Posts Tagged ‘outdoors’

Give Your Feet Something to be Thankful For

Packing up for the long holiday weekend?  Throw a pair of Earthkeepers Radler Camp boots in your bag – they’re lightweight, toasty warm and take up next-to-no room, thanks to their zip-together design.  Best of all, they’ll take you from food coma on the couch to brisk walk around the block (you know you should) without missing a step.

The Radler Camp boot comes in a variety of colors and patterns for men, women and kids. Take your pick here.

Walk With Me: The Marcus Troy Experience

Last month, Timberland convened a group of creative influencers, led by lifestyle and fashion journalist Marcus Troy, for a unique outdoor journey designed to take them from nature to city and back again.  Against the backdrop of Timberland Canada’s headquarters in Toronto, we outfitted our group of ten trendsetters in Timberland gear, including the Earthkeepers City Premium boot and GT Scramble and led them on a 2.8 mile hike through some of the city’s most beautiful settings.

During the day, each participant was tasked with taking pictures and capturing the experience through their own creative lens.  The result is a series of phenomenal images and perspectives that live on Marcus Troy’s website.

What does an urban outdoor journey look like through the eyes of influencers like Karla Moy, William Yan, Shane Stirling and Bryan Espiritu?  Immerse yourself in the Marcus Troy Experience to find out.

From Everest to Iditarod: Cindy Abbott’s Incredible Journey

Cindy Abbott is a wife and a mother with some “normal” hobbies and interests (ballroom dancing, SCUBA diving and cheering on the San Diego Chargers) … and others that are not so normal.  In 2010, Cindy summited Mount Everest, and she’s currently in training for the 1150-mile Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska.

More extraordinary?  Cindy was diagnosed in 2007 with Wegener’s Granulomatosis – a rare and incurable form of vasculitis that affects the nose, lungs, kidneys, and other organs.  She’s functionally blind in her left eye and suffers extreme joint pain, fatigue and circulation issues because of the disease.

Not really the kind of person you’d expect to be summiting Mount Everest or braving the extreme conditions of the Iditarod, is she?

When we first heard about Cindy and her remarkable story, we did what bootmakers do (naturally): We sent her some boots.  As she trains to compete in the “Last Great Race on Earth,” her feet will stay warm and dry in a pair of our Earthkeepers Stratton Tall boots.

Cindy’s motivation for taking on these incredible challenges is simply to raise awareness for rare diseases such as her own – and that’s a mission we’re happy to support.  In the coming months, we’ll be providing updates on Cindy’s training and preparation for the Iditarod on our women’s site – please check back often to see how she’s doing.  In the meantime, you can learn more about Cindy and the journey that has brought her to this point on her website, reachingbeyondtheclouds.com.  To offer your support, go to Cindy’s fundraising page.

The Madbury Club (and their GT Scramble masterpiece)

Rounding out a week of phenomenal videos that just so happen to feature some of our favorite products, here’s one created by the super hip, incredibly talented team at the Madbury Club, starring our rugged, colorful, always fun-loving GT Scramble boot:

Madbury Club for Timberland GT Scramble from The Madbury Club on Vimeo.

Boom, as they say. Let’s go start the weekend.

Because Running Around Barefoot Isn’t Always Safe (or Pretty)

Yes, yes, I know — it’s summer and for some of us “summer” is defined as: “the only 3 months of the year in which I don’t have to wear wool socks and heavy footwear.”  It’s bare feet season, baby.

But for the few occasions when it’s just not a good idea to run around with naked feet (trail running, sprinting across very hot pavement to get to the ice cream truck, the day you meant to get a pedicure but didn’t), we bring you the Earthkeepers BareStep Trail Oxford.  You’ll love that the BareStep is fashionable and functional (thanks to a super-stable outsole made with Gripstick and Green Rubber) and your feet will love the cushy faux-suede lining.  Here’s Ellen to tell you more:

If you’re not loving the leather look, not to worry — our Earthkeepers Barestep Collection also includes a sporty oxford featuring breathable mesh and bright colors, and a clog lined with SmartWool and faux shearling. (Because like it or not, bare feet season isn’t going to last forever.)

Pins, Playlists and Putting Ourselves in a Wanderlust Mood

We’re officially halfway through our Wanderlust summer, and gearing up for festival #3 at Squaw Valley this weekend.  For those if you just tuning in, Timberland is the official greening partner for Wanderlust 2012, and we’re helping to make this one-of-a-kind festival a little greener and less impactful on the environment.

There’s nothing quite like the actual Wanderlust experience — world-class yoga, locally-grown food, inspiring speakers and breathtaking outdoor settings — but we don’t all have the luxury of time or travel budgets to be Wanderlust groupies all summer long (lovely as that sounds).  Now there’s a cure for the Wanderlust woes:  if you’re passionate about Pinterest, go check out Timberland’s Pinterest page where you’ll find our Wanderlust board.  The photos of our Stratton Mountain hike are guaranteed to slow your frantic mind.  And if music is more your thing, we’ve put together a Wanderlust-inspired playlist on Spotify (you’ve got to be a registered Spotify user to listen).  Think Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Ani Difranco … that kind of soundtrack will get you through the day, no?

Pins and playlists — It’s kind of like a staycation for your mind and spirit.  Enjoy.  And if you want to learn more about our involvement with the wonderful world of Wanderlust, check out our festivals page.

The Wonderful World of Wanderlust

Last weekend, several lucky members of the Timberland team headed to Stratton Mountain in Vermont to see what Wanderlust 2012 is all about. When we weren’t fine-tuning our yoga poses with renown instructors like Seane Corn, we enjoyed beautiful, inspiring hikes with Timberland guides, listened to incredible live music from performers like Ani DiFranco and MC Yogi and indulged in some of the best-tasting healthy food around, thanks to folks like Hippie Girl Pitas and Vermont’s own Ben & Jerry’s.

We also met some amazing people who stopped by the Timberland Earthkeepers booth to make a pledge to reduce their personal environmental impact.  It was inspiring to meet so many people concerned about the environment – and they had some pretty creative ideas for how to conserve resources and save energy!

Who knew that being the Official Greening Partner for Wanderlust 2012 could be so much fun?  If you missed the Wanderlust Festival at Stratton last weekend, here’s a glimpse:

The fun doesn’t stop here … with three more destinations, Wanderlust 2012 is just getting warmed up. Visit our Festivals page to learn more about Wanderlust and the ways in which Timberland is helping to make this year’s festival one of the most socially and environmentally conscious events of its kind.

Summer-Loving Sandals

Summer is finally, officially here and we couldn’t be happier about longer days, warmer weather and the unquestionable correlation between sunny skies and sunny moods.  And what better way to celebrate summer than by strapping on a pair of I-can-have-fun-and-look-fabulous-at-the-same-time sandals?  We’ve got them.  See for yourself:

Find your own summer-loving style on our website, and then get out there and soak it up.  You’ve earned it.

Come With Us to Wanderlust

It’s time to hit the slopes again – yes, really – as the Wanderlust Festival rolls into a resort town near you.  One part yoga, one part music, one part fine fresh food, Wanderlust is the ultimate happy place for anyone in need of soul-soothing or mind and body recharging.  Here’s a taste of what Wanderlust is all about:

Now in its 4th season, Wanderlust will kick off June 21-24 at Stratton Mountain in Vermont, will continue on to Wanderlust Colorado at Copper Mountain July 5-8, will return to its original Wanderlust California at Squaw Valley July 26-29 and will round out the summer at the first ever Wanderlust Whistler at Whistler Resort August 23-26.

Timberland is proud (and totally excited) to be the Official Greening Partner for Wanderlust 2012.  When we’re not enjoying an early-morning meditation or going on a guided hike, we’ll be working with Wanderlust to make this one of the most socially and environmentally conscious events of its kind by improving the festival’s waste reduction process (less waste = happier planet).  And for festival-goers who favor eco-friendly transportation, we’re also sponsoring the “Wanderbus” – providing bio-diesel bus transportation between Wanderlust and major cities nearby.

Pack up your yoga pants and your best “heal thyself” attitude and come on along.  You can find all the important details about Wanderlust 2012 on the official festival website.  To learn more about what Timberland is doing to support Wanderlust and for exclusive on-site footage and reports, stay tuned to our Wanderlust website and our Facebook page.

A Lesson in Happiness From Mountainfilm

When we weren’t gawking at the beautiful scenery or chatting with visitors at our Earthkeepers booth, those of us from Team Timberland who were lucky enough to go to Mountainfilm in Telluride last weekend enjoyed some of the inspiring speakers on Mountainfilm’s agenda.  A festival favorite was Dan Buettner, a record-setting endurance biker, author and explorer.

Dan Buettner

Dan wanted to understand why certain people in particular areas of the world lived longer, healthier and happier lives, so he traveled across the planet to get answers. The result is his best-selling book, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, which examines how people live and how lifestyle affects lifespan.

Here’s a bit of what Dan has learned about happiness through his travels and research:

If you want to be happier, get outdoors.

Access to nature is clearly associated with higher levels of happiness, lower BMI and even better eyesight. As a species, we spent 99 percent of our existence outdoors. That gives us an evolutionary clue for what we ought to be doing.

“Getting outdoors” doesn’t have to mean scaling a mountain or running a marathon.

I can tell you with near certainty that regular, low-intensity physical activity is much better for you than beating your body while engaging in ultra-endurance activities. Joints give out, cartilage erodes, we get injured. Experience something extreme, and then learn to like hiking. You’ll be happier and healthier in the long run.

If we want to lessen our environmental footprint and live healthier lives, we’ve got to step away from the gas tank.

If we tax the heck out of gasoline we’ll drive less, produce less carbon, walk more, bike more, get outside more and nearly eliminate the obesity epidemic.

As an outdoors brand, we’d have to agree with Dan — getting outdoors makes us pretty happy!  We’re proud to have been a sponsor of this year’s Mountainfilm in Telluride Festival, and grateful for the opportunity to meet incredible people like Dan while we were there.  To learn more about Timberland’s support of Mountainfilm, please visit our Festivals page.