Pizza+Hiking: A Match Made in Adventure Foodie Heaven

first_imgAfter a long hike, there is nothing better than eating your arm’s weight in pizza. Ben and I usually talk about pizza the entire hike, planning toppings and pairings. It’s extremely zen, walking through beautiful landscapes talking about banana peppers. Below we will present to you four Pizza+Hiking pairs you MUST try. It will be worth it, we pepperoni promise.1. Top Pizza Dog, Top Views Right Outta TownPizza: Brown Dog Pizza, Telluride, ColoradoHike: Via FerrataThis pizza and this ‘hike’ are a pair that should be at the top of your bucket list (I say ‘hike’ because you will have to use special climbing equipment to complete it safely, but, I digress). Even if you only do the hike once, allow yourself to go back to the pizza place every day you visit Telluride.PIZZA: Brown Dog Pizza is a Telluride staple. Pick from a crazy selection of combinations, but we HIGHLY suggest the Detroit Style Brooklyn Bridge that has won international pizza competitions. In fact, multiple pizzas have won awards off this menu- take your pick and dive in.HIKE: The Telluride Via Ferrata is an incredible journey.  A Via Ferrata (or road of iron) is a protected climbing route that involves clipping into a steel cable and using metal rungs to keep you safe while climbing 1000 feet above the canyon floor. It is scary, and beautiful, and earns you the right to eat an entire pizza from Brown Dog.PS- Brown Dog HAS INCREDIBLE GLUTEN FREE CRUST. I haven’t found better in all our journies across the country. TREAT YO’SELF.2. Pie, Pint, Climb, RepeatPizza: Pie’s & Pints, Fayetteville, West VirginiaHike: Endless Wall TrailPIZZA: When the menu leaves you starring in foodie shock because there is no way to pick just one pie, you know you’ve landed on something good. We chatted with our waiter for WAY longer than is polite about which specialty pizza to order. We ended up ordering two because we couldn’t decide. If I had to make one suggestion, try the Mushroom Garlic, a savory melty pizza that will replace any calories lost while hiking.HIKE: Endless Wall trail skirts along some of the most incredible climbing in the world. It zigs and then zigs along the cliff edge and gifts beautiful views the entire way. It’s only 2.4 miles long, so bring your climbing equipment and tag a few routes on the way.3. Wild Flowers and Wild FloursPizza: Secret Stash, Crested Butte, ColoradoHike: Rustler’s GultchPIZZA: Secret Stash is a staple on the Main street of the adorable town of Crested Butte, Colorado. With quirky decorations, a bathroom nicer than the one in your house, and awards across the board, this place is a joy to visit. Oh, DID I MENTION THE PIZZA IS INCREDIBLE? Order the Buddha’s Belly for a creative twist on thai pizza (it has coconut curry on it!). Do yourself a favor and order the crack fries plus extra dipping sauce as an appetizer. You’ll have the perfect potato base for the unique pizza to land on.HIKE: Do you ever go on those hikes that make you feel small in all the right ways? Rustler’s Gultch throws you for a loop as you journey farther into the looming mountains around Crested Butte and into a basin that is clearly home to mythical creatures. There are plenty of deep creek crossings so bring some sandals to keep your boots dry.  Also keep an eye on the weather, up at that elevation it can change with no warning. About four miles in find the basin, a waterfall, and isolated beauty.4. Honorable Mention: Rolling Pizza Hills + TrailsPizza: Mountain State Brewing Co., Deep Creek Lake, MarylandHike: Coopers Rock State ForestPIZZA: This pizza isn’t just called pizza, it’s designated as ‘flatbread’ with dough made in-house and cooked in a wood fire hearth. Try out the ‘Beetza’ here that includes beets, goat cheese and a balsamic glaze for an interesting pizza experience. May I also suggest the Meetza? Just kidding, it’s called the Meatlover, but it starts with a BBQ sauce base and couldn’t be more delicious.HIKE: Pick your adventure at Coopers Rock. It’s a hidden gem just over the state line and has great trails for hiking, biking, and viewing the sights from the top of a big ol’ hunk of stone. The state park runs plenty of events, so be sure to check the calendar and stop by for the hearth cooking demo (hint: make your own pizza and throw it on there).Now please, enjoy this haiku inspired by this blog post.If you like the gear we’re reppin’, or what we’re wearing, check out some of the sponsors that make this tour possible: La Sportiva, Crazy Creek, National Geographic, RovR Products, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, LifeStraw, and Lowe Alpine.last_img read more

ESG roundup: Fossil fuel divestment, UK Law Commission on fiduciary duties

first_imgThe investor effort, called the Carbon Asset Risk (CAR) initiative, is being coordinated by sustainability platform Ceres and the Carbon Tracker Initiative, with support from the Global Investor Coalition on Climate Change.Recent studies by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the International Energy Agency have suggested that, to achieve the international goal of limiting global warming to 2˚C, the world will need to live within a set carbon budget, and a significant portion of proven global fossil fuel reserves will need to be left in the ground.However, the world is currently on a path toward global warming of 4˚C or more, which the World Bank warned must be avoided to prevent catastrophic climate change impacts.According to the Unburnable Carbon Report, in 2012 alone, the 200 largest publicly traded fossil fuel companies collectively spent an estimated $674bn on finding and developing new reserves – some of which may never be utilised. As of 23 October, investors had received preliminary responses from 30 companies. Detailed answers to the investors’ questions will come in follow-up responses. Participating investors are asking their peers to support this effort.The full list of signatories can be found here.In related news, a report on divesting from fossil fuels has been published by campaign group, Green Century Capital Management (Green Century) and Trillium Asset Management.The paper, entitled ‘Extracting Fossil Fuels from Your Portfolio: A Guide to Personal Divestment and Reinvestment’, aims to help individuals better understand fossil fuel divestment, provides clear steps to move their money out of coal, oil and gas companies, and gives tips on how to proactively invest in sustainable companies and investment vehicles.Co-founder of Bill McKibben said: “If it’s wrong to wreck the climate, then it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage. Investors have an important and special role to play in the climate change movement.”The guide can be found here.Lastly, the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has welcomed the launch of the Law Commission’s Consultation Paper on Fiduciary Duties of Investment Intermediaries.The paper sets out to examine issues including whether fund managers and pension fund trustees have a duty to consider environmental and social impacts.UKSIF head of government relations Caroline Escott, said: “Long-term and sustainable investment approaches by fiduciaries across the investment chain – including pension fund trustees, asset managers and consultants – are key to realising good outcomes for savers.” The consultation opened on 22 October and will close on 22 January 2014. A report is planned for June 2014. A coalition of 70 investors worth $3trn (€2.2trn) has called on the world’s 45 largest oil and gas, coal and electric power companies to assess the financial risks that climate change poses to their business plans.The investors sent letters to the fossil fuel companies last month, requesting detailed responses before their annual shareholder meetings in early 2014. Investors signing the letters include the UK’s Local Authority Pension Fund Forum, Merseyside Pension Fund, Railpen Investments, USS Investment Management, Hermes Equity Ownership Services, Aviva Investors, F&C Asset Management, the Scottish Widows Investment Partnership and California’s two largest public pension funds.The investors wrote the following in their letter to oil and gas companies: ”We would like to understand [the company’s] reserve exposure to the risks associated with current and probable future policies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. We would also like to understand what options there are for [the company] to manage these risks by, for example, reducing the carbon intensity of its assets, divesting its most carbon intensive assets, diversifying its business by investing in lower carbon energy sources or returning capital to shareholders.”last_img read more