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Cold Weather Test for Water
Bottles Cold Weather Test for Water Bottles  by Scott

Staying hydrated in the winter is very important. It is hard to drink frozen water! Here is a simple test of waterbottle done to simulate typical conditions in Colorado.

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Climber unknown To a Climber unknown  by gabriele

I started to climb in the summer 1963, easy mountains ... After that holiday, while speaking with one of my childood friends (two years older) I told him about my new "keennes" : so I heard that he was a rock climber (one day he showed me the loft of his house: in the wooden beams he had driven some pitons so that he could train in aided climb along long "overhangs") Some months later he dropped from the summit of the Sigaro (one of the Grignetta's spires) dying (his name was Lucio and many years later I set up a rock climbing school named to him). But this is another story ...

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Climbing and Hiking in
France Climbing and Hiking in France  by Andino

From time to time, I see in forums, people asking about what to do in France. The first thing they mention is usually Mont-Blanc and French Alps. It is undoubtedly the most impressive part of our mountains. But France do have other sites in terms of hiking and climbing. This article will provide you with highlights of what you can do. Of course there is much more than what is listed here, but the idea is to give an overview, as many SP pages about French areas and mountains already give complete information.

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Report of
Mountaineering Expeditions Visited Pakistan During 2006 Report of Mountaineering Expeditions Visited Pakistan During 2006  by Karrar Haidri

In 2006 a total number of 91 applications were received for grant of Permission to climb various peaks in Pakistan. Out of which 78 applicants were granted permission to climb respective Peaks of their choice including 10 applicants who were granted permission to climb 02 peaks each, whereas 10 expeditions could not be granted permission to climb peaks situated in Hindu Kush Range being too close to troubled Afghanistan border and peaks situated close to war zone Siachen Glacier, 03 expeditions withdrew their applications. Out of 88 expeditions attempting 22 peaks, 40 expeditions have succeeded in putting 199 climbers on the summit of 08 Peaks. A brief resume of successful climbs on various peaks is given here:

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Terms of Mountain
Dictionary Terms of Mountain Dictionary  by nikolai79

These are the first steps of the idea some summiposter we have some weeks ago: make a list of useful mountain terms in some languges. I have just added some of the terms I think It must be included.

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Too stupid to be scared? Too stupid to be scared?  by Nigel Lewis

In March 1992, I was lucky enough to spend a couple of weeks in Sierra Leone, a country in West Africa that most people had never heard of at that time. It's situated a couple of countries South of the Gambia, just before the big Western bulge of Africa starts to level out toward Ghana, and is between 5 and 9 degrees North of the equator. Then, it had a population of around 5 million, in a country about the size of Scotland. Amongst the many indigenous languages, some people speak English or Krio, a sort of Pidgin English. As a nation, it started to exist around the late 1780s when freed slaves from America and the UK bolstered the local population, and it became a Crown Colony on 1st January 1808. It was granted independence from Britain on 26th April 1961. I don't know what I said or did, but six weeks after I left, there was a fairly popular revolution, which overthrew the Government of Major General Momoh, who had been the stable but corrupt leader of the party that had ruled for around 30 years!

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Pierre Mazeaud Pierre Mazeaud  by Bor

Pierre Mazeaud was born on 24th of August, 1929 in Lyon, in France. He was studying law in Pariz and had a doctorate in law from the University of Paris. Later he became a professor on the univesity. From 1961 to 1964, he was a member of the judiciary. In the 1973 he got subordinate governmental positions regarding sports. In 1976, he became a counsellor in the Conseil d'√Čtat, a position from which he retired in 1995. In February 2004, he was appointed president of the Constitutional Council of France by president Jacques Chirac, till February 2007. He had been a member of the council since February 1998. He is a politician and it is interesting how he found free time for climbing. In his famous book Montagne pour un homme nu (A mountain for a naked human) he described how he was driving thousand times from Pariz to Chamonix and all over the Alps for climbing. In the late hours of Friday he went from Pariz, he started climbing in Chamonix till Sunday evening and then he drove back to Pariz because he had a job on Monday morning.

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Walter Bonatti Walter Bonatti  by Bor

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Enzo Cozzolino ( Enzo Cozzolino ( "Grongo" )  by ganesh70

Enzo Cozzolino could have been the greatest of all, if even Reihnold Messner, the icon of the alpinism, said that he had never seen a stronger rock climber. But sometimes the destiny of a climber is not the one to live a long life, and Enzo passed away when he was still a boy, at the age of 23. But in his short carrier realized unbelievable exploits, often in free-solo. He was one of the "fathers" of the modern free-climb and probably the first who broke the extreme barrier of the seventh degree. He simply changed forever the way of climbing on rock , refusing artificial helps and facing even the most extreme passages only with his great strenth and beautiful techinique.

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Riccardo Cassin Riccardo Cassin  by Bor

Enlarge The young Riccardo Cassin climbing. The member of the climbing club the Spider (Ragni) group from Lecco (Club Alpino Italiano) Riccardo Cassin is one of the greatest alpinist of this century. He was born on the 2nd of January 1909 in the village San Vito di Tagliamento in Furlania. When he was three years old his father went with the big ship to America in search for better life. In the year 1926 he went to the city Lecco looking for the job. He stayed in Lecco and his strong will helped him to reach his own aims. His days were hard. He attended the evening school. Before the school he had twelve hours long work. In his book Fifty years of alpinism he said that the beautiful nature around the lake Lago di Como and the mountains above had created his big love. His first mountain trip was on the mountain Monte Resgone, , the mountain that crowns the city of Lecco. Two weeks later he began his first climbs in the group of the Grignetta mountains. Among many new climbs on the surrounding mountains I mention only the one in the south and southeast face of Corna de Medale. On this trip he had first accident in the mountains. The rock fell on his head and he also injured a knee. After the three weeks spended in the hospital he was ready again for climbing. From this accident he made a decision that he will only climb with those climbers who are good and serious.

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