Ambassadors

Red Fox Ambassador Christine Dennison of New York City has been awarded the Brazilian Navy League Medal of Honor, for her efforts in discovering the lost World War II submarine R-12, and her 42 entombed sailors. Christine Dennison is the co-founder and president of Mad Dog Expeditions, an internationally recognized technical scuba diving and exploration… Read More

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India. I hated it upon first arrival. I was a jet lagged unprepared American and it was 4 am. I spoke no Indian. I smelled of recycled air and privilege. With a fax number for my hotel contact and a vague mile long street location, I was downright lucky the kind and patient taxi driver… Read More

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Shoshala, the cliff luring us to this side of the Himachal Pradesh, loomed straight over head. This was Option Number One. It was first climbed by a Finnish team a few springs ago. Their climb, mixed with many bolts, opened a series of corners and small cracks on the south-center aspect of this spearheaded peak…. Read More

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A thru hike is difficult under the best circumstances. Starting in the winter only elevates the difficulty of the hiking and adds an element of mountaineering to the adventure that few others get to experience. I began my quest to complete the triple crown of hiking on February 5th on top of Springer Mountain in… Read More

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Underneath the little marble islands lie the “capillas de marmol” or the marble chapels: the lake has slowly eroded away the underside of the marble islands leaving caves that glow in the sunlight and reflect the blue water. In the Chilean Patagonia, in the region of Aysen, there is one main road that extends over… Read More

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A wood stove heats the dining room of Gokyo Namaste Lodge, one of two lodges my new friend Tenzing runs in this tiny town. The room has windows on three sides to encourage the amazing view over the lake and steep mountain faces. It is 8 am and I just ordered French Toast, three scrambled… Read More

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Oh, she swims with sharks too… Red Fox Ambassadors are special people. They are adventurers who thrive in the elements, always looking for the next great trail or climb or ride. One of our most versatile Ambassadors is New York City native Christine Dennison. Whether on land, in the water or under the ice Christine… Read More

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I graduated high school early and then hit the road after college as many graduates do. When my adventures took me to New Zealand, I knew I found something special. It was there my love of climbing truly began, fused with my interest in humanitarian aid. I found work at a climbing gym and through… Read More

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Mud. Thick, deep mud. Thick, deep, gooey Russian mud. “Slogging through the mud in that river, was the most fun,” said U.S. team captain Jimi Alida as she reflects on the 72-hour long course of the 14th Red Fox Adventure Race in Russia. “We were in mud up to our chests. It was such fun.”… Read More

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“I’d do it again!” Kathy Wickum and Jimi Alida are sitting in the backroom of Red Fox North America in Lyons, Colorado, with huge grins on their faces. “Oh it was amazing,” said Kathy. “I’d do it again in a second,” added Jimi. The two are remembering the 72-hour long course of the 14th Red… Read More

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A few years ago, I created a birthday tradition. I would take my born-in-winter blues to the beach. Compounding the cold of those short, dark days was an icy breakup that wouldn’t thaw, so I decided to go all out. Gathering up all of my paid time off and a killer fare on Alaska Airlines,… Read More

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The familiar beep of a cheap wristwatch alarm disrupted me from a night of fitful sleep. In the dark, Quinn Brett, Crystal Davis-Robbins, and I burst into activity. We put on layers, laced up our boots, located our pre-organized packs and gear in the dark and hurriedly wolfed down hot oatmeal. The Approach Within 30… Read More

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What do you say to this except, “Wow!”   #5 Crimea speedflying. Morcheka from Alexander Deyev on Vimeo. “Sick!” © 2015  

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It was hot and humid and there were four empty bottles of water at my feet. “Looks like no rain after all,” I exclaimed. Everyone nodded. “I think it’s because I prayed,” I said. “Me too!” they all laughed in unison. “People always pray before driving this road,” the driver said. I held my breath… Read More

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Heading for Denali is on a lot of climber’s bucket lists. As a 6000 meter summit it is respectably high, but not Everest. Nonetheless it is a serious alpine adventure. Kurt Wedberg, guide-owner of Sierra Mountaineering International, is there now and he readily acknowledges Denali is equally as serious as Everest, except for the difference… Read More

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  Growing up in Colorado, Kathy Wickum thinks she was born into sports. “I’d like to think I was always into sports, a bit of a tomboy. I ran track, basketball and soccer growing up. I grew up in Littleton, Colorado and was exposed to the Coors Classic (bicycle race) and from there became addicted…. Read More

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  The colder it is on the shores of Onega Lake in Russia for the 14th Red Fox Adventure Race, the better it’ll be for Amy Caldwell. The Vermont resident got her start in Duluth, Minnesota, not too far from the Canadian border. When she was five she started swimming on the local team, braving… Read More

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  Shawnie Mulligan likes to run, a lot. The 35-year old Ft. Collins native, who now lives in Eagle County, Colorado, is one of the world’s top trail runners. She’s also a member of the U.S. team traveling to Russia in June for the 14th annual Red Fox Adventure Race, powered by Polartec. That incredible… Read More

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You may have heard of him. In this age of information overload, it is also quite possible you were distracted with some other bit of minutia. Kurt Wedberg, was featured in Backpacker Magazine as a mountain guide to be recognized, but even though I know him, I wouldn’t have been aware of the mag article… Read More

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“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans” —John Lennon This past week hasn’t quite turned out exactly like I was hoping it would. I had planned on doing some easy early sessions followed by some harder/longer sessions later in the week. I was also planning on leaving for Norway and Austria on… Read More

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The 14th annual Red Fox Adventure Race, powered by Polartec, will be hosted from June 11th to 14th, 2015. Polartec will be sponsoring the first-ever women-only team consisting of Jimi Alida, Shawnie Mulligan, Kathleen Wickum, and Amy Caldwell. It has been five years since the last American team attended Red Fox’s international adventure race. This… Read More

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News from Red Fox’s director, Vlad Moroz, currently on his way to the top of Mt. Everest. Yesterday the team fulfilled their first acclimatization ascent from base camp (5182 m) to the Middle Camp and spent a night at an altitude of 5800 m. “The weather is favourable to us, so climbing goes according to… Read More

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  In the predawn light of March 14th, 2015, Fedor Konyukhov and Ivan Menyaylo lifted off at 5:45am in their quest to set a new Russian record for flight duration in a hot air balloon for the AX-9 class. The existing record of 17 hours, 49 minutes was set by Vladimir Gladkov in 2013. It… Read More

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Off-width n : A wide, off-sized crack [on a vertical rock face] too big for fist jams yet too narrow to be a squeeze chimney. Off-widths are generally 4 to 12 inches wide and require hand-fist stacks, kneebars, Leavittation, etc. (from The Climbing Dictionary, by Matt Samet) By Lizzy Scully, Photo by Fredrik Marmsater “I’m… Read More

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American Mountain Guide/IFMGA Guide Jayson Simons-Jones recently joined the Red Fox team. We got a chance to hang out with him at the recent Ouray Ice Festival, where he taught two clinics for Red Fox. Check out his new business and website, Lotus Alpine Adventures. Red Fox: What are your passions? And why are you… Read More

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Red Fox Athlete Quinn Brett and Max Barlerin have climbed up a storm in Patagonia over the last few weeks, summitting the Goretta Pillar on Cerro Fitz Roy, and Aguja Saint-Exupery. Stay tuned for more stories and photos by this dynamic duo. This is Part II of their summit attempt of Fitz Roy and their… Read More

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Red Fox Ambassador Quinn Brett and her partner and Red Fox Blogger Max Barlerin recently climbed “Mate, Porro y Todo lo Demas” on the Goretta Pillar of Cerro Fitz Roy. They had, “excellent climbing and stunning scenery,” said Quinn in a recent Facebook post. “The journey continues. Amazed at our ability as individuals and as… Read More

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Text by Max Barlerin Skeptic: “So, what is it that you do in Colorado?” Max: “Well, I really like to climb and ski.” Skeptic: “No no, I mean what do you do for work?” The underlying assumption from this type of questioning is that we are defined by the work that we do, and how… Read More

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When Quinn Brett walks into a room, you can’t help but smile at her bright eyes, huge grin, and often pink, green, or purple hair. Brett is almost always positive, and she has good reason to be. Aside from just signing on to be one of Red Fox’s elite North America athletes, Brett has settled… Read More

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