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Post by aweskamp » Wed Jan 25, 2017 2:57 pm

For anyone trying to get through the work day, here are some non-political, mountain-related stories. Feel free to add on if you have any other articles.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wor ... 0dd117d92e


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wor ... 6010e5353d
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Post by Dave B » Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:27 pm

Climate change is political because taxes and profit.

Otherwise, it's just science.
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Post by XterraRob » Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:21 am

One of the most magnificent geologic features in the world is the Ausangate Mountain of the Peruvian Andes. The mountain is striped with colors ranging from turquoise to lavender to maroon and gold. However, this "painted mountain" is notoriously difficult to find and get to, requiring several days of hiking to reach its peak deep within the Andes by way of Cusco.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/ ... 6c14d2628e
The April 2015 quake in Nepal, which measured 7.9 on the Richter scale and affected 80 million people, has been termed the worst in 80 years. Some scientists claim that the height of a swathe of the Himalayan mountains, including the Everest, have dropped by around one meter after that.
http://mashable.com/2017/01/25/mount-ev ... Hm77qsCOq2
In a new paper published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, scientists at the University of Utah argue wildfires at least partially explain the link between drought and haze.
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/01 ... 483729539/
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Post by aweskamp » Fri Jan 27, 2017 12:13 pm

"Skier Goes Off 150-Foot Cliff, Survives Without a Scratch"


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Post by aweskamp » Thu Feb 02, 2017 10:09 am

Lots of great stuff here about PED use in mountaineering, including the use of supplemental O's. It has solid insight from Conrad Anker and Dr. Hackett, as well.

http://gearpatrol.com/2017/02/01/the-de ... aineering/
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Post by TallGrass » Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:19 am

aweskamp wrote:Lots of great stuff here about PED use in mountaineering, ...
http://gearpatrol.com/2017/02/01/the-de ... aineering/
Today’s professional climbers consider preemptive use of dex, or of any “performance-enhancing drug” for that matter, to be cheating ... Mild painkillers and stimulants like coffee and tea typically get a pass, and are even considered part and parcel of a climber’s gear, while prescription drugs and acclimatization meds like dex don’t ... Dr. Luanne Freer...“Using dex on summit day as a performance-enhancer is dangerous,” she says. “It makes it less likely that it’ll work in a rescue situation. I would liken it to pulling the cord on the parachute too early. When you really need it, you’ve lost your rescue.”

Wonder what they'd say when people advise dexxing as part of a pre-14er "acclimatizing," even to those with no AMS history.
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Post by XterraRob » Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:23 am

aweskamp wrote:Lots of great stuff here about PED use in mountaineering, including the use of supplemental O's. It has solid insight from Conrad Anker and Dr. Hackett, as well.

http://gearpatrol.com/2017/02/01/the-de ... aineering/
Is it really necessary for people to compare themselves to others in order to validate their own accomplishments? Sounds like an ego conflict to me but then again, not everyone climbs for the same reasons.
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Post by highpilgrim » Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:31 am

I would liken it to pulling the cord on the parachute too early. When you really need it, you’ve lost your rescue.
Bad analogy.

The only thing that happens if you pull your rip cord too early is that you float around longer. Which is only bad if people are shooting at you.
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Post by TallGrass » Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:44 am

highpilgrim wrote:The only thing that happens if you pull your rip cord too early is that you float around longer. Which is only bad if people are shooting at you.
Indoors, yes. Outdoors, air masses move and the added drift can make you miss your LZ.
Regardless, it can be like popping morphine when you leave the TH just in case you break a leg.
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Post by highpilgrim » Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:06 pm

TallGrass wrote:Indoors, yes.
Go away Monsta. We're on to you. I do commend you being able to dumb yourself down so convincingly.

And also, while you're at it, why don't you show me your jump (jungle) boots again.

https://www.14ers.com/forum/viewtopic.p ... ts#p557425
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Post by dubv1 » Thu Feb 02, 2017 2:58 pm

highpilgrim wrote:
I would liken it to pulling the cord on the parachute too early. When you really need it, you’ve lost your rescue.
Bad analogy.

The only thing that happens if you pull your rip cord too early is that you float around longer. Which is only bad if people are shooting at you.
It was a hilarious analogy and pretty good but for reasons he didn't intend. PVT blue falcon, who happens to be aft of the wheel well, ripping his reserve while the paratroop door of the C-whatever is open. Crushed against the trail edge of the door by his own reserve. As they say, "w'hat a hell of a way to die."
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Post by highpilgrim » Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:24 pm

dubv1 wrote:PVT blue falcon, who happens to be aft of the wheel well, ripping his reserve while the paratroop door of the C-whatever is open.
I took it for granted that one was smart enough to not pull it while still in the aircraft. That's what happens when you assume...

I had a friend that was dragged out a door in a 130 by getting snagged by the lines from a fuel blivet. His harness saved him but he got opened up pretty bad going through the door with it. Had to be drug back in by his safety line with his insides out in the breeze.

He lived, and has some impressive scars to show. He was and remains a tough SOB.
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