Month: December 2020

Blackstone Bets Big on Low Natural Gas Prices for the Long Term

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wall Street Journal:Blackstone Group LP has a deal to buy Harvest Fund Advisors LLC, an investment-management firm with more than $10 billion in assets under management that focuses on midstream energy assets.The move is part of a large Blackstone bet that it can profit on rising natural-gas production, even if gas prices remain stuck at depressed levels. The New York private-equity firm has built a roughly $7 billion bet on natural gas by investing in drilling fields, pipelines and a gas export terminal, The Wall Street Journal reported this week.Wall Street Journal:Blackstone Group BX -0.48% LP is making one of its biggest bets on the growth of natural gas production, wagering that even if gas prices remain stuck at depressed levels, it can profit.The New York private-equity firm has built a roughly $7 billion bet on natural gas by investing in drilling fields, pipelines and a gas export terminal. The latest piece came last month, when it agreed to pay $1.57 billion for a 32.4% stake in the Rover Pipeline, a 710-mile tube being built across Ohio.Natural gas investments have been popular in recent years among private-equity firms. Many investments count on prices rising to turn profits—and have been doomed by low prices.Blackstone says its wager is generally more dependent on production volumes increasing than on prices climbing. Most of the $7 billion has been put toward moving gas out of areas where drilling has increased despite low prices. The remainder has been invested in exploration and production in those regions.“We’re betting on which basins are going to be the winners,” said David Foley, who leads the firm’s energy investing. He’s put Blackstone’s money down in West Texas, Appalachia and Louisiana.Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Citigroup Inc. and others say that abundant supply, and production that can be ramped up quickly, should keep U.S. natural gas prices at an average of around $3 per million British thermal units for the next couple of years. Futures contracts for gas to be delivered in the winter, when demand and prices tend to be highest, don’t exceed $3.50 per mmBtu until late 2027, according to FactSet.Blackstone joins a crowded field of private-equity firms that have barreled into gas investments since the combination of horizontal drilling and a rock-cracking process called hydraulic fracturing unlocked new drilling fields across the country. These firms’ cash helped feed a drilling frenzy that has produced a flood of the heating and power-generation fuel.More: ($) Why Blackstone Is Betting $7 Billion on Natural Gas Blackstone Bets Big on Low Natural Gas Prices for the Long Termlast_img read more

Barclays Takes Harder Line On Coal Project Financing

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:Barclays, one of the four “Big Banks” in the U.K., silently made big news last month, shifting its policies regarding financing coal mining and coal-fired power plants, as well as declaring “no appetite” for projects in World Heritage Sites or Ramsar Wetlands locations.The bank declared in the first of two policy statements it had “no appetite” for project financing that supports development or expansion of projects in World Heritage Sites and Ramsar Wetlands locations unless in both cases there is prior consensus that such development will not adversely affect the site.In addition to its commitment to protecting the Ramsar Wetlands, Barclays also published a lengthier, more in-depth policy statement regarding how it will do business with corporate banking and investment banking clients involved in the coal mining and coal-fired power sector. All such clients and their specific individual transactions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis against a wide array of considerations ranging from adherence to the Equator Principles, use of efficient technology, and a client’s potential for stranded asset risk.Unlike Barclays’ policies regarding World Heritage Sites and Ramsar Wetlands, its coal policy is much more nuanced and detailed, describing specific policies for specific aspects of the coal industry. For example, Barclays declared simply that it “has no appetite for project finance transactions for the development of greenfield thermal coal mines anywhere in the world” but had a much more detailed policy for mountaintop removal coal mining (MTR) given its legal recognition in the United States but the bank’s acknowledgement that this mining method “is also one that has been subject to intense political, judicial, and regulatory debate over the last decade.” As such, Barclays will “not directly finance MTR projects or developments” and will “apply enhanced due diligence to all credit and capital markets facilities involving clients which practice MTR.” Further, financing for companies which are significant producers of MTR-sourced coal will be provided “by exception only.”Barclays also declared “no appetite” for project financing supporting the construction or material expansion of coal-fired power stations in high-income OECD countries (though such power plants utilizing carbon capture storage or sequestration technology will be considered on a case-by-case basis) or the construction or material expansion of coal-fired power stations in non-high-income OECD countries unless they use super-critical or ultra-critical technology — and such transactions will be subject to enhanced due diligence on a case-by-case basis.More: Barclays Declares “No Appetite” For Thermal Coal Mining, Oil, & Gas, Moves To Protect World Heritage Sites Barclays Takes Harder Line On Coal Project Financinglast_img read more

GE begins testing of innovative two-piece onshore wind turbine blade

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ReNews.Biz:A prototype of GE’s 5MW-plus Cypress onshore wind turbine platform has started operating for the first time at a site in the Netherlands. Installation of the 5.3MW machine started late last year at Wieringermeer and the unit is now generating electricity at full-power, the company said.GE will continue to operate the prototype during the months to come in order to validate the performance of the platform.GE Renewable Energy chief executive Jerome Pecresse said: “We’re delighted with the progress our team has been able to make in bringing our innovative, high-tech turbine to market on an accelerated schedule.“We are confident that Cypress, with its two-piece blade design, will be a game changer for the industry. We’re hearing equal enthusiasm from our customers across the globe, who tell us they appreciate the potential of Cypress to help them both lower the cost of onshore wind and gain added flexibility in siting turbines.”The new machine offers a 50% increase in annual energy production compared with GE’s 3MW platform.Group company LM Wind Power as well as GE’s onshore wind business and global research centre combined to design the two-piece carbon blade for the turbine. The improvements from the longer rotors help to drive down levelised cost of electricity and the proprietary blade design allows these larger turbines to be installed in locations that were previously inaccessible, GE said.More: Dutch debut for GE onshore giant GE begins testing of innovative two-piece onshore wind turbine bladelast_img read more

Boone’s Underground Bike Polo League

first_imgThe Secret World of Bikes Hitting Bikes, Intense Competition and Camaraderie Story by Eric CrewsAs Seen in the High Country PressEvery Monday afternoon around 6:30 p.m., when the weather allows, a small but dedicated group of Boone’s best bike polo players take the field at Junaluska Park. The two teams line up on either end of the old, abandoned baseball field and, with a chorus of yells, charge toward the center of the field. The bikes, and the riders who propel them, collide with one another as the players battle for position and swing wildly with their mallets at the soft, grapefruit-size ball. They ram each other’s bikes, push one another down and yell vicious insults at one another as they rush full-speed across the grass, sparing nothing in hopes of victory.As fierce and intimidating as it sounds, bike polo is how these young men prefer to spend their time after work. Their jobs during the day range from bike shop mechanics, to carpenters, to business owners, but when they share the field none of that matters.“It’s all about going out and having fun,” John Fennell, an employee at Magic Cycles, said before the match on Monday. “We try not to take it too seriously, but,” he said, lingering for a moment, “we definitely play to win.”In different incarnations, Fennell explained, bike polo has been an off-and-on, semi-organized sport in Boone since the 1990s, when Mike Boone of Magic Cycles and Shaw Brown of Boone Bike and Touring bought sets of mallets, organized two teams and began playing.But over the past two years, the play has become more regular, the teams stay more or less the same from week to week and each team has their own jerseys.“Everyone has gotten more organized and consistent for the last two years,” Fennell said. “And, although we don’t have official teams, there are certain people who always play against one another.”“I enjoy the competition and the camaraderie of it,” Sam Hutchens of Boone Bike and Touring said. “It’s one of those things that you don’t have to be the fittest, fastest guy out there to be good at bike polo. It helps, without a doubt. But you can be out there and not be in shape at all and score some points.”In bike polo, points are scored by hitting the ball between the goal—a pair of cones spaced about 10 feet apart from one another—while the charging horde of bikes crowds around in an attempt to block the goal. Most goals—though not all goals—are scored on the breakaway by a fast rider who can out-sprint his competition to the ball and make the clutch shot count while under pressure.The goal on every Monday afternoon is to play three games to seven points; that way there can be a clear winner of the week, and bragging rights can be established. “Basically, our goal is to make sure we get three games in so that we can have a champion,” Hutchens said. “We play on Mondays but we see each other throughout the week so we’re always digging on each other. If one team wins one week then the other team basically gives ‘em hell the next week. It’s just a general good time. Everybody’s got a smile on their face, yet it’s super competitive and just a great time, all around.”When asked if taking bike polo in Boone to the next level with more competitive play and matches against other teams was a future possibility, Hutchens and Fennell both shrugged it off and said that they believe it would take some of the enjoyment away from what they do for fun.“There actually is serious world class play,” Hutchens said. “But the rules that they play by are just too strict. We really get a lot of happiness out of bumping people out of the way. We’re not trying to hurt anybody, but I’m not going to shy away from throwing an elbow or anything. Those guys in leagues are serious though. They play that you lose the ball if you do something like [throw an elbow] and you have to start over. We’ve talked about getting more serious, but, for us, we feel it would just take the fun out of it. We’re happier just doing our own thing and playing with people we know, people that we know if we knock them off their bike they’re not going to get up and try to fight us or anything like that. We’re all just friends having fun.”While having fun and getting exercise is what bike polo is all about for this group, finding a place to play over the years has been difficult.“Basically, we’ve been kicked off of every field in Boone, except for Junaluska Park,” Hutchens said. “When we started playing we played in the field on Greenway Road where the new medical facility is located. After that, we tried playing at Brookshire Park but we got kicked out of there. ASU has forbidden us from playing on any grass surface at State Farm. The only place we haven’t been kicked off of is Junaluska Park.”Although the field at Junaluska Park is not ideal for bike polo because of its irregular shape, the unleveled surface and the consistent muddy area in the center, the bike polo players are happy to have a place to play.“It’s super small, not even level—it pretty much slopes from one end to the other—there’s a huge mud hole that never dries up and it acts as the drain field for the rest of the park, so it stays wet after it rains,” Hutchens said. “But we’ve just kind of taken it on as our own field. And we really like that it is in town. So many of us are coming from town, whether from the bike shops or other places, it’s nice to be able to ride your bike to the field.”On the triangular shaped field—an old baseball diamond that is too small for all types of baseball, except perhaps whiffle ball—the bike polo players are battling it out in game three. The dusk is settling quickly, but from the looks of it, they’ve only just warmed up. The trash talking mixes with words of encouragement from teammates and the clang of bikes hitting bikes. A quick flurry of scores puts the black team ahead 3-0, and a few members of the white team shake their heads and agree that it will take a miracle to come back from this deficit. As the white team puts the ball into play and heads out to try for “the miracle comeback,” it is easy to remember back to the games we played as young kids, and exciting to know that, for some, the thrill and enjoyment of the game lives on.last_img read more

Polar Barely

first_imgI was tired of the same old New Year’s routine — drinking champagne, lighting a few crummy fireworks, watching the ball drop. I needed a new tradition, and jumping into a half-frozen lake seemed as good as any. So I signed up for a polar bear swim—an out-and-back 50 meters in a mountain lake on the first day of the new year.Hung over and half asleep, I drove two hours through the mountains and arrived at Lake Chatuge just before noon. Sixteen other shivering swimmers huddled around a campfire along the shore, trying to stay warm in 30-degree weather and flag-whipping winds. I squeezed in between a crew-cut army cadet, two teenage girls, and an overweight man wearing Spandex.“Do we tip-toe into the water or dive in?” asked one of the girls.“Gotta hit it hard,” the cadet said stoically.At least one hundred spectators lined the lake, waiting to see a bunch of half-naked Southerners act like Eskimos. Some watched from the warmth of their cars. Minutes before the start, the organizer pulled a thermometer from the water: 46 degrees Fahrenheit.The cold truth was starting to sink in: I really had to go through with this. I had to get in that water and swim 50 meters — two full swimming pool lengths. Though I’d competed in dozens of triathlons, I had never felt more nervous than at the starting line of a mere 50-meter swim. My teeth were chattering, my arms twitched, my goose-pimpled skin shook uncontrollably — and I hadn’t even touched my toes to the water yet.Waiting made it worse. Just thinking about the swim made me cold. I jumped up and down, pretended to stretch, and even ran a few barefoot sprints along the rocky, frost-covered lakeshore to stay warm. Then, back at the boat ramp, I listened to a wife berating her husband as he undressed.“You warm up your shower water before you get in every morning, for Chrissakes! How are you going to swim around in a freezing lake?”But the husband would not be dissuaded. He quickly stripped off his clothes, handed them to his wife, and joined the other swimmers milling around on the boat ramp making jokes.“Weather’s bit nipply out here, wouldn’t you say?”“It takes some balls to be out here.”“Yeah — blue, shriveled, marble-sized ones.”At high noon, the organizer yelled “GO!” and we herded into the lake. Swimmers whooped and shouted as they plunged in. I high-stepped out as far as I could, then dove headlong into the lake. When I popped up, my mind completely shut down. I was all body and instinct. Panic poured through my muscles. I was hyperventilating and hypothermic. Frantically I threw my arms in front of me and swam toward the orange buoy. It looked a lot farther away than a pool-length.I was breathing too rapidly to put my face underwater; instead I was splashing across the lake with a spastic, all-arms, head-out-of-the-water stroke. Frenzied swimmers collided with me as we rounded the buoy. Trickles of laughter from onshore spectators drifted across the water.On the long swim back to the boat ramp, my adrenaline-fueled muscles slowed. Icy blood coursed through my veins. My arms slapped against the water. I floundered forward, meter by meter. Finally my knuckles scraped the sandy bottom, and I felt my brain click back on.I climbed out and felt rejuvenated. After numbing myself in the lake, I felt the glow of life so much more intensely. Every sensation was heightened. Scalp tingles surged electricity down my spine.Blue-faced and panting, I put on my clothes and watched the rest of the swimmers slugging toward shore. Rescuers in oar boats threw life jackets and float rings to struggling swimmers. Two guys had to be helped to shore. The teenage girls stumbled out of the water together, holding hands and hugging each other. The army cadet was close behind.After three minutes, everyone had made it back — except three especially cold-blooded polar bears. They were still wading offshore to see who could stay in the lake the longest. One kicked his feet in the air as if lounging in a warm bathtub. Their breath visibly condensed in the frozen air. After five minutes, nobody had flinched. Finally, to break the tie, the three swimmers raced back to the boat ramp.Afterward, we all crouched around the bonfire sipping hot chocolate. I warmed myself inside a circle of other hardy, grizzled beasts. I was one of them now. I was a Polar Bear cub.I couldn’t wait to get back home and hibernate.Polar PlungesJanuary 1: LAKE LURE, N.C.January 17: WESTMINSTER, MDJanuary 25: BLOWING ROCK, N.C.January 26: CHATTANOOGA, TENN.FEBRUARY 1: VIRGINIA BEACH, VA.FEBRUARY 9: MORGANTOWN, W.VA.FEBRUARY 16: LAKE LANIER, GA.FEBRUARY 25: RALEIGH, N.C.last_img read more

Is It Ever OK to Paddle Alone?

first_imgDear Mountain Mama,Is it ever okay to paddle alone? I’m a single dad with a full time job. For the first five years of my son’s life I stopped paddling. I picked up golf. Then one day I got to thinking, I’m not a golfer, I’m a kayaker. My time is limited so when I can paddle, I must. Some days that means paddling by myself. My friends sometimes give me grief for paddling alone, and tell me it’s unsafe. But when I get on the water, with or without paddling partners, I feel more alive. The joy paddling gives me makes me a happier, better dad to my son. Do I have your permission to paddle alone?Yours, Lone PaddlerDear Lone Paddler,Rivers are dynamic environments, where, in an instant everything can change. Paddling with partners is just good sense. No matter how great of a paddler you are, not one of us is invincible. There’s always a chance that you could get pinned. Or flip, hit a rock, and knock yourself unconscious. It’s impossible to predict all the possible scenarios that another person could step up and provide safety on the river. Besides, it’s nearly always more fun to paddle with people. Despite how difficult it might be to find someone to paddle with you when your schedule permits for some time away, Lone Paddler, it’s important that you try to reach out and find others to join you on the river. So no, Lone Paddler, I can’t give you my permission to paddle alone.But I also won’t tell you never to paddle alone. Sometimes we are exactly where we’re meant to be. Take my buddy, Mark Divittorio who lives in California. Everyone calls him Devo. On April 4, 2013 he posted on Facebook, “Kyburz this afternoon, anyone? Say two-ish?” I read his post while at work and wished I could paddle with him. Kyburz is one of my favorite stretches of whitewater, a continuous Class IV section on the American River that runs parallel to a Highway 50 in the California Sierras.I was across the country, working so I couldn’t join him on Kyburz that afternoon. Turns out that neither could anyone else. Devo decided to paddle Kyburz anyway. He’s a solid Class V kayaker who’s been paddling in this area for some twenty years. This stretch of water is only minutes from his front door, and he knows it like the back of his hand.He paddled Kyburz and just as he reached the take-out he heard a loud thud, then silence, followed by a huge crashing sound. He rushed toward the sound to learn that a SUV had gone careening off the highway, hitting a mile marker and tree before finally landing in the river. What Devo first saw was an SUV on its side in the middle of the river, with three girls sitting on the roof of the SUV. The icy water was rising. Devo acted quickly, taking one girl to shore at a time. The girls begged Devo to go back to help their parents.The rising river caused the SUV to shift in the water. Devo returned to the SUV. The mom, who was riding in the passenger seat, had managed to get her seatbelt off and had squeezed half her torso out of the smashed sunroof. Her husband, who had been driving, wasn’t so lucky. His legs were caught in between the steering column and the wreckage. His seatbelt was still on, and Devo feared that cutting it would cause his body to slump forward into the still-rising river that now was chest deep on the husband. The wife wrapped her thighs around her husband’s head to keep him from slumping into the water as he slipped in and out of consciousness. Firefighters trained in swiftwater rescue arrived and Devo assisted in rescuing the couple.The decision to paddle alone is yours alone to make, Lone Paddler. I shudder to think of what would have happened to that family if Devo hadn’t been exactly where he was at that given time. If he had put on just moments later, that SUV might have literally fallen on top of him. If he’d put on later, he might not have reached the family in time. I believe that the events unfolded as they were suppose to that day. Lone Paddler, the decision to paddle is one between you and the river. It depends on the difficulty of the river and your familiarity with the lines. Listen closely and honestly assess your abilities. Beyond that, Lone Paddler, be alert, aware, and prepared to take care of yourself and others on the river.Best,Mountain MamaGot a question for Mountain Mama? Send it herelast_img read more

Stokesville Campground: A New Virginia Mountain Bike Nirvana?

first_imgEveryone who rides bikes needs to buy Chris Scott a beer. Scott, a fixture on the Southern mountain bike scene for 20 years, owns Shenandoah Mountain Touring and puts on the annual Shenandoah Mountain 100, arguably the best fat tire race in the South. He’s partially responsible for the pristine shape of the GW’s trails, as he puts in countless hours of volunteer labor and management on the forest’s singletrack. Now he’s leveraging his house to buy Stokesville Campground and keep it open for bikers. The privately owned campground that sits next to the GW near Mt. Solon, Va. was put on the market recently. Fearing development, Scott acted and is now under contract to purchase the campground. But he’s scrambling to raise the last $300,000 to make it happen.There’s a cool opportunity in this for mountain bikers to have a little slice of heaven. Anyone who ponies up $5,000 gets partial ownership of the campground, allowing them access any time of the year. Once Scott takes over management of the property, he’s planning on resurfacing the roads, building on property trails and a bike park. If the plan goes well, the Stokesville Campground could become ground zero for mountain biking in Virginia, and a whole new model for mountain bike conservation.“It’s the most exciting project I’ve ever been a part of,” Scott says.Go to mountaintouring.com to find out more. And don’t forget to buy Scott a beer.last_img read more

Race Ahead: No Tubes Iron Cross XII Ultra Cross Event

first_imgUltracross/Monster Cross, October 5, 2014 in Shippensburg, PennsylvaniaThe No Tubes Iron Cross is North America’s original Ultra Cross cyclocross and mountain bike event with more than 100 km of trail racing. And there is good reason why NoTubes named their cross wheel after this granddaddy of monster cross racing. Over 100k in length and featuring the perfect mix of dirt, gravel, singletrack, pavement and ‘cross features to let know know this isn’t just another gravel road ride. The changes in terrain, features and obstacles are sure to keep you guessing about which bike is best used to conquer this race, many riders favorite event in the US UltraCX Series. The beautiful Michaux State Forest in south-central PA plays host to this event in early October, and there is no better time of year to enjoy the ridges and valleys of Pennsylvania than as cooler temps and fall colors begin to burst forth in the forest.Race starts at 9 a.m. and is limited to 400 participants.Race Contact:Name: Mike KuhnEmail: [email protected]: 717-350-1029Visit OutdoorExperience.org for more information.Basic CMYKlast_img read more

Crush Friday In Madison County, Virginia

first_imgMadison County is an outdoor paradise, both peaceful and adventurous.Ride or bike the small country roads, even participate in Tour de Madison in May or take advantage of the equestrian trails.Hike a couple of Shenandoah National Park’s most popular hikes on Old Rag Mountain or White Oak Canyon Falls or enjoy a stroll at Hoover Ridge.Taste Virginia’s first historic farm brewery at Bald Top brewing sitting outside enjoying the views and listening to music, or experience America’s Favorite Tasting Room at Early Mountain Vineyards, or one of the other wineries such as DuCard, Prince Michel or Revelation and enjoy the gorgeous views they all offer. Like many others, you may decide to have your wedding in Madison.Taste the delectable food at The Bavarian Chef, Bonanno’s Madison Inn, MAD Local, Pie in the Sky, Giovanna’s, or Yoder’s Country Market to name a few.Shop at Plow and Hearth outlet, Southern Grace, MAD Arts, She She on Main, The Market on Main, or E. A. Clore Sons Inc., a fine furniture store!Go to a Music festival at Graves Mountain Lodge, Wool and Wine Festival, Taste of the Mountains, or Hops and Homestead Festival at Bald Top.Stay in a B&B, cabin, house, Lodge RV or even a luxurious yurt! President Herbert Hoover built his summer retreat, Camp Hoover, at the source of the Rapidan River. Fish the same river that presidents and dignitaries fished, or explore one of the many rivers and streams throughout Madison County.Your outdoor paradise awaits in Madison County, VA.Visit their website or give them a call to learn more: 540-948-4455.last_img read more

Trail Mix – Leftover Salmon

first_imgI first remember hearing the name Leftover Salmon in the mid-nineties after moving to Charlottesville. I can still see the photocopied handbill – printed on a violent shade of purple – stapled on a telephone pole outside a record shop on the Corner. I later caught the band for the first time at the old pavilion there on the Downtown Mall and have been a fan ever since.For over twenty-five years, these genre-bending godfathers of jam – led by Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt – have been touring the country with their own take on bluegrassy country music, regularly whipping crowds into a frenzy with extended jams and frenetic solos.Last week, Leftover Salmon released Something Higher, their latest collection of new tunes. Trail Mix is happy to feature “Southern Belle” off the new record this month.Coinciding with the release of the new record is a partnership with a number of superb adventure gear companies that led to the creation of the Something Higher line of products. The band collaborated with Meier Skis, Winterstick Snowboards, Osprey Backpacks, and EcoVessel to create a collection of gear that exemplifies Leftover Salmon’s status as a true mountain band.I recently caught up with banjo player – and native North Carolinian – Andy Thorn to chat about the new record, salmon recipes, the Something Higher gear partnerships, and a shared appreciation for handmade American denim.BRO – I love that Pointer Brand coat you are rocking the latest band pic. Kudos for the strong denim game.AT – Yeah, we were playing a brewery near Bristol and we got to take the Pointer Brand factory tour. So cool to see an old-school denim factory like that still functioning. They were super generous and gave us a few jackets afterwards, so I rep it any time I can.BRO – Can you remember the first time you got to tell someone, “I play banjo with Leftover Salmon,” and how it felt?AT – I can’t really remember the first time telling someone I’m in the band. Really, the coolest part about being in the band is all the good memories I have from seeing them around North Carolina from the time I was fifteen. Saw them through college at UNC, at Merlfest, at Cat’s Cradle in Chapel Hill, Ziggy’s, and even a frat party at Duke. Being a part of restarting the band has been super cool and I hope we keep going for a long time.BRO – I am interested in the partnerships the band entered into with some kick-ass outdoor gear companies. I am a hiker and biker. If you had to recommend one piece of Something Higher gear for me to get my hands on, what would it be?AT – All the products are really great. The EcoVessel water bottle even has a strainer at the top so you can put loose leaf tea in it. But my favorite are the Meier skis. I got to be there while my skis were made and watching the process go down was amazing. The core is made of beetle kill wood and the glue is so ecofriendly. They are amazing skis.BRO – You love being in what you call a “mountain band.” Describe the perfect day in the mountains for me.AT – A perfect day in the mountains is waking up in Telluride, Colorado, on a powder day and getting to ski with your wife, bandmates, and hopefully a local tour guide. Then head to the Floradora for happy hour before we play a show at the Sheridan Opera House. Doesn’t get much better than that. The same pattern can be repeated in any mountain town across America. As long as there’s the outdoors, friends, and pickin’, it’s a great day in the mountains as far as I am concerned.BRO – Favorite way to prepare salmon?AT – I love grilling salmon steaks with blackening spice. The steaks have more fat so they’re way tastier than the standard filet. I’m also becoming addicted to smoked salmon belly. So good!Andy and his mates in Leftover Salmon are in the midst of a run of dates across the Southeast this weekend. Catch the band at the Aiken Bluegrass Festival tonight, the North Carolina Brewers & Music Festival tomorrow, and at the Pour House in Charleson, South Carolina, on Sunday.For more information on the new record, tour dates, or the Something Higher outdoor gear partnerships, please surf over to the band’s website.And be sure to check out “Southern Belle,” along with tracks from Sarah Shook, Mat Kearney, Kerri Powers, Luke Winslow-King, and more on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more