November 30, 2011 The Malache Jacket Gear

The Malache Jacket

I’m a big fan of non-fleecy fleece. Yes, we all know the performance advantages of fleece, and we’ve all got at least one fleece jacket lurking somewhere in our closets—but does anyone actually like the stuff? Given the choice of fleece versus a cotton sweatshirt, I’ll take cotton every time, except those times which require (more...)...

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November 28, 2011 Review: Film & Television

Review: ‘Salt’

One of the most satisfying things a great film can do is also one of the simplest—it can take us someplace we’ve never been before. Michael Angus and Murray Fredericks’ film, ‘Salt’, takes us deep into the immense 3,700 square-mile salt flat of Australia’s Lake Eyre—perhaps the most featureless place on Earth. For the past (more...)...

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November 22, 2011 Review: The Swiss Machine Film & Television

Review: The Swiss Machine

I wasn’t sure I’d enjoy ‘The Swiss Machine’, but it was definitely on my must-see list. Ueli Steck’s fame skyrocketed when he successfully soloed the north face of the Eiger in an astonishing 2:44:33. ‘The Swiss Machine’ not only tells the story of the climb—it actually shows us the climb. There are really only two (more...)...

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November 20, 2011 English Asymmetries Musings

English Asymmetries

I had no idea I’d be going to Austria until about two weeks beforehand. Given more time, I might have tried to learn some rudimentary German, but instead I focused on other preparations. I thus arrived in Graz knowing roughly three German words, none of which I could pronounce correctly. Most Europeans know at least (more...)...

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November 17, 2011 Review: Cold Film & Television

Review: Cold

Anson Fogel’s 19-minute Alpine documentary ‘Cold’ was one of the films I was most looking forward to seeing in Graz. The film documents the efforts of Simone Moro, Denis Urubko, and American Cory Richards, who on February 2, 2011 became the first people to summit Pakistan’s 26,362-foot Gasherbrum II in winter. If you think climbing (more...)...

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November 14, 2011 Extra Sunset, Served With Ice Musings

Extra Sunset, Served With Ice

Back home in L.A. now, having flown in from Graz via Munich last ‘night’. My plane took off from Munich in daylight and promptly headed north into darkness. Eventually, somewhere up around Greenland, we turned west and soon chased down the sun, so that daylight returned. That plus clear skies made it possible to see (more...)...

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