Friday, June 26, 2009

Outfitter's Store Staff Workout: Nantahala Attainments

For fun and fitness, many NOC staff members paddle attainments on the Nantahala River on lunch break, or after hours. Doing "attainments" means paddling upstream from eddy to eddy, and like riding a bike uphill, paddling upstream is harder than floating downstream. Attainment workouts are good for both strength and overall fitness, and are especially popular among NOC staff in the winter since you can stay pretty dry, and your constant exertion keeps you warm.

In this video, NOC's retail director (and Olympic paddling coach) Chris Hipgrave demonstrates the attainment workout, beginning from the Founder's Bridge (near River's End Restaurant) all the way upstream to Nantahala Falls. Disclaimer: unless you're really interested in paddling, you may not find this very stimulating! You'll see that the workout involves navigating paths of the least resistance, and even a few up-river boofs.

This is why the staff of NOC's Outfitter's Store are known for their expertise and their passion for play. They've worn every shoe on the shelf, packed and assembled every tent we sell and paddled every boat in stock, even some of them upstream!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Set Yourself Up with a Yakima Base Rack System

June is a great time to outfit your ride, because you'll get $30 back when you purchase a Yakima Base Rack System at NOC!

Yakima is the first name in automobile rack systems, having perfected "Destination Hardware" over their 20 years in business. Much more than two-by-fours and some brackets, Yakima systems help you securely haul gear for almost any outdoor activity, without looking like the Clampetts.

Purchasing a base system sets you up for any adventure sport. A combined purchase of towers and crossbars before June 30 qualifies you to get $30 back from Yakima. From that base, you can add any number of equipment-specific attachments (our favorite is the Hull Raiser) for secure storage/transportation of your most prized possessions.

Visit NOC's Outfitter's Store today, on the banks of the Nantahala or online. Our helpful staff can walk you through choosing the right base rack system for your vehicle and equipment needs.