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DIY: Freestyle Backpacking

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first_imgMy friend Ryan Baxter and I are hiking southward up the A.T. Trail on the north side of Mt. Rogers headed towards the Old Orchard Shelter where we plan to stop for lunch. Our hope was to power up a little bit given we are both an embarrassing bit out of shape (shhh, don’t tell anybody), before making the bigger hike up the mountainside to the sweeping boulder fields that occupy the higher altitudes of the Mt. Rogers high country.I’m packing a traditional PB&J and a power bar, but Ryan’s got something else up his sleeve.“Prepare to have your mind blown,” Ryan chuckles as he begins digging through his pack for his lunch at the shelter. “Remember that surprise I was telling you about?”He pulls out what looks like a small yellow sake choko and an 8oz plastic bottle full of clear fluid (presumably sake). Unfortunately there was no sake in that bottle, but there was something close in resemblance. Alcohol.Boiling water via denatured alcoholI knew what he was up to because I had previously been reading up on small DIY survival rigs, although I’ve never made one, and had seen similar set-ups to what Ryan was about to reveal. While I had seen similar set-ups, I hadn’t seen one particularly like this. It was a homemade lightweight alcohol stove crafted out of an aluminum soda bottle. The bottle was machine-pressed into itself giving it a nice rounded rim with near pinhole sized air vents drilled into the side—all in all a much more well-crafted version of what some know as the Fancy Feast stove.Using an old Snow Peak cook pot as a cooking dish as well as a carrying container, Ryan was able to squeeze the bottle of denatured alcohol, the stove, and the windscreen all into the small pot. Minimal size and weighing next to nothing, it’s proven addition to any minimalist backpackers collection.Ryan lit up the stove and got water to boil so he could amaze me with his grand finale, but while doing so an elderly A.T. veteran named Sam wandered up with a couple hiking friends and took interest in Ryan’s contraption.“Did you make that?” Sam eyeballed the stove with curiosity before one-upping Ryan with his own homemade stove.Sam pulled out a very similar cup-shaped stove, only with the walls hollowed out to allow a tightly wound wick to be placed inside for better burn efficiency, and a stainless steel air vent built into it. The two of them marveled the craftsmanship and exchanged stories, clearly sharing a bit of enthusiastic appreciation for innovation, while I stood by observing their creations and enjoying my own personal and latest innovation of adding jalapeño jam to my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.Sam’s Alcohol StoveBut my lunch was about to get better.  Ryan had a large plastic bag of dried ramen noodles with dried mushrooms and seaweed and spices just waiting to be doused in hot water in order to spring to savory life.  The bag was placed inside a curious looking sleeve crafted out of pipe insulation and duct tape.Step One: Boil water.Step Two: Pour water into bag.Step Three: Sit around and shoot the bull until lunch is ready.The thermal bag could hold enough heat inside to cook for up to eight to ten minutes, even in freezing temperatures, allowing for minimum fuel consumption.After finishing Step Three we began Step Four, which involved me getting a share of the gruel, which I wasn’t about to argue with, I happened to know Ryan was pretty well rounded in the kitchen (you should have been at camp that night for the camp-style chicken alfredo—I’ll be thinking about that for days).DIY StoveRyan’s successfully homemade stove kit and heating sleeve.While eating lunch conversation drifted into sleeping gear which led to hammocks which led to Sam showing off one more piece of gear before we departed on the rest of our trip.Clearly a man of patience, Sam had crafted a hammock for less than $15 that rivaled many I’ve seen on store shelves selling for 50 bucks, not to mention rivaling most other DIY hammocks I’ve seen in quality.Sam’s HammockUsing two layers of rip-stop nylon, some excellent sewing skills, a custom buckle machined by a friend, and a crafty suspension cord utilizing Chinese-finger-trap technology, Sam had put together an excellent two-layer hammock allowing for a pad to be inserted inside for insulation and comfort while a custom sleeping bag with an open bottom end and straps instead of zippers is wrapped around the outside for cover and warmth.  Optional: bug netting and tarp.Sam quickly slung it up between two trees and allowed me to indulge, but I  had to quickly  climb out for fear of A: falling into an afternoon snooze, and B: developing a jealousy complex.So we bid the guys adieu and hit the trail, moving onward up the mountain to seek out adventure. But on the way up I couldn’t help daydreaming about little contraptions I wanted to build to add to my pack. As cheesy as it sounds, I guess old dogs can teach new tricks as well as learn them.Here’s a couple links you should check out if you’d like to work some quality hands-on time into your schedule:DIY Gear SupplyZen StovesTo The Woodslast_img read more

British officials confirm H5N1 in turkey outbreak

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first_imgNov 13, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The avian influenza virus found this week in turkeys at a farm in Suffolk, England, is the lethal H5N1 variety, veterinary officials announced today.Laboratory experts are still running tests on the samples to gain clues about the strain’s origin, according to a press release today from the United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The farm is located near Diss, about 107 miles northeast of London.Authorities have declared a 3-kilometer protection zone and a 10-kilometer surveillance zone around the farm, plus a much wider restriction zone. Farmers in the zone are required to isolate poultry from wild birds, and movements of birds out of the zone are banned. DEFRA also banned bird-related gatherings in England, including bird shows and pigeon racing.The BBC said 6,500 poultry at the farm would be culled. The farm produces mostly turkeys but also raises ducks and geese.”A full epidemiological investigation and tracings of any dangerous contacts are underway and all possible sources of the outbreak will be investigated,” the DEFRA statement said.Fred Landeg, DEFRA’s acting chief veterinary officer, told BBC News today that initial genetic sequence data suggest that the outbreak strain is closely related to H5N1 viruses found recently in the Czech Republic and Germany, “which does suggest a possible wild bird source.””However, at this stage we are looking with an open mind as to the origin, and all potential sources of the origin will be investigated,” Landeg said.Previous news reports said the turkeys were free-range, which could have allowed them to come into contact with wild birds. Landeg said there is a lake at the affected farm that attracts a number of wild fowl, the BBC reported.Wild birds were initially suspected as the cause of an H5N1 outbreak in February at the Bernard Matthews turkey farm in another part of Suffolk, about 70 miles from London, but officials said later that the source was probably contaminated turkey meat imported from Hungary.The H5N1 findings at the Matthews farm represented the first outbreak of the lethal virus in British poultry. However, authorities also identified the virus in a wild swan that washed up on a Scottish shore in 2006 and in an imported pet bird in 2005.Today’s confirmation of H5N1 represents yet another infectious disease setback for Britain’s farmers. A laboratory leak of the foot-and-mouth disease virus from a vaccine research and production facility sparked outbreaks at five cattle farms in August and September. Veterinarians have also recently reported outbreaks of bluetongue disease in English cattle herds.See also:Nov 12 CIDRAP News story “UK reports H5 flu outbreak in turkeys”last_img read more

Shooting slump to blame for recent on-court struggles

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first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Bo Ryan era at Wisconsin has been one of unprecedented modern-day success, but with Saturday’s loss to Big Ten doormat Purdue, the current stretch officially became the low-point for the Badger coach, at least statistically.Though it seems eons ago, in Ryan’s first five games as head coach, during the 2001-2002 season, the team lost four of five. That stretch was also the last time UW lost three in a row, until now.And the culprit for the latest defeat was the same, all-too-familiar foe that has dogged Wisconsin throughout the streak: poor shooting.Dismal shooting from the field has been the earmark of the Badgers’ losing streak, as they haven’t managed to shoot over 45 percent since they played Michigan State on Jan. 8. And against Purdue, who enjoyed a decisive advantage inside, UW needed to shoot in the 45-percent range.”In order to do it against a team like this, you have to shoot 40-something percent,” Ryan said. “You’ve got to shoot your percentage. That’s how you overcome some of that inside [pressure].”The common thought is that Wisconsin has become too predictable on offense, as teams believe that Alando Tucker and Kammron Taylor are the only true offensive threats.Teams have been treating them accordingly, making their defensive emphasis on stopping the pair and not worrying too heavily about the rest of the lineup. Tucker said he even thought that Purdue was running a “triangle and two” against UW, a defense very rarely seen on the college level.”Yeah, we obviously played off a couple of their guys and tried to get more help [on Tucker and Taylor],” Boilermaker head coach Matt Painter said.The answer to the problem is to have more players step up their scoring, a task decidedly more difficult than it sounds, especially when the players outside of Tucker and Taylor seemingly have been hesitant to shoot the ball. “Guys have to step up with confidence right now,” Tucker said. “I think a lot of us are lacking confidence in our shots right now.”Junior forward Jason Chappell could be the perfect example. After starting the season out as a legitimate shooting threat (putting together three double-digit scoring efforts in four games earlier this year), Chappell has become very tentative to shoot, often looking to dish off even the most open of shots. “The main thing is that when we start missing a couple shots, guys get hesitant,” Tucker said. “You can tell [Chappell] for the last week or so, he has been stutter-stepping and then shooting. He hasn’t been consistent. “It’s been more of a mental battle, an internal battle within himself.”Freshman Joe Krabbenhoft attributes the inability to make buckets to the team not running Ryan’s “swing offense” as smoothly as they had when the season was young.”It’s not just catching and shooting. It’s all the things before that,” Krabbenhoft said. “Just playing with each other, playing off of each other, reading each other, getting that good flow down. That’s where the shots start going.”One message was clear from the Wisconsin players and coaches: not shooting isn’t going to solve the problem.”Don’t stop shooting because that is when everything falls apart,” Tucker said.To their credit, some Badgers haven’t appeared to be gun-shy at all, as senior Ray Nixon has played more aggressively than he has all season during the rough stretch, while Brian Butch hasn’t shown any symptoms of shooting skittishness.”I’ve seen Brian Butch, I’ve seen Ray Nixon, I’ve seen these guys hit those shots and they’re trying,” Ryan said. “And one of these nights, they will [hit them],””Good shooting is contagious, so when we catch fire, we’ll be alright,” Krabbenhoft said.Butch injured again: Sophomore center Brian Butch went down and had to be helped off the court during Saturday’s game with a left ankle injury. The team had no update to his condition after the game.Butch appeared to re-injure the left ankle sprain he suffered Jan. 18 against Ohio State. With just over three minutes remaining in the second half, Butch was guarding the post. As he attempted to defend a lob to Purdue’s Marcus Ware, Butch stepped on Ware’s foot and quickly collapsed to the ground. Butch lay flat on his stomach for several moments, pounding the court in pain. When turned over, he pulled his jersey over his head while the UW medical staff quickly examined him.Butch was then helped off the court and was trying not to put any weight on his left leg while slowly making his way to the bench.If the first-year starter, who has started every game this season, has to miss any significant time, it would be yet another blow to the already thin Badger frontline. The only available player above 6-foot-7 would be 6-foot-10 forward Chappell.last_img read more

Juventus Football Camp to be held in Sarajevo in August

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first_imgFor the first time, Juventus Football School will come to Bosnia and Herzegovina as well. From 17th August, children will have a chance to play their favorite sport wearing the colors of this club at the Juventus Camp that will last until 22nd August.This is the official camp of the Juventus Football School from Italy that begin work in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the first time. Juventus Football School is the project created in 2004 with the signing of a contract between the NIKE company and the Football Club Juventus.In the previous month, Birr Group company signed an agreement with the Juventus Football School and thus became the owner of the Juventus license for the region of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey. This camp is just one more step towards the ultimate goal, which is the Juventus Football Academy in Sarajevo.Every participant will get the equipment of the famous Italian club and the finalist of this year’s Champions League. The professional staff of Juventus Football School will provide an unforgettable experience to children with lots of  fun  that will significantly improve their football skills and athletic readiness.Trainings will be held at the stadium of the International University of Sarajevo which caters for and has all the required facilities to make possible the organization of quality sports events.(Source: faktor.ba)last_img read more

Despite underdog tag vs Ateneo, UP will fight like hell for that UAAP title

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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The disparity between Ateneo and University of the Philippines in the UAAP basketball landscape is as clear as the summer’s sky and no amount of arguments can change that.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Ateneo holds nine titles while UP has one and the Blue Eagles have become the dominant power of the decade winning six championships from 2008 until 2017.This great divide between the two teams obviously puts Ateneo in a pedestal but Fighting Maroons head coach Bo Perasol said they will enter the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball finals with all the fight in the world.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Everybody thinks we’re the underdog and that we don’t stand a chance but I know we are going to fight for that title,” said Perasol. “I know there’s no doubt in my mind that we can still compete in the championship.”Ateneo was hardly challenged throughout the course of the season with only two defeats against 12 wins while the Fighting Maroons had to prove themselves for much of the tournament. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Veteran fighter ‘Sexyama’ joins ONE Championship The Fighting Maroons were below .500 in their first nine games with a 4-5 record, including three straight losses at the start, but were able to recover in the later part to finish with an 8-6 record and take the third seed.UP then took no.2 team Adamson University, which finished the preliminaries with a 10-4 card, to the distance and overcame its twice-to-win disadvantage to set up its finals duel with Ateneo.The Fighting Maroons edged the Soaring Falcons 73-71 in the series opener and made history in the next one when it took an 89-787 win to go their first championship round since winning the title in 1986.Perasol said their gut-busting wins against Adamson would be his team’s stepping-stone en route to the finals.“We need to treat this as a milestone, enjoy it, and be proud of what we just did,” said Perasol. “This is something we can capitalize because we went up against a strong team in Adamson and now we’re going up against a very strong team, the no.1 team, in Ateneo.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more