29 thoughts on “Cold enough for ya?

    1. An NFL team owned by a municipality? Socialism at its worst! Sportsball teams are supposed to be owned by private-sector criminals, like Jack "Kent" Cooke and Art Rooney.

  1. The local scenery and environment are also nice:

    Some residents are the descendants of former slave laborers who stayed on simply because it was too hard to leave a place so remote that locals refer to the rest of Russia as “the mainland.” There are no roads or railway lines connecting Norilsk to parts of Russia outside the Arctic. The only way to get in or out is by plane or by boat on the Arctic Ocean.

    Many residents, however, came voluntarily, lured by the promise of relatively high salaries and steady work in the city’s metallurgical industry, a sprawling complex of mines and smelters owned by Norilsk Nickel. The business is a privatized former state company that is the world’s largest producer of palladium and also a major supplier of nickel, copper and other metals.

    It is also one of the world’s biggest producers of pollution, turning an area twice the size of Rhode Island into a dead zone of lifeless tree trunks, mud and snow. At one point, the company belched more sulfur dioxide a year than all of France. It has since taken some steps to reduce its output of toxic waste but was last year blamed for turning the Daldykan, a river that runs by the plant, into a flow of red goo. Locals called it “blood river.”

          1. There's a sliding scale of insanity on the summit of Mt Wash in the winter. It's tough to tell from their faces, which are covered, but the body language of the observatory staff when they come out to take their readings and see creatures like me, who they know have hiked under their own power to get to the summit, seems to be a cross between pity and disbelief.

          1. They usually take down the sign in the winter but leave the posts. I'll post some examples later. The rime ice makes exquisite shapes on cairns.

          2. Let me know if you can't see the | movie |. My older bro's first time up in the winter. We got 3/4 of the way up, and the segment where things are going all to hell you can just catch a glimpse of ice forming on his cheek.

            Here's a pic of a cairn coated in rime ice. One of the beautiful things about it is the rime changes the air flow over the cairn as it builds up, altering how the rime accumulates. It's a strange and absolutely beautiful phenomenon. Most folks are surprised to find out that the rime grows into the wind.

            <img src="http://dave/cisnet.com/cairn_w_rime_MtWashingtonNH.jpg&quot; width="500">

    1. No, I sent them to Blue. I don't have your email. Then again, he's very territorial, I don't know if he'd share. She's a wonderful woman, and, uh, she's the opposite of "husky".

        1. Oh dear. My bad. I won't make it any worse by disclosing that Kid Glass lived at her place for a month this fall.

          Sorry about the disturbance.

          1. Oh no. Now I remember, it's in a special folder; your wife asked me to forward any emails from you to her lawyer.

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