July 30, 2011 Contour Issues: High Contrast & Snow Gear

Contour Issues: High Contrast & Snow

If you’ve got a Contour helmet cam, or if you’ve ever watched any of my helmet cam videos, like this or this, you’ve probably noticed that the camera is particularly inept when it comes to dealing with bright, snowy scenes. Highlight detail tends to wash out, leaving obvious and ugly blank, featureless regions of white. (more...)...

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July 21, 2011 Climbing

Half Dome w/Daughter

No, they didn’t go up the cables, they went up the Regular Northwest Face. First thought: this can’t possibly be real. Second thought: hey, if she can do that, maybe I can too. Third thought (after reading full trip): uh, no, I can’t do that. Final thought: can we all get together and agree to (more...)...

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July 20, 2011 Nikon D7000 Gear

Nikon D7000

If it weren’t for the D7000’s annoying tendency to overexpose certain kinds of images, I think I could honestly say there is not a single digital frame I’ve ever taken that wouldn’t look better if I had shot it with my Nikon D7000. The D7000 is a formidable photographic tool, capable of handling nearly every (more...)...

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July 16, 2011 California

So Quiet…

I’ve never heard it so quiet here. We live about 0.5 miles from the 405, and you don’t realize how much background noise the freeway makes, constantly, 24 hours a day, until it’s suddenly gone, and all there is in its place is silence. Complete and utter silence. Extraordinary. (more...)...

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July 11, 2011 California

Carmageddon Nears…

Southern California travelers beware: at 7 p.m. Friday, July 15, the 405 freeway will close between I-10 and Highway 101 to allow a mad 53-hour rush demolition of the Mulholland Drive bridge in Sepulveda Pass. What does this mean, exactly? No one really knows. If everyone heeds the warnings and avoids the closure area (and (more...)...

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July 10, 2011 La Sportiva Electron Gear

La Sportiva Electron

La Sportiva’s snazzy trail-running trainer, the Electron, has become one of my footwear favorites—though perhaps not exactly in the way Sportiva intended. The Electron offers an intriguing blend of lightness and support. It is certainly not the lightest of the light, but at one pound, nine ounces per pair, it is quite light given the (more...)...

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July 3, 2011 Mammoth: Top to Bottom Video

Mammoth: Top to Bottom

Yes, it’s another entry in my critically-acclaimed ‘Top-to-Bottom’ video series, in which I go to the top of a ski area and ski all the way down to the bottom! What an absolute blast this day was: July 2 at Mammoth Mountain. I figured if ever there was a year to get up there for (more...)...

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