Monday, January 22, 2007
The Ray Way
To fans of Ray Jardine, the man needs no introduction. Using his slogan, "The Ray Way," Jardine is famous for his ultra-light hiking and backpacking gear. Climbers might know him as the inventor of the Friend, a well-known climbing device. But those who don't follow Jardine beyond his gear offerings and his inventions might not know that he has an insatiable thirst for adventure. Among Jardine's list of trips and adventures (at www.rayjardine.com/adventures/chronologies.shtml): hang-gliding off El Capitan in Yosemite, 1978; sailing around the world, 1982-'85; hiking Pacific Coast Trail (1987, '91), Continental Divide Trail ('92), Appalachian Trail ('93); kayaking 3,000 miles in the Arctic, 1988; and rowing across the Atlantic Ocean, 3,003 miles in 53 days, 2002. And that's just a sample of how this guy spends his time. A native of Colorado Springs, Jardine and his wife Jenny just completed a ski trip...to the South Pole. They are thought to be the first American couple to do so, skiing 58 days, 10.5 hours a day, in temperatures that hovered around -10 F. at night (without any wind.) Their blog, www.rayjardine.com, chronicles their latest adventure. Ray and Jenny parted ways at the South Pole, and Ray went on with another group to climb Mount Vinson. True Ray fans will want to know: how did Ray and Jenny stay warm at night? Underneath one of Ray's trademark quilts, of course; one they call the Greenland (named for another chilly adventure).