@headeronly walking boots. In the winter it's a technical climb, but in the summer it's fairly straightforward. A bit of scrambling in a few places, but nothing that requires roping up.
We did cross a few significant snowfields, but trekking poles were adequate.
I always hike with enough gear to stay out overnight if I had to (pad, extra warm clothes, usually a small tarp, extra food + water, etc.) but we saw people hiking up with nothing but jeans, a t-shirt, and a single water bottle. I was flabbergasted... they were still on their way up around 5pm and looked already exhausted.
It's 13-14 miles round-trip and 4900 ft of elevation gain, and the summit is at 10500', so it's a non-trivial hike for sure.
@nhinkle yup, some people like to live on the edge. I've been in situations where we've bailed off a mountain (with full gear) because of a weather change and run into people coming the other way in shorts and t shirts. The ugly thing is that if they get caught we're the ones who will be asked to volunteer to go and look for them.
@Mσᶎ yep. I'm wilderness first aid certified and always carry a bunch of extra gear, not just to keep myself safe but also in case someone else gets hurt. And I definitely kept thinking "goddamnit I do not want to turn around and go back to help you when you realize that 750 mL is not enough water for this climb!"
I think the sorts of people who are likely to be interested in computers/engineering are also more likely to be interested in asking and answering a bunch of questions about their hobbies/sports/whatever. Most people are like, "so you uh... ask questions and stuff? oookkk..... so?"
I have lots of climbing/bouldering buddies who are programmers... Writing code is quite a solitary, and often intense, experience. It's about your own private headspace, y'know? Kind of like cycling, and climbing too... Personal challenges, problem-solving...
Not that these things have to be antisocial, per se...
Well permit me to take a smoke break and come back to human level for a mo... I'm going mad here. I collect all manner of ancient analogue music gizmos, and I'm building a PCI-E card to spit out control voltages to trigger it all. It's going to be powered from a bare metal music sequencer OS I'm about 0.2% into...
@headeronly that sounds like the sort of project that could distract you for quite a long time. My latest happyjoy is the SBrick (kickstarter.com/projects/sbrick/…) that gives bluetooth control of Lego. I have one channel on a breadboard at home...
@headeronly it's very mini, and the question is just how much copy-paste-modify do I want. PHP is very prone to "copy the paging code and change the database table name in the phtml file"
@nhinkle yeah, I decided a few years ago that Lego is the cheap way to keep myself entertained. This was after I sold a 4 axis CNC mill project for $10k (it ran off a nasty, nasty DIY 3 phase inverter fed from two single phase power points). After that we agreed that a few grand spent on Lego was cheap at the price.
I am, however, about to dip into 3D printing since work fell for the "cheap but crappy" scam and so are not using it for anything. What moron decided that single side support was a good idea for any CNC machine? But anyway, it's there. it's available, and ShapeWays is expensive.
Saving ~$1000 buying a cheap one, then paying an engineering for two days in order to get a ~$50 part printed is the sort of thing you really have to just point and laugh about.
@headeronly that sort of stuff is fascinating. Someone in Melbourne has a 5 axis CNC cutter/layup rig for sea kayaks that I was looking at a couple of years ago (for speedbike builds) but they wanted a fortune for builds on it, and we couldn't justify the size/space to build our own one.
This will be big for bike tech too, in the long run, I reckon. But first, it's going to change motor racing in dramatic ways... Think new formulae, in which teams turn up two days before race day armed with nothing but an engine, CFD data and a 3D printer!
@headeronly I think it's more about being able to build car parts that are optimised for the exact track and weather they are facing.
@headeronly it's a tiny bit more complicated than Lego. You draw up parts, send them off to the laser cutter, when the bits arrive you assemble them and point the MIG welder at the relevant joints (spray'n'pray is good enough). Then you bolts the motors and stuff on, plug in the wires and and the controller you bought off ebay, and there it is.
"it" being a CNC router, mill, cutter or whatever you happen to want on the day. Or you buy some clapped out old robot arm that's worn past a refit being useful, and go "goody, 2000 micron tolerance works for my new carbon layup robot". 2000 micron is useless for, say, a TIG welding arm, but for my garage? That's just peachy. Add a 2 or 3 axis platform to hold the part and you can cust a block of foam into shape, swap heads and wrap tape onto just about anything.
The problem is space, noise and power. It helps to have a few hundred square metres with 3 phase power and no neighbours. One guy I know owns a little software company and builds radio controlled aircraft as a hobby. Using a big garage and about $100k worth of home-made CNC machines. As you do :)
I used to write bike light reviews on this site's blog and then eventually made my own bike lights website. Companies send me lights, I test them and write reviews, then random people on the internet apparently read them, or so my analytics software tells me.
@headeronly be grateful you're not in Australia. We're in the top 10% of households by income but we're still looking at 10+ years of after-tax income to buy a house anywhere close to city/rail line. So we're arguing about an apartment vs living an hour from work on the train. I'd rather have a house, but she who must spend that hour on the train is not convinced.
@nhinkle and with any luck random people on the internet send you bike lights too.
Sydney has a reasonably good train system, but house prices are nuts. For ~$600k we can get 10 minutes walk, 45 minutes train, 10 minutes walk as a commute. Or for ~1M we can make that train trip ~15 minutes.
@nhinkle I've seen your site, it's really nice. As far as lights to be seen by go, have you seen the fibre flares? They're not particularly good value, but I love how flexible, sorry, versatile, they are.
@nhinkle they seem to absolutely require brand new batteries if they're to be visible at all. Or at least the AAA powered ones do/did. Hopefully they're using LiIon batteries and proper controllers now.
The red ones last quite a long time on AAAs (at least mine seem to). But when the batteries get old they trick you. Turn em on, and they're nice and bright. Two minutes later and they've faded to nothing.
But, it's nice to be seen from the side. Haven't seen many lights that are visible from all angles...
Part of it is the losses from their light pipe, and part of it is just cheap, shitty electronics. I prefer lights with a "fuck you" mode for when I'm forced onto major roads at night as well as mid and low power modes. I may be one of the few people who actually like having full-full+flash-mid-mid+flash-low-low+flash modes.
@headeronly many rear lights are visible at least 180°. I'm pretty sure Nathan includes that in his ratings.
@Mσᶎ I'll read his reviews in depth then. Re: FU lights, I'm with you. For the dark roads I rock an Exposure Maxx-D on full and an Exposure Strada on blink. Total punishment for anyone coming my way, but I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles...
So I just ordered up a light sensor from Vernier, and a USB adapter. Going to hook it up with the NXT inside a long dark box, so I can measure the brightness of a light over time, and rotate the light using the NXT motors to measure brightness at different angles from the light.
@nhinkle I like to run rear daylight lights on seatpost and helmet, and my headlights are usually pretty sad because I like a flashing 180° on the front plus a constant see by on my handlebars or helmet at night. But I also run constant dyno lights obver my 106 wheels all the time. And the bike has quite a lot of reflective tape on it (white frame, ~60% coverage)
@nhinkle yay! great plan! If you can score some cheap black cloth that's often less reflective than paint. Spray adhesive + cloth on cardboard (telescope building tricks)
@nhinkle I have SCA friends, so my cloth shopping tends to be of the "can I go through your rag bag" variety. I'd go for thick and soft, like flanelette sheets (if you can find a dead goth they will have lots of options)
I dunno about dyeing so much, I got lucky with some black theatre curtains at the critical time so we ended up with about 50 square metres of fireproof black velvet.
@Mac Mac, vote to close tends to follow whoever voted first. I would have happily killed it as shopping, for example. The main take-away is that it's not a good question. I'd be happy I got 8 positive votes out of it before it was close if I were you.
I'm getting so sick of Amazon product listings that say "#1 ______!!!" and have excessively long titles. Why are people paying $27 for this piece of crap? It runs on 2 CR2032's, it can't be bright. You can get a Hotshot for that much money!
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