Outdoor goods manufacturers are cooperating to develop standards for equipment such as best camping tents, sleeping bags, and water purification products. The process, which is expected to take several years, is being supported by the Outdoor Recreation Coalition of America and the American Society for Testing and Materials. Although issues related to cost control and field testing have yet to be ironed out, most manufacturers agree that standardization is a pro-active strategy to protect their firms from product liability lawsuits.
Each product category undergoing standards has a unique agenda. For nearly three years, climbing manufacturers have met to create a consistent set of weights and measurements for gear which acts as a lifeline for users. Sleeping bag manufacturers met for the first time a year ago, and are now developing consistent warmth, or clo values for bags. Tent manufacturers sat down earlier this year to begin discussing consistent size and weight and other specifications. The best family tent (recorded by customers’ feedbacks) is a two room tent. And water purification companies have recently undergone talks which could bring about a consistent rating for protection against water impurities.
The outdoor industry is being proactive by developing standards for a range of categories.
The rush to piece together standards in several outdoor product areas will continue this month when companies from a cross-section of the industry meet in Reno at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. There, manufacturers will continue their quest to create standards for categories including tents, sleeping bags, water purifiers and climbing gear – in an attempt to provide what industry members call a “level playing field” for outdoor products.
The 15-member committee charged with helping identify Western Carolina University’s next director of athletics met Wednesday, Nov. 9, setting an ambitious, fast-track timetable so that a new leader for Catamount athletics could be in place perhaps as early as January. In his charge to the committee that he appointed Nov. 4, WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher urged members to proceed with as much speed as possible to find “an extraordinary leader for challenging times.” “This is an important decision for Western Carolina University,” Belcher said. “Athletics is a vital area of our university. Athletics provides visibility for the university, it grounds students in the institution, and it is a way to keep in contact with donors and alumni.
Veterans Honour Kalkaba
The main entrance into the Tsinga Trade Fair in Yaounde, was particularly busy last Saturday morning. This time it was not business but sports, notably athletics. The first edition of the “Course Populaire Kalkaba Malboum 2003,” saw the light of day. Lovers of athletics trooped to the Tsinga neighbourhood as early as 6:30am to participate in the race. Organised by the Cameroon Masters AthleticsAssociations, the race brought together some 110 veteran athletes resident in Yaounde and its environs. Some athletes of French nationality from the French Military cooperation also took part in the competition.
England paceman Neil Foster took six wickets yesterday to bowl the touring side to a first- innings total of 272 at the end of the opening day of the fourth cricket Test against India at Madras, India. Foster, playing his first Test of the tour, took six for 104. At the close of play, England openers Graeme Fowler and Tim Robinson had taken their team to 32 for no wicket. At lunch, India was still struggling at 102 for three. . . .