Odious and Peculiar

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Forging the Sampo

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Kambodia Hotel
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Virtual Tour of Almaty, Kazakhstan
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The Internet Bird Collection
Bird Families of the World
Ancient Scripts
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The Cephalopod Page
The Ultimate Ungulate
The Red Book of the Peoples of the Russian Empire
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American River Touring Association

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
A well illustrated and pretty readable account of the first ascent of Kang Nachugo in Nepal this September. I like the notion of "the 'Fairbanks Belay' – if you fall off one side, I’ll jump off the other." And the scale of the snow fluting and cornices on these giant mountains always blows my mind.

In other news, we alpinism nerds can look forward to Nordwand. Someone on SummitPost claims it's slated for U.S. release in December; I hope that's correct. I'm not aware of any other mountaineering movies that depict a substantially earlier era of climbing. Hob-nailed boots, wool, rope around the waist: I also hope to see some English-language articles about the making of this one.

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