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  • RE: Vintage Gear

    @The-Gnome

    Have mercy! I knew I should have included "Climbing" into the thread title. Thought is sounded better short and sweet though. Can we please limit this one to craggin'?

    Maybe a good time to start an "Audiophile" thread? I almost did a time or two but was not sure many were into it.

    posted in Gearhead Mind Hive
  • RE: A Dog's Life Redux

    @zBrown

    Nice. I was thinking about this thread recently and ... thinking ... not may dog lovers on RPU. The pure joy captured in that photo is priceless. Truly, man's, and woman's best friends! 🐕

    posted in Off Belay - General Discussion
  • RE: What song are you listening to?

    @zBrown Ugh! Maybe that was Woodstock "14 hours ago" but is now some sucky Rod Stewart. 😬

    posted in Off Belay - General Discussion
  • RE: Random Photo Thread

    @David-Harris Nice! 🐕

    Stellar image quality there. Are you using a cell phone or dedicated SLR digital camera?

    posted in Off Belay - General Discussion
  • RE: Mad Dogs & Rock Collectors Go Out In The Mid-day Sun! (Post up your Rocks & Mid-day Epics!)

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    Yeah, there is some issue post last weekend's updates that I've yet to debug. Intermittent glitches can be challenging to replicate and hence perplexing. Been busy w/other things. I have encountered it myself with "known good" images, however, so will get it figured. Sooner or later. Apologies in the meantime. 🤦

    posted in Off Belay - General Discussion
  • RE: Vintage Gear

    @The-Gnome

    We shall see.... Until recently there has not been much action on this subject. I can fork topics off later if need be but for now maybe let's let it percolate and see what ensues because I'd prefer to be "forking" rather than "merging" topics that did not take off.

    Which begs the question: How old does something have to be to qualify as "vintage"? In the antique world, I believe the bar is forty years. That seems a bit high, even for the climbing world. Maybe thirty? Or maybe age is not as "definitive" as the effect various stuff had, e.g. Friends, followed by the dual axle Camalots? For sure Metolius Three Cam Units would be in there because you could place them in places four cams simply would not fit. Not to mention they had significantly less propensity to "walk". Scapas may be cool but lacked the "impact" of Boreal. Yet they certainly did have impact on Boreal's previously unchallenged market share (at least US side). Hmm..... some thought food for minds that enjoy pondering such things. One thing for sure is there's a veritable treasure trove of historical content potential here. 🙂

    posted in Gearhead Mind Hive
  • RE: Full Moon.....No Posting until the full moon comes around.

    @FritzRay Roh, roh! Sure you weren't camping in Nevada? Maybe close to Area 51?

    posted in Off Belay - General Discussion
  • RE: Acopa Reloaded

    @ACOPA

    Be sure to post up an announcement under Gearhead Mind Hive when you get that rolled out, eh? And maybe modify your member "Profile" to note that you are a stakeholder/rep for those whom such may not be obvious. 👍

    posted in Gearhead Mind Hive
  • RE: Vintage Gear

    Two Left Feet... But Still Dancin'??

    As the old sayin' goes... otherwise these look like they may well still be usable.

    Recent chatter on the Bachar Celebration thread inspires me. I suspect more than a few of us have a pair or two of these lurking in our Vintage Gear "collections". Bachar set up a company to import them after a trip to Spain? Goodbye E.B.s. The consummate friction and everything else shoe of it's day. Boreal Fires (pronounced "Fee Rays") revolutionized American free climbing.

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    My memory is not of Acopa's but rather John showing up at JTree w/prototypes of Boreal Ace's and chatting up the marketing idea of "Having an Ace in the Hole" prior to setting off on his free soloing "Half Dome Day" with a warm up of "Double Cross". I never owned a pair of Aces. But being a dirtbag... resoled a few pair of these puppies multiple times. RIP.

    posted in Gearhead Mind Hive
  • RE: data visualization - a couple of neat examples for data geeks

    I favor Forecast.io for weather. They've since renamed themselves to Darksky.net but ... I prefer the forecast name and still have in my bookmarks from years back. It's a damn good weather service w/dandy mobile apps. I don't use Apple products but know a couple folks who use their iPhone app and give it good marks. Heh, I don't use an Android anymore either so cannot speak to that side but suspect it's pretty darn good as well.

    Okay, enough promo and onto the subject at hand: One thing that set them apart early on was the absence of b.s. ads and the presence of excellent mapping that you could select/tune for different parameters of interest, e.g. wind speed. Here's a blog post where they talk about it some.

    All that eye candy aside, I find them to be far more accurate than the competition, e.g. weather.com and accurateweather.com, which tend to monetize by acting as portals to click bait stuff I don't care to be bombarded with when I just want to check the weather. Also, not financially incentivized to "massage" the data so as to keep me checking back every ten minutes for updates. Toby recommended. 👍

    posted in Off Belay - General Discussion