On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip Anyone who reads National Geographic or peruses its feed on Instagram is probably familiar with the work of photojournalist Jimmy Chin a.k.a. @jimmy_chin. His dizzying images are the ones that suggest a fearless photog who will put himself in perilous positions, whether it’s dangling over a precipice or skiing down a vertiginous grade, to get his shot. Chin turns photography into an extreme sport thereby allowing flat-landers (i.e. those of us too terrified to reach such great heights) to live vicariously through him.On one of his more grounded excursions, Chin was introduced to Harry’s co-founder Jeff Raider. “After meeting on a camping trip, we were really excited to work and collaborate on a campaign together,” says Chin. The photographer didn’t have to look far to find inspiration for his limited-edition designs—the high-visibility ropes (all the better to see in the snow) Chin employs when scaling the world’s highest peaks informed the quartet of vibrant two-tones handles. Those eye-catching shades also come in handy in more down-to-Earth situations, like say, when trying to locate your razor in a jam-packed dopp kit.Jimmy Chin x Harry’s Razors, $20, harrys.comThe campaign for the partnership, featuring a daring man making use of one of the bold razors while clinging to a rock face, was fittingly shot by Chin. “Jeff trusted me and a group of friends to shoot it in the Grand Teton National Park,” says Chin. “The end result is something I’m proud of, and excited to share with friends, family and the climbing community.” Whether you’re the adventurous type or height-averse, these bold implements are sure to get you pumped to shave—if not to climb a mountain. Editors’ Recommendations 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Filson’s New Collection Honors Smokey Bear and the U.S. Fire Service How to Shave With a Straight Razor
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Signed contracts to buy US homes climb in January to highest level in nearly 18 months by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Feb 27, 2015 8:02 am MDT In this Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 photo, a “sale pending” sign is posted atop a realty sign in front of a home in Surfside, Fla. The National Association of Realtors releases its January report on pending home sales, which are seen as a barometer of future purchases, on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The number of Americans signing contracts to buy homes rose at a healthy pace in January, a sign that home sales are poised to accelerate after a slow start to the year.The National Association of Realtors said Friday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index increased 1.7 per cent to 104.2 last month. December’s figure was also revised higher to show a decline of only 1.5 per cent, considerably better than a previously estimated drop of 3.7 per cent.The index is now 8.4 per cent above its level one year ago and is at the highest level since August 2013.The data point to a rebound in sales of existing homes in the coming months, particularly as the spring buying season gets underway. Measures of sales and construction fell last month, raising concerns that the housing market would continue to struggle after a weak 2014. But economists expect that strong job gains, low mortgage rates and solid consumer confidence will give a moderate boost to home sales this year.“Through the volatility, the trend in home sales is probably up modestly at least,” Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, said in a note to clients.Pending sales are a barometer of future purchases. A one- to two-month lag usually exists between a contract and a completed sale.The largest increase in signed contracts occurred in the South, where they rose 3.2 per cent, followed by the West, where sales rose 2.2 per cent. Contract signings inched up just 0.1 per cent in the Northeast, where heavy snow may have weighed on housing. Pending homes sales slipped 0.7 per cent in the Midwest.The increase in signed contracts comes after some disappointing data at the start of the year. Sales of existing homes tumbled 4.9 per cent in January to a nine-month low, while sales of new homes slipped 0.2 per cent. And new construction of homes and apartments fell 2 per cent in January.But healthy hiring should encourage more Americans to start looking at homes. There are 3.2 million more Americans earning paychecks than there were 12 months ago. And younger Americans are finally seeing strong job gains, which could push up the number of first-time homebuyers, a critical ingredient in any housing recovery.Mortgage rates remain near historic lows. The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate was 3.76 per cent last week, according to the mortgage giant Freddie Mac. That has ticked up in recent weeks, but is well below the 4.33 per cent average from a year ago.