Saturday, August 31, 2019

Standing on Square Top Mountain looking back at Mount Bierstadt, Mount Evans, and Mount Spaulding. [Guanella Pass, Colorado]

Standing on Square Top Mountain looking back at Mount Bierstadt, Mount Evans, and Mount Spaulding. [Guanella Pass, Colorado] submitted by /u/sullynubbins
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Crab claw found on beach- E. Grand Traverse Bay, MI. Hope photo captured the rich colors.

Crab claw found on beach- E. Grand Traverse Bay, MI. Hope photo captured the rich colors. submitted by /u/Badenov4
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Hiking with my husband in North Cascades National Park!

Hiking with my husband in North Cascades National Park! submitted by /u/CieraDescoe
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My friend gazing out at the Pacific Ocean. Rialto Beach, Washington USA.

My friend gazing out at the Pacific Ocean. Rialto Beach, Washington USA. submitted by /u/dylanjamesbecker
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Lovely view at Dalles Mountain Ranch

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Hole in the rock, Southern Utah.

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Rhode Island Sunset

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Alluvial Falls, Rocky Mountain National Park

Alluvial Falls, Rocky Mountain National Park submitted by /u/dat_bean_boi
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Prickly Pear and Red Rocks Sedona, AZ

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Wildlife overpass, Banff, Canada

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Bow Lake, Banff Nat’l Park, husband with his fancy camera instead of an iPhone, for perspective

Bow Lake, Banff Nat’l Park, husband with his fancy camera instead of an iPhone, for perspective submitted by /u/abeecedee
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Little Indian Sioux River. The Boundary Waters Minnesota

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South Dakota Sunset

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News in: No swimming with Dolphins in New Zealand

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Weekend bike ride, Haarlem, Netherlands

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My favourite view

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Views from Kadena AB in Okinawa, Japan

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Ruka, Finland

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Sea sky

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Well this is nice

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Breaking Dawn

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Boundary Waters in Northern Minnesota

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Sheep Lake, Mount Rainier Wilderness, WA

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Buzzling colors California!

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Friday, August 30, 2019

Craters of the moon national park in idaho

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Wandered around the campground, came across this...

Wandered around the campground, came across this... submitted by /u/abeecedee
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UTMB and Ultrarunning’s Amateurism Problem

This week, the international trail running elite are once again congregating in the French alpine town of Chamonix for the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc series. The main event kicks off on Friday evening, when 2,300 runners will embark on a 106-mile journey around the Mont Blanc massif to test their physical and emotional (not to mention gastrointestinal) limits. UTMB bills itself as the “world summit of trail running”—Davos for endurance fanatics. It’s hard to disagree; races are held all week long, with 10,000 runners from 100 countries taking part. Last year, I was on hand to watch the UTMB start and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t catch the ultra fever. Such was the level of pre-race frisson and nervous euphoria, that, against all odds, I felt envious of the men and women who were about to set off into the mountains for 30 hours of suffering. 

No wonder, then, that the people behind UTMB will do what they can to protect this singular ambiance, even if some measures feel increasingly incongruous with the scale of the event. Until last year, there was no prize money for the winner. Even now, the men’s and women’s UTMB champion receives a mere 2,000 euros (~$2,220). That’s not nothing, but it’s a relatively meager sum for a race that gets touted as the “Super Bowl of trail racing.” The Boston Marathon, for what it’s worth, awards $150,000 to the winner. On its website, UTMB asserts that its decision to begin offering prize money is a recognition of the “virtuous circle” linking elite athletes to the event and that both benefit from “an exchange of visibility.” (To anyone who has worked in the fraught world of freelance media, that sounds suspiciously like the famous scam to compensate contributors in “exposure,” which, the last time I checked, is also something you can die from.)

For the most part, there was little reaction to UTMB’s decision to start offering modest prize money. There was, however, a critical article by Mark Agnew of the South China Morning Post, in which he took UTMB co-founder Michel Poletti to task for saying that he was against the professionalization of trail running and “strongly believed in amateur sport.”  

“What he means is not ‘amateur sport’ but amateur athletes,” Agnew wrote. “Because the UTMB sure is part of the sport and they are making money, not just at home but by selling their brand for big bucks to organizers in China and Oman.”

Agnew is certainly correct that it feels a little strange for an increasingly powerful brand that is in the process of establishing a global franchise of ultra-races to be talking about the corruptive influence of money. That said, it doesn’t have to be true that UTMB is holding back on cash prizes out of sheer avarice. It’s very possible that Michel (as well as his wife and UTMB co-founder Catherine) Poletti genuinely believes in the virtues of amateur sport. Indeed, in justifying his anti-professionalization stance, Poletti claimed that injecting money would increase the risk of doping. However, there’s another, much older, issue with cleaving to the amateur ideal: not everyone can afford to ascribe to it. 

In a 2018 interview with Trail Runner, Michel Poletti explained that “everything would change” if ultrarunning suddenly became a professional sport, with top athletes “winning millions of dollars.”

“I am convinced also that if we have a lot of money in trail running, we will not have the same athletes,” Poletti told Trail Runner. “I’m not sure guys like Jim [Walmsley] or Tim [Tollefson] would be in the sport. I would like for them to have a happy life. I would like for them to get enough money to have a good life, but also to keep this good spirit alive we have in trail running.”

It’s a peculiar remark, and one that inevitably invites the question of what kind of athletes we would “have” if ultras were able to offer cash rewards and appearance fees on a level comparable to elite road racing. (To be clear, it’s not as if most ultras are currently in a position to fête their winners with lavish cash prizes; the Run Rabbit Run ultra in Colorado offers the largest purse in the sport; individual winners get $12,500.) At the risk of inferring too much, Poletti’s comments reminded me of a 2018 op-ed in the Guardian by Adharanand Finn, author of The Rise of the Ultrarunners

“Watching [UTMB], I saw a big, red flag flying that no one else seemed to mention,” Finn writes. “Everyone on the start line was white. If these were the world’s greatest distance runners, where were the Kenyans?”

It’s true. If you check out the elite athlete lists for this year’s various UTMB races, you’ll have a pretty tough time finding anyone from Kenya or Ethiopia. The absence is conspicuous when you consider that these two nations dominate “regular” distance running at a level that is almost unparalleled in all of professional sports. The reason for this, Finn argues, is that ultrarunning does not yet offer enough of a financial incentive for the actual greatest distance runners in the world to try their hand at it in significant numbers. And while it may be true that winning UTMB or Western States (which does not offer prize money) garners an athlete enough “visibility” to potentially obtain a sponsorship deal, visibility is a tenuous concept. As Catherine Poletti obliquely admits in the Trail Runner interview cited above, an athlete’s value to a brand is always going to hinge on much more than athletic performance. 

“Brands don’t support athletes the same way from country to country. If you look at a professional European runner, they’re going to be better supported than an American runner,” Poletti notes. Since the details of endurance runner sponsorship contracts are a closely guarded industry secret, it’s difficult to assess the accuracy of her statement, but there’s little doubt that things like social media presence and public image are important factors when a company is weighing the benefits of sponsoring an athlete. In a sport where there is minimal prize money to be won, such sponsorships are effectively the only way for an athlete to train full-time, unless they have another means of income—i.e. they are “amateurs.” Hence, despite its laidback image and dirtbag roots, there’s a sense in which world class-level ultrarunning is profoundly elitist. 

So what? One could argue that there are plenty of professional sports—and “mountain sports” in particular—that are intrinsically exclusive for reasons of geography and expensive gear. But while nobody is likely to call attention to Kenya’s absence on the FIS Alpine circuit, the lack of East African runners in professional trail running feels much harder to ignore. Yes, ultrarunning and road racing are two very different sports and it is by no means a foregone conclusion that the Kenyan and Ethiopian runners could dominate long-distance trail races in the same way the dominate the marathon. 

But there’s only one way to find out. 



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A band of wild horses in the west desert!

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A hike in the smoky mountains national park

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Pretty sunset in bend

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Banff Nat’l Park, Lake Louise in the distance

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San Francisco from the air!

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Gps watch for Trail running

Which one do you prefer: Suunto Spartan Sport or Garmin Forerunner 245 Music?

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Shorter days fishing tip: Use bigger baits to target larger bluegills in the school https://ift.tt/347tGBH

Parker Revermann, son of author, Jason Revermann, caught and released this 10 1/8-inch bluegill while trolling a perch-colored No. 3 Original Floating Rapala behind a bottom-bouncer.

Summer is winding down, but there’s lots of great open-water fishing still available. Baitfish have had months to grow and are more of a mouthful these days. Larger bluegills often look for a larger meal to fill their appetite. Small crankbaits and vertical jigging minnow baits can help you target some of the largest ’gills in the school. Larger baits often will intimidate smaller fish and keep most of them off the hook.

First, locate the fish. Usually you can find them around the outside edges of the weeds anywhere from 4 to 24 feet of water. That’s why you need to use your sonar units to locate marks off the bottom. Side scan really can shine when searching for ’gills, especially in shallower water. Adjust your side scan to get the best possible image when searching in shallower water. I like to set the width away from the boat to about four times the depth of water I am working.

When schools of ’gills concentrate, you can vertically jig small jigging minnow baits like Jigging Raps or Ultralight Rippin’ Raps to catch some of the bigger individuals.

Often bluegills will scatter along the outside weed edge or along certain break lines. This is the perfect time to employ a trolling technique to cover more water and pick off the most aggressive fish.

I like to use a 1 1/2-ounce bottom bouncer with a 6-foot leader and a No. 3 Original Floater Rapala  trolled 1 mile per hour or less. Something that makes this method extremely effective is to drop back the rod tip setting the weight on the bottom allowing the bait to pause and raise, then pull forward and to make the bait vibrate and dive. This pause-and-pull method triggers more bites than a constant trolling speed.

Make sure you are marking fish, and if they are not active move on and find more active fish.

Good luck fishing and stay safe.

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Anima-Nipissing Lake, Northern Ontario, Canada.

Anima-Nipissing Lake, Northern Ontario, Canada. submitted by /u/thebeardednorthman
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Jackson, WY

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The sunrise was beautiful today.

The sunrise was beautiful today. submitted by /u/nugget_34
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Does anyone need this dust mask?Is goodfor sports! lf you need please tell me

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Car camping in dark skies country.

Car camping in dark skies country. submitted by /u/Idahoax
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Good day to #design at home

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Spectacular sunrise at 2am in northern Norway. [OC]

Spectacular sunrise at 2am in northern Norway. [OC] submitted by /u/itsjameshollins
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Hike in Chamonix at +2000m. Hiker in right corner for comparison. Looking out across the valley (where chamonix lays) at Mont Blanc.

Hike in Chamonix at +2000m. Hiker in right corner for comparison. Looking out across the valley (where chamonix lays) at Mont Blanc. submitted by /u/cmony7
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Mountains in northern Simi Valley, CA (30 miles northwest of downtown LA). These mountains are the site of an important paleontological discovery - the skeletal remains of a prehistoric Mammoth.

Mountains in northern Simi Valley, CA (30 miles northwest of downtown LA). These mountains are the site of an important paleontological discovery - the skeletal remains of a prehistoric Mammoth. submitted by /u/crisgrn
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Retired UFC fighter Chad Mendes just uploaded video of him hunting mule deer in Oregon.

Retired UFC fighter Chad Mendes just uploaded video of him hunting mule deer in Oregon. submitted by /u/bigfootgary
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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Gros Morne mountain - Newfoundland, Canada

Gros Morne mountain - Newfoundland, Canada submitted by /u/OrangeSvvan
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This Rock Has a Voice And You Can Listen to It

The Biking in California Looks Incredible

Hung this beautiful, sprawling fern on the front porch. Two days later a sparrow nest & eggs appeared. Needless to say, the fern has shriveled and browned LOL. Haven’t had the heart to water it & disturb the nest 🐣

Hung this beautiful, sprawling fern on the front porch. Two days later a sparrow nest & eggs appeared. Needless to say, the fern has shriveled and browned LOL. Haven’t had the heart to water it & disturb the nest 🐣 submitted by /u/Badenov4
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Leland blues & Frankfort greens

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Looking out from Mt Warning, NSW, Australia

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Stewart, BC, Canada. Right on the border with Alaska

Stewart, BC, Canada. Right on the border with Alaska submitted by /u/Doc5676
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I still can't get over how beautiful Zion National Park is. Took this three years ago and it's still my desktop background.

I still can't get over how beautiful Zion National Park is. Took this three years ago and it's still my desktop background. submitted by /u/elijahsolidum
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One of the Waterfalls in Yellowstone

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Inside Alex Honnold’s Tricked-Out New Adventure Van

Back in 2014, pro climber Alex Honnold gave us a tour of the 2002 Ford Econoline E150 he used as his mobile base camp. That van served him...