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New Eagle Creek / National Geographic Collaboration Launches June 1

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 18:06

Consumers can Pre-Order Beginning May 10th at eaglecreek.com/national-geographic

San Diego, Ca. (May 8, 2018) – The Eagle Creek National Geographic Guide Series hits retail stores June 1, and eaglecreek.com will be taking pre-orders starting May 10, 2018. On June 1, consumers will be able to see, touch and try on the Guide Series at select outdoor specialty retailers nationwide.

Roger Spatz, President of Eagle Creek said, “Eagle Creek and National Geographic collaborated on a collection that defines adventure travel. The gear is sleek and stylish, but durable enough to stand up to all terrains and conditions. National Geographic explorers inspired the overall design and function and we know these products will inspire people to get out and explore the world.

“For over 130 years, National Geographic’s iconic yellow border has offered a portal to explore the farthest reaches of the Earth and beyond,” said Rosa Zeegers, Executive Vice President, Consumer Products and Experiences at National Geographic Partners. “Eagle Creek shares our passion for adventure, and this collaboration combines our dedication to exploration with their renowned reputation for outfitting travelers and explorers. Given our shared values, this was a natural partnership that has generated a product line that will support National Geographic’s mission of igniting the explorer in all people.”

The Eagle Creek National Geographic Series invites you to explore. Be curious. Seek adventure. Move outside your comfort zone toward those places, destinations and experiences that will undoubtedly transform you.

Combining their passions for exploration, conservation and adventure, Eagle Creek and National Geographic have adopted a design ethos that leverages the expertise of both brands of the benefit of the consumer. Featuring a highly durable double-coated Tarpaulin fabric, wipeable internal organization constructed of Bi-Tech & TPU mesh for durability that exceeds all standards, the new Guide Series is a mobile base camp, suitable for the most remote places on earth and easily hosed out after a trip. This is what adventure travel bags were meant to be.

Built for dirty, heavy trekking with gear and instrumentation, both photographic and scientific, the new Guide Series uses only the most versatile and durable components so it can be abused – set down in the mud, snow, or gravel, loaded into a plane, strapped to the top of a yak, slid into a cabin on the train, you name it.

With water-resistant, lockable, self-repairing zippers, reflectivity for blackout conditions, and of course, the legendary Eagle Creek No Matter What Warranty, Eagle Creek adds a new level of thoughtful design and versatility than can’t be found on technical packs, with systematic principles to benefit the end user.

Additionally, National Geographic Partners returns 27% of its proceeds back to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to support their work. This creates a virtuous cycle of storytelling and philanthropy committed to research, science, conservation and exploration.

Color: Black

The new Eagle Creek National Geographic Guide Series bags will be available at retail 5/1/18.

Eagle Creek National Geographic Guide Series shared features:

  • Constructed of highly durable Tarpaulin, Bi-Tech Armor Lite
  • Wipeable internal organization constructed of Bi-Tech & TPU mesh
  • Best in class durability
  • Water-resistant, lockable & self-repairing zippers
  • Highly weather resistant
  • Reflective hits
  • No Matter What Warranty

Guide Travel Pack 65L

Built to be the beast of the adventure, with dual access for use in any environment.

Guide Series Expedition Pack (EC0A3SBQ010) MSRP $349

Capacity: 4270 cu in / 70 L (65 L Pack + 5 L Front Pocket); Weight: 4 lbs 15 oz / 2.24 kg; Size: 14.5 x 31 x 12.5 in / 37 x 79 x 32 cm

Features:

  • Built with Tarpaulin, Bi-Tech Armor Lite
  • Access main compartment through top opening or back panel in order to access contents without putting straps in dirt or snow
  • Unisex torso suspension adjusts and secures through easy adjusting hook and loop closure (15 – 21 inches)
  • Ultra-durable weatherproof Tarpaulin for complete internal and external wipeability
  • Reversed water and dirt resistant #10 self-repairing lockable zippers have PU coating for maximum weatherproofing
  • Front vertical zip compartment contains dirty/wet items and separates gear from main compartment
  • Hydration bladder pocket with hanging loop and external tube pass-through
  • External compression straps, daisy chains and tool loop provides
  • quick access to equipment
  • Reinforced tool pockets and stretch pockets on sides of pack
  • Weather and dirt resistant foam-molded back panel and backpack straps provide ergonomic fit
  • Adjustable hip belt, with zip pocket for essentials, features strap keepers
  • Emergency safety whistle and reflective hits for low light

All Purpose Duffel 60L

A true all-purpose duffel for purpose-minded adventurers.

All Purpose Duffel 60L (EC0A3SBR010) MSRP $199

Capacity: 3845 cu in / 63 L: Weight 2 lbs 9 oz / 1.16 kg; Size:

24.5 x 10.25 x 13.25 in / 62 x 26 x 34 cm

Features:

  • 50/50 split compartment opening gives access to two full-panel TPU mesh packing compartments
  • Ultra-durable weatherproof Tarpaulin for complete internal and external wipeability
  • Reversed water and dirt resistant #10 self-repairing lockable zippers have PU coating for maximum weatherproofing
  • Quick attach bouldering clips secure Air Mesh moisture-wicking pack straps
  • Multiple grab handles, compression straps and daisy chain for gear attachment
  • Anodized aluminum bouldering clips support heavy weight while supplying lightweight, corrosion-resistant hardware
  • Reflective hits for low light visibility
  • Handle wrap secures pack straps together as singular grab handle
  • D-rings accommodate optional shoulder strap carry (strap not included)

Utility Backpack 40L

Maximum International Carry On size for maximum adventure.

Utility Backpack 40L (EC0A3SBG010) MSRP $249

Capacity: 2260 cu in / 37 L; Weight: 2 lbs 15 oz / 1.35 kg; Size: 12.25 x 20 x 7.5 in / 31.5 x 51 x 19 cm

Features:

  • Pack has butterfly-style opening for optimal access with internal molle panel for gear attachment (Small Pack-It Storage Cube attaches)
  • Ultra-durable weatherproof Tarpaulin for complete internal and external wipeability
  • Reversed water resistant #10 self-repairing lockable zippers with dust guard for additional protection in high wind, also feature PU coating for maximum weatherproofing
  • Foam-molded ergonomic pack straps and back panel are moisture-wicking and resist dirt
  • Lockable padded 17” laptop compartment
  • Tuck-away hip belt for comfortable, ergonomic fit
  • Internal TPU mesh zippered pockets with key fob
  • Front vertical zip compartment contains dirty/wet items and separates gear from main compartment
  • Hidden side stash pocket for quick access to phone and Passport
  • Emergency safety whistle and reflective hits for low light visibility
  • Compression straps and lash points allow for gear attachment
  • Haul handles with D-ring integration for optional shoulder strap carry (strap not included)

Borderless Convertible Carry On

Any adventure, any mode of transport.

Borderless Convertible Carry On (EC0A3SBE010) MSRP $349

Capacity: 2440 cu in / 40 L; Weight: 7 lbs 3 oz / 3.27 kg; Size: 14 x 22 x 8.75 in / 35.5 x 56 x 22 cm

Features:

  • Zip-away backpack straps deploy out of back panel for hands-free mobility
  • Ultra-durable weatherproof Tarpaulin for complete internal and external wipeability
  • Reversed water and dirt resistant #10 self-repairing lockable zippers have PU coating for maximum weatherproofing
  • Weather and dirt resistant foam-molded backpack straps provide ergonomic fit that resists dirt
  • Front vertical zip compartment contains dirty/wet items and separates gear from main compartment
  • Top quick stash pocket for 3-1-1 toiletries
  • Internal TPU mesh packing pockets for easy ID
  • Internal compression straps keep contents from shifting
  • Compression straps, daisy chain and D-ring for gear attachment
  • Multiple grab handles for quick grab right off the luggage carousel
  • Handle tray protects handle system, while corner bumpers and wheel housing protect bag against rough handling
  • Treaded off-road wheels for multi-terrain capability
  • Emergency safety whistle and reflective hits for low light visibility

Yonder Rolling Trunk 32

Take all the gear.

Yonder Rolling Trunk 32 (EC0A3SBF010) MSRP $499

Capacity: 6345 cu in / 104 L; Weight: 12 lbs 1 oz / 5.46 kg; Size: 16.75 x 32 x 12.5 in / 42.5 x 81.5 x 32 cm

Features:

  • Ultra-durable weatherproof Tarpaulin for complete internal and external wipeability
  • Split frame opening gives access to TPU mesh packing compartments
  • Reversed water and dirt resistant #10 self-repairing lockable zippers have PU coating for maximum weatherproofing
  • Front vertical zip compartment contains dirty/wet items and separates gear from main compartment
  • Multiple grab handles and mesh ID luggage tag window, for quick grab right off the luggage carousel
  • Internal compression straps secure load
  • Sizable top stash pocket for quick grab items
  • Compression straps, D-rings and daisy chain for quick access to equipment
  • Corner guards, piping bumpers, and heavy-duty wheel housing protects bag against rough handling
  • Kick plate, runner rails, and handle tray protects bag
  • Treaded off-road wheels for multi-terrain capability
  • Reflective hits for low light visibility

Pack-It Storage Compression Cube Set S/M

Ultra compact, ultra durable, ultra organized.

Pack-It Storage Compression Cube Set S/M (EC0A3SBH010) MSRP $59

Small: Capacity: 215 cu in / 3.5 L, Expanded: 460 cu in / 7.5 L; Weight: 4 oz / 0.12 kg; Size: 10 x 7 x 1.25 in / 25 x 18 x 3 cm, Expanded: 10 x 7 x 4.25 in / 25 x 18 x 10.5 cm

Medium: Capacity: 550 cu in / 9 L, Expanded: 855 cu in / 14 L, Weight: 5 oz / 0.15 kg; Size: 14 x 10 x 1.25 in / 35.5 x 25 x 3 cm, Expanded: 14 x 10 x 4.25 in / 35.5 x 25 x 10.5 cm

Features:

  • Ultra-durable coated materials are weather-proof and wipeable
  • Two-way zippered opening gives full access for maximum packing
  • TPU mesh front window gives content visibility
  • Compression zipper compacts clothing and gear
  • Small Compression Cube mounts to molle panel in the 40L Utility Backpack for modular organization
  • Top carry handle 

ABOUT EAGLE CREEK

An invitation outside informs all Eagle Creek product designs, innovations and services. From versatile organizers that make travelling seamless to our durable duffels that keep the journey going, our gear and accessories make exploring the unknown possible, effortless and enriching. Eagle Creek. Find Your Unknown.

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PARTNERS LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

PRESS CONTACT:

Alli Noland

Terra PR

307-733-8777

allin@terrapublicrelations.com

 

Hot and blue

Booker Gliding - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 22:10
Record breaking weather it may be, but it's not very good for cross country flying so most of the action has been training and trial lessons. Steve gave it a go on Saturday and dropped in on the ridge field on the way back, to be greeted by some handsome black cattle.


Today the hangar was emptied and the fleet parked out in the trailer park to make way for the event taking over the airfield on 11th and 12th May - our hangar will be one of the exhibition halls.

From Thursday 10th May to Sunday 13th May all solo flying will be at Thame, where we will be guests of the Upward Bound Trust. There will be a K21 available there for check flights.
Back to normal on Monday 14th May.

Breaking News: Mystery Behind Tut’s Tomb Revealed, Spokesperson & Visuals Available

National Geographic News Feed - Sun, 05/06/2018 - 15:10

**Breaking News**

It’s Official: Tut’s Tomb Has No Hidden Chambers After All

The third radar scan of the pharaoh’s burial site conclusively shows that no additional mysteries lurk immediately behind its walls.

Spokesperson and Images Available

Recent radar scans of Tutankhamun’s tomb conclusively prove that there are no additional chambers or passages behind the walls of the famed pharaoh’s burial chamber, Egyptian officials announced today.

This stunning conclusion marks the end of an investigation which began in nearly three years ago, when Egyptologist and National Geographic grantee Nicholas Reeves theorized that the tomb of legendary 18th-Dynasty queen Nefertiti may actually be hidden beyond the walls of Tut’s 3,300-year-old tomb.

To read more about this amazing discovery, read the full story here.

Kristin Romey, National Geographic archaeology expert, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

 

Press Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

The forecast was right

Booker Gliding - Thu, 05/03/2018 - 20:21
Today the forecast promised good XC weather - and it delivered. The launchpoint was busy with single seaters heading off on task and two seaters being used for training. Even the T21 came out to take to the air.

Meanwhile, John Hubb was working hard on the clubhouse, scraping off the peeling paint and applying a new coat of wood stain. He also renovated the picnic tables. There is still a lot to do, so anyone with a paint brush is welcome to join in. Thanks for your efforts, John,

One panel complete. The supervisor appears to be making tea.
Nice smart picnic table.


Media Alert: National Geographic Interactive VR Story Among First Experiences Published in Facebook’s New React 360, an Interactive WebVR and 360 Content Publisher

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 05/02/2018 - 18:35

***Media Alert***

National Geographic Interactive VR Story Among First Experiences Published in Facebook’s New React 360, an Interactive WebVR and 360 Content Publisher

News announced today at F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference in San Jose, California

Check out National Geographic’s newly updated interactive story, “Explore the World’s Biggest Cave From Your Couch,” HERE

At F8, Facebook’s annual developer conference in San Jose, California, the social media company shared updates on React 360, an interactive WebVR and 360 content publisher. Experiences made using the technology can show up across the web and in people’s Facebook News Feeds, effectively bringing virtual reality to its more than two billion members—no headset required. 

To showcase this feature, Facebook worked with National Geographic and is showcasing an updated version of a 2015 National Geographic interactive VR story. In it, readers are invited to take a virtual tour of Son Doong, a recently discovered cave in Vietnam, believed to be the world’s largest. 

“In the social media world, this is a big deal,” says Martin Edström, the photographer and National Geographic Explorer who originally captured the 360 photo spheres of Son Doong for National Geographic. “Now people can literally walk through the largest cave in the world without leaving Facebook.”

 Son Doong is believed to be the world’s largest cave passage and is estimated to be between two and five million years old. It’s more than three miles long, with numerous chambers large enough to hold an entire city block of New York skyscrapers. Being the world’s largest cave, Son Doong contains many appropriately gargantuan formations, including the 200-foot “Hand of the Dog,” which might be the world’s largest stalagmite, as well as baseball-sized “cave pearls,” a type of speleothem that’s typically much smaller. 

Large scale tourism companies have begun to threaten the preservation of this world wonder. To Martin Erdstrom and other researchers around the world, this new Facebook feature is seen as a powerful new conservation tool. 

Check out National Geographic’s newly updated story on React 360 here

Spokespeople and visuals available.

Press Contact:

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan, anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, 202-912-6724

Media Alert: National Geographic Launches “Domesticated,” A New Online Hub Dedicated to Pets 

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 15:11

**Media Alert**

National Geographic Launches “Domesticated,” A New Online Hub Dedicated to Pets 

Spokesperson and Images Available

Today is the first day of National Pets Month and to celebrate National Geographic has announced the launch of “Domesticated,” an online hub dedicated to all kinds of domesticated animals. This hub will be a collection of stories, photos, and videos about the latest in pet science, how pets evolved, how pets work for us (i.e. therapy dogs), and demystifying our pets’ behavior! 

To kick off the launch of this fun and informative series, National Geographic has shared a number of videos and stories on everything from dogs and cats to the more exotic household pets. Check out the latest stories below:

Why Your Dog Freaks Out During Thunderstorms—And What to Do

Meet the World’s Most Expensive Pet Fish

Why Are Dogs So Friendly? Science Finally Has an Answer

Playful Photos of Well-Loved Dog Toys

What if Everything You Think About Cats Is Wrong?

For more information on the hub and to follow along with the most recent stories, visit natgeo.com/domesticated.

Christine Dell’Amore, National Geographic senior director of Animals, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

 

Press Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

The Big Four: Exploring Spain by Superyacht

Super Yachts Charters - Tue, 05/01/2018 - 11:00
The Big Four: Exploring Spain by Superyacht With a growing focus on Spain - be it through new events, luxury destinations or chartering new grounds this season - we honour the upcoming ‘Superyacht Show’ in Barcelona by taking a look at the key points of the region bringing yachts back to the waters time and time again.

Barcelona
Travelling from the Cote d’Azur to one of the most celebrated new cruising grounds on the charter and yacht experience maps today means a journey of world-class food, ancient history and breathtaking backdrops. With two choices of mooring via superyacht in either OneOcean Port Vell or Vilanova Grand Marina, starting your journey across the coast of Spain in Barcelona is the perfect break away from the usual haunts of the Mediterranean.

Activity of boats mooring in Barcelona has faced an incredible rise thanks to the best service based brands entering and growing the region’s yachting infrastructure (i.e. OneOcean Port Vell and Vilanova Grand Marina), offering unparalleled accommodation and direct access to the city.

The architecture of Barcelona itself is an amphitheatre to discovery, surrounding visitors with an artistic legacy with nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Park Güell or the Sagrada Familia, both designed by renowned architect Antoni Gaudí, are renowned examples while the Gothic Quarter - combined with the luxurious shopping and dining opportunities, this city will keep adventurers busy for days.

Palma de Mallorca
The largest island of the Balearics - located just a short stretch from Barcelona - Palma has been a luxury yachting hotspot synonymous with sailing and charter for decades. Marry this with countless michelin-starred restaurants, exclusive bars and elegant nightlife, and Palma becomes a slice of the St. Barths lifestyle in the heart of the Mediterranean.

Home to the Superyacht Cup regatta, the Palma Superyacht Show (which closes its doors today after a successful run) and numerous marinas built to accommodate everything from pleasure crafts to 150-metre yachts, Palma is a mainstay of the Spanish yachting boom.

Port Denia
The quintessentially Mediterranean landscape of Denia, and the easy 45-mile passage to Ibiza, makes this mainland luxury escape a growing choice for yacht charterers and owners looking for a lifestyle fuelled by freshly caught seafood, exemplary nightlife and exclusive hotspots.

Speaking with Albert Morell, General Manager of Port Denia, in a recent interview, we discussed some of the hotspots that make the region what it is: “Denia has become a destination in itself, famous for huge collection of restaurants and tapas bars. There are 4 marinas in Denia - 3 for smaller yachts and our 'Port Denia' for superyachts 30-138m with over 2000 berths overall, so it offers a yachting lifestyle with services to match.

Exploring Port Denia (along with the easily accessible michelin starred restaurant, five-star hotel and two golf courses), means the 2015 UNESCO City of Gastronomy becomes an idyllic stop to cruise the waters of mainland Spain before heading over to the island of Ibiza.

Ibiza
Ibiza and its sister island Formentera are harsh rocky isles teeming with abundant wildlife and a rich history; but, with a booming interest of yachts heading to the region and a new push in infrastructure, this exclusive hotspot is getting new attention from the global elite.

Thanks to developments such as Sovren Ibiza building a new epicentre to the island to harbour a new social scene on the docks of Ibiza, this island is stepping into a new era with a new image. The sophistication of Sovren Ibiza offers high-grade marina facilities, luxury residences and a private airport only 15 minutes away, yachts of up to 185-metres can now make the most of this brand-new luxury initiative.

The legendary entertainment scene on Ibiza extends throughout the day and night with wide range of fashionable nightclubs and beach clubs off which yachts can anchor; making this the idyllic place to end a week’s discovery tour of the Spanish coast.

The Superyacht Show begins this week, running from May 2 - 5 in the heart of Barcelona at OneOcean Port Vell. We look forward to bringing you more from the region as the show heats up and the superyachts tie the lines in a new Mediterranean icon.

The Big Four: Exploring Spain by Superyacht The thriving superyacht hub of Barcelona (Photo: OneOcean Port Vell) Sovren Ibiza brings a sophisticated new focus to the famed party island A guide to the most up and coming cruising grounds of the West Mediterranean

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