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AHS 2012, Recommended Reading, and The Ascent And Descent Of Mountains In Winter
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March 21, 2012
6:16 am
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For those who haven't already seen the list of presenters, I will be speaking at the 2012 Ancestral Health Symposium in Cambridge, MA. My presentation is titled "What Is Hunger, And Why Are We Hungry?", and I look forward to sharing it with you in August. As I wrote in the abstract, "People aren't obese because they enjoy being obese, and diets don't fail because people dislike being slim and healthy. Diets fail because hunger overrides our other motivations."

There is, however, one unfortunate side effect. My ongoing research on the subject has been devoted to my presentation, so I won't…

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March 21, 2012
6:42 am
LeonRover
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As Loius IV did (not) say:

Apres deluge (de neige), le ski.

(I know! groan, groan; but I did not get to Austria this Winter.)

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March 21, 2012
7:22 am
valerie
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Wow, nice looking turns! That looks kinda like powder, I didn't think it snowed powder on the pacific crest! I am glad to see you got some long awaited snow. Our winter here in Crested Butte is a total bust, the snow surfaces are alread sun cupped! The corn ski season started already and is going to be oh so short. At least I can start working on my tan now that sun is returning.

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March 21, 2012
7:40 am
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Fantastic pictures! My mind is always in the hills, too ... face lashed with wind and turned into drizzle. Love it!

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March 21, 2012
8:13 am
Jeff G
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Thanks for bringing me back to the weekend John for a few minutes I was back on the mountain and not sitting in a cube right now.

Good times......
Jeff

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March 21, 2012
8:26 am
Jenny
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Fantastic - sure they bring back memories on a par with my windsurfing pictures.

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March 21, 2012
10:30 am
Sean
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Of course Tahoe would finally get snow a month after I moved to Denver. It's great to see pictures of home, especially Desolation (by far one of my favorite places on the planet). Thanks for posting!

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March 21, 2012
2:47 pm
Asclepius
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I didn't manage to hit the slopes this year and these photos aren't helping me come to terms with it! ;)

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March 21, 2012
4:15 pm
Birgit
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"So instead of working on yet another in-depth paleonutrition article for this week, I went skiing for four days straight."

Good to see you got your priorities right. I'd be terribly disappointed if you were working instead of skiing!

But sorry to hear that it took until now for you to get some decent snow.
I live in Austria these days, and we had one of the best winters in a long time, enabling us to do ascents that are ony possible once in a blue moon.
I've been out three to four days a week on average since late December. ('cause you gotta get your priorities right, right?)

Well, I hope you get a few more opportunities to put off work for a visit to the backcountry before that winter is over.

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March 21, 2012
4:36 pm
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LeonRover:

You can probably still go in the spring or the summer: apparently the Alps are having a huge snow year.

Valerie:

The end of the storm was very cold by Sierra standards.  It was a perfect snowpack: started as rain, gradually got colder, finished with some 5% fluff.

Unfortunately, I think Alaska got all the snow this year.  They'd probably rather have sent some of it down here, given the pictures I've seen of entire towns buried!

Paul:

It's evolutionarily discordant to not be able to use our strength, skill, and smarts to survive and thrive.  That's why wild places are so important.

Jeff:

It's ironic that the worst winter in years produced the single best storm in years.  Unfortunately it's quite literally 52 degrees right now and everything is melting fast.  Plan on grabbing some corn this weekend, because it'll all melt out soon.

Jenny:

It's one of my passions, and probably my strongest.

Sean:

I'm glad you enjoyed the pictures!  Have you ever been on top of Flagpole?

Asclepius:

I have the advantage that they're just outside town.  Sacrifices were made to live here, but they're worth it.

Birgit:

Sounds like last winter, for us: instead of starting in March, it started before Thanksgiving.  You're absolutely right to take advantage of the conditions while they last.  Feel free to share any of your mountaineering exploits!

JS

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March 22, 2012
9:45 am
Sean
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I actually have been on top of Flagpole, but only in the summer. That class 3 slab leading up to the summit is one of my favorite parts of Desolation. Are the various undergarments still attached to the pole?

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March 22, 2012
3:23 pm
Jeff G
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Hey Sean

I get up to the pole a few times each year, it evolves each time I'm up there and older ones degrade and blow away and are replaced my new things most often undergarments.

You can usually skin right up to the pole in winter when there is enough snow, when we went we perceived the avy danger to be to high to climb that last wind loaded pitch, but there were definitely lots of things tied to the pole.

Oddest thing I've ever seen up there was an ornate brass container that I though might be a summit log until I opened it and found it full of somebody's ash's!

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March 23, 2012
1:36 pm
Uncephalized
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Gods, those views are breathtaking. And having spent some time at similar elevations, I know the photos are nothing compared to the real thing.

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March 25, 2012
2:20 pm
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Jeff:

Let's hope the snow holds on long enough into a corn cycle to tag Hollywood.

Uncephalized:

Absolutely.  I have to choose, frame, crop, and process my photos carefully.  Some of the most spectacular vistas don't look like anything special in a photograph.

JS

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March 26, 2012
6:08 am
eddie watts
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largely due to your page i am going to get the Dawkins book(s) on evolution.
also i had a very interesting conversation about his books just this weekend with someone who i totally did not expect to be reading his work.
(although she is reading the god delusion but still)

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March 26, 2012
2:10 pm
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eddie:

He's written many books -- but the two I recommend are the most important, because they contain his groundbreaking theoretical work. His other books on evolution are generally popularizations and explanations of more basic Darwinian principles -- not that there's anything wrong with that.

JS

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March 31, 2012
4:40 pm
Mike T Nelson
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Awesome that you will be AHS and AMAZING pictures there!

Whooo ha! Skiing (and in my case snowboarding, don't hate the knuckle dragger) in deep powder is sooooooo awesome. Oh ya!!

Glad you got out to enjoy it! Amazing pics

Rock on
Mike T Nelson PhD(c)

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April 2, 2012
2:44 pm
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Mike T:

I know a few splitboarders...anyone who ascends the mountain under their own power has my respect!

I hope your doctorate is proceeding apace!  Though my presentation will be on hunger and reward, met flex will make a brief appearance.

JS

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