March 31, 2008 ‘Battlestar’ Returns Film & Television

‘Battlestar’ Returns

It’s no secret I’m crazy for SciFi’s Battlestar Galactica series. Battlestar is easily the best show currently on television, and I’d be hard pressed to name anything from the past that even remotely compares. Way back in the day, when ABC first released the original Battlestar in 1978, the show was widely derided as an (more...)...

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March 29, 2008 Current Conditions

Whitney Portal Road: ‘Closed’ vs. Closed

Well, I drove up to Lone Pine yesterday with big plans for some climbing and skiing in the Whitney Portal region, only to discover the road, which is normally “closed” for winter had been Closed (more...)...

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March 27, 2008 Skiing

Death Valley to Telescope Peak

Allow me to say I’m just green with envy on this one—a group of skiers (or perhaps more accurately, madmen) hiked from Badwater Basin, Death Valley, elevation -282, to the summit of Telescope Peak, 11,049, some 20 miles of rough country away, skied the peak, and hiked back down. My favorite part of the Trip (more...)...

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March 25, 2008 Health on Plastic Toxicity

This month’s newsletter features an article on plastic water bottle concerns and alternatives. Some of you may be aware that Canada’s largest outdoor retailer recently pulled polycarbonate (Lexan) water bottles from its shelves, citing safety concerns about the ingredient BPA, which leeches from polycarbonate plastics, and which acts like a hormone when ingested by (more...)...

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March 23, 2008 Skiing

Mt. Baldy – North Face

AFTER SCOUTING Mt. Baldy’s north face from Mount Waterman, I thought I’d hike up for a ski attempt this weekend. There was no question there would be snow—lots of it. But I was a little concerned about ice. This has been a strange season for north aspects in the San Gabriels. Things have been persistently (more...)...

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March 20, 2008 Current Conditions

Route 2 – Mt. Waterman Report

BUT IS THERE SNOW? That’s certainly the question that was on my mind, so I packed up the skis and the boy and hit the road. Figuring I’d try to find snow a little closer to home, I drove up Route 2 from La Canada. I’ll tell you, things looked pretty bleak at first. When (more...)...

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March 18, 2008 Climbing

AAC Changes to Global Rescue ‘Service’

The American Alpine Club has posted more information on its website about the organization’s shift from offering rescue insurance as a member benefit to a rescue ‘service’ managed by Global Rescue Worldwide (more...)...

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March 18, 2008 Books

8000m Crime

The Alpinist’s web site is running an excerpt from High Crimes: the Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed by Michael Kodas. High Crimes documents the shocking but very real emergence of theft as yet another deadly threat climbers must face on 8000 meter peaks. You’ve probably heard about the ‘borrowing’ of oxygen bottles (more...)...

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March 15, 2008 Skiing Palmyra Peak Skiing

Skiing Palmyra Peak

I am standing on Palmyra Peak’s summit ridge with two Telluride ski patrollers, and they seem every bit as amazed as I am to be here. From our perch at 13,150 feet, we can see deep into the vast high-altitude cirques and spines of the Telluride backcountry—Lena Basin, San Joaquin Ridge, Bear Creek Canyon. But (more...)...

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March 13, 2008 Climbing

Dean Potter ‘Baselining’ Video

“Instead of Dying, I’m Flying.” — Dean Potter, Moab, Utah climber and Baseliner, in the New York Times. Oddly enough, this does not seem that appealing to me… (more...)...

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