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Dispatches : Oct 2012

A New Video Series on Balancing Work and Adventure

How can you have both a career and enough time for adventure? The new video series Balance offers its answer to that question by profiling three men who have found different ways to make a living and enjoy their favorite outdoor sports. Catch the trailer above, and a new episode every week at balancetv.net.

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16-Year-Old Climber Encourages Kids to Find Their Own Everest

Skora5Romero near his home in Big Bear Lake, California. Photo: Jennifer Briggs

What do you do when you’re 15 years old and you’ve already climbed the highest mountain on every continent? If you’re Jordan Romero, you launch a nationwide campaign to scale the tallest summits in all 50 states—and inspire other kids to chase their own dreams.

Last December, Jordan became the youngest person to climb the Seven Summits when he topped out on Antarctica’s Mount Vinson Massif. It was the end of a six-year quest that had started when he summited Mount Kilimanjaro—at 10. But for Jordan’s Find Your Own Everest (FYE) tour, which launched this summer in New England, it’s only the beginning.

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Outside Magazine Is Hiring a Designer

America's leading active-lifestyle and adventure-travel magazine is looking for a designer to join its print team. Think you have what it takes? Apply now.

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Outside magazine, America's leading active-lifestyle and adventure-travel magazine dedicated to covering the sports, people, places, adventures, discoveries, health and fitness, gear and apparel, trends, and events that define the active lifestyle, is hiring a designer. This full-time position with benefits is based at Mariah Media/Outside editorial headquarters in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Tomoko Ogawa Raises the Bar for Women Climbers

If Japanese climber Tomoko Ogawa looks like she's been practicing the problem in the video above for years, it's because, well, she has. Ogawa, 34, starting working Catharsis, a V14 in Shiobara, Japan, three years ago. At the time, no woman had ever climbed a boulder problem harder than V12. Angie Payne hadn't touched The Automator, and Ashima Shiraishi, who made news this year when she climbed V13 at 10 years old, was still unknown.

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How Long-Dead Arctic Explorers Are Helping to Improve Climate Science

Corwin1907The Revenue Cutter Thomas Corwin, in which John Muir sailed as part of an Arctic research trip. Photo: Frank H. Nowell

In July 1879, 33 Navy men set sail for the North Pole aboard the U.S.S. Jeannette Arctic expedition. That fall the ship became mired in ice off southern Alaska and drifted for three years. Its hull was later crushed and the crew abandoned the ship, pulling smaller crafts over the ice, searching for open water. In the end, only 11 men survived. But the logbook, in which the ship's crew wrote detailed weather and sea ice observations, also survived.

Climate scientists are hoping the data inside that and many other Naval and Coast Guard ships, dating back to the mid 1800s, will improve climate science and boost the accuracy of modeling for future weather patterns. Last year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) began digitizing these logbooks. Now, OldWeather.org, a collaboration between a number of academic, government and citizen science research organizations, is spearheading the Arctic Rediscovery Project, an effort to transcribe this massive amount of data, a vital first step in the data analysis process.

Last month, sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean fell to the lowest extent in the existing records, which extend back to 1979, when satellite-based data first became available. This was an alarming discovery, especially given the absence of extreme weather that has precipitated ice loss in years past. But the Arctic Rediscovery Project could greatly improve climate scientists' understanding of Arctic sea ice by extending the archives of scientific sea ice data by more than 100 years.

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