It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt Editors’ Recommendations The Complete Guide for Learning How to Mow a Lawn The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now How to Sleep Outdoors: Bring the Best Gear for a Good Night’s Sleep An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a seven-week jaunt in the Grand Tetons, or fiending to catch some waves someplace other than the North Shore. One day we may highlight a new ultra-light camping stove or minimalist water filter, and the next you may find us getting wrapped up in a set of Norquayco’s handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace and home, so get outside and live it.To say the iconic yurt was a staple of nomadic society would be an understatement. Constructed of a circular frame and a felt cover typically made of wool, the traditional dwelling was a pivotal structure on the steppes of Central Asia for more than 3,000 years. It allowed wandering communities to shelter themselves from the elements of the outside world, while providing warmth and a symbolic presence for generations to come. That said, while the wooden Trakke Jero Tent ($7,500) may not be a traditional yurt per se, there’s no denying the basic source of its inspiration.Designed in collaboration with self-proclaimed adventurer Uula Jero — a man who gave up his material belongings and spent a year living in yurt in an industrialized region of Germany — the Jero tent takes more than a mere cue from the structure on which it’s based. It’s roughly 50 percent lighter and more compact than a traditional yurt, boasting a cutting-edge design comprised of marine plywood walls and stainless steel hardware. The compact design makes it portable enough to set up as a basecamp in the mountains, or your backyard, with a weatherproof canvas top that provides sublime protection from the weather. Tool-free assembly even helps ensure two people can set up the structure in less than two hours, conveniently, without the aid of mules or pack animals.Dead-simple construction isn’t the only appeal, though. The Jero Tent was CNC milled with both sustainability and durability in mind, and given the organic nature of the design, it’s as stable when erected as it is flexible when taken down. It’s pricey, but then again, so is that lavish apartment you’ve been pining after just south of Copenhagen.Check out Trakke’s website to make a purchase or peruse the company’s notable selection of messenger bags, U-lock holsters, and other outdoor accessories.
TWO MORE of the country’s highest courts have announced they will hold extra sittings in September to help clear a growing backlog of cases.The Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeal will both sit during the month of September, a month when the courts are traditionally in recess.Non-priority cases sent to the Supreme Court currently face a four-year wait to be heard, as a result of a growing load of appeals from lower courts, while cases sent to the Court of Criminal Appeal are unlikely to be heard for 15 months.Despite the delays, the Supreme Court’s calendar does not foresee any sittings between July 31 and October 7, under a historical convention in which regular sittings are not held in the months of August and September.Chief Justice Susan Denham said the extended sittings were “a pro-active measure by the judges of these courts to tackle the significant delays before an appeal can be heard.”The growing caseload at the Supreme Court has also led to Government plans to appoint two extra judges to the Supreme Court, giving it a total of nine ordinary members in addition to the Chief Justice and President of the High Court.There are also plans to hold a referendum to create an extra Court of Appeal which would take cases appealed from the High Court, leaving the Supreme Court only to deal with constitutional cases or matters of major public importance.Chief Justice Denham said the extra courts and judges would “provide permanent and sensible relief of the current logjam.”Justice minister Alan Shatter welcomed the extra sittings.“This measure on the part of the judiciary will also alleviate the delays and help to ensure that citizens’ right of access to justice is upheld,” he said.The High Court had previously indicated plans to sit through September to deal with its own growing backlog of cases.Read: New judges to deal with courts backlog
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