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So You Want to Make a Rope
Rug Eh! So You Want to Make a Rope Rug Eh!  by JScoles

Well since I was kicked out to the Guild of Radical Ice Climbing for publishing 'So you Want to Sharpen your Tools!' I figured, 'what the hell!', I might as well get thrown out of the International Guild of Knot Tyers as well. So here is the result For a long time I have been tinkering with trying to tie one of these rope rugs...

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Cropping -
The Kindest Cut Cropping - The Kindest Cut  by Mark Doiron

Often I see an image on SP that would benefit from cropping: Cutting off extraneous material within the image. Occasionally I won’t vote on the image because I feel that the poster hasn’t done his job (the alternative might be to vote lower than I would otherwise on an image that I otherwise like). On occasion I’ll leave a PM for the poster letting him know that I think the image could benefit from cropping. But, why do some images benefit from cropping while others don’t require it? And how does one know when too much has been cropped from an image? To answer these questions we’ll need to discuss some very basic concepts of good photography. So, let’s start at the beginning.

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Questionable Development - A Swiss inside look. Questionable Development - A Swiss inside look.  by piz simon

In this article I would like to reflect on some thoughts about the latest development in Switzerlands' ski tourism industry. Being myself in the mountain tourism business (in Switzerland) I am aware of the difficult circumstances the industry faces nowadays. Having said this, it occures to me that the latest developments within this industry are rather unfavourable.

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Pictures in
Tables on Pages. Oh My! Pictures in Tables on Pages. Oh My!  by Michael Hoyt

Though Summitpost has a perfectly good (and easy) way to intermingle pictures with text on a page, for some reason I can’t quite explain, there have been times when I wanted to put images on a page in ways that couldn’t be achieved so simply. So, I began to research. With the help of some generous Summitpost members, the SP FAQ page, perusing the Forums, plus a little searching on the web, I now have a little more control over picture placement. Since I consider Summitpost to be a community of shared resources, I thought it fitting that I share what I've learned about tables and pictures. I hope to keep this article as “dynamic” as possible. Over time as I learn more, and, as I receive suggestions, I'll make additions.

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Google Earth: A New Tool for
Mountaineering Google Earth: A New Tool for Mountaineering  by gimpilator

Google.com has just come out with another wonder called Google Earth. As I understand it, this free downloadable software uses actual satellite photographs taken within the last few years and overlays them onto basic topographic information. The result is a three dimensional representation of the entire planet! Knowing this made me wonder, "How would a simulated landscape compare to the real world?"

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I Know What
A Foot Is!!! I Know What A Foot Is!!!  by swm88er

How should we measure our mountains? Meters or feet? I have grown up in Colorado all my life and I’m partial to my American units, but even though I live in America, I’ve been using SI units ever since I’ve be in public school. Not long ago I was reading Gerry Roach’s Colorado’s Fourteeners guide book and found, in the appendix, a few paragraphs titled In Defense of Feet. As I read the article I found myself laughing in agreement.

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Epiphanies and Revelations Epiphanies and Revelations  by Bob Sihler

Probably every SP member can relate to the trouble in explaining to non-mountain lovers why one keeps going back to the mountains, spending, some say wasting, all that time and money just to do something that carries no seemingly tangible value yet involves a considerable amount of risk. Well. Rather than explain what’s beautiful about the mountains--- the colors, the clouds, the wildlife and wildflowers, the inspiring forms, etc.--- which doesn’t really explain the yearning, the outright need, that many climbers and hikers feel in their souls, and rather than explain the fact that in the mountains I find my only complete peace, inspiration, and redemption, which just produces nods and sounds nice and poetic but still doesn’t help “unbelievers” understand why, sometimes I simply tell my story, the story of my awakening, and it is only then, as I relate my feelings from those days, that people at last begin to understand. They may never go out and try it themselves, and they may still think I should grow up and focus on truly important things, but it helps them to relate an experience to a feeling and that feeling to a deep and lasting change--- most people have undergone something of the sort somehow, somewhere, someway.

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The fast
and easy way to make a table on SummitPost The fast and easy way to make a table on SummitPost  by Andino

I've recently started using tables in pages I've created. After looking at the FAQ about HTML I made my first table. This first table was small, therefore quick and easy to manage.
But then I thought if I make a bigger table, it would take a lot of time, and I might forget some "tr" or "td". So I created a frame I could use over and over, for a faster and easier way to make a table in an SP page.
Maybe some of you already operate like described below... but I thought it would be a good idea to share this with you.

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7 Ways to
Post Panoramas to SP 7 Ways to Post Panoramas to SP  by Gangolf Haub

Half a year ago Lukas Kunze posted an article about creating panoramas, Panoramas? Here is how to do it!. After having received a number of comments and PMs about posting panoramas to SP I thought it might be a good idea to publish the whole information in an article. Some of the information of this article will be redundant with the one of Lukas but I think it makes sense to start from the beginning and discuss the prerequisites, at least shortly. Also I can’t pretend that I invented panorama posting on SP. This honour goes to brendon, who pioneered it about two years ago on one of the Site Feedback Forum Threads. Several others have taken it up and I’m probably the one who used it most.

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A Strange
Paradox A Strange Paradox  by T Sharp

This has been a tragic season for many mountaineers, their loved ones, families, friends, and partners. From Mount Everest to the Mont Blanc Massif, to the High Sierra of California, the number of fatalities in 2006 has been staggering. The loss too, of so many Summit Post members this summer is probably a statistical anomaly, but none the less the toll it takes on our collective psyche can be substantial. Fellow member Luciano136 has built a very nice memorial page that can be found here: In memory of... It is a sobering experience to visit this page, and reflect on a season of climbing. Focusing on the people we climbed with {or hope to}, the mountains we have climbed {or hope to}, and thereby, gaining perspective to analyze the reasons we took {or did not take} the risks that we did. I personally have lost 3 climbing partners to tragic climbing accidents. I will try to recount the events that led to their deaths in a way that is objective, but not devoid of the feelings I have for them, or the emotions caused by their passing. Perhaps in this way my experience can lend insight to the burning question "Why do we climb?" or more succinctly, "Why do we continue to climb?"

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