Whether you’re night riding, hiking, skiing, cooking or just rummaging
around your tent, a bright and long-lasting lamp can make a big difference
between loving the great outdoors and cursing it.
Light and Motion’s new
250 will help you choose the former. The light uses the same battery as your
iPhone, which helps keep it working at about 1.7 lumen’s per gram. And, it’s designed to be versatile—use it as a headlamp,
flashlight, picnic table light, or bike light. No other light that we’ve tried
here at the Gear Shed does such a good job at so many things. In fact, we recently used it
during the Lunar
Quarry 12, a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. bike race in southern Vermont. It lit up the night
and helped our team pedal to victory.
Because the Solite is regulated, the beam of light is bright and
consistent across the entire life of the battery. Most lights don’t stay consistently
bright through their charge—their brightness degrades rapidly as the battery
drains. And riders barely noticed they were wearing it during the Lunar Quarry 12. The next brightest
contender had a massive battery to deal with.
At points in the videoThis Way: Episode 4, it looks like ice climber Will Gadd is fighting his way across the frozen belly of a large white poodle. He's almost perpendicular to the ground and swinging his pick at thick white overhanging strands called "spray ice," protrusions that form when condensation and spray from a nearby waterfall hit a wall and freeze.
The International Cycling Union has accepted the findings in the USADA report on Lance Armstrong and agreed to strip the cyclist of all of his victories since August 1, 1998, and ban him for life. "Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling," UCI president Pat McQuaid said, according to the BBC. "He deserves to be forgotten."
Left: BLM land open to solar development before 2011; right: BLM's current 17 solar energy zone. Maps: NRDC
Wind, solar, geothermal and other so-called green energy
sources might not spew greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, but they're far
Ask any bird conservationist what she or he thinks of wind
farms and you might get a less-than-glowing response. Back in 2005, the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Agency put migratory bird mortality due to wind turbines
somewhere around 440,000 each year. And solar power developers made no friends
among the conservation world when the Ivanpah solar project in Southern
California and adjacent to the Mojave Desert Preserve
butted up against the endangered desert tortoise. The project was stalled as
many hundreds of the reptiles were relocated.
"For a couple of years I was basically in cardiac
arrest," says Ileene Andrerson, a biologist with the Center for Biological
Diversity. "Because of the amount of land to be developed [for renewable energy] and
the piecemeal approach."
Anderson is referring to the years following the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, during which companies filed
hundreds of project applications for mostly solar but also wind projects on
land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, which had $350 million in ARRA
funds with which it was mandated to "restore landscapes and habitat, spur
renewable energy development on public lands, and create jobs."
That looks great on paper, but environmental groups quickly
raised red flags over where the renewable energy developments would be sited
and what oversight (or lack thereof) would be placed on them. This effectively
pitted greens against greens in what looked like a counterproductive, senseless
battle. But Bobby McEnaney, land policy analyst with the Natural Resources Defense Council,
contends that the efforts the NRDC and similar groups have made to ensure
renewable energy is developed with minimal negative impacts on wildlife,
recreation access and cultural resources were rooted in lessons learned from
decades of oil and gas development on public lands.
"Solar and wind energy developers would probably prefer
the laissez-faire approach, which is what oil and gas developers have had on
BLM land," McEnaney says. "But two wrongs don’t make a right."
Still can't wrap your head around all the doping escapades detailed in the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's Reasoned Decision? Tonight's nationwide debut of The Levi Effect, a documentary about American cyclist Levi Leipheimer, should lend more insight.
Leipheimer's testimony about his own and Armstrong's use of performance-enhancing drugs, along with similar testimonies of 10 other riders, lay at the heart of USADA's October 10 report. Leipheimer was issued a reduced six-month suspension in exchange for his testimony, a sentence that could see him racing again by March 2013. However, his Omega Pharma Quickstep team subsequently sacked him, leaving Leipheimer in search of a new team if he hopes to continue racing. "I don't want to stop like this," he said.
Armstrong continues to deny all allegations, though the UCI yesterday upheld USADA's decision to strip him of all victories since 1998 and serve him a lifetime ban.