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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'État, 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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honourable Julius Kugy The honourable Julius Kugy  by Bor

Julius Kugy, the climber and author was born in Gorizia, Italy in the year 1858. Julius Kugy lived in Trieste. In his youger years he became very interested for botany. He made his doctorate from law in Vienna. Later he took over the father`s bussiness. He had many passions like botany, writing books and his biggest passion discovering and climbing mountains. He was only 16 years old when he made his first ascent on the highest mountain in Slovenia, Triglav. Later he visited the wonderful valley of Trenta where he was looking for mysterious flower Scabiosa trenta.

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Legend of the Grand Mesa
Thunderbirds Legend of the Grand Mesa Thunderbirds  by seth@LOKI

I love Grand Junction and the western half of Colorado . I grew up here and my appreciation grows daily. Its “regular-ness” is probably the root of what I like the most. As we grow in population, I hope the Grand Valley will mature in culture and carry a greater appreciation for the landscape and outdoor joy in our midst. I want to tell a brief part of my life story that contains a connection to this land and to the greater cultural history of this area. This story relates to a feature on the Grand Mesa that looks at us everyday. After reading this, I hope more of us will be looking back with a deeper picture of where we live.

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Emilio Comici Emilio Comici  by ganesh70

Emilio Comici was an artist of the alpinism, one of the greatest of all times. He opened extreme routes reaching the highest degrees of climbing difficulty known in those years, especially in the Dolomites. He loved the Dolomites, and in particular that three "indian Gods", as he defined them, the fantastic Tre Cime di Lavaredo.

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Brothers
Set High Goals in Colorado and Beyond Brothers Set High Goals in Colorado and Beyond  by seth@LOKI

Setting goals gives a Colorado boy like me something to live for. My goal is to climb (and sometimes ski when it is sane) every peak over 13,580 feet in my fair state, a total of 200 benchmarks. I think I’m young at just under thirty-three, but my knee tinges with every upward step I take in the mountains. Yet I persist toward my goal, as long as there is open space in the mountains, there is sanity.

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Rendering special characters
in SP pages Rendering special characters in SP pages  by peterbud

Several of us have been working with mountains/areas/etc. having other than English names. Given the variety of languages and the multitude of special characters they use, sometimes it gives a hard time to get "native" names appear right on the screen. Of course, there is the option to neglect the special characters and take what's closest in the "default" Latin character set. While this is practical for saving time and effort, I think we loose quite a bit of "spice" this way. So, I've tried to hunt down all the special characters I needed for my pages so far - some were easy to get by, some not.

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