UPDATE: Rocket Man CANCELS effort to make a lot noise, disturb a wilderness environment and put people at risk.

Yves Rossy, The Jet Man

Have fun. Leave No Trace.



So this guy who flies around on a jetpack is going to conduct his latest stunt over the Grand Canyon today. Or try to anyway, as the FAA and the National Park Service is working to block his efforts. As of this morning, he is still not approved for take off.

I remember reading about him when he did some similar stuff in Europe. His plan is to land safely on the canyon floor, after being dropped from a plane and firing up his winged, jet fueled backpack.

What happens if he crashes? Who has to spend time and money rescuing him? The already over-worked park rangers? He is working in conjunction with the Hualapai Tribe, so maybe they’re ready to help him. And what about when he lands safely, what then? I assume there will be a big party of folks down there to meet him, shake his hand and wave for the helicopter to come down and haul him out of the ditch. Terrific. I hope it all goes well. Eyeroll.

Gear Up: Vedavoo’s interchangeable packs seem right for every occasion.

The Boston area isn’t exactly recognized as a climbing mecca. But Vedauwoo in Southeastern Wyoming is exactly that. It’s also the home crag of Scott Hunter, who founded Vedavoo, a gear joint targeting primarily climbers. So while Hunter built his new company up in Mass, testing its meddle at Solomon Pond, it’s roots are solidly embedded in the Rockies.The flagship of Vedavoo is its modular climbing pack line, which offers an interchangeable system of rope bags, crag packs and rack haulers that can be clipped, strapped and connected to one another based on your trip’s needs.

Outdoor gear, especially that which is designed by industry non-cognoscente, is ripe for multi-use gimmicks that often result in it being capable of nothing at all. Not at all so with Vedavoo. Well, from what I can tell anyway. First, the packs are very simple in scope with minimal accouterments outside of their ability to interact with one another. This tells me that Hunter and crew focused on the true needs of its user: to haul stuff. That will attract me every time. I like packs that are essentially barrels with straps. Give me some durable material and I’ll decide how to organize things.

The crag pack is an easy roll-top design with three strap systems that can hold tight an array of tools and equipment via 35 different points. Now, I’m not a big fan of externally hauling anything but in climbing and mountaineering, it’s simply part of the game.

More over, credit has to be given to the background of the company’s principals and the number of iterations the company has experienced as it refined its products. A lot of good can come out of growing pains.

Check ’em out. I see good things on the horizon.