Our weekly blog roundup includes local bloggers and news of note from around the planet.
Beacon reviews, news from Kabul and U2 in Salt Lake City
Compiled by Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — This week’s blog-o-rama starts in Andorra, where Lou Dawson’s Wild Snow blog has posted a detailed report from the 2010 ski mountaineering world championships, where Team USA placed ninth in the team rankings as the only non-European team to crack the top ten.
A pair of Summit County skiers led the way, as reported previously in this Summit Voice story.
The uphill-downhill races across rugged Alpine terrain have grown wildly popular in Europe and are starting to catch on in the U.S. The upcoming Five Peaks contest in Breckenridge should help throw a spotlight on the discipline.
For an overview of the of the different types of races and the courses at the world championships in Andorra, click here.
New avalanche beacon
Staying with the backcountry skiing theme, we want to point you toward Colorado Mountain Journal, where Rob Coppolillo posted a detailed review of the Backcountry Access Tracker2 beacon.
The Tracker2 features three antennas, which helps pinpoint a buried beacon, especially in a deep burial, making a potential rescue that much quicker. Copolillo says the Tracker2 is the fastest beacon he’s used and claims that it doesn’t freeze up while processing data. Read the full review here.
From Colorado to Afghanistan
We’ve also been following The Long Way Around, by Breckenridge, Colorado resident Shannon Galpin, who is blogging from Afghanistan. In her latest post, Galpin reports on the recent appearance of graffiti in the streets of Kabul. Specifially, Galpin writes that stenciled drawings of dollar sign, poppies, helicopters, a Talib, and the phrase “Cost of War” are being juxtaposed across wall-scapes to send a message about the cost of war.
Galpin also blogs at Mountain to Mountain, an organization she founded to create educational opportunities in remote and poor parts of the world by building connections between mountain communities around the world. In her most recent post, Galpin writes about the work she is doing with street children in Afghanistan.
You can also follow Galpin on Twitter to get updates from her blogs.
San Francisco to Silverton
We also found a cool blog post from some San Francisco-area folks who shared some images and perceptions of a snowboarding trip to Silverton Mountain. It’s alway interesting to see how visitors from the outside perceive our mountain towns.
We recently added the Petal and Bean to our blogroll and found this entertaining post about creating an avalanche-themed wedding. Suggestions include stopping in for an Avs game in Denver, taking an avalanche awareness class with Babes in the Backcountry, renting gear from Avalanche Sports and enjoying a pint of Avalanche Ake at the Breckenridge Brewery. Fun stuff!
In another local blog, Mingling with Words, Tara Kusumoto posted some great information about the Paralympics, starting this weekend in Vancouver. It looks like Kusumoto’s Twitter stream is also featuring up-to-date information on the Paralympics.
In Jackson Hole, JH Underground blogger Jim Stanford posted a story about U2’s upcoming concert in Salt Lake City. The Irish rockers are kicking off a world tour June 3 at the Rice-Eccles Stadium at the University of Utah, with Lenny Kravitz opening. According to Stanford, there are still plenty of tickets left.
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