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Dean Potter's Moonwalk

Yes, this video of climber Dean Potter walking a highline at Cathedral Peak as the sun sets and the moon rises is old. It originally appeared as part of "The Man Who Can Fly," a National Geographic special. But the full clip was just released on Vimeo two weeks ago, a teaser for the re-airing of the  special on Friday, January 11, at 5 p.m. EST. Filmmaker Michael Schaefer shot the scene from more than a mile away using an 800mm lens with a 2x lens converter.

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Falcon's Interactive Guides to Hiking, Climbing, and Cooking

FalconGuides just announced the first 12 titles in a new line of interactive outdoor guides the company developed in partnership with Inkling, a platform for interactive learning.

For the price of the download, readers get expert content optimized for iPhone, iPad, and Web, with features that bridge the gap between apps and ebooks: slideshows with high-res images not found in the print editions, guided visual tours, hyperlinks, and smart search that makes it quick and easy to get to the information you need, from a list of dog-friendly hikes to a river name. Hiking guide users can give tips to other readers and share trail notes on washed out bridges, best photo ops, bees nests to watch out for, or anything else. An animal tracks feature lets you click through a series of questions that narrows down which animal tracks you’ve spotted based on pattern, shape, and size. Rock climbing instructional guides have stop-motion animation illustrating specific techniques.

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Mile High Mountaineering Salute: A Perfect Pack for Climbers


Senior year at the University of Colorado, Boulder was a big one for Jeff Popp. That was the year when, as captain of the U.C. snowboard team, he was honored as a first-team All-American. It was also the year that he decided to avoid the “white collar path” and start an outdoor company. Popp graduated from Boulder and singled out backpacks as the category that could most benefit from a makeover. And, just like that, Mile High Mountaineering (MHM) was born.

The company offers a small but solid line of packs sized and purposed for everything from urban commuting to multi-day trekking. For the past few months we’ve been putting MHM’s 34-liter Salute Pack—the flagship of their line—through rigorous field tests. We hauled it up multipitch sport climbs in Spain, stuffed it full of quickdraws and climbing shoes for a weeklong trip in France, and wore it on a 25k hut traverse in the German Alps.

The standout feature of the Salute is its unique S-shaped zipper, which winds around the top compartment and down the packs’ body. This made for lightning-fast access to everything we took with us, from energy bars at the top to our last-resort rain shell stuffed in the bottom.

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French Mountaineer Maurice Herzog Dies

2224343822_c8528c15d7_bAnnapurna. Photo: BrewBooks/Flickr

French mountaineer Maurice Herzog, who led the first documented summit of an 8,000-meter peak, died in his sleep early on Friday, December 14. He was 93.

On June 3, 1950, Herzog and countryman Louis Lachenal reached the top of 26,545-foot Annapurna. The team climbed the world's 10th highest mountain, located in Nepal, without supplemental oxygen. On the way down, things did not go well. There was an avalanche and the climbers suffered frostbite. Lachenal lost his toes. Herzog lost all of his fingers and some toes. He dictated a book which has been placed at the top of at least one major adventure book top 10 list. His story, Annapurna, became the most popular climbing book of all time, selling more than 11 million copies, though later his telling of the climb was criticized. Before the expedition, he barred his three climbing companions—two others did not make the summit—from publishing about the attempt for five years. After Lachenal's death, Herzog edited his companion's expedition journal so that it jived with his telling of the tale.

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Lowe Alpine Apparel Is Back: 3 New Pieces Not to Miss


In 1973, Lowe Alpine was born in climber Greg Lowe’s garage. Greg and his brother Mike Lowe started the company to make the gear that Greg needed for alpine climbing, ice climbing, and expeditions that simply did not exist at that time. Mike Lowe once said, "our innovations were simply a by-product of necessity.”

It was cutting-edge stuff, some of it the most influential gear of all time. The brothers conceptualized and built the first internal frame backpack, technical climbing clothing, and a host of other alpine gear. 

Eventually the business got big, the brothers sold, and then Lowe Alpine went through a series of ups and downs that came with changes in ownership. Through all of it, Lowe Alpine maintained its reputation for excellent performance at a value price. But the brand faded from retail stores, finally disappearing in 2010.

Now Equip, the U.K.-based company that also owns Rab, is bringing Lowe Alpine back. It’s investing heavily, updating the Lowe Alpine pack and apparel design with the goal of keeping it accessible—as Lowe Alpine always was—with top notch tech at affordable prices.

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