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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.

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.

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.

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?"

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.

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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