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Learning to Rock Climb Learning to Rock Climb  by Scott Dusek

It seems like there's a lot of people out there who'd really like to rock climb, but don't know where to start. This article seeks to provide a roadmap through the learning process. This article won't teach you how to climb... that's up to you, but it will get you pointed in the right directions. There's lots of ways to learn to rock climb. This is a generic approach I compiled from guiding and teaching friends to climb. It's methodical and direct and should safely lead you towards self-sufficiency and competence in the vertical world. Some terms may be unfamiliar. Don't worry, it'll make sense in time. In the beginning everything seems unfamiliar, intimidating, and unforgiving. That's normal, imagine your first computer...

Alpine Climbing Thoughts Alpine Climbing Thoughts  by mvs

I thought I'd write down my thoughts about alpine rock climbing. Mostly, this means climbing traditionally protected rock routes in an alpine setting, likely involving crossing glaciers or hiking a long distance. The routes will have loose sections that would disgust a sport climber. But for the alpine climber, it's all about accepting the mountain on it's own terms: you saw it from a distance, thought it beautiful, and now want to climb it. With this attitude of acceptance you will find great joy as you weave your story with the mountain. These little notes aren't in any particular order. In my mind they are all equally important. Some are safety tips or basic common sense you've heard before or could guess. Any wisdom I've got comes in keeping them near to hand, where experience guides me on the next step.

GPS and Google Earth GPS and Google Earth  by Travis_

First, I want to state that I am an amateur with the use of Google Earth and working with GPS files in general. This article is summarizing what I have learnt over the last couple months while trying to find a better way to manage and share my GPS file. I am hoping to get feedback on this article, which I will incorporate in this article in an attempt to become all encompassing on the topic.

My First Experiences With
HDR Imagery My First Experiences With HDR Imagery  by Vid Pogachnik

What Is HDR?

From Wikipedia: "In computer graphics and photography, high dynamic range imaging (HDRI) is a set of techniques that allow a far greater dynamic range of exposures (i.e. a large difference between light and dark areas) than normal digital imaging techniques. The intention of HDRI is to accurately represent the wide range of intensity levels found in real scenes ranging from direct sunlight to the deepest shadows."

Setting Tables Using HTML Setting Tables Using HTML  by Michael Hoyt

HTML is short for HyperText Markup Language and is the predominant language used for the creation of web pages. Put most simply, HTML tells your browser how to display information (text, pictures, etc) on your computer screen. When Josh and Ryle originally set up SummitPost for us mountaineering types to use, part of their job was to provide most of the “background” HTML (or framework) needed to make members’ pages display properly. Their superb design offers members with no knowledge of HTML the ability to design excellent pages. At the same time it allows those who wish to use HTML to gain precise control over how their pages look on the screen. As time passes more and more of SummitPost's members come to truly appreciate the extremely elegant design of this world-class web site.

The Discovery of Outlaw
Arch The Discovery of Outlaw Arch  by Scott

This article will outline the story and details behind the discovery of Outlaw Arch which is located in Dinosaur National Monument. The original discovery was made on September 3, 2006 by Adam Pastula, Michael Kelsey, Stephen Ho, and myself.

Winter Water Bottle Winter Water Bottle  by lalpinist

Here are a few tips for keeping your water drinkable on winter hikes or overnight trips. We all know that the tubes on camel backs and like products will freeze in the winter, even if:

1. The bladder is close to your back;
2. You waste your money on an insulated tube;
3. You shove the tube inside your jacket (through the collar or pit zips).

Drinking water is extremely important in the cold. Often times your natural thirst is absent because you are cool, making it more likely for dehydration to set in. In addition to the typical dangers of dehydration, it can accelerate frostbite, and is an attributing cause of hypothermia. Avoid eating snow because it can lower your core temperature. So what are you to do? Save the bladder for warmer weather, you'll just end up carrying around six pounds of dead weight. You're better off with a nalgene bottle, and using the following tips.

Guides and Guiding: A Q&A
with Kurt Wedberg Guides and Guiding: A Q&A with Kurt Wedberg  by Steve Larson

Many climbers have hired a guide at some time in their career. Questions like, "Do I need a guide?", "How do I choose a guide?", and "Which companies do you recommend?" are discussion board perennials. Climbers with more experience who are looking for ways to marry their love of the mountains with the need to earn a living often wonder what it would be like to work as a guide, and how one goes about becoming a guide. Kurt Wedberg, founder of Sierra Mountaineering International, was gracious enough to offer his answers to some commonly asked questions about guides and guiding.

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...

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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