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Disequilibrium of glaciers with current climate Disequilibrium of glaciers with current climate  by mauri pelto

n historic times, glaciers grew during the Little Ice Age, a cool period from about 1550 to 1850. Subsequently, until about 1940, glaciers around the world retreated as climate warmed. Glacier recession declined and reversed, in many cases, from 1950 to 1980 as a slight global cooling occurred. Since 1980, glacier retreat has become increasingly rapid and ubiquitous, so much so that it has threatened the existence of many of the glaciers of the world. This process has increased markedly since 1995, leading to such bizarre steps as covering sections of Austrian alpine glaciers with plastic to retard melting.

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Finding
Freda Du Faur Finding Freda Du Faur  by dadndave

In a brief and remarkable career spanning the southern summers of 1909/10 through to 1912/13, Emmaline Freda Du Faur assembled a truly remarkable climbing resume. Starting as a raw novice to mountaineering in December 1909, and armed only with her self-taught rocklimbing skills, Freda commenced her alpine career under the guidance of famous pioneer Mt Cook guide, Peter Graham. In order to assess Freda’s ability, Graham took her out on a 10 hour traverse of Mt Wakefield and Mt Kinsey at the extreme southern end of the Mt Cook range. This climb convinced Graham that his client was able to tackle bigger things without further assessment. Remarkably, and well ahead of his Edwardian time in this respect, Graham had said that he saw no reason why Freda should not be a mountaineer, despite the fact that she was almost certainly the first woman in his experience to express such a desire.

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100 Years on the Timpanogos
Glacier 100 Years on the Timpanogos Glacier  by Scott

The "glacier" is somewhat of an unusual and interesting feature for Utah. A perhaps little known fact is that the glacier used to have some rather large (by Rockies standards) and visible crevasses before the Dust Bowl Route of the 1930's. Some of the old photos are available at BYU, and one is posted in the section below. After the 1930's drought, much of the glacier melted and has never recovered. After the Dust Bowl Drought the glacier was thought to be more of a perpetual snowfield over a rock glacier until the surface snow completely melted for the first time in the drought of 1994. During that year a large crevasse opened up in the talus, revealing glacial ice below. For now the glacier survives and is protected under the talus. The surface snow and ice also completely melted in 2003.

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Wilderness is for Everyone Wilderness is for Everyone  by Scott

Perhaps you have heard some of the myths and lies. Lets examine them closely.

  • Wilderness advocates want to lock everyone off the land
  • Wilderness Advocates Want to Lock Away Most of the Land
  • Wilderness Advocates are Affluent, and Want the Land For the Affluent

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  • In memory of Angelo
D'Arrigo In memory of Angelo D'Arrigo  by luciano

    It’s a hard day for all the people in the world who love adventure and the freedom that only mountains can do. We are here to remember a great man who make the story of the flying and for it he’s tragically died on a sunny sunday of spring. Sunday 26, Angelo d'Arrigo crashed with an airplane and his spirit fly away from us. He has flown all over the world. He has flown across seas, deserts, volcanoes, glaciers and mountain chains in some of the remotest parts of the planet, flying with eagles and all kinds of birds of prey.

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    Terragen for visualization Terragen for visualization  by mvs

    There is a great set of resources out there for building a virtual flyover of a real-life terrain you are interested in (see a sample picture of McMillan Cirque on the right). Combining free elevation data (DEM files) from the USGS with Terragen can create amazing and functional images. It is the next best thing to being able to fly over the terrain in a small plane. I'll outline the procedure I followed to make the 5 minute film "Virtual Flight: The Picket Range." There is a great set of resources out there for building a virtual flyover of a real-life terrain you are interested in (see a sample picture of McMillan Cirque on the right). Combining free elevation data (DEM files) from the USGS with Terragen can create amazing and functional images. It is the next best thing to being able to fly over the terrain in a small plane. I'll outline the procedure I followed to make the 5 minute film "Virtual Flight: The Picket Range." Click here to see it.

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    Thank you Pioneers of my
Past Thank you Pioneers of my Past  by Isaiah

    People have been climbing to the top of stuff for a long time but its really the last 150 years where we have begun to really push the limits of what is possible. When I have gone out climbing I see all the gear and knowledge that most people have and the few unknowledgable stragglers out there that have no idea what they are doing on top of a mountian in a rainstorm wearing jeans. I want to express some advances and in my mind important achievements that we have over come to make this sport of getting to the top of stuff as safe and comfortable as it is.

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    So You Want to Sharpen Your
Tools eh! So You Want to Sharpen Your Tools eh!  by JScoles

    Ever wonder how a guy or gals does M11+? Are they just stronger and more talented than me? Most likely, yes, but they also have the special knowledge, that only an initiate of the 7th circle of the great sun sphere has. I know I will be cursed and spat upon by the likes of Will Gadd and Petra Müller for giving these away trade secrets but read on and find out how to sharpen your tools so at least you no longer have that excuse. First a few basics, I am going to show you how to remake your pick for mixed climbing. If you plan to stay on ice only don’t bother to read further. Just skip to the last paragraph or else you will turn your good ice pick into a mediocre ice pick.

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    Giusto
Gervasutti (English Version) Giusto Gervasutti (English Version)  by Rustichelli

    Born in Cervignano in Friuli on 17th April 1909 , in 1931 he moved to Turin to study at the local University. As an expert of climbing on limestone rocks he rapidly got used to granite and the high Western Alps. He continued, though, an intensive activity on the Dolomites: Solleder to Sass Maor with G. Boccalatte and Solleder to Civetta with L.Devies. He was thus able to integrate his Dolomites - rock - climber skills with his western- ice -climber - knowledge and succeeded in ascents so far unthinklable of.

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    Glossary: summit, peak, etc Glossary: summit, peak, etc  by nartreb

    This is to provide a reference and standardized answer to the frequent confusion arising over terms such as "mountain", "peak", and "summit." I realize that local usage will sometimes differ, but it may be useful to have a standard glossary for SP purposes. I have done my best to verify my definitions using authoritative English-language dictionaries. Please provide corrections or interesting local variations in comments to this page. If someone would like to do something similar for other languages, (like, what's the difference between a -spitz and a -horn) please attach your page to this one as a "related" object. If you PM me I'll also provide a prominent link to it right here in this section.

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