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Which of these extremely different death-defying climbing videos is more insane?


In the past two days I watched the two most nauseatingly insane free-climbing videos that I’ve ever seen, and they couldn’t be more different.

The first is an amateurish production made by two Russian structure climbers who break in to, and climb, the second tallest building in the world in Shanghai. The footage is simple, shot from GoPro cameras on the climbers’ heads. The effect, though, is an extremely intense as they ascend above the clouds.

The second is a manicured production documenting Alex Honnold — who is according to many the best (if not the most fearless) free climber in history — ascending El Sendero Luminoso without any ropes and completing what some are calling the most difficult free-climb in history. Continue Reading →


How To Source, Resize, and Credit Awesome Photos from Flickr


Often you don’t have the photos you need for a blog post, so you want to go and grab some from the Creative Commons community, but don’t know where to start.

This tutorial will show you how to find great Creative Commons photos on Flickr quickly, and then resize them, optimize them for the web, put them on your blog, and properly credit the photographer with a link in less than 10 minutes, no special software is necessary. Continue Reading →


Skiing vs. Snowboarding: The Hard Truth About a Ridiculous Argument

Gate jumping snowboarderWhen first I started skiing the skiing vs snowboarding argument wasn’t around yet. I was three, and started racing by the time I was twelve. I loved it, but after I strapped on a snowboard for the first time when I was 13, I didn’t put on a pair of skis for the next 20 years.

I love both skiing and snowboarding. During my many years riding in the Northwest, mainly British Columbia, Alberta, and Montana, I never had any problems with others because of my choice of ride. Continue Reading →