturally even in the deepest darkness. The natural light technology of the Ledlenser CRI series produces a neutral white light with a colour temperature of 4000 Kelvin and a colour rendering index (CRI) of 90. These values guarantee true colour rendering, even in the deep red colour range.

This makes the products of the CRI series an irreplaceable companion for all those who have to rely on their eyes at all times to deliver a 100% accurate result – in the trade as well as in rescue services or industry.

LedLenser Wartrail Challenge

THE LEDLENSER WARTRAIL CHALLENGE

This weekend sees the start of the 2020 Ledlenser Wartrail Challenge in the iconic Witteberg Mountains in Lady Grey, Eastern Cape. The event starts on Saturday 15 February and promises a non-stop long weekend of fun and adventure.

“This event is a true test of your adventurous spirit with day 1 featuring a 60KM high altitude wilderness run following part of the SkyRun Route, day 2 a 120km mountain bike ride with 2600m of climbing and a serious hike a bike section through a remote gorge and day 3 a 70km paddle down the mighty Orange River,” says event organiser, Michael de Haast from Pure Adventures. “Every year we hope that everyone taking part discovers their reasons for loving what they do, to reaffirm the suffering, the dedication and the discipline to have the ability to test themselves against extreme wilderness conditions and come out better, richer individuals. Results are not important, there isn’t even a medal, the reward is the journey!”

If the 3 day stage option doesn’t sound tough enough for you, you can always choose the Wartrail Non-Stop version that includes a144km MTB ride and the legs done back to back. The event does also cater for those slighter tamer souls who are keen to get into the spirit of the race but would only like to take on individual legs of the route.

The event, which started in 2000, attracts some of the biggest names in the sport with past winners including Rhys Vorster, Graham Bird, Leo Sorenson, Jeanette Walder, Tatum Prins and trail runner Christiaan Greyling as well world class Adventure Racing teams like DSV Cyanosis and the Ledlenser racing team.

To track the event and athletes live please follow wartrail.sportraxs.com

For more information please visit www.wartrailchallenge.co.za

Facebook – @LEDlenserwartrailchallenge

Twitter – @pureadventures

Vehicle Preparedness Kit

Leatherman ambassador Jeremy Hill is a big advocate for preparedness in all shapes and forms. With his background as a skilled woodworker, he understands the value of having the necessary tools on hand and then a few extras for when things come up. As somebody who spends a lot of time in his truck (picking up slabs of wood and delivering finished furniture), it’s no wonder he’s got his vehicle equipped with everything you can think of. Here is an extensive list of some of the items he recommends you keep in your vehicle.

I am distilling the list down to what I consider to be a well-rounded, concealable kit that could be used in the event of an emergency, but is also portable enough if one needs to abandon their vehicle in a bad situation. Since I also like to keep items concealed to limit attention for break-ins, I’m dividing my list into two categories: In the console and under the backseat.

In the console: My truck has a decent-sized console between the front seats, which is also lockable.

1. Lighters: A butane torch style and a regular Bic. I’ve used them to light my backpacking stove, sterilize a needle to remove a deep splinter, light cigarettes, and even start a fire or two. I keep both kinds just to have a backup because you never know when something might fail.

2. Flashlight: Ledlenser, runs on AAA batteries. A flashlight is so useful for seeing into dark places: under the hood at night, along the side of the road, or just into your backseat when you’re looking for something in the dark. I’ve had to stop my truck and readjust a strap or bungee cord in the dark, and the flashlight was invaluable.

3. Headlamp: I use a Black Diamond, runs on AAA. Sometimes you need two hands to work under the hood or perform a task in the dark. A headlamp makes it easy to see what you’re doing right in front of you.

4. AAA batteries: Batteries are finicky and always seem to go out at the worst time. I keep a pack of 8 AAA’s in my console just in case.

Vehicle Preparedness Kit

5. Leatherman Surge: It can handle minor truck repairs; cut wires, wood, and seatbelts. I’m no mechanic, but I can fix the basic problems that might occur under the hood. With the Surge and bit kit, I’ve tightened loose battery cables, stripped wires, loosened stuck valve stem caps, and even cut a completely jammed seatbelt in an old Chevy with my Leatherman.

6. Map and Compass: Gas station style folding map of the Georgia and US Southeast, because sometimes GPS isn’t available; and an inexpensive Coleman Compass. I have never had to navigate using a compass in my vehicle, but I have a small compass attached to my backpack. I have however, needed to consult a good old-fashioned road map in areas of poor or no reception. I keep one in the glove box, and aside from having to fold it back up, have never regretted having it.

7.  Phone charging block and extra charger: In this day and age your cell phone is a lifeline. Why not take the extra step to make sure you have a charge in the event that your vehicle battery is dead, or that you are forced to go on foot and keep in touch with your people on the other end?

8. Sunglasses: These are valuable for a number of reasons, not only do they keep the sun out of your eyes while you’re driving, they can keep dust out of your eyes in windy conditions, and shield your face from the sun if you are stranded or forced to go by foot. They reduce eye strain, which also reduces fatigue.

9. Paper and pencil: Small Field Notes notebook and pencil for leaving notes, making a list, writing down information. In the event that you need to leave your vehicle, sometimes it’s wise to leave a note saying when you left or when you plan on being back. You can leave personal information such as phone numbers if need be. Or maybe you are on hold waiting for an insurance agent, or a wrecker service, and you need to write down information that they are giving you. I keep a little log and jotter book in my door pocket for just such instances.

10. Cash: I have an Altoids tin in the console with $50 in it just in case. These days, most people rely on cards or NFC payment methods with their phone; I know that I do. However, I can’t recall how many times I have needed cash in a pinch because some gas station credit card machine wasn’t working, or there was a sign on the door that said cash only. Having a little bit of cash tucked away in the console is a handy thing.

11. A hat or knit cap: Keeps the sun off your head and out of your eyes if you have to walk, can shield your eyes from the sun while driving, or help to keep your head warm if it’s cold.

Under the Back Seat: I purchased a simple plastic molded divider that was made to fit beneath my back seat in my Ford F-150. It has ample room for all of the items listed below and more. Otherwise you can also keep a medium sized Rubbermaid container under the back seat with these items in it.

1. Basic change of clothes: T-shirt, track pants, fleece pullover, socks, underwear, lightweight inexpensive rain jacket, pair of older hiking boots or tennis shoes. I keep these in the backpack in the event I have hike out somewhere, or get stranded in a less-than-ideal situation. I want to be comfortable and safe; not trying to navigate a potentially unfamiliar place in a pair of dress shoes or flip flops. I keep clothes that are lightweight, flexible, quick-drying so that they aren’t too hot, allow me to move with alacrity, and keep me dry.

2. Toilet paper in a gallon size ziploc bag: Besides its primary and most obvious use, toilet paper has may virtues from applying pressure to a wound to using as tinder to start a fire. The Ziploc keeps it dry, clean, and can serve as a waterproof container or trash bag. Needing to answer the call of nature is, well, natural and inevitable. Not having to use leaves to clean up is a big plus. Or, if you’re walking and start to develop a blister, some folded layers of toilet paper between the blister and your shoe make a world of difference. If you find yourself in the unfortunate need of making a fire to stay warm for the night, a little TP makes a great firestarter.

3. Simple food: Lance cheese and peanut butter cracker packs or Nature Valley granola bars that won’t melt or get sticky. I rotate these things every few months. They keep well in cold or heat. These are great to have on hand if you’re stranded waiting for help, or if you’re trying to keep hungry kids settled while you work to remedy whatever situation you’re in. Keeping your energy up and blood sugar stable allows you to feel better, think clearly, and make better decisions.

4. Jet Boil Zip: It’s a small backpacking stove and .8L pot all in one. Very packable, very easy to use. You never know when you might need to boil water quickly to prepare a freeze dried meal, make water potable, or sanitize something. In the event you are stranded and/or forced to shelter in place, the ability to prepare a hot meal or water is both physically and psychologically beneficial. Maybe you’re broken down in a remote area, or help won’t be available for a while. If it’s cold out, or you need a moment to regroup and think clearly, it’s remarkable what the normalcy and ritual of a hot cup of coffee or tea can do to calm you down and revive your spirits.

5. Food and drink: I keep three Mountain House freeze dried meals (I like spaghetti and meat sauce, breakfast skillet, and chili mac with beef) in my truck. All of these come in the smaller, vacuum packed Pro Packs, which don’t take up much room. All are able to be prepared with boiling water, and can rehydrate in the pouch. I also have a few Starbucks Via coffee pouches, an insulated Yeti 10oz Rambler, a lexan spoon, and 2 bottles of water with the Jet Boil. If you’re in a situation where it looks like you will be stranded all night, it’s really a boost to your morale and your health to have a hot dinner and/or a hot breakfast. A few years ago, I was stranded in an ice storm in Atlanta, GA. The South doesn’t handle snow and ice very well, and I had the misfortune of being stranded on a back road, hemmed in on either end by accidents, which blocked the road. I was miles from home, and decided to wait it out for a while. A while became hours, and the weather continued to worsen. Authorities recommended sheltering in place, and I agreed it was in my best interest to do so. While I would have survived the night without, I was able to stable off boredom and discomfort by preparing some Mountain House beef stew, and a cup of coffee. It was after Dawn before things started to clear up, and another few hours before I could start moving again. I made Mountain House biscuits and gravy and kept myself busy and full while I waited.

6. First Aid Kit: A small backpacking kit has basic supplies (bandage, gauze, triple antibiotic ointment, bandaids, tweezers, butterfly bandages, ibuprofen, Imodium, Benadryl). There are a thousand reasons to keep a first aid kit handy. I work outside a lot, and it’s not uncommon to be stung by yellow jackets, or sustain a minor injury lifting something heavy or using a tool. Having Benadryl or ibuprofen on hand can be a lifesaver. In the event of a cut, it’s important to be able to treat a wound and keep it clean in the field.

7. Gloves: Firm Grip Flex Impact – for changing tires in wet conditions, warmth in a pinch, general hand protection when loading/unloading payload from truck. Gloves have saved me from busted knuckles, scraped fingers, cold hands, or simply from getting dirty many times. Such an easy thing to carry, and even trucks have a “glove” compartment.

Vehicle Preparedness Kit

8. Backpack: Simple, nondescript, roomy and comfortable. I have a black Kelty daypack that I keep under the back seat. The bag is to load my gear into if I am forced to leave my vehicle for some reason and walk to safety. It’s important because in the event that I might need to abandon my truck and walk (if I’m broken down in a dangerous area or situation, or decide it’s better to seek assistance on foot), it’s important to be able to take enough supplies to be as comfortable and confident as possible.

9. Duraflame firestarter: In the event that I might need to make a fire in winter conditions. I understand that this may seem a little extra, but I was raised believing that it’s better have something and not need it than to need it and not have it. Maybe you won’t need to make a fire in an emergency, but you might need it on a camping trip. The small bricks take up 5 inches of real estate, and last indefinitely.

10. Blanket: Rolled up fleece blanket for warmth. I think everyone should keep a blanket in their car. Maybe you’re stranded and it’s cold, or maybe you or a family member has sustained shock – a blanket will help. Or, maybe you’re just on a long road trip, and your wife is like mine and gets cold at 74 degrees… I leave mine folded on the back seat. It has come in handy with everything from keeping me warm to protecting the leather in my truck when I put something heavy or sharp on it.

 

11. Sawyer mini water filter: An inexpensive and very lightweight way to ensure clean water in an emergency. This is another thing that many people might consider to be extreme. But, clean water is necessary for survival karma and at only a few ounces, it’s a serious game changer if you find yourself needing to purify water to drink or cook with. I have several of these for backpacking so it’s extremely easy for me to put one under the seat just in case.

All of this may seem excessive to someone who has never been in a situation that required preparedness, but all of it weighs under 15lb in the backpack, and easily fits under the back seat and in the console of my truck with room to spare. In a perfect world, you would never need any of this to get by, but things happen. Chances are if you carry a Leatherman tool you’ve given some thought to being prepared in some way or another. The peace of mind that preparedness brings is worth it even if you are lucky and never need to utilize your provisions. 

-Jeremy Hill

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Disclaimer: This preparedness kit is a suggested guideline compiled by Leatherman Tool Group, Inc. Leatherman does not guarantee users to be safe or free from hazards associated with these activities. Please consult medical personnel in the case of an emergency.

 

 

 

Klean Kanteen Joins Carbon Neutral to Achieve Net-Zero Carbon Footprint

Klean Kanteen Joins Carbon Neutral

With a proven track record of environmental activism, Klean Kanteen is proud to announce it has joined Climate Neutral Certified to become one of the leaders in reducing carbon emissions on a company-wide scale. Using an independent and rigorous certification program, Climate Neutral verifies a company has achieved net-zero carbon emissions for the entirety of a company’s greenhouse gas footprint through a combination of emissions reductions and offsets.
“Since early 2009 we have worked to measure and reduce our carbon footprint because it’s the right thing to do for current and future generations,” said Jim Osgood, CEO at Klean Kanteen. “Being Climate Neutral Certified will help Klean accelerate emissions reductions throughout our business operations and supply chain and encourage others to follow suit. It also signifies our company’s support for a global price on carbon and one more step of many more to come. We are committed to continually reduce our impact on our environment as we continue to grow.”
Climate Neutral is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world by recruiting companies to publicly measure, reduce, and offset their carbon emissions. Climate Neutral facilitates the certification program using standards developed and maintained through a multi-stakeholder process. Companies certified under Climate Neutral are required to purchase high-quality credits authenticated by the most trusted and scientifically rigorous verification bodies.
In 2017, Klean Kanteen installed a series of solar panels at their headquarters in Chico, CA. In only one year, the array generated 136 megawatt-hours of clean, renewable energy, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 66 percent. In addition, Klean is an original signatory for the We Are Still In campaign. As part of the campaign, Klean is committed to responsible engagement in climate policy and increasing their use of renewable energy.
“Given the urgency of the climate problem, it is critical for businesses to take responsibility for the carbon pollution generated from making and delivering their products and services,” said Climate Neutral Executive Director Austin Whitman. “We’re thrilled to have Klean Kanteen join the growing set
of companies that have committed to this journey. Our brands are going to lead their industry peers into a new era of social responsibility.”
Starting mid-year 2020, Klean Kanteen will begin featuring the Climate Neutral Certified label on its packaging and other materials to signify their zero-carbon footprint. To learn more about Climate Neutral and the process of measuring, reducing and offsetting a business’ entire carbon footprint please visit www.climateneutral.org
For more information about Klean Kanteen and how they are achieving a zero-carbon footprint visit www.kleankanteen.com

About Climate Neutral

Climate Neutral is an independent non-profit organization enlisting businesses and consumers to halt the effects of climate change. We believe in setting a new minimum standard of corporate responsibility for all companies: achieving a net-zero carbon footprint. To learn more about Climate Neutral, including how to become a partner, please visit www.climateneutral.org.

About Klean Kanteen

A leader in BPA-free, stainless steel drinkware and food transport, Klean Kanteen is family owned and operated, with distribution in 50-plus countries worldwide. With environmental stewardship and fair labour central to the company’s philosophy, Klean Kanteen is in business for good. Since 2008, Klean has donated 1% of its sales totaling over $2.7 million to environmental organizations working towards positive change through 1% for the Planet. From non-profit partnerships to grassroots events, Klean works closely with values-aligned companies and organizations to support efforts toward health, the reduction of single-use plastic, and environmental education and awareness. In 2012, Klean Kanteen proudly became a B Corporation, certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. For more information, please visit http://www.awesometools.co.za/brands/klean-kanteen/.

Led Lenser Wartrail 2019

Led Lenser Wartrail 2019

Monday 6:27am: A look of confusion and shock was clear on Dirk’s face as he looked back towards me while hugging the up-side down kayak with his left hand and the paddle with his right, half way through the first rapid of the day. I suspect the confusion part is due to the fact that I told Dirk I have been down this stretch of river (with the same kayak) many times before and that I never had to take a swim. The shock part could be attributed to the cold dark muddy water as the sun has not yet reached into the canyon at that hour. We were about 4km into a 60km paddle, this was day three of the Led Lenser Wartrail Challenge.

My race partner (Dirk Immelmann) a formidable trail runner and a ‘no-fuss’ ‘hard-as-nails’ type of guy agreed a few months earlier to do the Wartrail Challenge with me in a team of two, since I am a firm believer that life is better in a team. This meant we had to finish each leg together.

For those of you who are familiar with the Witteberg Mountain range, Lady Grey or have done any of the ‘Pure Adventures’ events in this area will agree that the weather is always extreme come race day. I have ran in snow (in summer), in hail the size of golf balls, I’ve experienced sleet in the morning and thunderstorms in the afternoon and the 2018 edition of the K-way Skyrun was marked by extreme drought and heat.

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