Veital 3x3 - Himalayas

Trip Dates: 8/27/2019 – 10/5/2019

Author: Jan

Where: Nepal, Himalayas

Trip Name: Manaslu Expedition

Trip in 3(00ish words):

The ultimate goal of this expedition was to reach the summit of Mt. Manaslu (8,163m = 26,780ft) without supplemental oxygen. However, as always, life typically decides to act upon itself and chose different paths for us to make the experience even more interesting.

Acclimating

My story starts in a very ancient and chaotic city, Kathmandu, where I spent a few days organizing equipment, food, and supplies for the expedition. There I also met the other co-climbers, our Sherpas and the cooks. Once the team was ready, we all took a 4WD to get us as far into the mountains as possible and from there we utilized mules that accompanied us during a one-week long hike to the base camp (BC) at 5,000m. This place became my home for the next 3 weeks.

The climbing part itself is very straightforward and after setting up and organizing the BC we started our acclimatization routine. During this process, my body was slowly exposed to thin air, which forces it to create more red blood cells and adjust to the altitude. Acclimatization is typically done in so-called “cycles” during which a person ascends to higher camps (C1, C2…). First, we hiked to C1 (5,700m) and returned to BC the same day. For the next cycle, we went to C1, spent the night, and climbed to C2 (6,100m) then back to BC. During the third cycle, we went to C1 where we spent the night, C2 again spending the night, touched C3 (6,700m), and returned to BC. Between each cycle, there were one or two rest days.

During the final summit push, I spent a half-day at C3 where I tried to sleep and gain as much energy as one can at 6,700m. We woke up at 9 pm, melted snow for water, and started my final summit push. We pushed through the night and kept going strong towards the summit accompanied by one of our Sherpas. Unfortunately, at 7,500 ish meters, the altitude took its toll and I was not able to continue. At that point, I used our team backup oxygen bottle to recoup and reach the summit. Due to our exhaustion, we took 2 days to return to BC with stops in C4 and C3.

Conquering

So, in the end, I did reach the summit and successfully descended, however with the supplemental oxygen. Most importantly, I enjoyed the whole experience and the people who made it special. Once you reach the top, there is no one there to celebrate your achievement. It’s down in the valley where life pulses and where you can share your memories with others. I’d love to thank my co-climbers Don, Lauri, and Natasha for making this experience very special!

20:20 Hindsight

There was a point during climbing the third ice step (20m vertical) when I had to push myself really hard to quickly escape the couloir to avoid huge chunks of falling ice. At that moment, I went past my physical (and aerobic) threshold, and I believe that was the point when I slowly started losing my battle with the thin air. I was not able to recoup from that physical strain at that elevation and kept deteriorating until 7,500 ish meters when I had to start using the supplemental oxygen. So, if I was to re-live my expedition, I would be more cautious about my aerobic capacity and maybe spend more time after the third ice step to catch my breath and rest.

Calories

After the summit push, which itself totaled six days spent at a really high elevation during which I was living on Mountain House dried food and instant noodles, the best food I ate was at the base camp where I had a sandwich with some black beans (real food!! :) ). The next best meal that I ate was in Kathmandu upon our return where I ate a western-style steak in a local gourmet restaurant. It was so refueling to eat some good beef and consume protein that was much needed.

Caught off guard

I don’t think there was a certain moment when I was literally caught off guard since one must always be well prepared when entering the mountains. And when things don’t go as planned, experience and improvisation come into play so that you are able to solve unusual situations. However, I approached the expedition with an open mind and felt kind of caught off guard after the experience as I had very mixed feelings about my summit. I did reach the summit, but with the help of supplemental oxygen. So, it took me a moment to process these emotions and find feelings of success and accomplishment.

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Best of the Midwest: Where to go? What to see?

Oh, the midwest. The land of kindness, pastures, and flip flops at 50 degrees. As a company based in the heart of the midwest in beautiful Milwaukee, we'd be remiss not to make a compilation of the best places to go around here. We know you're hungry for adventure since the Cerveza sickness has all of us pleading for a little more outdoors and a little less opening the fridge every time you walk past the kitchen.

Our motto at Veital is "embrace the balance," which seems an ever-present theme in the midwest. You can't have the American midwest without the dichotomies of balance, from the cold winter to the cool summer, to the vast land and large metropolises, the midwest is the embodiment of balance.

Where to go? What to see?

As a Veital reader, we understand you're the type to strap on the snowshoes in the winter and put in your 5 miles at the trail. It's probably not unheard of for you to pick up the weekend after next to hit the crag or shred the trail on your XC, right? Well, since you and I are in sound harmony here, let us share some of our favorite Midwest spots. Here's exactly what to see and where to go in the midwest.

Trekking in Hocking Hills, OH

Photo by Tim Swinehart @tim_swine

Let's start with the scenic route and work our way up the adventure scale. This spot in the perimeter of Columbus is the place you want to get lost. With a map that is. Wear your comfortable boots and hit the interconnected hiking trails. Avoid rush hours for a more pleasurable experience.

Backcountry Camping in Pictured Rocks, MI

Photo by Dennis Buchner @baitman

Are you in the market for an unplugged getaway after a killer week at work? Use the racked up PTO and head over to the UP, destination Pictured Rocks. Whenever practicing backcountry camping, make sure to leave no trace. And let your momma know, will ya?

Kayaking down Current River, MO

There's nothing quite like the resistance-free gliding of a kayak going with the flow. Immerse yourself in the beauty of one of Missouri's largest protected areas and the midwest's most biologically significant river. Don't forget the sunscreen, though. You're looking bitchin in the yak, but your sunburn won't care.

Canoe Camping in Boundary Waters, MN

Photo by Josh Hild @joshhild

In the realm of floating activities, canoeing is yet another bullet point on the list. In Boundary Water, however, it's the almost transcendental activity becomes the marriage of spirit and nature. Add a tent and a friend to that, and you have yourself a trip of a lifetime. Don't forget swimming suits; you'll want to get in.

Mountain Biking and Climbing in Devil's Lake, WI

Photo by Dave Hoefler @johnwestrock

We are turning up the heat on the adventure scale. Our home state of Wisconsin blesses our Best of the Midwest list with Devil's Lake State Park. There are so many things to do; we won't even go into detail. For the Veital connoisseur, however, we recommend hitting the lake with your 29er and at least a full rack for balls to the wall trad climbing—the perfect balance of fast on the trail and mighty at the crag.

Needle Climbing in Mount Rushmore, SD

Photo by Levi Jones @levidjones

"Look at that beautiful profile!" No, we're not talking about President Washington's remarkable features. We're exclaiming, instead, about the magnificent rock formations that accompany the busts. Bring your a-game, leave the fear at home and get sharp in the many multi-pitch routes around the Memorial, then consolidate in the other 800+ climbs.

Ice Climbing in Duluth, MN

Photo by Hansi Johnson

As the adventure meter goes off the charts, the temperature drops to freezing. Fealing daring during the winter months? Head over to Duluth for a session packed with adrenaline. Bring your ice tools and crampons; this one is going to get tricky. Seriously, don't forget the hand warmers.

Honorable Mentions

Because what's the point of making a list if you can't divide it as you please? In no particular order, here are two more destinations genuinely worthy of a Veital trip and a can of beer. Cheers!

Fishing in the Apostle Islands, WI

Photo by Bob Jauch

Whether you are all about casting in your flip flops and a tank top or head to toes on a winter suit, the fishing here is phenomenal. Come up in the summer with your favorite flotation device to catch the views. Try it out in the winter to experience the unassuming shanty and catch of plenty.

Climbing and Cliff Jumping in Jackson Falls, IL

Illinois needed some love on our list, and it was with no hesitation we thought of Jackson Falls. Are you in the Chicago area looking for something different? Drive down to Jackson Falls in early fall for some great rock climbs and a sketchy dive, or two.

 

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3x3 Governor Dodge

Veital 3x3 - Governor Dodge

Veital 3 x 3 - Governor Dodge

Trip Dates: 10/21/2017

Author: Matt Kownick

Where: Governor Dodge State Park, WI

Trip Name: Governor? I barely know her.

Trip in (300ish words): 

I got back into climbing the fall of 2015. The goal then was to get outside, on the rock, as much as possible. We had a Saturday open on an unseasonably warm day in October. My climbing partner, Jan, suggested we go do some sport climbing west of Milwaukee. I had never been there to climb on rock (funny story, Jan brought me there once before, but in winter to try out ice climbing…but that's another story) so we decided to go for it.

A good buddy of mine, John Kraft (@masterkraft32), was free and tagged along. It was his first time climbing outside. He found the right balance of sore forearms and comfortable hammock positions in no time.

First climb at governor dodge

Governor Dodge has several climbing areas in the park. The rock is mostly sandstone, which is uncharacteristic for the Midwest. Because of this, the anchors for sport climbing are spaced far apart. It makes for an edgy (and stressful) first clip.

Getting up to the first clip

Making it up

The area of the park we climbed is the only part that has sport climbing. Some climbers back in the day decided to drill anchors without asking the park rangers. Safe to say it was frowned upon. When found out, they were allowed to keep the bolts previously drilled but couldn't add any others.

The most enjoyable route of the day was "Mean and Green." It was a push for me, and Jan decided it was best not to tell me the rating until I finished climbing it. We both made it about ¾ of the way before calling it. Fun and challenging route.

All and all 'twas a great day finished off with some refreshing brews and intriguing conversation

The veital guys get to the top

20:20 Hindsight: 

If you have toe holes in your shoes, get them fixed. Ain't nobody got time for holes. They severely impact your ability to confidently climb.

Calories: 

John and I stopped at a classic Wisconsin Bar/Restaurant called: Klassik Tavern. Burgers were excellent, and the beer was better.

Caught off guard: 

How beautiful Governor Dodge is during the fall.

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Veital Designs Paracord Lanyard

7 Knots for Camping Using 7ft of Paracord

All of us outdoor lovers have been there. We need to pitch a tent or put an overhead line to keep camp dry, and then the puzzled faces come up. On this guide, we'll explore 7 of the best knots for camping using paracord. Why paracord, you may ask? Well, of course, one of the features that make the Nighthawk lid stand out and an excellent multitool is the 7 feet of uninterrupted 550 paracord that complete the package.

Whether you find yourself short of materials to build your perfectly idyllic weekend campsite, or you're in a stressful outdoor situation where you need to make do with what you have, this guide teaches you 7 of the best knots for camping using 7ft of uninterrupted paracord. Let's start with the basics.

Types of knots:

Although we call most rope ties a knot, they differ slightly in name based on nature. The names of rope ties will give you an idea of the type of uses you can implement them on. Here are the different types:

Knot

We use a knot to tie a rope to itself. If we're getting technical, a knot used to describe a stopper mechanism on a line to prevent it from slipping through. However, nowadays, most knots, hitches, or bends are called knots.

Hitch

We use a hitch to tie a rope to another object. A good example is anchoring your dog's leash to a tree for hassle-free camp lounging.

Bend

We use a bend to tie two ropes together. Typically used to mate two ropes of different sizes, it can be useful in many situations.

7 Knots for Camping

Overhand Knot

Possibly the most basic knot out there. This one can be an excellent finisher to other knots or be used to stop a rope from slipping through its intended placement.

How to knot:

Make a loop on your rope and run one end through the loop and tighten to bring together.

Figure 8 Knot

Like the overhand knot, this is a great knot to use as a stopper or finishing knot, with the added benefit of being easier to untie after being under load.

How to knot:

Make a loop and run the working end of the rope underneath the standing end. Pass the working end through the loop to create a Figure 8.

Figure 8 on a Bite Knot

This one is another version of the tried and true figure 8 knot. This knot is an elegant solution to tie carabiners to the loop and run them however you need.

How to knot:

On the working end of the rope, make a bight by bringing the end parallel to the line. Grab the bight and bring it towards the line, making one and a half turns around the double line. Close the knot by taking the bight and passing through the loop.

Bowline Knot

This knot is essential for the outdoor explorer like the Veital connoisseur. We use it to secure loads, and it can be implemented in a myriad of situations.

How to knot:

Lay the rope across your left hand with the free end hanging down. Create a bight and bring the open end up to pass through the loop from the underside. Wrap the open end around the mainline and put it back down through the loop. To tighten, pull the free end while holding the line.

Half Hitch

One of those you've undoubtedly seen Bear Grylls use before sipping on elephant crap juice in the desert (yeah, we remember Bear). This simple hitch is super useful, though if you're securing a heavy load, you'll want to back it up with another half on the open end.

How to hitch:

Run a loop around an object such as a pole or post. Pass the working end around the standing end and through the loop.

Square Knot

The square knot is an excellent solution for tying bunches together or packing tightly. Whether you're putting your tarp away or bundling up your firewood, this one will come in handy.

How to knot:

Meet the two ends of the rope together. Cross the right end over and around the left end, then cross the left end over and around the right end. Tighten. The key here is that you're forming a knot that looks like a square.

Clove Hitch

Use this knot to secure things in place that won't be under a significant load, such as clothes drying lines or holding back foliage. For heavy load uses, consider the bowline knot previously discussed.

How to hitch:

Run the working end over the pole for a complete turn, then cross over the standing end to form a second turn. Run the open end under itself and tighten.

Tying it All Together

The name of the game when it comes to knots, just like many other things in life, is practice, practice, and more practice. Ideally, you want to have the tools you need to build your campsite into a comfortable temporary abode. The Veital reader knows, however, that outdoor adventures are as unpredictable as the storyline of The Goonies. For that matter, we prepare for the unexpected and maximize our chances with the gear we choose and the knowledge we bring with us. The Nighthawk lid's design is Veital's manifestation of form and function in a water bottle lid.

Now that you're an ace in the knot department, always be mindful of your gear's capabilities and limits, and never trust your life to a piece of rope unless the rope's sole purpose is precisely that. Paracord is an exceptionally well-engineered product, but it's not a lifeline. For that, consider bringing climbing rope in your adventures or participating in a modern remake of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? They'll surely hook you up with a lifeline.

 

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Veital Designs Nighthawk Lid Nalgene Bottle Opener

Video Showcase, Learning the Lid

Learning the Lid

Time for a video showcase learning the lid! Water bottles have turned out to be an extension of ourselves. Whenever we get a new water bottle, we pick the color we like best, the shape and size that attracts us the most. As if this wasn't enough, we then find the freshest, rarest stickers out there. We slap them onto our bottles one by one until we reach that point where lo and behold, our bottle becomes an extension of our personality.

Since we put so much emphasis on the bottles, it was only a matter of time until a rad company like (cough) Veital Designs, AKA yours truly, came up with an equally rad water bottle lid. Our Nighthawk Water bottle replacement lid is the result of the relentless pursuit of both form and function; without losing style points that is. Our team makes the Nighthawk lids in the USA using the latest technology to ensure precision and durability. We'll spill the beans on the manufacturing process later, so stay tuned! Keeping function in mind, Matt devised the lid with usability at the forefront. Our replacement water bottle lid is also a camp hammer, a GoPro camera mount, and a bottle opener. Oh, did we forget to mention the 7 ft of uninterrupted paracord that you can break out in an emergency? If you do need to break into the paracord, you can always order a replacement paracord lanyard.

Since our water bottle cap is so versatile, we wanted to showcase the different uses. Here's a compilation of videos that highlight our cool product!

Video Showcase

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3x3 Red Rock, Nevada

3 x 3 Red Rock, Nevada

Trip Dates: 5/19/2018-5/21/2018

Author: Matt Kownick

Where: Red Rock State Park (NV) and Zion National Park 

Trip Name: Intro into Traditional Climbing  

Trip in 3(00ish words): 

This is it, my intro into big wall, multi-pitch, traditional climbing. Jan was getting married a few weeks later, so this was considered his 'informal bachelor party.' We flew out to Vegas on Thursday night, picked up our rental car, and headed west into the desert. Red Rock is a rather large state park that has HUGE walls to climb. Friday, we were to attempt a route called Epinephrine. Rated a 5.9, it has 13 pitches of traditional climbing (Set your own protection pieces). Ambitious, I know, but we had to try. Day 1 was a humbling experience. We made it only to the 4th pitch before we had to rappel down. 

Matt feeling the exposure of Red Rock
Really Exposed... like REALLY exposed.

After getting off the wall, we decided it would be best to camp close to our next destination, Zion National Park. We dispersed camp on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) right outside the park. For anyone who enjoys camping and hasn't been out West much, BLM is everywhere- and is free for you to use, so long as you clean up after yourself. Day 2 was yet again a humbling experience. We tried to get on to 5 different routes and were only successful on 1-Weeping Rock. 

Jan hanging at the base
My buddy Jan hanging at the base.

Day 3 we headed back towards Vegas and Climbed again in Red Rocks State Park. These routes were single pitches with a mix of traditional and sport routes. It was a healthy mix and confidence booster after getting rocked (pun intended) for the first two days. 

Jan getting some action on the wall
Jan getting some action.

This trip was an immense learning opportunity, climbing is a sport unlike many others. It pushes you to your physical and mental limits. And it is at that moment that you find out who you are and whether you have the grit to make it to the next move.   

20:20 Hindsight: 

If there's a remote possibility of taking a service road, get the right rental car. Our Toyota Corolla did not do well. We had to park the car and hike in an extra 1.5 miles since the road was too rough and rocky. (When I say rocky, I mean bouldery)  

Calories: 

In and Out Burger, duh. 

Caught off guard: 

Multi-pitch climbing is hard and takes a long time. Midwest climbing ratings are nothing like out West climbing.

Here are some reference resources if you're thinking about going to Red Rock yourself or making the jump to trad:

Epinephrine: https://www.mountainproject.com/route/105732422/epinephrine 

Trad climbing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJdvx4udMVI

Weeping Rock: https://www.mountainproject.com/area/106121688/weeping-rock 

Hidden Falls: https://www.mountainproject.com/area/105732117/hidden-falls-wall

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Sustainability and Reusable Water Bottles

If you are anything like us at the Veital team, you are aware of how your actions impact the earth and others and you use reusable water bottles of course. Veital Designs is not only an outdoor company; we're a lifestyle brand. With that, we have the responsibility to raise awareness about the issues that matter most to us. Issues that unfortunately impact our everyday life RIGHT NOW. Veital Designs navigates in the reusable water bottle space, and for that matter, we are passionate about the problems of sustainability that come with the water bottle industry.

On today's issue of the Veital Trail Book, we take a closer look at the impact of single-use water bottles. We are diving into the numbers (I know, data is beautiful) and getting a grasp of the situation. Fortunately today, access to information is at arms reach on pretty much any subject imaginable. A quick Google search using the supercomputer in your pocket called a smartphone, and you're on your way to enlightenment. Or disappointment for that matter.

Not to alarm you, but the amount of single-use plastic bottles used in the US is staggering. Here's how the numbers break down using an estimate from the sustainability department at Penn State.

Single-use water bottle usage in the US:

42.6 billion water bottles a year

Average per person:

42.6 billion bottles / 327.2 million people = 130.2 bottles per person per year

Breaking down the numbers:

Now, this is Veital Designs. We know that if you're engaged enough to be reading this right now, you're probably a tad more conscious about your consumption than the average Joe (Don't take it personal Joe, you know who you are). Picture this: At 130.2 bottles per person per year, on average, every single human in the face of the United States is grabbing a plastic bottle and throwing it out the window every 2.8 days.

Let's say that because you're more environmentally inclined than Joe, you go out of your way to buy a reusable water bottle from Nalgene. [insert link] You use it for the next five years instead of gobbling all that single-use plastic to yourself. Now you have saved yourself, according to Penn State's Sustainability department, $6180 of your hard-earned cash!

The environmental impact you'd have, however, is unquantifiable. You'll avoid putting another 130.2 bottles x 5 years = 651 disposable water bottles out in the dump. You'll have a positive impact on the rate of pollution and allow wildlife and our planet a little leeway. 

Embrace the challenge:

Please remember that this a grossly oversimplified version of the numbers for the sake of awareness. In reality, there are people out there consuming hundreds, if not thousands of bottles a year. Just as others are maintaining a no-waste policy in their philosophy, refer to the original Penn State article for a closer look at the data. Every time you grab the next single-use water bottle, consider your decision making and how far below you've fallen (and say hi to Joe for us). And if it ever were to happen that your Nalgene water bottle lid breaks, give plastic a break and swing by the Veital Designs store to pick up your very own Nighthawk Lid!

External Links: https://sites.psu.edu/math033fa17/2017/10/10/plastic-vs-reusable-water-bottles/

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3x3 Big Sky Montana

 

Where: Big Sky, Montana

Trip Dates: 1/11/2019-1/13/2019

Author: Matt Kownick

Trip Name: Blue Bird Brews with Views

Trip in 3(00ish words):

The Big Sky trip started with me taking a rental from Jackson Hole to Idaho Falls, ID. From there, I was picked up by some friends driving from Boise, and we headed north to Montana. I hadn’t been to Big Sky since I took a Lifestyles trip there back in school during my sophomore year. They’ve added quite a bit of investment into their infrastructure. The SuperCharger 8 is a massive lift. Pretty cool engineering feat.

Big Sky was Blue Bird, and both days the snow was excellent. We were able to do a lot of exploring. My favorite area was the Challenger Chair. As we kept skiing, I couldn’t help but think about how big this place is. Big Sky is HUGE. With the addition of Moonlight Basin, they became the biggest resort in America. We were only able to get to 1 run-in at Moonlight Basin, but the area seemed promising. Bummed we didn’t get to ski there more.

Top of Tram

 

Not a ton of pow, tons of views

Even though there wasn’t a ton of new snow, we decided to go up the tram and have a look around. The views were amazing. So clear that we were able to see the Tetons when looking south. Getting down is not for the faint of heart. After navigating some questionable rock groupings, we were able to rip the Liberty bowl and take a moment at the bottom to have a Brew with a View - Name credit to Alaina.

Matt sitting atop Big Sky with a brewsky

One of my new friends from the trip [Insert Alaina IG] asked us at the end of the day what our High, Low, and Buffalo was. I had never heard of this but loved the phrasing. I’ve grown up talking about best and worst moments but never had a catchy jingle to it. High: What was the best part of the day? Low: What was the biggest bummer? And Buffalo: What was something you learned today? It’s a great way to recap what happened, and everyone remembers the catchy wording.

Remember, when an old lady asks you to take your goggles off for a picture, you do it, no matter how bright it’s out.

Winding down at the base, yes, we all blinked *sigh*

 

20:20 Hindsight:

Understanding how boots break-in. Day 4 on my boots was the point where they finally broke in. Getting the right fit for your boots takes a few days of discomfort. Boots need to pack out slowly. If one custom molds them too wide at the start, your feet may seem snug, but once fully broken in, your feet will be sliding around. Not cool.

Calories:

There’s a soup place at the bottom of the Powder Seeker lift. Small, but excellent ski mountain vibes. Be sure to eat there before the afternoon, or else you’ll be in the shadows rather than working on the goggle tan.

Caught off guard: 

No fresh snow had fallen in over a week. This typically yields adverse ski conditions. Yes, there were a lot of low tides (loose rock and branches) on runs, but the snow was surprisingly soft. I think it’s the fact that a lot of the resort has runs on Northern facing slopes. There's excellent protection from the freeze-thaw cycles on the southern facing slopes.

 

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Ready for the Roaring 20's?

Are you ready for the roaring 20's? As 2019 ends we start putting the years in perspective and realize… Holy crap it’s not the 10’s anymore! Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad and we got cold wet with the ALS ice bucket challenge. As the decade comes to an end we fast forward a couple of years and you’ve gotten yourself a shiny Veital Designs replacement lid in your Nalgene! Haven't you yet?

The old roar

In the old 20's Coca Cola was still being made with real coca leafs and Walgreens was selling booze on the low while opening more stores than a young W. Buffet shopping around Omaha. Undoubtedly times have changed. Our new 20's bring an unprecedented rate of change in innovation and technology. Our computers are slimmer and our phones too. Cars are electric and the use of geotags on social media have re-popularized America's best national parks. Keep them clean folks!

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The Nighthawk Lid posing pretty (partially thanks to geotags) shhhh.

Jokes aside, it’s times like these when the Veital way recommends a good look in the accountability mirror. The start of a new decade gives us a chance to evaluate the last one in preparation for the next. Matt and Eli have been keeping it OG writing their goals for the coming year here at Veital Designs. Nevertheless, what a great time it is to remind you to #embracethebalance. Take the time to write SMART goals that are both personal, and professional. Find your balance.

The sound of the decade

Fortunately for the candid follower of Veital Designs the new 20's are just another opportunity to roar. We raise to the occasion and -hold steady- embrace the nuances of life and feel the balance, embrace it. Veital Designs is a replacement water bottle lid, and so much more. Follow us in this journey starting fresh in the roaring 20's and let's go after more outdoor adventure. Let's play the game with grace and kill the work week while shredding the weekend like it's supposed to. Let's #embracethebalance. Are you ready for the roaring 20's?

We've heard that writing your goals down makes you more inclined to fulfill your goals so we'd love to see some of your goals in the comments. Maybe we have some in common and get to share an outdoor experience!

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water bottle replacement lid

Christmas is back, Santa Brought Veital!

Where is Veital?

2019 is coming to an end so we put our sights on the prize, water bottle replacement caps! Oh and 2020 of course. If you wondered why you haven’t heard from us in a while we want to say we’re back, like Mike Tyson after biting an ear off, back for more! The last few months have been full of activity at Veital so we wanted to give you the inside scoop from the team. Life is a beautiful rollercoaster of challenges waiting to be unlocked and experienced and at Veital we have a tendency to embrace them, embrace the balance, as we like to say. In recent months, Matt has been challenged to find his balance between work and life. Left Hand Engineering, Matt’s consultancy and daytime job, has experienced lots of changes and Matt has found himself taking on more responsibilities.

Embracing the Balance

In the process of finding that balance Matt’s passion project, the aluminum pupil, the protector of fluids, Veital Designs took a seat on the bench while higher priority items were checked off the list. This shift however brought an opportunity to channel the energy, embrace the balance, find a way to continue pushing the passion project while still performing with Left Hand Engineering, and of course continue shredding gnarl on the weekends. Matt is a one man team on many playing fields but a crucial part of finding the balance is to recognize your strengths and weaknesses. That’s why, recognizing his lack of marketing savvy, early this year Matt brought in the help of Jason.

Seizing the Opportunity

One of the things we wanted to improve at the beginning of this year was packaging. We want to create an experience that carries the elements of precision and quality materials along with the feel of the replacement water bottle cap. Jason is the man behind the new packaging. Jason took the time to design a sustainable package that fitted well with the shape and feel of the lids, and created graphics to go along and educate you on how to use our replacement water bottle caps for the Nalgene water bottle and other wide mouth water bottles.

Let's see some before and after pics of our packaging:

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Old Packaging
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New Packaging

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aside from packaging Jason helped create the Veital Designs point of purchase displays for when we’re on the road, and made this super cool stickers as well! Since then, getting to market became the new focus! Enter Eli, the latest addition to the team. Eli's been taking strides in defining our image and presence in the market. He's getting a grasp of the outdoor pursuits market to do a better job at getting Veital to you, to give you a little footing in finding the balance, help you embrace it.

Committing to Great

Veital Designs is all about embracing the balance. The  balance of a working professional and a passionate outdoorsman. The equilibrium of working hard and being financially stable, with having fun and experiencing life to the fullest. The balance between durability and ruggedness, with precision and finesse. We created this water bottle replacement cap to help you come into balance. Furthermore, we created this product because we are passionate outdoors people ourselves. We value high quality materials, made in the US products, designed with functionality in mind, durable till the very end.

Christmas is back and Santa brought Veital with. We’re here to stay! Veital water bottle replacement caps are made to last. We’re building a brand that resembles that principle all around. Stay connected and follow us on the path of most resistance. Let’s collectively build the strength to find the balance and maintain it. Let’s #embracethebalance.

For extra goodies check out our friends at Yellow Wood Gear in Milwaukee. Or the guys at Becker Supply Co. in Indianapolis. We'd only trust our gear to those guys!