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Re: What In The World Happened Here? XXXVIII
AlanK #15893 06/30/11 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted By: AlanK
that place with the beautiful veranda plan to jump by a whole day at the end of this year!


Kiwis cooking samoas?

Re: What In The World Happened Here? XXXV11
Harvey Lankford #15894 06/30/11 12:50 PM
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Actually that was me

Might be a cross-cultural issue here. "Good one, Skippy" is a genuine mateship accolade in Australia. Remember the kangaroo in "Crocodile Dundee" that shot back at the hunters? Maybe in some other parts it means something else...

19,200 feet is well above Everest (or XV, or 'b') base camp. Where were you? I would think that the thinner air could be helpful for speed, and of course the slightly lower gravity value could make for higher PV records. Shame they never tried it at Tranquillity Base.


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Re: What In The World Happened Here? XXXV11
wagga #15897 06/30/11 01:09 PM
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Tie me Kangaroo down Sport, Tie me kangaroo down....Tan me hyde when I dead Fred tan me when I'm dead. So we tanned his hide when he died Clyde and that it's hanging on the shed.

It dawned on me later it was Tie me kangeroo down "Sport"....Just got the time to go back and edit.

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Re: What In The World Happened Here? XXXV11
Rod #15900 06/30/11 01:22 PM
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All together now...


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Re: What In The World Happened Here? XXXV11
wagga #15903 06/30/11 02:10 PM
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Actually that was me

Might be a cross-cultural issue here. "Good one, Skippy" is a genuine mateship accolade in Australia.

oops, thought you meant our skippy here

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19,200 feet is well above Everest (or XV, or 'b') base camp. Where were you? I would think that the thinner air could be helpful for speed, and of course the slightly lower gravity value could make for higher PV records. Shame they never tried it at Tranquillity Base.
Only sportsman there was The Icy Commander


Where was I? Now you've done it. More detail on #37

Photograph: In the center background is the pyramid of Everest peeking over the wispy south face of Lhotse. From Virginia, two sections of thin bamboo tomato stakes were carried intact in the author's backpack to the Himalayas. They were taped together, laid across two ice axes jammed into the snow, and vaulted over using a hiking pole. An excerpt from the trail journal tells the scene:

WED NOV 1, 2000 - Mera La camp 17,700 to Mera high camp 19,272. 4 hrs.
Slow steady pace with double boots and crampons - gentle slope, nothing dangerous. High camp off the ice on a rocky perch, tents barely able to be placed on ledges. Spectacular views of world's highest peaks opening up - Everest, Cho Oyu, Makulu, Kachenjunga, Lhotse. Feel much, much better here than we did at similar high camp altitude on Aconcagua two years ago - much better rested and acclimatized, a world of difference, no headache which incapacitated us for two days there. No heavy loads and no bad weather. No doubts about what we are going to do. Felt good enough to finally do a high altitude pole vault for Seth. Set up bamboo stick between two ice axes and vaulted on walking staff. New world record: 19,272 plus 1 foot. Remi took photos.


The following day we roped up for the midnight start to summit 21,246 ft Mera Peak (the non Peak-41 Mera). Over the subsequent week we also crossed over the technical Amphulabsa, then summitted Imjatse.

The hypoxic memory and diary incorrectly stated that the bar was set at one foot. Actually, it was about two feet. The ice axes were 2 ft-3 in (.68m) long, the spike ends were stuck 3 in (.07m) into the hard ice, and the photo suggests the bamboo bar was actually at about 2 ft (.61m). On the basis of the witnessed and photographed event, the authors diary, and the email later, this highest-ever pole vault playing field was well documented. How high a glacial field was it?

The altitude of 19,272 feet was obtained on the mountain by watch-altimeter adjusted daily from baseline per radio barometric readings. GPS was not available to us then, but Google Earth now is, and it surprisingly lists far-away places like Mera High Camp, at 19,020 ft (5797m). Pole vaulting was performed just west and above the camp on flatter glacial terrain at about latitude 27o 43' 05.33" N, longitude 86o 53' 05.56" E and an altitude of 19,060 ft (5809m). If we assume that the Google satellite imagery is more accurate than a watch altimeter, then the height from which the vault occurred was not 19,272 but 19,060 ft (5809m). Either figure is far higher, nearly a mile so, than the earlier estimate of Jack Longland's site at 14,400 ft (4389m), also by the Google Earth method.

Re: What In The World Happened Here? XXXV11
Harvey Lankford #15914 06/30/11 04:16 PM
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Originally Posted By: wagga

19,200 feet is well above Everest (or XV, or 'b') base camp. Where were you? I would think that the thinner air could be helpful for speed, and of course the slightly lower gravity value could make for higher PV records. Shame they never tried it at Tranquillity Base.
Only sportsman there was The Icy Commander

Sad that golf made it to the moon and not pole vaulting.

Re: What In The World Happened Here? XXXV11
AlanK #15925 06/30/11 07:35 PM
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That is awesome Harvey.
wagga thanks for the song.So to an Aussie a Redhead is called Blue? You crazy Ausies.

Re: What In The World Happened Here? XXXIX
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What In The World Happened Here? XXXIX (39):


my first try at this....probably too easy, but....there was a fine for littering.


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Re: What In The World Happened Here? XXXIX
tdtz #15941 07/01/11 04:07 AM
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$400

the launch vehicle had a perfect operational record

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So to an Aussie a Redhead is called Blue? You crazy Ausie

Rod, I think he said redneck

may be a slowdown - holiday weekend

Re: What In The World Happened Here? XXXIX
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Ah, by the city of Hope.


Wherever you go, there you are.
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Re: What In The World Happened Here? XXXIX
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Harvey and Saltydog both get kewpie dolls!

I knew it would be too easy. This one obviously just fell into their laps.

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Re: What In The World Happened Here? XXXIX
tdtz #15948 07/01/11 05:53 AM
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This one obviously just fell into their laps.


Ouch.

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Re: What In The World Happened Here? XXXIX
saltydog #15960 07/01/11 03:10 PM
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OK, I got it - should have been easy, since it landed almost on top of my sister. I still have an LA newspaper front page - the Qantas koala is quoted as saying "I hate Skylab".


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Re: What In The World Happened Here? XL
wagga #15961 07/01/11 03:15 PM
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What In The World Happened Here? XL: (40)





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Re: What In The World Happened Here? XXXVII, XXXIX, and XL
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Re #39: The fine went unpaid until 2009

Re. #37 (specifically post #15804): Beware of Greeks baring gifts.

I updated the summary.

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Re: What In The World Happened Here? XL
wagga #16018 07/04/11 03:32 PM
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What In The World Happened Here? XL: (40)

looks like a farm, dirt road, windbreaks planted around the (?) homestead, but it does not look like a double-wide parked in there. What is it?

presumably this is not related to the NASA part that dropped on Australia.

Re: What In The World Happened Here? XL
Harvey Lankford #16023 07/04/11 05:51 PM
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It's not in New Hampshire. Lighting 499,999,999 fireworks all at once couldn't burn it to the ground.


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Re: What In The World Happened Here? XL
wagga #16046 07/05/11 03:31 PM
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underground missle silo -

hmmm, let's see, not New Hampshire, how about Arkansas?

Re: What In The World Happened Here? XL
Harvey Lankford #16047 07/05/11 04:43 PM
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Not a double-wide, and it's above ground, at the highest point in the county. It's 3 states away from Arkansas, 2 if you take the train.


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