NY Times: Couple’s Kayak Trip on Hudson Included Missteps and Dangers, Experts Say.
This one is bizarre. Every time a new article on this incident shows up in my feed, I look for new clues.
What gets me is not the accused, and the attempts at using cultural excuses for her post-incident behavior. It’s the ‘experts’ weighing in. Everyone around NM has a whitewater kayak rotting in their backyard, in various states of disrepair. When season comes, they get used - drain plugs or not. They’re simply awful - AWFUL - on open water in wind and current. They have flat bottoms and wind can push you around wherever you want. Yet folks still use ‘em on lakes. I’d like to say even the biggest fool knows to wear a PFD, yet I see folks consistently go out on flat water with none, thinking flat water is ‘safer’ than whitewater. Whitewater kayaks are designed to roll easily - if you enter the water without a PFD, it’s often suicide. Further, it seems these folks had no sprayskirts (preventing water from entering the cockpit), no paddle-leashes, in addition to the other important equipment mentioned in this article. Saying these two were ‘experienced’ kayakers is ridiculous. Two people went out for an ‘adventure’, completely unprepared for the conditions. Whether she left him to drown or not, it wasn’t ‘kayak sabotage’, given the current clues. And there’s not enough circumstantial evidence to convict, if the jury’s honest.
NY Times: Dean Potter, Extreme Climber, Dies in BASE-Jumping Accident at Yosemite.
“Flying in wingsuits, they tried to clear a notch in the granite cliffs but instead smashed into the rocks in quick succession.” Are we seeing a spike of excessive risk-taking, now that folks can record their own exploits so easily?
Later: I assume the notch on the right.
ScienceDaily: Drug perks up old muscles and aging brains.
“A new study shows that a drug that blocks TGF-beta1, which is now being tested for its anticancer properties, makes brain and muscle tissue more youthful.” No doubt, the new ‘T-shops’ opening all over the country will be quite interested.
Bicycling: Jobst Brandt Passes Away.
“His most recognizable contribution to cycling is his book, The Bicycle Wheel. The definitive tome was first published in 1981 and it is still in print.” A copy of which sits in my shelves. RIP, good sir.
Priceonomics: Hiking the 2,650-Mile Pacific Crest Trail.
“The film adaptation of Wild, released in December 2014, has inspired the largest influx of hikers to ever apply for PCT permits. Last week, some 3,500 hikers were reported to have launched from the trail’s southern terminus. Gauged with previous figures — 1,870 in 2013, and 2,655 in 2014 — that’s nearly a 200% increase over two years.” One of the many reasons, when you come across a special place ... you shut the h-e-double-toothpick up. Yet to save some places, one must reveal them. The great modern outdoors-lover’s quandary.
Picky Bars Smooth Caffeinator.
“Gluten free, dairy free, and soy free.” I don’t generally do ‘energy’ bars, but for biking, this might be pretty cool fuel.
Lifehacker: Get in Shape With This 11-Minute Fighter Pilots’ Workout.
ROTFLMAO. I’ve been waiting for someone like Lifehacker to find the RCAF Exercise book for *years*. This was like the first physical fitness phenomenon in history. HUGE in the ‘60’s. Everyone was doing it. Ladies watched Jack LaLanne. Men did not. Men bought this book, and at least went through the motions. Everybody’s dad had a copy in the *living room*.
Does it work? My old man used it religiously through the middle portion of the ‘60’s. He stayed in good shape - but he was also a walker. A *serious* walker. If there’s one inheritance he left me, it’s the propensity to stay in shape via regular, solo walking.
I should say “marching.” Dad never could drop his habit of using the Marine Corps cadence. When he and I would walk anywhere, he’d continually ‘hitch’ his gate so our legs would be in sequence.
And I haven’t thought of that in years. Thanks, LH.
Guardian.UK: ‘Middle-aged businessmen are winning amateur cycling races on EPO’.
Archaeology News Network: Potential jousting casualty unearthed at Hereford.
“... there is a considerable amount of evidence suggesting this man was involved in some form of violent activity and the locations of his injuries do match quite closely what might be expected from taking part in mock battles. The fact that he was still doing this after he was 45 suggests he must have been very tough’.” ‘Tough’ ain’t reserved for the young, writer.
Guardian.UK: Sylvie Guillem - ‘You dance, and there is always an answer’.
Some have ledes about her being “a car mechanic’s daughter” for the sensationalism; more informative is the fact her mother was a gymnastics instructor. Ms Guillem, your unique artistry will be missed.
Art of Manliness: WWII Workout Week - Posture Training.
Nerdist: Badass Danish YouTuber Destroys Every Hollywood Archery Myth.
Youtube: Danny Macaskill - The Ridge.
Valet: Get Fit Fast.
Time to start. Past it, actually. Trying to find a way to maintain my preferred level sans commercial gym. I don’t want to have to break out the old Soloflex, either. So looking at bodyweight solutions. Gotta get a pullup bar, though. Can’t do anything without a pullup bar ...
TODAY! Fitness: How to Make a Slide Board.
Hey! I used to love my old rollup slide board. Great indoor workout, too. I may gear up and build this in the next week. I need a good indoor workout that’s not boring as hell. You can watch tv and do this SO EASILY.
SF New Mexican: Officials - Hiker found north of Santa Fe ski basin died of hypothermia.
In late JULY, note. When we’re nearly at our hottest temps. I keep banging on about this, but you can so easily be hiking, have a thunderstorm crest those mountains, and experience a 60 degree temperature drop in minutes. I see so many people, too far from the trailheads, woefully unprepared. I do stop and advise (gently), when there’s an opportunity.
Manufactum: Hantelturm Holz [Wood and leather dumbbells].
Actually a pretty good idea. Your toes will thank you at some point. [In German, obviously.]
Outside: Does The Wild Truth Tell the True Story of Chris McCandless?
Cycle EXIF: 44 Bikes Snakedriver.
I really want one of these big-tire bikes. They look like a blast. Given the look, however, I think I’d feel a subtle pressure to learn how to juggle hands-free while riding ... it does resemble a circus clown bike, if you squint a bit.
Italian Ways: Bianchi Café & Cycles - crossing the finish line in Milan.
Bianchi green; my sole favorite green. Wait- not true - just next to British Racing Green.
I always wanted a light boat to carry up to the mountains; most weigh a ton (30-40lbs). This one’s 10 pounds. But at a cost ... $1,900.00. Woof.
Le Vélo // Bikes.
A German outfit rebuilds vintage bikes. Some really droolworthy models there.
The Verge: Google VP’s 135,908-foot leap breaks world record for highest free-fall parachute jump.
“The accomplishment came seemingly out of nowhere with no fanfare or media buzz whatsoever; The New York Times’ science Twitter account first reported Eustace’s incredible feat.” A quiet one-up; I like it.
Youtube: Sia - Chandelier - Tango improvisations by Charlotte & Cedric.
Something different. It always shames me as a male when guys don’t bother to even try to dress the part.
Bicycling Mag: The $134 Miracle Bike.
Should probably have solid tires. For comparable ‘improvement in lives’, dig around and see what bicycles did for women in the late 1800’s. One could, squinting a bit hard, credit bicycles with the suffragette movement.