Vaude Product Review

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Featured image cred to the very talented @Mirtewashere on IG!

“As a modern family-run company and Europe’s environmentally friendly outdoor supplier, VAUDE takes its social and environmental responsibility very seriously. We breathe life into this maxim in all three of our business segments: Mountain Sports, Bike Sports and Packs ‘n Bags”- Vaude.

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My photos are pretty recognisable, that bright blue jacket makes it very hard to blend in but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Vaude have kitted me out for 2 seasons now and I certainly hope the relationship continues for so many reasons. When looking at collaborations I want to work with brands that match my philosophies in life, we have a kindred link for what we stand for. Vaude is just that, a brand with integrity and one that has seen me some extreme conditions, the products continue to impress me. So I wanted to write a quick product review from the “Boe” range which is a permanent collection.

The Boe Jacket

The Boe jacket is now part of my backcountry uniform. The jacket has all the basic principles one would want from a great shell. It’s lightweight and breathable, windproof and waterproof not to mention a strong and durable fabric. The fabric has a certain amount of stretch that makes the jacket like a second skin. It moves with you and allows for full freedom when riding. The hood fits over my helmet so when hiking against the elements, it keeps the heat in and protects my chin and ears!  My only issue with the jacket it’s  “Euro fit”. Snowboarders will know what I mean, the jacket is slim fit and comes up a little short. I always wear 2 sizes bigger to make it a little baggier but I would LOVE another 3 or 4 inches in length, just to cover my peach! One of the most exciting features is the “Green Shape” trademark which means it’s, “function environmentally-friendly products made from sustainable materials. They are manufactured under fair working conditions along the entire supply chain.” Highly recommended product, coming in a variety of irresistible colours! SHOP NOW!

The Boe Pants

The Boe pants are made for women who love to push their limits! Whether you are touring, tearing it up in the powder or simply enjoying a piste shred. Robust and reliable these sallies are awesome. No matter how many falls, tomahawks and general wear and tear the pants came in contact with, they still kept me at the perfect temperature whatever the adventure. They fit perfectly over ski and snowboard boots, they are slightly higher ride as well, which makes them very comfy. Overall the trousers are great, If I could change one thing I would make them more slim fit (still space to go over your boots), this would make them more flattering than the straight up and down style which is terrible for shorties like me! SHOP NOW

Be sure to keep an eye on their website as their AW 17/18 collection will be launching later in the summer.

 

 

 

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“One Of Us”- My Most Inspiring And Empowering Friends

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“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” —Maya Angelou

Today I wanted to share with you, my most inspiring and empowering female friends. These women are next level. Along the way, I have met them, known them and learnt from them and that is what is truly beautiful. These days, it’s so easy to become competitive and see every female as a “threat”, this notion is ridiculous to me. We should cheerlead one another to ensure that no matter where you are at in your life that you recognise an achievement of your fellow women, then you will surely find that you begin to feel empowered and encouraged. Together we are a team, we are queens, total badasses and YOU ARE “ONE OF US”.

First up: Tijn Vuijk

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Tijn is an absolute babe! She has long since been one of my favourite freeride buddies. She has taught me to push myself further, workout harder, eat better and strive to reach my potential. Tijn thinks I am totally crazy and is always there to keep me grounded. I trust her with my life, you get to feel this way when you ride back country with someone you trust, you know they have your back! Right now Tijn is focusing on Yoga, fitness traveling far and wide to ride the most gnarley lines out there! Follow her on Instagram!

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Next Up: Annika Färjh

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I am so glad to know Annika! This season I knew I wanted to find a gal I could ride back-country with, a gal that I could share the amazing experience of freeriding with. Plotting lines, laughing, talking and looking after one another. Although the snow conditions have not yet offered Annika and I the best conditions, I am over the moon she will be killing it in the Freeride World Qualifiers this year! She will be making her debut in Chamonix, a resort she knows well. She rides like a total bad ass and she slays on the daily. This season will be epic as we get to share it together! Follow her on Instagram!12961548_10156782897265057_6139346731874128925_n

Marte Tveten

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Marte has been a pal of mine for a few years now and I am so glad to know her. She has been a really generous and all round top gal to have around. I have competed with her a few times and every time I was so impressed. Marte has such a wonderful attitude to life and to riding; relaxed, happy and ready for any feature that comes her way. Marte goes big every time and to me, she nails it! I can’t wait to hang with her in Verbier, absorb some of her good vibes and ride as hard as we can! Follow her on Instagram

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Kjersti Buaas

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Now Kjersti, although I have not had the pleasure to know her in person, she is someone I look up too. For years I have followed her snowboarding journey from freestyle to freeride and everything in between. She is killing it at life. Kjersti oozes positivity and good vibes, even through the medium of social media, I love reading about her outlook on life and how she rides day to day. Kjersti is another cheerleader for women and I love to see that, if she inspired me, she will surely be inspiring others to feel empowered through snowsports! So Kjersti, I hope for a day when we can shred together and if only a smidge of your awesomeness rubs off on my, I will be one happy snowboarder! Follow her on Instagram

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Alexa Hohenberg

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Alexa is so cool! Alexa started one of the best blogs I know, “Still Stoked”. The message behind the blog is incredible, sharing stories, talking to amazing women in the extreme sports industry and spreading the love. Alexa is a sick rider and I can’t wait to shred with her, maybe this season if I can get the pennies together.Alexa was the one who published the article that lead to one of my best performing posts about women just being wonderful and not feeling the need to show flesh for followers. Ladies, you don’t need to do anything you don’t want to do, be awesome, be you and ride wherever your heart takes you! Follow her on Instagram.

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Last but certainly not least- Mirte van Dijk

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Mirte!- What a gal, she is killing it. Mirte is the editor in chief of Taste Magazine which is a gnarly awesome snowboard publication. Mirte is also the sickest content producer, she has a real eye for photography. Mirte is a kind hearted and lovely person to be around, when I met her in Verbier a few years ago, I felt instantly at ease in her company, I guess that’s is a natural side effect of hanging around with someone who is the definition of chill!  Follow her on Instagram. 

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So there you have it! Enjoy, let me know what you think in the comment section below, let me know who your favorite female rider is and why? Who inspires you the most? Share and spread the love!

Peace ❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄

The Blog Awards

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Hello Wonderful People,

 

Long time no speak, So sorry for sucking with the blog as of late. I know I have been absolutely useless with letting you know what I am up too and talking though the issues of the world!

Not to worry as I am totally back on it, I have some blogs stock piled and ready to go in the run up to Christmas. But until then, I need your help! My blog has been selected to be shortlisted for the Trespass Blog Awards! All you have today, is head online, following the link  http://www.trespass.com/blog-awards-nominations.

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Stay tuned for tomorrow and I will be bringing you an update on filming and being back in the mountains.

Until then, Follow that link and VOTE FOR ME!

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#ThrowBackThursday To The International Freeski Film Festival London #if3London

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#if3London last Thursday night was EPIC! Capital letters are an absolute must when describing this event as totally rocked my damn world.

You probably won’t be surprised when you hear me say, you literally couldn’t pay me to live in London, I enjoy stopping by for events and meetings but any longer than 3 days, I hate the place. Too crowded, no sense of community and it’s simply not like home in the Mountains. But last thursday, London felt like home- It felt like an Apres Ski bar at The Grand Clapham and every person in that building felt like a seasonnaire pal.

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Subzero events did an incredible job of organising the night, it went off like clock work. The atmosphere was electric, literally winter vibes left right and centre.

I was of course running the social media for @Fatmap, the sponsors of the evening which meant I got to chat to all the athletes and filmers, so as you can imagine, I was beaming from ear to ear!

Who did we have and what did I think?

“Backyards” by PVS Company

Presented on stage by athletes Sam Favret, Fabian Bodet, Julien Herry and film makers Alex Blaise, Maxime Moulin, Niels St Viteux, Theo Delarche, Fred Rousseau, Mat Bourgeois, Jr Ceron, David Lacote & Pauline Beauchamps

  • Amazing. The scenery was incredible, seeing everything that France has to offer. Big sends and even bigger lines! Backyards was inspiring too, a really strong movie showing the trials and tribulations of offpiste life. It was sooooo good.
  • Check it out here

 

“Enjoy the Ride” by Perspective Studios

Presented on stage by Director Ross Welch and athletes Callum Welch & Elia Mitalas

  • This edit was brilliant as it showcased some British talent. The lads are crazy and had a fun and outgoing attitude to match. This was the first edit shown and was an excellent way to kick off the evening! I loved meeting them after and having a little chat. They have some big things in store this winter too.
  • Check it out here

“Liberarsi” by Every Damn Weekend

Presented on stage by athletes Luca Zattoni & Francesco Salamone

  • Every Damn Weekend was awesome. Luca and Franci represented for Fatmap in a big way. Showing how effectively the app works and how it helped shape their lines. Plus everyone in the room absolutely loved the switch from Italian city life to extreme backcountry antics! They filmed in Cervinia/Zermatt too which obviously make me nearly faint with excitement.
  • Check it out here

 

 “Characters on Skis’ by Midiafilm

Presented on stage by Neil David Williman & Felix Wiemers

  • OH Sweet Lord! Characters on Skis was a powder overload. If you didn’t already feel like the mountains were calling then this edit will surely have thrown you over the edge. Felix and Neil took up deep into the backcountry here in Europe and Japan, chasing the snow wherever they could find it. This was winter goals for sure!
  • Check it out here

 

“Domestic Playground” by Next Generation Media

Presented on stage by Ola Kjos Sollie Emil Skjeslien Larsen Jens Erik Stokke Herman Ørstenvik Fjøss & Steffen Rosén Olsen

  • The Norwegian lads were a massive hit in the hall. The lads were clearly over the moon to showcase their film in London and it’s easy to see why. No one does urban riding like the scandi’s and this edit was a perfect example of how to turn an area into a sick ride. Filmed in Norway, by Norwegians, I think everyone was checking prices to Oslo for this season. They did some crazy ass stuff and I loved it. Plus they were hella cute! 😉 You guys know I am a sucker for a viking.
  • Check it out here

I have included the hyperlinks to all their websites and to the trailers so be sure to check them out!

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The Telegraph Ski And Snowboard Show Is Coming Soon! Ticket Link

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Hey guys,

I am so excited for the Telegraph Ski and Snowboard Show this year. It’s already set up to be the best yet; with incredible brands, great entertainment and very very wintery vibes. I will be there with a few of my favoruite brands, find me hanging out with Snooks wear and with the team at Fatmap. 

So what is the Telegraph Ski And Snowboard Show all about:

“Since its conception, 43 years ago, The Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show has stood as thepinnacle winter-sports event in the UK. From it’s beginnings in London’s Olympia it has grown into an alpine festival bringing over 200 snow-sports brands, industry experts, professional athletes, entertainment and thousands of enthusiasts together for an annual celebration of winter-sports.

As part of the UK’s largest snow-sports portfolio, The Telegraph Ski & Snowboard Show is uniquely placed to bring brands & resorts face-to-face with a quality audience. Our visitors are avid snow sports consumers who take multiple ski and snowboard holidays each season with 38% describing themselves as experts. The show has become the event to launch their season, with visitors seeking to try new products and plan holidays.

This year the show will take place during October Half Term within London’s stunning Battersea Park. New features for families will be on offer, as well as appearances from pro-riders, the Altitude Comedy Tent. authentic alpine food and drink and our dedicated mountain restaurant.”

Dates: 27 – 30 October 2016
Venue: Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London
Website: www.skiandsnowboard.co.uk/london

GET YOUR TICKETS HERE: www.eventbrite.co.uk/r/angelicasykesuk

SIMPLY TYPE IN: the-telegraph-ski-snowboard-show-

 

Join me and see ya there. . . . .

Ready For The Winter

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Right, that’s it, I’m done, I’m out. I want to send an automated response email out to life that reads simply, “Gone Snowboarding- Expect delayed response, but don’t get your hopes up, see ya PEACE.”

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I am so tired. I thought I would be totally fine working without a day off for 7/8 Months but it’s officially hit me. It will all slow down in October as I finish helping my parents out at their business and I will just be working with the charity and a few other social media jobs which I will say I LOVE. I am not for one second suggesting I don’t want to be doing what I’m doing, I am so lucky so work with some amazing brands helping with them get their message out to the world and I am so stoked to keep working with them until the cows come home.

BUT

I am hearing that call of the mountains. It’s literally all I hear day in day out. The other day- This is the most bitch ass story every- I saw a really cool photo of the Matterhorn and I CRIED LIKE A LITTLE BABY! Not one sorry trickle down my check while listening to cold play “Fix You”, nah, it was full blown tears.

 

Being home has taught me so much about myself, I have not spent this much time in the UK since I was 17 and that was 7 years ago. I am driving my parents mad but I have loved being with them, they are legit awesome people. I am also so grateful for finding the jobs I did, I didn’t have to work in a dead end job I hate for the summer, I have done something I love but I am ready for my next adventure.

 

That’s all really, all I wanted to say. The countdown is on, this weekend in Germany with my gal Kate Brady, then to Malawi with @LoveSupportUnite and then chilling at the ski and snowboard show with my pals at @snookswear and @fatmap.

 

Will be snap chatting the heck out of the beautiful cities on Bonn and Cologne this weekend and getting massively snap happy in Malawi so follow me on Instagram and Snapchat!

 

A walk into the UnKnown

IT IS ALWAYS WORTH IT

Fatmap Introduce Their Summer Map Program.

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Hey All,

Good news for all you mountain lovers out there. You don’t need to wait until winter to get your adrenaline filled mountain adventures.

Fatmap has now introduced it’s “Summer Maps”! It’s really exciting for hikers and MTBers alike. Providing you with the same bespoke, detailed and easy to use interactive maps but with a much more green back drop!

This is what Fatmap had to say about it:

FATMAP SUMMER: WHAT’S NEW?

Download BETA versions of our new summer maps before our major release in 2017, here’s what you can experience on the hill…

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STUNNING 3D MAPS WITH SUMMER IMAGERY

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HIKING, BIKING AND MOUNTAINEERING ROUTES CONTRIBUTED BY OUR COMMUNITY OF MOUNTAIN PROFESSIONALS

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ACCESS DETAILED TERRAIN INTELLIGENCE FOR EVERY INCH OF THE MOUNTAIN

ON FOOT

GO OFF THE BEATEN TRACK  WITH 3D HIKING MAPS

  • Access detailed information on hiking routes in each area
  • Check altitude and gradient to plan new and challenging routes
  • BETA: Track and share your progress to get feedback on your adventures

ON BIKE

FIND THE PERFECT DOWNHILL OR CROSS-COUNTRY TRAIL WITH 3D MOUNTAIN BIKE MAPS

  • Discover the major downhill and cross-country tracks with detailed route descriptions
  • Identify risks along the trail with terrain intelligence
  • BETA: Record your sessions to check top speed, max gradient and total vertical

 

Check out this edit as a little preview of how it works!

Progress. . . The F word doesn’t scare me anymore. It has a new meaning. . . Fitness.

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Athlete, What does it mean. “WHO AM I. . .I DON’T KNOW”. -Insert Zoolander-

It is a question I have pondered many times before. I always felt a little wince inside me whenever I refereed to myself as such, not truly believing that I was one. Not only that but thinking people would look at me and not believe it. That was why I wrote those articles back in November when I had a run in with 2 people who said I was “too fat” to be an athlete.

But anyway, I wrote that article, you know the one, if not scroll down to older posts “The F word” so empower myself and others. We need to strive for overall health and vitality and not an idea of skinny or some kind of body goal. This message is all encompassing for people who are physically fit and are damn proud of a high level of fitness but people pick holes in their body shape.

Well I feel like I can finally say I am past ALL OF IT. Call me fat or don’t. I mean those who do, will get one of my famous scowls and a speech about how they perhaps need to look internally to understand what drives them to comment on superficial things like body shape but even if people say what an awesome body I have, thanks but I am not sure I need you to say it anymore.

Yes I have lost a lot of weight recently, not deliberately but through vegan eating and a new workout routine, I have just become more toned and everything is becoming that little bit, shall we say- tighter. I am stoked of course, not because I wanted to loose weight so badly but because I am striving for better health. I feel so light on my feet at the moment and the world has become such a bright place, “Oh pipe down you hippie lefty”- right? People normally tell vegans to pipe down when we start to talk about this kind of thing but you are reading this because you are interested?- well vegan eating cleared my achy totally!- it has helped me create new muscle definition, I feel generally calmer, mood swings are non existent and I feel so strong and genuinely POWERFUL.

With the continuation of my yoga practice, meditation and a state of mindfulness, paired with the clean eating (well most of the time) and little to no alcohol has lead me to a place of bliss.

What I am ready for now is to hopefully inspire others to become self aware, mindful and peaceful from within. I am also ready to smash my up coming projects. I am heading to Lake Garda in just a few days, after that I have the volunteer trip to Malawi, then the Ski show and finally winter begins. All is well.

Join me on my journey and follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Add me on snapchat too: Angelicasykes

Freeride World Tour Calendar Announced! A celebration of 2 fallen athletes.

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OH IT’S ON! BIG TIME!

The calendar is out, it has been unveiled and now the athletes can big their rigorous training regime to ensure they can pip the others to the post and WIN the champions freeride comp.

This year, more so than ever, the FWT team should use every comp stop as a chance to celebrate the lives of the 2 incredible riders that we lost this year, Estelle Balet and Matilda Rapaport. The Freeride World Tour and the Freeride World Qualifiers- that I am a part of are, in their essence, an insanely awesome competition series to be a part of. There is, generally speaking, a lot of LOVE, FRIENDSHIP and GENUINE SUPPORT AND HAPPINESS FOR THE SUCCESS OF OTHER PARTICIPANTS. That is another reason why the freeride world is separate to that of the freestyle. The vibes are great and seen as we a small but buzzing industry, we are about the celebration of this progressive and demanding sport which is FREEride. Estelle and Matilda would want everyone in the FWT and FWQ to continue, with a sense of mindfulness and a new understanding for the elements. These ladies were pioneers and continued to push females in the sport, even to their last days. That is why, this year, let us rejoice that we ever had the honor, the pleasure and the experience of having met or ridden with this incredible women.

So the set up is as followers:

HAMONIX-MONT-BLANC, FRANCE
28.01.2017

VALLNORD-ARCALÍS, ANDORRA
11.02.2017

FIEBERBRUNN, AUSTRIA04.03.2017

HAINES, ALASKA, USA17.03.2017

VERBIER, SWITZERLAND01.04.2017

Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get the updates when they come in! Then when the dates come along, as I can assure you they will quickly, the summer is already escaping us which is crazzaaayyyyy! before we know it, we will be tuning in to watch the FWT athletes show the world why they are some of the most ore inspiring athletes in the world.

https://www.instagram.com/freerideworldtour/

https://www.facebook.com/FreerideWorldTour

https://twitter.com/FreerideWTour

https://www.youtube.com/user/FreerideWorldTourTV

 

Breuil Cervinia, a Skiers Paradise

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BIG ANNOUNCEMENT, BIG SURPRISE, SOMETHING I HAVE NEVER EVER MENTIONED BEFORE- SECRET SHARING TIME. . . . . . .

I LOVE CERVINIA! IT’S MY FAVORITE RESORT IN THE WORLD. Finally I can get that off my chest.

Oh wait, You already knew that? I’ve said it before on like every blog post I have ever made? Oh. Right. Well when you feel love like this, you just cant stay quiet about it, you must shout about it from the roof tops or mountain tops. . . . .  oh man, I need to get myself a boyfriend haha! 

Any who!-Thought I would share this little video from the “LoveVDA” YouTube Channel.

If you wish to know everything there is to know about this most inspiring and majestic of mountain towns, head to my blog page dedicated to the resort: https://angelicasykesuk.wordpress.com/cervinia/

I have written a little paragraph on all the topics you would need to know as a Seaonnaire, a tourist and beyond. Lift Pass types, bars, restaurants, freeride and slopes, plus much more, you can find it all out here!

In the mean time enjoy. . . . .