A few months ago, I saw Richard Saunders posting on Taipei Hikers about an upcoming hiking trip to Yushan, Taiwan’s highest mountain at 3952m. Since I knew that it took time to get the permits and even then, it wasn’t a sure thing, I jumped on the chance to climb this peak. At the time, I was quite fit. As the months passed, and the climb came closer, I actually had no idea what to expect. I had some issues with my previous employer, and had started a new job in September, so I honestly didn’t have much time to get back into the gym and running. Before I knew it, the climbing trip was upon me. I took the time off work, and bought some supplies.
There’s nothing worse than waiting for a while for the lift or always having to start your boarding run where the lift lets you off. Splitsticks are a new kind of system that combines both snowboards and skis for flexibility, allowing you to hike up wherever you want and take the trails that you prefer.
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I get paranoid sometimes when I am carrying around some of my fancier electronics. It’s not that I’m worried about getting mugged, it’s more a question of getting them wet, because we all know that water and gizmos don’t really gel.
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There is something pretty neat about the new Osprey Raptor hydration packs: they use hydraulic pressure to bring water through the tube. No more sucking. It just flows. There is also a hiking/running line called Mantra. The Raptor is available in 4 sizes, (6, 10, 14 and 18), and uses a customized integrated Nalgene hydration bladder that has a solid back, which locks into the pack easily, even when it’s full. There is a system that puts pressure on the bottle, which in turn spouts the water. That is a great idea. They also have a bungee helmet button system to hold your helmet. They will range form $80 to $120.
That looks like a smoking pack and would be excellent as a day pack on rides. My hydration bladder broke last year. I have been meaning to get another. Instead, I’ll just get a Raptor pack. Seems like a win-win situation. This has teh benefit or being able to work on road rides and MTB rides. Once I get a training road bike, I’ll mount my stubby tires again and go MTBing. Now, all I have to see if a few odds and ends, like a notebook and a laptop, can fit into the pack as well. I’ve been using a Osprey Atmos 25 and 35 since 2007 as my main packs. They are slim and streamlined. I usually wear them on my scooter or on my bike. Though they Atmos is great, it’s not a bike specific pack and I’ve been meaning to find something.
The Atmos 25 is pretty gruddy and needs to be washed. The Atmos 35 has been used less since I almost always take the 25 out. They aren’t great for books, as they are streamlined. I get the idea that this is true for the Raptor as well. However, I’ve got a 13″ notebook, so it might not be that much of an issue.
The new Arc’Teryx hydration bags, which will only be available in the spring of 2010, look pretty darn ordinary compared to this Osprey.
Temperatures hit a low of around -22 C.
I love how the weather sites say that “Oh, BTW it’s only -15, but it feels like -25 C due to the wind chill factor!”. Some people say that the wind chill factor doesn’t matter. It does matter because there is always a part of you that is exposed to it. Unless you wear a balaclava and goggles, you are going to get chilled by the wind. Thankfully almost all of my body is well hidden behind a layering system.
Arctic explorer and adventure enthusiast Tina Sjogren has slammed Bear Grylls in a recent interview. She thoroughly was flabbergasted by his advice on how to survive a fall into the ice in an arctic climate. Who is Tina Sjogren? The only woman to make it within a month to both poles in an unaided expedition. She climbed Everest too, unaided. Grylls was part of a large commercial climb and suffered from frostbite.
There are also problems with Edward Michael Grylls’ claims of being part of the famed SAS. It has been discovered that Grylls wasn’t part of the elite unit, the SAS 22, but the Territorial Army, SAS TA 21.
If you thought Bear Grylls was out of trouble, you are out of luck!
Bear Grylls is accused of more fakery, this time by the networks themselves!
A reader mentioned that Channel 4 has already canceled his show. The Discovery Channel are still reviewing his shows before they decide.
Following allegations of deceiving his viewers on his show Man Vs Wild/Born Survivor, airing on Channel 4 in the UK and the Discovery Channel in North American, both networks are reviewing the upcoming shows. They have said in a press release that the upcoming shows and repeated shows will edited to include full disclosure. This is the reason why we haven’t seen anymore episodes.