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Skiing and Snowboarding : Jun 2012

Neal Grundy Wins 2012 Banff Mountain Photography Contest

Grundy_boulder_chimney_lBoulder Chimney, Eridge Green, Kent, U.K. © Neal Grundy

Photographer Neal Grundy took home the grand prize in the Banff Mountain Photography Competition for his series Night Climbing. The Brighton, U.K.-based lensman set long exposures to capture climbers with headlamps scaling routes in the Central Weald area of southeast England.

“By producing these images at night, I sought to recreate the juxtaposition of natural and man-made forms,” he says. “While the images were exposed, climbers ascended the route using head torches, rendering the climb significantly more difficult.”

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Mich Kemeter Sets Waterlining World Record

Waterlining is slacklining over water. If you're going to slackline, it seems like a pretty good way to do it. Still, it would be hard to walk 728 feet on a slackline for 25 minutes without falling, which is what 24-year-old Mich Kemeter did at Grüner See Alpine Lake in Austria to set a world record in early June. Kemeter fell at least once while practicing, which must have been motivating as the water temperature was 43 degrees Fahrenheit.

Don't let the waterlining fool you, Kemeter has completed more dangerous feats, like a 99-foot untethered walk across a slackline in Yosemite. If that doesn't impress you, a portion of his resume is posted below. The entire thing is a 10-page PDF, so we included just the highlights section: pistol-shooting, BASE jumping, his degree, etc.

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How to Kid-Proof Your iPhone

I’ve already sung the praises of digital distractions—in moderation—when traveling with young children. But even the best kids’ apps are useless if your toddler keeps pushing the home button and navigating away. Not only is it annoying, but it’s also dangerous for your data. The last thing you want is a rogue preschooler trolling through your email or photo files, accidentally trashing your stuff.

BubCap on iPhoneThis will save your life—or at least your data. Photo: BubCap

Now there's hope. The BubCap is a stiff, oblong rubber shield that adheres to the home button on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. It’s rigid enough that little digits can’t depress it, but adults can. The BubCap comes in three “strengths:” Regular, Ultra, and Max. Regular is designed to be toddler-proof, while Max claims to be burly enough for older kids and devices with bigger buttons, like the iPad.

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A Rio+20 Primer: 'Ecosystem Services' and Other Action Words

Earth_shutterstock_KesuPhoto: Kesu/Shutterstock

I know, it's Friday and in your head you're probably half-way down the nearest trail or river already. But next week, world leaders are meeting in Rio, 20 years after their last meeting there (thus, "Rio+20") to try to hammer out some meaningful agreements at the United National Conference on Sustainable Development.

If you follow these U.N. conferences, you know that they tend (especially in recent years) to fail to produce binding agreements. And you know that with each failure, the need for nations to collaborate and cooperate to mitigate the effects of climate change becomes more and more dire.

So, with that in mind. Here's a quick primer on some key issues on the agenda, as well as a round-up of Rio+20 news sources worth your attention.

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Longboarding Down a Winding Mountain Road, at Night

Riding down a winding mountain road at night obviously isn't something that should be tried by everyday longboarders, even if they do have Lupine lights, Contour helmetcams, and Globe boards. That said, the video We vs. the Night shows that three experienced boarders flexing down a road with just a few beams can be a beautiful thing.

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