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|July 17-23, 2008
• Scaling Whitney in a day
Two climbers tackle ascent to summit at 14,496 feet
by Paul Bersebach
• Bilateral deficiency can hurt you
by Wina Sturgeon
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by Sally Dadisman
No, this site has nothing to do with the popular and inspirational story of the 1988 Jamaican Bobsled team.
Coolrunning.com is a helpful resource for runners seeking race results (but mainly for races in the Northeast: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, etc), tips and advice and any pertinent running news. The tips and advice section is especially full of useful information on fitness and performance, new runners, training schedules and aches and pains. The site also offers a “virtual trainer,” as well as a space for you to record personal results and compare them with runners from across the country.
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Keep your feet safe in water
by Emilie Le Beau
How irritating. The beach is gorgeous but filled with broken sea shells, sharp rocks and glass bits. And the riverbed has jagged rocks, so one wrong kick can bring serious pain.
Water shoes can help outdoor swimmers avoid foot pain from sharp objects. Land’s End has a collection of water shoes that can be worn into water or in wet areas.
The Women’s Sea-to-Shore Sport Shoe is a mesh tie-up shoe that drains water but keeps out grit. It has a rubber toe and heel that can protect feet from bumps against rocks. It also has a treaded rubber sole for gripping and is meant to be quick drying. Suggested retail price is $29.50, and the shoes are available in seven colors.
The Kids’ Mesh Water Shoe is a similar product for smaller feet. The shoe is available in sizes for toddlers and older kids, it can also fit adults with small feet. (Size six and smaller for women). Suggested retail price is $19.50, and the shoes are available in eight colors.
For men, the River Trekker is a sandal that can be worn in wet areas such as a seashore or riverbank. It has with a nylon webbing upper and anti-slip rubber bottom. It also has a protective toe guard. Four color options running at $34.50.
The shoes are all available at LandsEnd.com.
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Scrambling to new heights in Oregon
by Pete Zimowsky
You don’t have to be a technical climber to reach new heights. The book 75 Scrambles in Oregon — Best Nontechnical Ascents, by Barbara I. Bond, offers insight into the sport of scrambling and also places to go.
The book offers places to climb in the Eastern Blue Mountains, West-Central Blue Mountains, Wallowa Mountains and the Steens.
“Oregon scrambling is for any outdoor person looking for the challenges beyond the constraints of maintained trails,” Bond writes. “It is for peak baggers looking for mountain summits off the beaten path.”
Publisher: The Mountaineers Books; www.mountaineersbooks.org
Other stuff: 110 black and white photos; 77 contour maps; and tips on getting into scrambling.
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