Blog — Trekking Poles

Lauren Hudgins
Goodwinds Composites and Pacific Northwest Sustainability

Goodwinds Composites and Pacific Northwest Sustainability

They helped NASA build a helicopter for Mars, but Goodwinds Composites is still a very down to Earth company. When we were looking for a US carbon fiber tube manufacturer for our Cnoc trekking poles, we knew we couldn't do better than a local, family-owned small business with a focus on caring for both people and planet. When we visited their modest factory in Washington, we wanted to get to know our collaborators. “You know, I’ve got kids,” says Amelia Cook, who owns and operates the Mt. Vernon, Wash. manufacturer with her brother, Leland Holeman. “I want them to have a world to...

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Lauren Hudgins
Cnoc Poles Are Fully Funded!

Cnoc Poles Are Fully Funded!

Our Cnoc Trekking Poles  were fully funded on Kickstarter in nine hours (and a few minutes). These fully repairable trekking poles are officially happening. We're sold out of some of our early bird prices, so pledge as soon as possible to get the best price on your poles. Our Kickstarter was featured in Forbes, proving that tiny, determined businesses with good ideas can become major national players. It's not over yet. Our Kickstarter ends October 31. We're thinking about stretch goals. Have a feature you'd like to see? Let us know. Have you pledged yet? Here's what Darwin on the Trail,...

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Lauren Hudgins
Kickstarter Postponed

Kickstarter Postponed

We have disappointing news. We are postponing our Cnoc poles Kickstarter campaign due to some unsolved issues in the supply chain that impact our ability to deliver the poles in due time. We hope to solve them in the next month and relaunch in mid-September. The problems are: 1. The engineering company that is making the heat transfer machine to decorate the tubes is missing a few key parts that will take several weeks to make. They can't fulfill the August deadline for us and we probably won't have a working machine until later in the year. 2. Problems with cork stock levels in...

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Lauren Hudgins
The Last Trekking Poles You'll Ever Need to Buy on Mars?

The Last Trekking Poles You'll Ever Need to Buy on Mars?

  Nice landing. Is there something familiar about that helicopter? We have some really cool news about our manufacturing partner Goodwinds Composites! Along with them making our carbon fiber tubes for our new Cnoc trekking poles, they are also providing parts for the landing gear of NASA's first helicopter on Mars, scheduled for launch in 2020. The helicopter will prove the "viability of heavier-than-air vehicles flying on another planet" and deliver beautiful high resolution color photos of the stark red landscape. That's big news for a company in a little town like Mt. Vernon. We couldn't be more excited to...

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