January 17, 2008 Skiing

Shameless Bay Area Crew Targets Langley

On January 13 at approximately 0800 hours, a renegade band of NorCalers drove to the Tuttle Creek drainage, spent the night, and then proceeded to ascend 14,027′ Mount Langley, in the Southern Sierra, the following morning. These shameless individuals, traveling under aliases (and one using an alias for an alias) climbed and skied Langley’s East […] (more...)...

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January 17, 2008 News

Telluride Poacher Video: ‘We Gotta Get Out of Here’

It’s not exactly cutting-edge Gonzo filmmaking, but this helmet-cam video (edited by the Telluride Daily Planet) is certainly a poignant reminder that sometimes those annoying “cliff” signs really do mean…Cliff. Earlier this season two young skiers from Texas decided to duck under the rope at the extreme west end of Telluride’s Gold Hill, tempted by […] (more...)...

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January 15, 2008 California

NYT: Owens River Returns

‘What Los Angeles took a century ago — a 62-mile stretch of river here in the parched Owens Valley — it is now giving back.’ (more...)...

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January 14, 2008 Scouting Baldy’s North Face Current Conditions

Scouting Baldy’s North Face

Here’s a look at Mount Baldy’s north face (Mt. San Antonio) as seen from the summit of Baden-Powell on Saturday. Compared to last year’s bare rock, the sight of all this snow in the San Gabriels is surely cause for celebration, though in truth you’re probably looking at about 2′ of coverage, so let’s keep […] (more...)...

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January 11, 2008 News

“I am a Lucky Man…”

“I am a lucky man,” Hillary told an interviewer after the Everest climb. “I have had a dream and it has come true, and that is not a thing that happens often to men.” National Geographic has put together a Photo tribute to the life of Sir Edmund Hillary. (more...)...

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January 11, 2008 News

Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008)

Few goals captured the imagination like the first ascent of Mount Everest, at 29,035′ the highest point on Earth. Early attempts to climb Everest were turned back with a vehemence than soon had many believing the mountain could not be climbed. And then, in May of 1953, a New Zealander named Edmund Hillary and his […] (more...)...

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January 10, 2008 News

Weselake Avalanche

Photographer Todd Weselake was caught in an avalanche on January 7 while snowboarding the north ridge of Mt. Proctor in British Columbia, Canada. Weselake was carried approximately 300 meters downslope, and buried two meters head-down (more...)...

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January 9, 2008 Musings

Complexity Theory: Judgment Day is Inevitable

I watched Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines on TV last night. Fox’s new series, ‘The Sarah Connor Chronicles’ debuts next weekend, so expect a lot of terminator promotion in the next seven days. Compared to the unexpected cult classic of the original Terminator, and the campy fun of its sequel, T2, the third film […] (more...)...

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January 8, 2008 News

Greenland Uncertainty

The New York Times has a front-page article today on the melting of Greenland’s ice. Greenland occupies a special place in the global warming watch, as it contains an extraordinary amount of frozen water (a Gulf of Mexico’s worth, according to the article). Should all of this ice melt abruptly, it would indeed make for […] (more...)...

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January 6, 2008 Current Conditions

Heavy Snow Warning

Storm not done. This is for the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mts: A HEAVY SNOW WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3 AM PST MONDAY. PERIODS OF SHOWERS…SOME WITH LOCALLY HEAVY SNOWFALL…WILL CONTINUE THROUGH LATE TONIGHT. GREATEST COVERAGE OF SHOWERS AND GREATEST SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED LATE TONIGHT. TOTAL SNOWFALL OF 1 TO 2 FEET IS […] (more...)...

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