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Chasing the
Light Chasing the Light  by Mark Doiron

Photography is all about light. That should be patently obvious to even the most casual observer. In fact, let me submit to you that it is patently obvious to the casual observer: Of the thirteen pages of photos I've posted on SP, almost every one of the photos below appear on the first page. Almost without exception, the remaining twelve pages of photos do not have particularly notable lighting.

The Land of Highest Peaks on Earth Baltistan, The Land of Highest Peaks on Earth  by Afzal

Baltistan covering an area of 26,000 square kilometer, comprises 5 vallys: Skardu, Khaplu, Shigar, Kharmang and Rondu. The Baltistan is the part of Northern Areas of Pakistan. These vallys are very important from the mountaineering, trekking and mountain related adventure activities. The northern territory of Baltistan contains four peak above 8000 meters, such as K-2 (8611-M) (Second highest mountain in the world), Gasherbrum-I (8068-m), Broad Peak (8048-m), and Gaserbrum-II (8035-m), and many other above 7000 meters peaks, such as Masherbrum, Gasherbrum-IV, Muztagh Towers, Latok, Baintha Brakk, Chogolisa, Baltoro Kangri, and many more.

Sunset - Il
Tramonto Sunset - Il Tramonto  by Gabriele Roth

Only 3 days ago I heard about the recent death of an old ski-mountaneering partner of mine : I was 35 and, due to some differences in our opinions with the new director of the ski-mountaneering school where I was a instructor, I decided to look for amusement: two 55 y.o. boys shared with me the idea and instead of 6 boring teorethical lessons on the snow we enjoyed 6 first class routes. The partnership went on for some seasons, even with some not difficult rock climbs, amusing like children in front of a new toy: then we lost due to different family and work engagements (I heard that the other one was found dead, leaning to a tree, in a wood where he was hiking alone)

Two days ago I met an old rope partner of mine, a member of the elite of Italian Alpin Club: we spent together unforgettable days, looking for pure amusement in rock climbing ... wow ... Now he is 80 but is still oriented to go to make something on the mountains, I hope that the old rope team will be formed again, for easy rock climbs.

Last week I felt like doing a trip in little known sites so I met a 58 and a 76 y.o. boys, age doesn't matter if you feel a boy

Trail Building and
Maintenance Trail Building and Maintenance  by DamOTclese

Have you ever wondered how the hiking and nature trails get built, or how theyre maintained (if theyre maintained at all?) Well, its hard work, as you might expect, probably the hardest unpaid volunteer work one can do out in the outdoors and still have a whole lot of fun while doing it.

Almost a year ago a band of extremely hearty and physically fit individuals undertook to clear every downed tree from the Mount Waterman Trail located in the Angeles National Forest of Southern California, a very popular hiking trail that has a good view of the Mount Wilson Observatory facility way off in the distance.

Water, How Much is Too
Much? Water, How Much is Too Much?  by FlatheadNative

On January 12, 2007, a 28-year old Californian wife and mother of three children died from drinking too much water. She was found dead at her home after drinking an estimated two gallons in a short time during a contest to win a Wii machine. Despite noticeable discomfort and complaints the promoters continued the contest. She died of water intoxication.

Water, How Much is Enough? Water, How Much is Enough?  by FlatheadNative

It is said that “Humans can live forty days without food, about three days without water and about eight minutes without oxygen.”

Without water life ceases very rapidly. Water is critical in aiding all functions of the body.
As the basis for sustaining life the balance of fluid level must be maintained. About 10 cups of water are lost each day by sweating, restroom routines and through the respiratory system. Those are just normal things that all of us do …. day in and day out.

Climber’s Guide to Prevention of Sun Damage A Climber’s Guide to Prevention of Sun Damage  by FlatheadNative

As we all know sunlight is a powerful source of energy. While sunlight is crucial for many processes on the earth such as heat and production of oxygen through photosynthesis; sunlight can also be damaging to the human body with just a little exposure.

Sunlight is measured in what is called “solar constant” which is equal to the amount of power the sun deposits in a specific area. Without the atmosphere protecting the earth, the solar constant would be 1,370 watts per square meter. But due to the atmosphere the solar constant drops down over 20 percent to 1,000 watts per square meter. The higher in elevation the less protection we receive from the atmosphere. In comparison consider that a toaster requires about 1,000 watts to toast four slices of bread.

Traveler Uncertain Traveler  by StumblingBear

Travel is always an inexact endeavor, that’s what makes it adventure. Popocatepetl is an uncertain Mexican volcano that exceeds in height any mountain in the Lower Forty- eight of the U.S. My atlas says the peak rises to 17,930 feet above sea level making it the fifth highest mountain in North America and second highest in Mexico. A variety of publications list a variety of heights for “El Popo” as the peak is affectionately known, with National Geographic listing it at 17,802. So what’s 128 feet? Climbing the 17,930 foot volcano in 1973, I got to understand this uncertainty.

Finding the
Dead in the Mountains Finding the Dead in the Mountains  by Vic Hanson

Living in a deep canyon in the Andes Mountains gives me lots of opportunities for hiking and exploring. One thing it doesn't provide are leisurely "walks in the park", which is fine with me. I don't particularly like flat trails, either hiking or mtn. biking. Ups, downs and curves are what make a trail interesting and enjoyable. Here you can follow the rivers up the canyon or down the canyon. You can hike down to the river or up to the mountain peak or ridge. And if you are making a round trip of it, you will be doing both up and down. There are very few level trails. Even those that traverse a mountain usually go up and down because of cliffs and gullies, as well as the fact that the villages are at different elevations. There is also no such thing here as a recreational trail, they are all either used by people and animals to get from village to field or village to village, or they were used for that in times past, during the Inca and Wari (pre-Inca) cultures. Most people here can't quite comprehend why I am out hiking just for fun, and not because I have to get from one point to another.

In memory of Wanda
Rutkiewicz (1943-1992) In memory of Wanda Rutkiewicz (1943-1992)  by Ivona

I would like to remind SP community of a wonderful woman,because of the 16th anniversary of her disappearance on Kangchenjunga, 12th or 13th May in 1992. This summit would have been her ninth 8000 meter peak and then she could probably have been the first woman who would reach all 14 8000-meter peaks. She wanted to do it. She died on Kangchenjunga somewhere above 8000 meterss, while attempting via the southwest face route.

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