Climbing a mountain of ice in nine weeksWritten by Ashley Barnard
Climbing a Mountain of Ice in Nine weeks
Have you aver seen documentaries of mountaineers and ice climbers well that's me! I have climbed some of biggest mountains around world and climbed some of steepest ice of frozen water falls and glaciers.
Why do I do it?
Well, I get asked this all question time and I always give same, reply “because it is there” This however my not be real truth, it is something about challenge and being away from crowds, being on front of a 300 meter cliff with only a pair of crampons and ice axes between you and ground, putting all your skills and strengths as an ice climber against odds. It makes me feel alive, and to be honest when I am ice climbing, I am me! Me Ashley Barnard ice climber, free from rest of world, nothing hidden, not pretending to be a better or worse person but just pure human spirit.
Ice Climbing is not for fait hearted, it takes practice and courage to climb this fragile substance. After all it is only water. If you fancy taking up sport but do not know where to start then keep reading.
The best way to start ice climbing is to go out into hills with an experienced climber or hill walker, and start walking hills in winter, whole process can be done in one season so I shall break it down into sections for you.
Buy your self a pair of crampons and a pair of ice axes; these can be bought at any good outdoor retailer. But before going out to buy just any old gear, remember that these are tools of ice climber and they are only items that will be holding you to ice so if you can not afford to buy best then wait and save your money until you can, you will be great full of this later on.
Right let’s start:
Week 1-2: Walk hills with your crampons and hard snow this will give you feel for them and how to walk with spikes on your feet. (Believe me first time you do this you do not want to be wearing an expansive pair of pants)
Choosing a Great Rifle ScopeWritten by Keith Thompson
Finding best rifle scope for yourself can be nearly as challenging as stalking prey itself. With so many choices and so many options, it's sometimes difficult to line up a target. This article will help first of all define options and choices you have, and give you a plan for finding best rifle scope to buy.
Ultimately function of any scope is to help aim, give you an idea of distance to target, and make acquisition easier. The best rifle scopes are high-quality, precision instruments, very light, rugged and with outstanding optics. To do that there are several features a good rifle scope must possess. In no particular order, here they are. Not directly related to scope, but crucial nonetheless is your mount. If your scope isn't securely mounted, with no opportunity to move, then you're asking for problems. It's worth it to make sure you have a solid, superbly-aligned mount on which to place your great new scope.
Other factors to consider would be image and it's quality. There are several things to think about in this regard. It's just vital that optics deliver as much light as possible to eyepiece. The more light you have to work with, sharper resolution and eventually shot. This is one reason why larger objective lens scopes (50mm) have become more popular recently, as larger light gathering capability, more you have to work with. Lens quality is a huge issue, too, and can be detected by any distortion visible around edges. Lens coatings are applied to quality optics to reduce reflection causing glare and help gather light for a crisper, brighter image. Don't buy a lens that's not at least multi-coated.