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first_imgFrom February 22 to December 29 of 2016, 23-year-old Crozet, Va., native and recent Princeton University graduate Adam Geilker did something rather astounding: Setting out from the peak of Hightop Mountain in the Shenandoah National Park at high noon, he headed northward on the Appalachian Trail, hiking first to its terminus at Katahdin in Maine, then to the southern terminus at Springer Mountain in Georgia, whereupon he turned around and hoofed it right on back to Hightop. All told, the walk totaled over 4,400 miles—over 1,000 of which were completed barefoot.“I carried my own pack every step of the way and never slack-packed,” says Geilker. “I didn’t mail myself food or care packages, but hiked or hitched into town for resupply. And I didn’t use paid shuttles—although that was based more on frugality than any kind of purist principles.”His gear was also simple and self-reliant. It included a homemade wooden backpack; 10-inch bowie knife constructed from an iron railway spike and deer antler; self-welded hiking poles, trowel, and frying pan; knee-high pair of muck boots followed by shoeless-ness then 3D-printed sandals; military surplus body-bag as bivy sack; and a self-sewn tunic. Taken collectively, the setup weighed around 70 pounds. His do-it-yourself approach earned Geilker his trail name: “Handmade.”“I made the backpack prior to freshman fall orientation at Princeton,” says Geilker. “The college does this big, kind of iconic hiking trip every year. I didn’t want to be the guy carrying his dad’s old hand-me-down pack from the 70s, so I decided to make my own.”Geilker was pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering, and he “worked maniacally for something like 80 hours” to construct a custom external-framed backpack. First, he harvested with an axe a 6-inch diameter white oak for the frame, which he subsequently split, ran through a planer, and shaped with a jigsaw, drawknife, carving knife, and rasp into two uprights. Using the remaining chunks from the log, he fashioned cross-braces which, like an antique chair, were connected to the frame by means of mortise and tenon joints. For the pack, he used an old denim jacket reinforced with leather. Straps were made of recycled U.S. Army webbing, with buckles gleaned from old laptop bags and throwaway backpacks. While the unit weighed 10 pounds empty, aesthetically it looked more like an artifact from a Kerouac novel than a garage project pulled off on the cheap.However, Geilker’s intentions for the pack wound up unfulfilled. “The weekend of the camping trip it rained and they canceled the event,” he said. “But when I graduated and decided to hike the A.T., carrying the pack seemed appropriate—like a full-circle gesture connecting everything together.”He saw his A.T. hike as a one-time post-college rite of passage. “There’s this saying on the trail that goes, ‘Hike your own hike,’” he said. “When I was setting out to do this, I really took that seriously. I wasn’t—and still am not—planning on doing another thru-hike like this one, so, if I was going to do it this one time, I wanted to approach it in a way that was uniquely my own.”As you can imagine, in a realm dominated by hikers equipped with the latest most ultra-lightweight technologically advanced gear available, Geilker drew quite a bit of attention.“I met him on a stretch of trail outside of Hanover in New Hampshire,” said Sean Cardle, who was working on completing his own NOBO thru-hike at the time. “He had dirty blond hair, blue eyes, a wispy beard and was wearing this strange one-piece tunic that looked a bit like Peter Pan’s outfit, only brown.” Additionally, Geilker had on flip-flops and was carrying a full-sized axe. He looked pretty eccentric.”Geilker was using the axe to clear a section of trail littered with blowdowns. “He was cutting through thigh- and torso-sized trees by hand with an axe,” Cardle recalled.“I counted between 175 and 200 blowdowns over the course of a 75-mile segment of trail, which took about eight 16-hour days to cut through by hand,” Geilker explained. “I couldn’t stand to see a trail looking like that, so I did something about it.”Geilker tends to maintain a kind of no-nonsense pragmatism about his double thru-hike, describing the trip as more akin to a lengthy vacation than any sort of find-thyself self-discovery mission. “I set out from Crozet and hiked to the trail because, as an environmentalist, I couldn’t bear the thought of hitching a bus, plane, or train ride 1,300 miles to either end of the trail.”And yet, considering a trek that had him hiking through two winters and thousands of miles of mountains, Geilker doesn’t shy away from pointing out the philosophical virtues of spending that much time on the trail. “Our post-industrial society is somewhat alienating to the individual for two reasons. First, if you were to suddenly disappear, in many respects you’d just be replaced, which makes it feel like society doesn’t need you. Second, the basic necessities of life are so readily accessible that obtaining them sometimes fails to afford satisfaction. In other words, society can alienate you by giving the impression that it doesn’t need you and that you don’t even need yourself,” he mused. “But on the trail, I need food, water, and shelter—and other people—far more immediately than I do in typical day-to-day suburban existence. Not only do I appreciate these basic necessities far more on the trail, but I can appreciate my own agency in getting them. Fundamentally, I need me far more on the trail—my judgment and my physical ability constantly and directly translate into fulfillment of my needs, and are measured by my daily successes or shortcomings as a hiker. This sense of needing yourself and having greater agency is healthy, deeply satisfying, and serves as a kind of antidote to our day-to-day suburban existence.”Ultimately, while he confided the trek sometimes felt like a major indulgence, Geilker says he’s happy with what he accomplished and is confident that the experience will inform his life in a myriad of positive ways. “I’m not just a hiker,” he said. “I’ll take the tremendous personal capability I’ve shown on the trail and apply it to bigger, more significant situations throughout the rest of my life.”OESH SANDALSThree-thousand of Adam Geilker’s 4,400 A.T. miles were walked in two pairs of newly designed, 3-D printed OESH sandals he glowingly described as “the best shoes I’ve ever owned.” Geilker wore a pair of Athena Bubblegums—which are pink—for 1,000 miles and then a pair of black Artemis Obsidians for 2,000 miles.Developed through grant funding provided by the National Science Foundation, the sandals are the product of Dr. Casey Kerrigan’s obsession with human movement. A Harvard Medical School grad, Kerrigan published many scholarly papers based upon her research. “Eventually, I got fed up with the shoe industry continuing to make unhealthy shoes and decided we should make our own.”In 2010, Kerrigan left her job at the University of Virginia, where she’d become the first woman tenured professor to serve as the chair of the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation. The name OESH was a pun suggested by a friend whom, upon considering Kerrigan’s research and what it would mean for women’s footwear, said the M.D. was going to turn around and twist the s-h-o-e industry inside out. This spring will be the first time the company markets its new line of 3D printed sandals.“We make the sandals on demand, and we’re piloting for local customers who can come into the factory for assessment,” said Kerrigan. “We’ll take your measurements and assess your biomechanics, and design sandals specific for your body.”last_img read more

first_imgAuthor, presenter and social media influencer, Lisa Cox, talks about her home. Photo: Claudia Baxter.LISA Cox is an author, freelance writer, speaker and disability advocate who lives in Hamilton, Brisbane, with her husband, Ren. Lisa is committed to promoting media diversity by fusing her professional background with acquired disabilities, which stem from having a brain haemorrhage at the age of 24. 1. Where do you live and why?I bought a two-bedroom apartment at Portside in Hamilton roughly seven years ago. It was never essential that I lived in Hamilton, but independent accessibility to nearby venues was key and Hamilton just happened to fit the bill perfectly. Because I don’t drive and require wheelchair accessible settings, being able to go to the gym/shops/meetings independently was paramount. Proximity to the city was also important. Firstly, because my husband works there and secondly, because I often require that people travel to me, so wanted to stay fairly central. 2. What is the best thing about your suburb?There are big changes happening around us over the next several years. New apartments and road upgrades can mean parts of Hamilton are a construction site, but I prefer to think of all the extra facilities that are on the way, such as a public swimming pool. Even though we’re so close to the city and in a bustling precinct, we never feel ‘çlosed-in’ and frequently enjoy getting out to nearby green spaces or walks by the river.Being close to the airport also helps when I have to travel for work.3. What do you love about your home?The location. I’m surrounded by lots of great locals and venues when I go outside each day, but it’s also a quiet and relaxing sanctuary for my husband and I once we close the front door.4. What would you change about your home? More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoAccess. Unfortunately, the apartment block was built before I moved in, so wheelchair access isn’t great in all areas (like the pool).5. Describe your dream home and location in Queensland?Family is in Brisbane so we’d stay here! Because there’s only two of us, my dream place would be another apartment in the same area, but with modifications for better wheelchair access throughout. A sprawling acreage in the middle of nowhere would be my worst nightmare because of the isolation — no matter how good the views were. 6. If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home anywhere in the world and where? A penthouse with a built-in pool and gym in Manhattan, New York.7. What was the best piece of property advice you were give? Or what was the biggest lesson you learned?The best piece of advice I was given was that when buying property as an investment, find somewhere near public transport. Consider what a tenant would love, not just what appeals to you. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is to never assume that because a building meets ‘Australian Standards’ (for disability access) that it will work for every disabled person. We’re all different, as are our specific needs. Have more than a single inspection written into the contract before building is complete.last_img read more

Searching for peace around campus

September 17, 2020 | tqujrlgr | No Comments

first_imgIt’s been very difficult to escape the noise around campus. Although I am a fifth-year senior, I still live on Fahrenbrook; and like most residents of the sophomore-central area, I awaken every morning at 7 a.m. to the sounds of large trucks and construction. Though I have gotten used to the early wake-up call, I still have problems sleeping through sweet drunken anthems of “Living on a Prayer” and kegs being tossed off balconies. There has been little time for peace and solitude. I used to enjoy studying by myself at the Terrace. But recently, other students with similar motives have overtaken the union. I also used to find serenity by walking around campus. But construction has once again made a simple walk very difficult for me to be alone in my thoughts.As a former University of Wisconsin swimmer, I decided to try and find new sports that may provide a peaceful atmosphere. This summer I tried golf. However, my swing is so weak I need a partner to help me find the ball. I even attempted to play tennis by myself with a wall. Please, playing tennis with a wall in the hot humid air of the South isn’t a former athlete’s idea of fun. It was just as exciting as watching last night’s Emmy’s.I guess the one sport that I do miss that provides an ample moment of peace is swimming. Swimming was the perfect sport for me. I never worked up a sweat and got a great workout. It was the only time in my busy day that I could be myself, face down, staring at the bottom of the pool for five hours a day. Yes, 40 other swimmers surrounded me, but it is difficult to communicate underwater.Swimming is a great sport and like most non-revenue sports in the United States it is much under appreciated. Although American swimmers have dominated the sport since the mid-’80s, football, basketball, baseball, hockey and, now, poker have overshadowed it. More Americans participate in swimming than any other sport, yet you’ll usually only see about one competition a year on television. And according to a large amount of foreigners, swimming is the most popular sport to watch in most developed countries. We all know soccer is huge in Europe, but could you imagine 50,000 spectators crowding the stands to watch a swim meet?I miss swimming and I still give swimmers respect. High school and college swimmers wake up every morning at 5:30 to attend a two-hour swim practice, followed by another two and a half hour swim practice every afternoon. Practices are even held on weekends.It is an exhausting schedule, but any athlete would dedicate long hours for perfection. Although athletes spent countless hours training, we seem to only be interested in the dominant sports that make money. Don’t get me wrong, I love football and basketball, but it is often refreshing to watch a soccer or softball game. 84,000 fans can crowd Camp Randall, but why can’t 84 fans watch a swim meet? Two weeks ago, the UW soccer team traveled to Portland to play in the Nike Invitational. 3,000 Pilot faithful were in attendance to witness the match. However, last Saturday, when the Badgers hosted UW-Milwaukee, an approximate 300 authentic fans cheered on the schools. As much dedication as these athletes posses to their sports, we should show them more respect. It’s a shame that we only desire to attend football, basketball and hockey games. Non-revenue sports are just as entertaining as any other sport and most of them here at the UW are among some of the finest in the nation.Since I have been enrolled at Wisconsin, UW head swim coach Eric Hansen and his elite team of coaches have produced one world record holder, one Olympic gold medalist, two Olympians, two national champions and a plethora of Big Ten champions and All-Americans.And that is just the swim team. Head men’s cross country coach Jerry Schumacher in his tenure at Wisconsin has produced one NCAA champion, multiple Big Ten champions and has lead his runners to six-straight Big Ten titles. Not to shabby. Non-revenue sports don’t receive the media attention they deserve, but that matters little. They get respect from Barry Alvarez and the athletic department, which is appreciated. The only thing the teams want now is some respect from the student population.Most non-rev events are held off campus. Swimming and diving meets are contested at the Nat, soccer and track and field competitions are held at the McClimon Soccer Complex, golf is at the University Ridge, softball is played at the Goodman Softball Diamond, tennis matches are at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium and wrestling meets are at the Field House. It’s a far walk to get to most of these facilities, but your attendance will be appreciated. If you need one last motivation to attend a non-revenue sporting event, swimming and diving are the only sports on campus where you get to watch athletes compete in their swimsuits. And did I mention their bodies are also chiseled to perfection? So please show them some love.last_img read more

first_imgMembers of the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) Biotech Working Group discussed how farmers can better engage with consumers  and also met with Dow Agro Sciences CEO Tim Hassinger and several members of the Dow team.Members of the American Soybean Association’s (ASA) Biotech Working Group met in Indianapolis this week to discuss issues facing the industry.Participants included industry representatives and grower leaders from ASA, United Soybean Board (USB) and the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC).Featured speaker, Dan Nowicki of the JM Smucker Company, engaged the group in a discussion on post-Vermont reformulation in the U.S. food industry. Nowicki stressed the importance of consumer engagement from all sectors involved in food production, stating that farmer involvement is critical. Participants also heard updates on the U.S. Biotech Crops Alliance, International Soy Grower Alliance and the status of technology in both the European Union (EU) and China.While in Indiana, grower members also met with Dow Agro Sciences CEO Tim Hassinger and several members of the Dow team.The Biotech Working Group is a confidential forum for technology providers and soybean growers to discuss the issues facing the biotechnology industry. The forum also provides industry members the opportunity for one-on-one consultations with grower leaders from ASA, USB and USSEC to discuss issues and technologies related to their organization and develop action plans specific to those technologies.last_img read more