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Energy for Less Home Made Power Gels - Energy for Less  by Travis_

I think we all recognize that power (energy) gels are a convenient way to get extra needed calories, easily and quickly, into our bodies during endurance activities. There are alternatives, but sometimes you just don't have the energy or the stomach to eat solid food (especially at 3:00 am). I am sure we have all forced down dry powder bars while hiking, trying to catch your breath between bites, trying to wash it down quickly with water, breathing heavily through your nose all the while. Power gels go down easier, are quick, do no take a lot of chewing and are easy on your stomach. But, they are not cheap. Also, a entire days supply of Power Gels results in a lot of garbage, sticky garbage, sometimes falling on the ground and littering. Why not make your own in a convenient squeeze tube?

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Detective
Photo Hunt in the Uintas Detective Photo Hunt in the Uintas  by Dmitry Pruss

On September 8th, 2003, just over 3 years ago, two women from Georgia picked a Mirror Lake Rec Area pass from a highway booth. They never returned from their Western Uinta hike. Carole Wetherton and her daughter Kim Beverly have last been seen very close to Crystal Lake TH, heading in the direction of Long Lake. The search for the women didn't commence until they missed their flight home on Sep 13th. Their rental car was still at Crystal Lake Trailhead, parked next to Notch Mountain trail sign. The two women's remains have been eventually recovered 9 months later, miles North of the Long Lake trail, and the investigators suggested that the pair may have lost trail in the falling snow, choosing to cross a saddle to the North-West of Mt Watson (towards Holiday Park) instead of backtracking across a saddle to the South of Mt Watson

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Body Fuel:
How to Eat for Performance Body Fuel: How to Eat for Performance  by Duseks

As climbers we spend many hours planning our trip. The pre-trip packing is not simply a chore, it's a ritual. We cut weight anywhere possible, shave our racks down to bare essentials, and gear everything towards success without excess. Yet many of us pay more attention to the fuel that powers our stove than the fuel that powers our lives. Food and Hydration are key to the success of any physically strenuous activity. Physical performance is largely a function of the inputs your body has available to create energy. The type, amount, and timing of what you eat will all affect your body's ability to function well. By optimizing our intake we can optimize our chances of a success.

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In Defense of Our Beloved
Hobby In Defense of Our Beloved Hobby  by avidwanderer

I have not read a great deal of mountaineering literature (I am only twenty-five), but I have read a decent amount for my age and experience. Continuously, I find that authors cave to the common stereotype that mountaineering/alpinism is inherently selfish. Many works claim that mountaineering is selfish because it serves to satisfy our egos, or our alpha male (or female) mentality. When a family person takes part in mountaineering he or she doesn’t take into account the feelings of their family and the responsibility of being a mother/father. In my experience, the opposite is true.

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How a Storm Comes to Mt.
Blanc How a Storm Comes to Mt. Blanc  by signorellil

On Thursday 24 August, 2006, 21 climbers of various nationalities decided, despite a clear meteorological warning, and apparently against the advice of some guide, to attempt the climb of Mt. Blanc via the Gouter route. As predicted, after an unsettled morning, a big storm passed over the area in early afternoon, reducing visibility to nothing even at comparatively low altitudes, with violent winds and snowfall down to 2600m.

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Gear
Suggestions and Tips for the West Butress Route of Denali Gear Suggestions and Tips for the West Butress Route of Denali  by seth@LOKI

I had a ton of gear related questions that I tried desperately to find answers on the web while preparing for the trip to climb Denali (aka Mount McKinley, AK 20,320 ft.) . I want to share my experience with gear on the mountain to help future inquisitors like myself. We had a great trip.

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Living on
the Edge: Extreme Sports and their Role in Society Living on the Edge: Extreme Sports and their Role in Society  by MountaingirlBC

With regard to extreme sports, the perception of the general public is that people who choose to take risks are irresponsible ‘adrenaline junkies’ who are ultimately a burden to society. When a person takes unnecessary risks, and becomes injured or in need of rescue, the expenses for coming to their aid are often borne by taxpayers. It should not be surprising then, that these same taxpayers question why they should have to pay for these seemingly foolish actions. A backcountry rescue after skiers trigger an avalanche, for example, will cost thousands of dollars.

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Colorado
Tall Tales (Just for Fun) Colorado Tall Tales (Just for Fun)  by Scott

Colorado, and the USA in general, are notorious for claiming false "world records". Just for fun, here are some of them.

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Using Polarisation Filters Using Polarisation Filters  by Gangolf Haub

About two years ago I stumbled into a discussion about photography on one of the SP message boards where several people recommended using polarisation filters in order to enhance the quality of the resulting image. In 2003 I started using polarizers myself and since then I rarely venture out without one. During that time I was able to shoot a number of photos which without polarizer would have been utterly unimpressive while I also did a lot of mistakes since I had to find out about the use of the filters on my own.

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A Change in the Map A Change in the Map  by mauri pelto

We have all experienced moments when we thought the map was incorrect in some aspect. Today climbing in glaciated alpine ranges, often a map is incorrect necessitated by the retreat of a glacier. I remember my first experience climbing through the fog of a mountain whiteout to aptly named Pea Soup Gap on Mount Daniels. Peering through this gap we expected to find a glacier filling a basin, not the beautiful but uncrossable jade colored lake, pictured above right. Today ascending in a glaciated range you may encounter a new alpine lake formed where your map shows ice. An easy route up a glacier may be replaced by impossibly steep, smoothed slabs. A gentle glacier slope in the valley bottom, may now feature a steep canyon with a difficult to surmount waterfall. The classic guidebook route description no longer is accurate. Changes in these areas are outpacing our slow paper remapping process. Below are a few examples of changes not reflected on maps of the North Cascades and a sample from other regions. I hope you will help me expand the latter sections with further examples.

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