Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Climbing Is Dangerous - Especially If They Shoot You

On Nanga Parbat, the 9th tallest mountain in the world, 11 climbers were murdered for their money. Article here. (That's one of the reasons I'm not going there this year. Another reason is cost. Oh, and the time needed to travel. Oh, and one other reason, I'd have to rough it.)





Monday, July 29, 2013

2,800 Miles Through The Himalaya

Father and son travel by motorcycle through the Himalaya. At about 2:30, the footage is a little stomach-churning. More info here.


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Rain Can Be Dangerous

These flash flood chasers filmed what happens when 3 inches of rain falls in southern Utah. The good stuff starts at the 1:20 mark.


Thursday, July 25, 2013

What A Great Way To Cool Off

Four guys were arrested driving a car with a swimming pool inside. "German police say a motorcycle cop couldn't believe his eyes when he saw four men, including the driver, splashing about in the open-top BMW..."

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Teach Your Children

According to the photographer of "El Cap Reports", children are not taught to dress correctly to climb El Cap. He, like me, prefers climbers in red or other bright colors. 
"Mothers of America, teach your children the appropriate dress for ElCap!!! 


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Rescue In Yosemite

The amount of resources spent to rescue climbers who voluntarily put themselves at risk, has always impressed me. Here, a solo climber hurts his back and is rescued by a team of 7-8, including a helicopter.


11 Minutes To Climb Devils Tower

"A few days Ago Felipe (guide at Devils Tower) just free soloed Walt Bailey on Devils Tower, in 6 minutes (about 170 ft of fingers and hands), then run through the 4th class trash in 5 min to make the summit in a total of 11 min. He's the man....Felipe beat Todd Skinners previous record of 18 min to the summit."    (This is from a posting on meetup.com.)


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Bugs, Bogs, Bears, Belugas & A Bay - A Canoe Trip To Hudson Bay

videoOur canoes were surrounded by Beluga whales on our last day of canoeing into Hudson Bay. When they swam by they'd turn sideways to get their eye close to the surface and see who we were. In the video you can see the horseflies as well as the whales. Their breathing sounded like a bunch of old men who were running up a hill.




The day before, a big white rock in the middle of the Churchill River, turned out to be a mother Polar bear and her cub cooling off in the heat.

The tundra was full of bogs with quicksand-like mud. 


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