Cabo Pulmo (in Baja California Sur, btw) is an awesome story. Conservationists convinced the local fisherman that it was actually in their best interests to convert their fishing grounds into a marine park; they agreed, and the fisherman converted their fishing boats to run guide services. They still do so, launching… » 3/31/15 11:28pm Tuesday 11:28pm

The avy courses offered by REI are NOT equivalent to an AIARE 1 Avalanche Safety course. It's your life on the line; spend the money to protect it. » 3/22/15 7:25pm 3/22/15 7:25pm

I would send this to my dad, but after he woke up in the hospital last summer he blamed his seizure on England's loss and subsequent elimination in the World Cup. Wouldn't want to put my old man back in a hospital bed... » 3/12/15 12:26am 3/12/15 12:26am

There's not a ton of great waterfall ice, but there is some decent mixed climbing (ice and rock) and good seracing (basically top-rope bouldering on the seracs at the bottom of a glacier). A pretty common one is to hike out to the base of the Coleman glacier (on Baker's north face) in the fall, set up top-rope… » 3/12/15 12:18am 3/12/15 12:18am

My amateur team used to do something similar, but the outside guy on the wall would just turn with the ball and shoot with his outside foot. We also managed to win the championship, even though we were coming from the lower division (think Football League team winning the FA Cup) so we must have been doing something… » 3/11/15 11:39pm 3/11/15 11:39pm

Any outdoor gear is going to be cheaper than it's civilian/commuter counterpart. However, I've never bought a single piece of outdoor gear at regular price (and I've got a fair amount of it). If you want a merino shirt, keep an eye on sites like www.steepandcheap.com or www.theclymb.com . Both these sites sell… » 2/28/15 2:30pm 2/28/15 2:30pm

Alternatively, if she's expecting a proposal sometime in the near future, go to a jewelry store with her and find out what she likes. You can then shop around on your own time and save some cash. I did this with my now-fiancè and ended up getting a 12-diamond channel band for her, saved me probably $1200 over a… » 2/25/15 12:56pm 2/25/15 12:56pm

Hey, it's someone else who actually uses an X-Frame! I have one too, that overpriced piece of junk. It only ever works when I'm so dead tired that I collapse into my sleeping bag and fall asleep, flat on my back, within 30 seconds. Otherwise it's too uncomfortable. » 2/19/15 7:37pm 2/19/15 7:37pm

Another reason for the increase in shots is that the perceived increase in sloppiness leads to different strategies. Teams are more willing to shoot when they have a chance (rather than wait for a higher-quality scoring opportunity) and hope for a good bounce/goalie has the sun in their eyes etc (plenty of coaches… » 2/19/15 1:27pm 2/19/15 1:27pm

I think the difference here isn't that people are saying that it's illegal (it's not, nor was Charlie Hebdo) but that it's offensive (which Charlie Hebdo was also). In that vein, the two are similar: backlash against a legal (under free speech laws) but offensive slogan/graphic. The difference lies in how people are… » 1/23/15 11:51am 1/23/15 11:51am

Can't say I really blame him. I mean, he lives in Oak Harbor, that phone call is probably the most exciting thing that's going to happen all week. » 1/07/15 12:33am 1/07/15 12:33am

in celebration of being back on oppo, here is some seriously old school opponess. anyone else remember taking refuge in Canada during these dark days? http://jalopnik.com/oppositelock/f... » 12/06/14 11:42pm 12/06/14 11:42pm