July 30, 2009 Health

Hypoxic Interval Training?

I was reading an article in this month’s Backpacker magazine about thirteen-year-old Jordan Romero, who is on a quest to be the youngest person ever to climb the so-called Seven Summits. While there’s certainly no lack of controversy about Jordan’s story (he summited Aconcagua at 11, and has plans to top Everest next year), what (more...)...

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July 20, 2009 Hiking

BPL Wilderness Trekking Course

Backpacking Light has a tremendous wealth of information on ultralight hiking strategies. Unfortunately the site is subscription-only, so most of its content is firewalled, but BPL also runs wilderness courses, including this Aug 23-Sept 5 Wilderness Trekking Long Distance class, which runs 14 days and a whopping two grand per person (more...)...

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July 15, 2009 Gear

Beacon Interference

Lou at wildsnow.com has an essential post on how various electronic devices interfere with avalanche beacons. The quick hit on this is that several commonly carried PED’s, such as cell phones and Ipods, can render your beacon useless in search mode. Since this information is both critically important and horribly out of season, I’ll try (more...)...

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July 5, 2009 California

Fourth of July Fireworks

For those of you who didn’t go see 4th of July fireworks, first of all, shame on you! But here’s a video of the grand finale at Marina Del Rey I shot yesterday with my handicam. MDR puts on a great show every year. For a (relatively) small municipality, they sure know how to light (more...)...

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July 4, 2009 Musings

Back to Normal — Sort Of

Well, I’ve reskinned most of the interior pages of sierradescents back to the good old boring gray. I imagine the pink look raised some eyebrows for first-time visitors who were just looking for a gear review or two, but the occasion seemed to call for more than just business as usual (more...)...

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