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  1. And I bet you thought Twight was dead.....

    Only if Mohammed hasn't moved it first
  2. Questio Regarding Trip Reports

  3. Memorial Post?

    schweet, my old avatar is still up
  4. Dear France,

  5. Ramone Rock ?

    Hey all, I was perusing my Smoot, and came across the chapter for Ramone Rock. Having just started leading in trad, this looks like a decent area to check out ( nice low grades that I could flail up ). So , is it worth checking out ? Thx.
  6. How to ship 117,000 sheep from Australia.

    Pan-United Shipyard Completed Conversion of World's Largest Livestock Carrier Pan-United Shipyard (PUS) has successfully converted the world's largest livestock carrier, Rodolfo Mata, from a container vessel. The very large livestock carrier has a capacity to carry either 25,000 cattle or 135,000 sheep or a combination of both. It eclipses the previous world's largest livestock vessel, Danny F 11, which has a capacity to hold 16,000 cattle or 85,000 sheep. Danny F 11 was also converted by PUS in 1994. Rodolfo Mata is a state-of-the-art vessel with unique fodder, water ventilation and generation systems several times over and above the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) standards that are the highest in the world. The vessel has a 5,000-tonne fodder storage capacity as well as 8,000 tonne fresh water storage capacity. The main supply of water is delivered by three reverse osmosis plants that have a capacity to deliver 1,800 tonnes of fresh water daily. At full-livestock capacity, these systems allow a feed and water availability of eight days over-and-above the longest voyage (24 days) requirements to accommodate any unforeseen delays. AMSA standards call for only 3 days' reserve. The ventilation system is the only one of its kind in the industry and can deliver fresh air into individual pens on all enclosed decks. Five generators provide the main power supply to the ship and its systems with another five secondary generators supplying 4.5 megawatts of power. Rodolfo Mata is a milestone achievement in the long haul transportation of livestock. Fitted with 14 decks and 2,000 pens, Rodolfo Mata is 21,000 tonnes when empty and 51,000 tonnes when fully loaded. It can accommodate 100 crew and travel up to a speed of 25 knots. Commissioned and owned by the Fares Group, Rodolfo Mata set sail on its maiden trip in January 2002 to Fremantle, Perth of Australia, to load 117,000 heads of sheep bound for the Haji festival in Saudi Arabia.
  7. Mountaineers vs. WAC Basic Climbing Course

    If you take the mounties class with Everett or Tacoma, you'll get a better instructor to student ratio and get to know everyone better than in the Seattle mega-class. Then you can sign on to climbs with any branch. I second that, I had a fun time making up the Glacier field trip to Rainier with the Olympia branch. Fine bunch of folks. I wish had done the course with them vs. the "boy scout" camp.
  8. foreign policy blog Dru = bad for environment? It was only a matter of time before someone took the avatar world to task for their environmental impact. (In case you think an avatar is a new model of Hyundai, here's a brief primer. Avatars are computer-generated, physical representations of people in virtual online games or social worlds. Think Second Life, Sims, World of Warcraft, etc.) The virtual world of Second Life, which hit one million residents back in October, is one of the most popular online games of its kind. To even call it a game is perhaps inaccurate. It's a full-fledged virtual world, complete with crime, sex, commodities, and real-world advertising. (Don't miss BusinessWeek's journey into Second Life or its great "Old Fogey's Guide to the Online Universe.") It goes way beyond the traditional online games of old: These days, politicians like former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner hold town meetings and musicians use music streaming to stage "live" concerts in Second Life in order to be heard. So, it's fascinating to see blogger Nick Carr (also a former exec editor at Harvard Business Review) calculate whether avatars consume more energy than their human counterparts. He found that the thousands of avatars "living" in Second Life at any given moment, given the servers and computers needed to run the virtual world, use about the same amount of electricity as a comparable number of real-life Brazilians. So, here's my question: Has anyone done any research on whether avatars are much more wasteful than their human counterparts? Say, in terms of energy: Do avatars not bother to turn off the lights?
  9. Mount Rainier update

    from Mike's blog "Speaking of intrepid climbers, a few showed up at Nisqually Entrance wanting to hike the Nisqually Road to Paradise. The road corridor, however, remains closed. " Ok, 'fess up, who was going to hike it?
  10. Liberty Mountain Harness Recall

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 12, 2006 Release #07-049 Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 366-2666 CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772 CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908 Liberty Mountain Recalls Climbing Harnesses Due to Fall Hazard WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. Name of Product: Edelweiss Challenge Climbing Harnesses Units: About 5,900 Distributor: Liberty Mountain, of Salt Lake City, Utah Hazard: The buckles on the harness' leg loops could fail, posing a fall hazard for climbers. Incidents/Injuries: Liberty Mountain has received five reports of the leg buckle failing. No injuries have been reported. Description: The sit harnesses are worn around climber's waist and legs and attach to climbing ropes to protect climbers from falling. The harnesses have three buckles including one on the waist belt and one on each leg loop. "Edelweiss" is printed on the waist belt. Only harnesses using the para buckle system are included in this recall. Para buckle harnesses have a single bar installed in the center of each of the three buckles. Sold at: Climbing equipment retailers, Liberty Mountain's catalog, and by various Web retailers from January 2005 through September 2006 for about $47. Manufactured in: France Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled harnesses and contact Liberty Mountain for instructions on returning the harnesses including a return authorization number. Liberty Mountain will provide a free inspection and free repair. Send your harness for repair to: Liberty Mountain, 4375 West 1980 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104. Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Liberty Mountain at (800) 366-2666 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, by fax at (801) 954-0766, by e-mail at info@libertymountain.com, or visit the firm's Web site at www.libertymountain.com To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07049.html ******************************************************** The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $700 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard or can injure children. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC's web site at www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. To join a CPSC email subscription list, please go to www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.asp. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at www.cpsc.gov.
  11. Overnight parking near Ritzville???

    Bite the bullet and the use the long-term lot at the Spokane airport. Beats coming back and finding your car towed...
  12. "Vacation Alpinism" and Epics

    Separate line at the climbing permit desk. One for regulars and the other for "weekend warriors"?
  13. Boycott "Smith Rock 1986" documentary

    The old skool types definitely knew how to wear their lycra
  14. Seinfeld's Kramer: Racist Piece of Shit or...

    Well, when you "snap" your first immediate reaction is not one going to be based on cold calculation is what you really feel. He lost it on a stage being heckled ( common for stand-up in a small club) and went right for the n-word. That wasn't cold calculation it was plain , deep-seated racist reaction that surfaced when he felt confronted, cornered and angry. As for a pattern we really don't know much because after Seinfeld, his career has been pretty lackluster. I love how all the arm-chair psychiatrists here just "know" that the guy is a racist. so what is a racist then?
  15. Seinfeld's Kramer: Racist Piece of Shit or...

    Well, when you "snap" your first immediate reaction is not one going to be based on cold calculation is what you really feel. He lost it on a stage being heckled ( common for stand-up in a small club) and went right for the n-word. That wasn't cold calculation it was plain , deep-seated racist reaction that surfaced when he felt confronted, cornered and angry. As for a pattern we really don't know much because after Seinfeld, his career has been pretty lackluster.

    Where's Cliff?

    Yngwie Malmsteen
  18. Global warming is the shizzit

    WASHINGTON -The satellite image on the left shows the minimum concentration of Arctic summer sea ice in 1979, while the image on the right shows the 2005 minimum, which was reached on Sept. 21. Signs of warming continue in the Arctic with a decline in sea ice, an increase in shrubs growing on the tundra and rising concerns about the Greenland ice sheet. “There have been regional warming periods before. Now we’re seeing Arctic-wide changes,” James Overland, an oceanographer at the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle, said Thursday. For the past five years, it was at least 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit above average over the Arctic over the entire year, he said. msnbc article
  19. Mounties Recruiting Poster

    Nah, just a few minutes using the Gimp
  20. Salman Rushdie. Earth to Leftists....

    Methinks I need to reread "City of God"
  21. student tasered multiple times at UCLA

    drunk posting rules
  22. Global warming is the shizzit

    More movies! hollywood and smog