Outdoor Movies in Seattle 2014 – ical and csv format

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Thrillist put together a great collection that lists out all of the outdoor movies screening this summer in Seattle . However, they didn’t offer a calendar format of that data which makes it kinda hard to plan these movies around other things that I also have going on. To make it easy to compare this with other things on my calendar, I manually scrubbed the list and put it together in a spreadsheet.
  
And then I made it available as  XML, iCal and HTML versions if anyone wants to subscribe/add this to your own calendars. Enjoy!

Seattle Outdoor Movies 2014

Understanding weather forecast trends for alpine climbing

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We were planning on climbing Mt Rainier this weekend and then decided not to. Here’s why.

Hidden in the small text changes between the forecast right now (left) and the forecast earlier this morning (right) is the information that the conditions are slightly worse than they initially thought. For optimal climbing conditions – you wanna catch a positive trend in forecasting, not a negative trend. So we’ll likely delay our summit attempt to a later window.

The concerning detail is that 2 days ago it was supposed to be sunny on Sunday. Last night they predicted thunderstorms on Sunday. This afternoon they are predicting snow showers on Sunday. Even though each prediction is a “slight” chance, cumulatively it points to a larger negative trend that makes it smarter to avoid from a mountaineering risk analysis perspective.

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Ridge soaring with a Paraglider on Gas Works Park

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There’s not a lot of upward winds on the tiny mound that is Gas Works Park. But it’s windy enough that this guy might be on the something. He is able to inflate the glider, get stable, but every time he tries to lift off it finally drops back down.

Ridge soaring on Gas Works Park. Can it be done? #seattle #paragliding

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Reminds me of the time I used to paraglide back in India and it’s a very meditative experience as you sit and patiently wait for the wind to pick up or sometimes just go home if conditions aren’t right. But you typically do this on a high enough ridge. I trained on a 300ft hill and “graduated” to 1000ft ones. That’s hardly nothing for a pro, but I am still at a beginner level.

We are all rooting for him here. May the force be with you.

The autosock, an easier, reliable, better replacement for tire chains

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It’s always nice to use a product that manages to reimagine a product category and surpasses it.

WA state finally made Autosocks legal in 2012 and my wife and I were the first in line to get these. You can put them on in seconds with no effort, tightening, retightening etc needed. They work just as well as chains. You can plough through the snow. They have no metal on them. So no damage to the tires or to the roads. Been using these for two years now – there’s no real catch except you gotta take them off when there’s no snow – the hard dry road will do a number on them. But you shouldn’t be driving on dry road with any traction devices anyway.

I highly recommend the Autosock. Get them here (do check the tire size to get the right fit).

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