Rock Forming Minerals

Put together a little clip of riding and some Oregon scenery. Been a while. Self shot, edited and my riding and drumming on the music. You can hear some of what music I’ve been playing lately. Been playing with a great guy Brian Boudler in a 2 piece band called Rock Forming Minerals. All free form, all songs are off the cuff and are different each time we play them.  He plays a Turkish guitar called a Saz which is super unique.

You can check out some of our recordings If you are inclined on Brian’s band camp page here.

Check out the video. Big ups to Guerrilla Gravity for making rocking bikes. Been riding a model called the MegaTrail and it’s truly a one bike quiver!  If you want one or interested, contact me and we can get you onboard.

“A Theory of Human Motivation”

Hey all, its Meg! I totally jived with this video and so I had to share! What gets you up in the morning, what drives you, inspires you and motivates you?! We all share basic human needs that are tied to our biology, our core….go after them… Get Up and Get Out!! This short clip speaks to all of this!

Eqpd Gear in action

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We have been testing the whole eqpd gear product line since fall of last year in every way possible. The Universal Knee Pad in particular has been protecting us not only while we ride bikes but also while we build trails and work in the trades. The utilitarian design is made from bomb proof materials right in Twisp, Washington by our friend, Jonathan Baker. “Baker” as he is affectionately called has had an illustrious design career and is probably most known for his “Baker” lid by Bern Helmets.
Jonathan+Baker+-+founder+and+senior+designer+at+the+shopBaker in his element.(pic courtesy of eqpd gear)
Now that this gear has passed our abuse tests in a variety of conditions with flying colors, we are also officially representatives for the company and will be opening new accounts in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We use the gear every day anyway so its a natural fit and we firmly believe in the mission and ideals of this up and coming brand.
We have been getting some of friends on the gear too and they are STOKED! Check out the pictures here of our good friend Mick Coleman, shredding with the pads on! Mick is also a carpenter as well as a trail building volunteer for The Disciples of Dirt,  so the pads get used on and off the bike.
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Mick sending it while Skye shoots

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Mick getting low (pic by Skye Nacel)

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Mick sending it at Whypass, 20 minutes down the road from the Mocean365 HQ.
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Mick flowing at the BMX track in Cottage Grove, Oregon.
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Skye flowing the hip while Megan shoots the pic.

eqpd makes some AMAZING gear bags that we use every single day. Have one one right next to me as I write this post that is carrying my notebook and food etc. I use them everyday at work as a landscaper as a lunch bag and use them for gear bags for biking and surfing and everything in between. Meg uses them for her nursing bag and another for general transport. They are made by hand right in Washington.

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Mocean365 at the Trans-Cascadia Enduro

What an event! 4 days of riding in the beautiful woods of Oregon surrounded by positive and inspiring people! Check out the videos HUGE THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT HELPED GET ME TO THE EVENT!!!!!

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Guerrilla Gravity Bikes and Mocean365

Super excited to announce we are working with Guerrilla Gravity, a RAD company based in Denver. I am part of their BAMF program which stands for “brand ambassador and motivated free seller”. Spread the love, make mountain biking more awesome you know.
Meg will be saving her pennies to come aboard their new girl specific program too.
They currently make 2 models right in house in Colorado. The one I got is the Mega Trail..a huge shout out tribute to metal icons, MegaDeath! The other is a DH specific bike called the GG. (SHOUT OUT TO GG ALLIN)
The MegaTrail is designed to be good for all mountain trails all the way to bike park slaying and everything in between. So far..it is!
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Big changes for me all at once..27.5 wheels, tubeless, air shocks and Wide bars..wow I’m changing!

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They offer custom geometry too and very customizable parts kits. You can still get the frame in 26″ too for you diehards! They are mostly selling direct at the moment and have their own brick and mortar retail space.

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The bigger wheels have taken me a moment to adjust to after years and years on 26’s but they are very fast and roll very well. Air shocks take some time to setup but the versatility is worth it. Speaking of versatile..this ripper has 4 different travel/geometry modes that you can change with a quick turn of the shock mounting bolts. You can find time your setup around the terrain. This ability is a game changer for me. We use to do this with our Sinister Bikes and it’s such a nice feature. Going pedalling in the backcountry? Put it into Trail Mode. Heading to the bike park? Slap her into Gravity Mode and etc.

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Will be testing and abusing and doing an official test as time goes. So far it has been great! Hit me up if you want to try one out. Go check Guerrilla Gravity out at www.ridegg.com

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The great gift of movement

What a gift! To be able to move your body in so many ways, with your own personal expression based upon your limits.

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This is why my days of exercising are so far behind me. Gone are the days of moving by rote, restricted or distracted by the end results.

To move, to have a practice, to be One with your body. Challenge, create, explore and even better with others! Build rapport, as you work around others body types, strengths and weaknesses, limits.

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Never stop moving either! Instead of creating drudgery and bemoaning the opportunity to move, enjoy the thrill! Anytime you get to move do it. Fuck the time, or what people think, fuck it all, just move man, make it great!

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A wheel in Mocean, stays in Mocean!

The bicycle..ahhh proven more efficient than the most efficient animal on earth in terms of energy expenditure vs output. Less effort required than a fish expends swimming upstream.

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A mountain bike is even a greater gift. Suspension, disc brakes, and a range of gearing that allows you to reach mountain tops or wherever you wanna go. Better yet..it allows you to descend those mountains, trails or whatever or wherever which a thrill better experienced than described.

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The sport of mountain biking has evolved to the point where there are established networks in most areas and it’s growing quickly too! I am lucky enough to often be paid to build trail and it’s hard work yes, nearly as hard as commercial logging but it’s very rewarding! And the trails are evolving to the point where multi levels can ride safely as they see fit.

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The bikes too in turn have evolved and now contain technology at the higher level, that was once the domain of motorcycles. Suspension and braking, gearing and geometry allow no limits to your level of expression. Look no further than the recent Red Bull Rampage where riders ride impossible lines verging on insanity.

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So what are you waiting for??!! Mocean365 can help you get started too or a multitude of other options from coaching to guiding etc. It’s best to learn skills first if you haven’t ridden and a guide or coach can be a great start to maximize your riding time and minimize hospital visits..those will come later when you get stupid and daring! Kidding..sort of. Just a friendly reminder to get out there and make it happen and if you already are, pass it along to someone else and get them involved!

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What is the best “movement”?

We are bombarded these days with people lauding their movement technique as the best.
Crossfit says their “athletes” are the best in the world despite the fact that the average crossfit members are office workers who just happen to be ready to throw down big time after work and vent their frustration of a bad day at the office.
Zumba teachers everywhere say that dancing is the way to bliss while the boot camp instructors teach a legion of desk jockeys how to prepare for…??
Yoga practioners swear that their practice is ancient and the way to develop the breath and the body and is..the way.
Natural movement “gurus” say we should move like our ancestors and crawl around like monkeys because that’s “how we were designed to move”.
The functional science “masters”say every move we do needs to be in perfect alignment with every neuron, nerve,  and muscle firing at the right moment and they have studies to prove that their way is..the best way.
Martial artists say they know the way and it is The Way..
Ido Portal just does what he does and everyone says we all need to just move like that..and call it good. If Ido does it, that must be the way..

Meanwhile there is a guy/gal who wakes up everyday at 4:30 am and like all of us, puts their boots on one at a time. But maybe those  boots are coated in mud and the socks are still wet from the day before. Feet are blistered and scarred as is much of the body but they just deal. The day is begun cold, and usually there is an element of fiddle Fuck to start a frozen engine to get it started before most people have woken up to their Zen alarm to get ready for their tough day at the office..
Maybe he/she gets spends a half hour in the cold getting their super heavy tools

loaded up for the days work, each tool requiring a different skill set.

The hands of this person is very calloused and strong as is most of their body. They are functional and adept at so many elements of life that are truly important.., how to build, create something from nothing, fix, repair, and help others who are helpless, clueless in need, overeducated in words,but illiterate in..action. 

These movers and extremely functional people are the people that make our modern, capitalistic world go round and round.They harvest the material ,food  and supplies needed for us to live our sedentary live…,logging and building, sowing and driving and pounding their bodies so we can stay safe in our urban caves.  They fix the toilets and plumbing, wiring, and structure of our homes and save it from fire when it all goes awry. They make those unpleasantries of life go away..flushing away the reality of our true hunter and gatherer background allowing us to tweet and Twitter to the rhythm of the fart fan.

These people work everyday in danger, maybe a saw blade, tree, or electric wire could quickly end it all and if insurance were an option and it most often isn’t, guess what…They would have to pay for it all out of pocket..

The world of health and fitness meanwhile struggles to find artificial terrain and modalities to try to “build real world fitness” and make us “functional” but sadly, most trainers and fitness gurus and everyone that follows them more than likely just quit if they had to spend a week in their shoes/boots.

The brutal reality of a worker whose sole responsibility is to clear roofs off of massive loads of snow is beyond the capacity of the average person who has spent the majority of their lives in offices.

The fitness industry throws around promises and says that they have the answers, (myself included) and even though I work regularly in the trades..really the fitness industry as a whole is geared towards..helping office workers try and replicate natural and genetic coding, moving “sort of the way we were designed.”

I am not just talking about traditional gyms 
and trainers but a large majority of all movement programs are basically playing pretend from Yoga to Cross fit, Bootcamps, Natural Movement and Functional Training…it’s all kind of a show right? What’s the point of it all of we can’t change a flat tire, pound a nail, cut our own firewood, grow food or hell, even MacGyver our way through a problem?!

Not meant to be cynical, just food for thought. Maybe we should work more on practical skills and truly using our minds the way they were designed. Perhaps intuition should trump fear allowing us to truly develop our natural movement patterns. Maybe self reliance could be a new resolution and lead us to provide new found “fitness” as we provide our own heat source for the winter in the form of firewood..our callouses being a bonus.
Perhaps a new approach to fitness is just ditching it all..The gyms seem so silly really when compared to our natural world of stone, dirt and wood Dont they?

The answers to our “health and fitness” might just be right in front of us  after all. Just ask your grandpa.

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It’s time to get into Mocean!

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Is it time for you to develop a movement practice?(YES!) or maybe to respark your old one?(HELL YES!)

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It’s that time of year again. The stoke is high to make change and to follow through with your New Year Revolution and take charge of your life and get moving and grooving!

Really it’s always a good time and hopefully you read this and roll your eyes and say “dude, I am killing it everyday with my practice thank you very much”!

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That would really make me happy. It’s really important to fuel our mind and body well with everything it’s primal gene’s desire. You know..fresh air, dynamic movement, delicious and non chemically enhanced food and water, creativity,  positive engagement in your community and lots of LOVE!

Ok this was just a check in to make sure. Resume your regular amazing day!!

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Movement Personified

Sometimes you see someone so in the flow that it baffles the mind. Alex Honnold is a rockclimber that prefers to climb without ropes. He does some of the hardest climbs in the world and is constantly setting records. Here is a fun video to try and get an idea of what some mastery of movement might feel like. Amazed to say the least!

Invest in YOU!

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There are lots of people out there that are offering really amazing classes, seminars and courses that could change our lives forever! But in this world of the information overload, they often go overlooked. Its all right here at our finger tips and the reality is most of it really works IF we do the work and of course make the investment. Its the digital age and many of the experts of the world are having to keep things current and go online and offer their expertise to the public.

Despite the modern world being bombarded with technology, we are probably more skeptical than ever of these experts. Back 25 years ago only the most financially successful could get their word out their via TV via informercials. But in this day and age its all changed just like the music industry. Go ahead and download the amazing Gorillaz album(did i just date myself..album??) off of their website. Its the age of SHARING! That doesn’t always mean free but it now means that their is a ton of incredible digitally delivered information!

Want to improve your memory from the best memory expert in the world? Well Jim Kwik has an amazing program that can help. And the amount of free info he offers is amazing!

Want to work on holding your breath and fight your fear of drowning allowing you to be in the water more? Stig Severson helps the best surfers and other water lovers(or anyone who breathes!..) to not only thrive, but survive for less than most of you will spend on a Friday night.

Want to start the business of your dreams and work for yourself? Scott Dinsmore seems to have his shit together and has some amazing resources that are offered WAY CHEAP!

Want to get rid of back pain once and for all? Eric Perlman and Foundation Training can and will help.

Wha’ts the point??!! Well I guess its an exciting time and we really have no excuse to make the most of our time and get off our asses and just do it!!

 

So…LETS DO IT, think i am going sign up for Stig’s course asap!

 

Cheers

 

 

With out Risk there is little reward.

 

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You have it heard it before..probably too many times yet it still might not sink in. What we perceive as putting it on the line can become less and less of a focus in our lives. The quest for comfort, warmth and safety beckons us to take shelter from our fears. What if we get injured or fail or look stupid or lose it all?

Its like choosing a line on boards or bikes. You scope it out and pick your line..through the trees, visualizing not slamming into the trees but gliding between them. The path is not closed and too tight but instead just wide enough to achieve that moment of flow, of bliss.

This carries over into our lives far more than just outdoor recreation or sport. It will hold us back with our relationships, careers, family and the most unfortunate of all, our Dreams! Think back to your earliest memory of bliss and risk. Maybe it was when you learned to ride a bike or maybe when you stood up in front of classmates and recited a paper. Maybe it was a innocent kiss planted on the lips of your object of affection. Or maybe it was mischievous..hopping a train or “borrowing” something for some moments of bliss and returned it unbeknownst to anyone.

The point is, so many many memorable moments in our lives in the past, present or future will be made more memorable by the amount of risk we took to do them. Setting aside our fears and throwing caution to the wind makes us feel alive and really isn’t that we are really trying to do? To feel something in an authentic and organic way unimpeded by anything that may tarnish that..even if just for a fleeting moment whether in the barrel of a wave or in the arms of a lover.

This video is courtesy of our friends over at KorduroyTV captures this feeling beautifully and even has everyones favorite place to escape, Game of Thrones narration thrown in. It creates a spectacular vibe and captures the risk that these men are taking quite perfectly in my opinion. I hope you feel the same. Its 8 minutes though..Do you have that kind of time?

 

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