My first entry, and yes I am nervous.


Well here’s a first look at our new hats that are now in production. And this is where I am supposed to start typing and blogging, and spreading the gospel and having the freedom to ping the internet with my ideas about why the world needs to be wearing latitude 15 gear!

Beanies!  Seems the kids of all ages love them!  My granddaughters wear them to bed!  I might try that myself but it is finally warming up a bit.  There is hope in the north country.   It is amazing to me how many challenges we can adapt to.  It becomes a matter of habit.  “Well, there are a few rocks in our path, we just have to overcome them!”   We love to sail in the summer in our antique – almost – Catboat built in 1974.  It is only 18 ft. 6 inches and to sail it on Lake Champlain with the wind hitting you sometimes from both sides of the mountains is quite a challenge.  Karin is a much better sailor than I having learned how to master the art in Holland.  No motors please!   She has gotten me out of many a jam when my instinct to shove the tiller in the opposite way could have resulted in a jibe which you do not want to do in a small catboat on Lake Champlain in 15 plus knot gusts.  Everyone needs a Pilot or Captain to help guide you through life’s shallows, deeps, and rocky harbors.  I am fortunate to have one in Karin.  But there are others available and some of them are at your fingertips or on your reading table.  To each his own, but to “sail” through life, especially at my age, the only thing you can count on is that the unexpected will happen.  Well that is it for today.  Enjoy your “sail” through today.  It has been said, that if your agenda for today includes eating a green frog then eat that first, then the rest of the day will be easy.

Cheers for now.

Bob Hardy



A patented, intimate blend of synthetic and natural fibers that accelerates the water release rate of wet fabric. It is set apart from other moisture management products because of its faster drying time, the aesthetics imparted by its natural fiber component and its permanently built-in odor eliminator, FreshGuard®.

We've chosen Dri-release for the inside of the shirt because of its multiple comfort and protection features - features that appeal to the extreme sports aficionados targeted by Latitude 15 including skiers, trekkers, climbers, sky jumpers, big game hunters and the like that often find themselves among the elements for hours or days at a time.

"I was so glad to have my Latitude15 shirt with me. It turned out to be the favorite piece of clothing I had with me and so I ended up wearing it for the most of the trip. The level of comfort it provides in an extreme outdoor environment is amazing and its ability to keep your body "climate controlled" is absolutely unmatched by other materials like fleece or cotton. I can only say: Don't leave home without it!"

Gebhard Jochum,
The Lorunser Sport Hotel, Zurs am Arlberg, Austria