July 30, 2009

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 got my interest was learning that the boy and his dad sleep in a hypoxic tent in their Big Bear, CA, home to pre-acclimatize themselves for high altitude mountaineering (more…)

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July 20, 2009

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

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 to link back again once winter arrives. In case I forget, make sure you read—and remember—Lou & Jonathan’s article.

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July 5, 2009

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 up the sky. This is also one of the darkest skies in the LA Basin, so you don’t get too much interference from city lights. Just be creative in your parking if you go, or you’ll have a long haul home. Happy 4th of July!

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July 4, 2009

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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