Oxford faces funding cuts of £4m

first_imgCuts in government funding could mean some Oxford students will face tuition fees of up to £7,000.Oxford University is expected to lose £4.1 million if plans go ahead to reduce state support for second degrees and lower level, shorter courses by £100 million. Oxford, and other institutions such as UCL and the Open University, say this will leave them with no alternative but to increase fees.The government proposal has been criticised in Westminster. More than 200 MPs, including 86 from Labour, have signed a motion against the reallocation of government funding. The intention is to provide an extra 20, 000 places for undergraduates.Bill Rammell, Minister for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education explained, “We are redirecting £100 million over three years from funding students studying for second degrees to support even more getting a first degree. And with 70% of the adult workforce without a first degree, this has to be the right priority.”Lesley Simms, Head of Planning and Resource Allocation for Oxford University, said, “We calculate that we have the equivalent of about 975 full-time equivalent students who are studying equivalent or lower level qualifications and are not exempt from this proposal.”Philip Healy, the Director of Public Programmes for Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education, commented, “It is really very damaging… It will inevitably mean that students who already have a qualification that is equivalent or higher than the new one will have to pay higher fees.”However Healy accepted that “[Tuition fees] are a market –driven thing so there is a limit to how much the market can bear so we will obviously have to make other adjustments. It may mean savings also.”He added, “There is an inconsistency. On the one hand the government is urging people to undertake lifelong learning but this policy is going to have an adverse effect on certain groups who do this. People who already have a degree, who are well educated, but want to change direction or need to improve their skills will not necessarily be doing these courses at a higher level. So they are now being told that their employer should pay or they themselves will have to pay… The future is pretty grim if it goes forward.”Any increase in fees will depend on the outcome of a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) proposal to the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills Select Committee. Under the HEFCE proposal, some university courses would be exempt from the change in policy. These would include medicine and teaching training as well as ‘vulnerable’ or ‘minority’ subjects that are nationally under-subscribed.Oxford University will also submit written evidence to the Select Committee inquiry. The Department for Continuing Education and the Theology Faculty are likely to suffer most from the changes.Oxford’s Physics Department is also looking particularly vulnerable, as it could lose 25% of its grant for particle physics and astronomy. This is a result of planned £80 million government cuts to the Science and Technology Facilities Council budget, which distributes state funding for scientific research.Professor Philip Burrows said, “If you find particle physics or astronomy exciting and motivating subjects, you might think twice about doing a physics degree if you hear that the UK is cutting back on its funding in those areas.“Since the Government has recognised the importance of a healthy supply of physicists to underpin the UK science base and the economy, the proposed STFC cuts in physics seem baffling.”by Rob Pomfretlast_img read more

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Butch Trucks & Col. Bruce Hampton To Be Honored At Oteil Burbridge’s Roots Rock Revival

first_imgMusic Masters Camps’ fifth annual Roots Rock Revival will take place from August 14-18 at Full Moon Resort in the heart of the “Forever Wild” Catskill Forest Preserve in upstate New York. The camp was created by the late drummer Butch Trucks, founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, in conjunction with bassist Oteil Burbridge (formerly ABB, now Dead & Company), and brothers Luther Dickinson and Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars to bring fans and musicians together to explore the world of the Southern Blues Rock movement, the Allman Brothers Band, and the music that forms the foundation of Rock ‘n Roll. Despite the sudden death of Trucks and Col. Bruce Hampton, who also joined the RRR family last year, Roots Rock Revival will go on in their memories.In addition to Burbridge and the Dickinson brothers, the 2017 lineup includes legendary sessions drummer Bernard Purdie, jazz keyboardist John Medeski, former Allman Brothers slide guitarist Jack Pearson, jazz drummer Johnny Vidacovich, DJ Logic, and Midnight North’s Grahame Lesh (son of Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh).Beyond the master classes, there will be talent from previous years, members of Butch Trucks’ Freight Train Band, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, and more on site to assist in the organization of jam rooms. There for your benefit will be Vaylor Trucks, Berry Oakley Jr., Ryan Montbleau, Jackson Kincheloe, Brandon Niederauer, Heather Gillis, Brian Graham, Phil Rodriguez, Craig Keil, and James Beihn. Brandon “Taz” Niederauer has attended all four previous years of Roots Rock Revival, and will be returning for his 5th year to demonstrate the etiquette of jamming amongst his fellow young musicians. It was at Roots Rock Revival that Taz was “discovered,” and the 14-year-old prodigy will attest that much of his success came from the relationships he made at this camp.The schedule, which released today, is incredibly unique, from Oteil’s “Listening, Developing, and Heightened Awareness,” to masterclasses from Bernard Purdie and Jack Pearson. There will be a drum circle honoring Butch by water, and a screening of Basically Frightened: The Musical Madness of Col. Bruce Hampton. The whole camp, of course, is dedicated to both.Whether you’re a campfire player, a full-time musician, or a passionate music fan, this experience offers the opportunity to dive deep into the world of your favorite musical artists. Roots Rock Revival will feature not only outstanding music, but also three gourmet meals a day. Bountiful and fresh, the menu features many locally grown ingredients and a full spectrum of exceptional catering from the arrival Meet and Greet to the farewell breakfast.Eat, drink, jam and immerse yourself in music with the masters! Five days and four nights of memories and inspiration at Full Moon Resort, an enchantingly unique facility offering over one hundred acres of mountains, meadows, forests and streams. This gorgeous setting has proven time and again to be a perfect host for these inspiring and memorable events. Sign up today and learn more about the event here.last_img read more

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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Pays Tribute To Tom Petty In NYC [Video]

first_img“Music Never Stopped” [Video: monihampton]Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Brooklyn Bowl | New York, NY | 10/5/2017Set One: Bertha -> Man Smart, Woman Smarter @ -> Ruben & Cherise > Deep Elem Blues # -> Gonesville > Lazy River Road $ (TH) > GDTRFBSet Two: Music Never Stopped % > Yazoo Street Scandal ^ (MB) -> Mississippi Half Step -> Born Crosseyed Jam -> Dark Star (Verse One) & -> Running Down A Dream Jam * -> Not Fade Away + -> Dark Star (Verse Two) -> Not Fade Away Reprise ->Stella BlueEncore: Sugar Magnolia/Sunshine Daydream @@@ – With a Tennessee Jed Tease (SM) & an “Iko Iko” (The Dixie Cups) Tease (MB)# – With “Hey Bulldog” (The Beatles) (SM) and Easy Wind Teases (Band)$ – With a “Blackbird” (The Beatles) Tease (TH), First Time Played By Almost Dead% – With a “Becky” (Benevento Russo Duo) Tease (DD) and an Unknown Tease (MB)^ – First Time Played By Almost Dead, Bob Dylan & The Band Cover from The Basement Tapes& – With a Half Step Tease (TH) & a short Let It Grow Jam* – Instrumental, incomplete version of a Tom Petty Cover (Only the “Woo Hoo” lyrics were sung), First Time Played By Almost Dead+ – With TH playing “Running Down A Dream” Lyrical Melody over the NFA changes, a “Fat Mama” (Herbie Hancock) Tease (MB) and a Dark Star Tease (TH)@@ – With a short Stella Blue Jam to end it.[Photo: Jeremy Gordon] Last night, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead kicked off their third annual Fall Ball, returning to Brooklyn Bowl in New York and expanding the event to six nights over the next two weeks. Brooklyn Bowl clearly holds a special place in the band’s history—the Brooklyn venue was the site where the group composed of Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Tom Hamilton, Scott Metzger, and Dave Dreiwitz first convened as a Grateful Dead-inspired tribute group back in January of 2013. Last night, to kick off their triumphant return to Brooklyn Bowl as well as the first date of their fall tour, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead debuted a number of new tunes during their high-energy set, including the Grateful Dead’s “Lazy River Road” as well as debut covers by Tom Petty and Bob Dylan and The Band.Watch Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Debut Bob Dylan’s “Shelter From The Storm” [Pro-Shot]Joe Russo’s Almost Dead came out of the gates swinging with their ever-pleasing and upbeat show opener, “Bertha.” From there, the band transitioned into another spirited song, “Man Smart, Woman Smarter,” which housed tastes of “Tennessee Jed” as well as “Iko Iko”, the latter being a cover of The Dixie Cups that the Grateful Dead regularly paired with “Man Smart, Woman Smarter.” By way of “Ruben and Cherise”, the band landed in “Deep Elem Blues”, a tune whose extended jam foreshadowed some of the coming surprises of the night with its teases of “Hey Bulldog” by The Beatles and “Easy Wind” by the Band. After performing a rendition of Bob Weir’s “Gonesville”, a cover off Bob Weir’s latest solo album that Almost Dead debuted in Colorado back in the spring, the group debuted “Lazy River Road”, a Grateful Dead tune that made its debut in 1993 and was played regularly in the final two years before their final performance during the summer of ’95, which similarly housed whisps of The Beatles with its teases of “Blackbird.” Joe Russo’s Almost Dead wrapped up the first set with a punchy “Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad.”“Bertha” Marking the next special cover debut of the evening, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead paid tribute to Tom Petty, the iconic rock star who tragically passed away earlier in the week on Monday, by performing an instrumental jam built around his hit, “Running Down A Dream.” Appropriately, this jam built into a rendition of “Not Fade Away,” with the band more or less directly declaring that the impact that Tom Petty had will not cease just because he’s no longer living as Tom Hamilton continued to work in the melody of “Running Down A Dream” throughout the song. From there, the band finished off the second verse of “Dark Star” before landing in the reprise of “Not Fade Away” and then closing out the set with a heartfelt rendition of “Stella Blue.” To close out the first show of their six-night run at Brooklyn Bowl, the group returned with an encore of “Sugar Magnolia/Sunshine Daydream”, finishing off the night in full with a show-closing jam built around a return to “Stella Blue.”“Runnin’ Down A Dream” > “Not Fade Away” Returning after setbreak, the group opened the second set up with “The Music Never Stopped,” giving the tune the proper attention and eventually segueing into a Benevento/Russo Duo jam before transitioning into the next tune, “Yazoo Street Scandal” sung by Marco Benevento. This marked the first time Almost Dead has performed the Robbie Robertson-written tune off Bob Dylan and The Band’s collaborative 1975 album, The Basement Tapes. Following this debut cover, the band moved into a crowd-pleasing “Mississippi Half-Step”, which was thoroughly extended with a “Born Cross-eyed” jam that eventually transformed into the first verse of “Dark Star” and later referred back to “Mississippi Half-Step” ahead of a short “Let It Grow” jam.last_img read more

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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Releases 2018 Founders Fest Soundboard For ‘Taper Tuesday’

first_imgFor the 82nd edition of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead‘s Taper Tuesday, the Grateful Dead-inspired fan-favorite artist has released their soundboard recording from their performance at Founders Fest in June of this year at Founders Brewing Company in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During the performance, the band led by drummer Joe Russo opened with a spacious jam that eventually settled into “Good Lovin’”, segueing into an unfinished take on the Grateful Dead’s disco-esque tune, “Shakedown Street”.Again moving through a brief jam, the group laid out yet another danceable favorite, this time, “Dancing In The Streets”, which was a major highlight of the show. “Dancing In The Streets” gave JRAD and Ween bassist Dave Dreiwitz time to step into the spotlight with an extended solo, and also featured a number of teases including those of Bob Dylan, The Doors, and elements of “Cosmic Charlie”. Following renditions of a standout “Brown Eyed Women”, “The Wheel”, and a high-octane “I Need A Miracle”, to close out their festival set in full, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead laid out a heartfelt “Not Fade Away”, sung by guitarist and vocalist Tom Hamilton and featuring teases of “I Need A Miracle” throughout.You can listen to the audio from the show below, which was released today as the 82nd edition of Taper Tuesday. <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>[Audio: Peter Costello and Eric McRoberts]Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Founders Fest | Founders Brewing Company | Grand Rapids, MI | 6/16/2018Set: Jam -> Good Lovin’ -> Shakedown Street @ -> Jam -> Dancing In The Streets # -> Brown Eyed Women > The Wheel > I Need A Miracle -> Not Fade Away [email protected] – Unfinished# – With a DD Bass Solo, “Rainy Day Women #12 & #35” (Bob Dylan) Teases (Band), a “Riders On The Storm” (The Doors) Tease (MB) & ?Elements of Cosmic Charlie?$ – With I Need A Miracle Teases (TH)last_img read more

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Watch The Allman Brothers Cover The Grateful Dead With John Popper, On This Day In 2012

first_imgIt’s a nostalgic time of the year for Allman Brothers fans, who would normally be in the midst of their own musical March madness at the Beacon Theatre in NYC. The southern rock pioneers have played over 230 sold-out performances at the Beacon, hosting only the most dedicated fans and special guests throughout the 45 years of the band’s existence. It was the #1 time of the year to look forward to, a family reunion at it’s best.On March 24 of 2012, the night’s menu included John Popper, Jimmy Hall, Bruce Katz, Rob Barraco, and James van de Bogert on deck as special guests. Showcasing the their diversity through both acoustic and electric segments, the Allman Brothers never would shy away from the opportunities to improvise and jam something new. Check out some fan-shot footage from this day in 2012:“Franklin’s Tower” (with John Popper, harmonica; Rob Barraco, piano; James van de Bogert, drums)[Video: jimgrand]“Down Along the Cove” (with Scott Sharrard, guitar; John Popper, harmonica)[Video: Bruce Howard]“Leave My Blues At Home”[Video: andrew alexander]Setlist: Allman Brothers Band | The Beacon Theatre | New York, NY | 3/24/12I: Done Somebody Wrong, Leave My Blues At Home, Come and Go Blues, Egypt, Good Morning Little School Girl (with James van de Bogert percussion; Marc Quinones & Butch Trucks on drums), Commit a Crime (with Jimmy Hall, harp; Bruce Katz, piano; James van de Bogert, percusson; Marc Quinones & Butch Trucks on drums), She Caught the Katy (with Jimmy Hall, harp & vocal; Bruce Katz, piano), Dreams, Black Hearted WomanII Acoustic: Old Friend (Warren & Derek only), Dark End of the Street (Gregg, Warren, Derek, Oteil & Marc), Needle and the Damage Done (Gregg, Warren & Derek)II Electric: Melissa, Down Along the Cove (with Scott Sharrard, guitar; John Popper, harmonica), Franklin’s Tower (with John Popper, harmonica; Rob Barraco, piano; James van de Bogert, drums), In Memory of Elizabeth Reed (with Rob Barraco, piano; Bass solo with Oteil & Alvaro Benavides)Encore: Southbound (with Rob Barracco, piano; Jimmy Hall, harp & vocal; James van de Bogert, percussion)last_img read more

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Webinar: How Dell EMC Delivers Powerful Data Protection with Expanded Multi-Cloud Capabilities and Performance

first_imgJoin us on April 2 at 12:00 EST, to learn about Dell EMC’s latest innovations to our simply powerful data protection appliances.Dell EMC remains the unquestionable leader in data protection appliances with close to 60 percent market share[i] because we continue focusing on our customers and their unique needs. Our relentless emphasis on continued innovation is why customers see Dell EMC as a partner, rather than just a vendor, and stay with us for the long-term.Dell EMC appliances deliver powerful data protection that scales as customers’ data grows, and provides the flexibility that our customers need as they transform their IT environment and increasingly move to the cloud.On April 2, we will be hosting a webinar that will speak to the recent enhancements to performance, scalability and cloud extensibility that have been introduced to both Dell EMC Data Domain, and the Integrated Data Protection Appliance (IDPA).Topics to be covered include:IDC perspective on market evolution and future – Phil Goodwin, IDCDell EMC data protection appliances announcement highlights – Shefali Chinni, Sr. Product Marketing Manager Dell EMC’s customer’s perspective on what they think of Data Domain – Adam Schmitt, Network Architect, GEI Consultants Key highlights of the Dell EMC data protection appliances announcement:Expansion of leading cloud capabilitiesEnhanced support for ever-tighter SLAsMore choice for mid-size organizations with Data Domain DD3300 and IDPAWe are looking forward to seeing you on April 2. Registration for the webinar is now live.For additional information on the announcement check out the following assets:Dell EMC data protection appliances launch blogVideo: IDC and Dell EMC backup appliancesDell EMC data protection appliances infographicTo learn more about Dell EMC Data Protection Appliances, check out the Dell EMC Data Domain home page, Dell EMC IDPA homepage, read Data Protection blogs, and follow @DellEMCProtect on Twitter for our latest announcements and content.[i] IDC WW PBBA Tracker, Q3, December 20, 2018 (Based on Dell EMC market share for the last 4 quarters for World Wide Purpose Built Backup Appliances of 59.2%)last_img read more

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Immortal Buds

first_img Flower buds The buds containing sets of both sexual parts can be scattered all over the tree or segregated. Many trees have female, seed-producing flowers near the top and male, pollen-producing parts near the bottom of the tree crown. Buds themselves comprise a resting stage for tree tissues, a quiet way station bridging the gap from one season to the next. If you think only the flower buds contain a tree’s genetic future, think again. What’s in a bud? Buds shield and hide new growth and flowers. At their centers, they cover small growing points that hold the genetic legacy trees are trying to reproduce. They come in both leaf and flower forms. The flower buds expand to reveal various sexual parts of the tree. Some contain only male parts, while others contain only female. At the base of mature, fully expanded leaves are buds — growing points covered by bud scales. These growing points could grow to be next year’s flowers or leaves. If its leaf is damaged or knocked off, though, the growing point could expand into a new sprout this year. For most leaf-base buds, they sit quietly under their protective bud scales awaiting a wake-up call. Trees have buds nested inside other buds. Looking inside the buds of many tree species, you can see the baby leaves that will some day expand and serve the tree. Inside these buds, at the base of each baby leaf is a baby bud. Assuring survival Notice the buds on your trees. Think about the wonder of how each bud contains the foundation for many other buds and many other years. Trees assure their survival by producing many growing points, only a few of which ever grow. Buds are a way to externally protect the precious growing points from damage. As buds become surrounded by wood and overgrown with bark, some die. Many others no longer form scales but grow enough each year to stay just below the bark. The trees keep them in reserve in case surface buds, leaves and branches are damaged. Called dormant or latent buds, the tree can quickly expand them into new shoots if needed.center_img Leaves, too As spring temperatures and soil water supplies begin to rise, the leaf buds begin to swell. The leaves inside the buds uncurl and fill out. Extra growth may be completed along the edges of the leaf blades. All flower parts in buds are at some stage of development. Some are completely formed and just need water to pump them up. Others have tissues that need to develop before they can be expanded. The outside of a leaf bud is covered with bud scales. These hard, tough scales help protect the baby leaves from water loss and physical damage. Some bud scales have unique colors and coverings of various fibers and waxes. Sometimes you can find these scales scattered across the ground under a tree that has fast expanded its leaves. For spring-blooming trees, cutting into a flower bud shows miniature tissues crumpled and wrapped around each other, waiting for the proper signal to grow. Some trees have flowers that begin to form colors in the bud. Others wait for bud expansion to generate colors. Still other buds contain tissues that will remain green or brown and blow in the wind. Tree buds are fascinating containers that assure trees’ survival. Filled with the promise of trees to come, the swelling and opening of buds are sure signs that spring has arrived. Buds’ many jobs And so on, and so on. . . The flower buds of some tree species have a complete set of parts representing both sexes. Other trees have only male or female parts on any one tree.last_img read more

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Spain’s Iberdrola moving forward with Europe’s first large-scale green hydrogen project

first_imgSpain’s Iberdrola moving forward with Europe’s first large-scale green hydrogen project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Spanish utility Iberdrola has partnered with European fertiliser giant Fertiberia to build a 100MW solar PV plant with 20MWh battery storage to power one of the largest electrolytic hydrogen production systems in the world.The €150 million ($A246 million) project will focus on creating green hydrogen from the 20MW electrolyser to be used at the Fertiberia fertilizer plant in Puertollano, making it the first European company in its sector to develop large-scale expertise in the generation of green ammonia. The Puertollano ammonia plant will be updated and modified to use green hydrogen to manufacture green fertilisers.According to the two companies, the introduction of green hydrogen will reduce the plants natural gas requirements by over 10%.The new solar + battery + hydrogen project will be built in the municipality of Puertollano, in Ciudad Real, Spain, and is expected to generate 700 jobs. Once operational, the plant is expected to avoid 39,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.“Today we are launching the first major green hydrogen project in Europe, demonstrating that thanks to renewables and technological innovation, it is possible to continue to meet the needs of the electrification and decarbonisation of our industry,” said Iberdrola chairman Ignacio Galán. ‘In addition to its primary benefits, the new Puertollano project will also give Iberdrola greater expertise and understanding of the maturation of green hydrogen production. Further, it will help move forward the maturation of the technology, specifically in Spain, where annual hydrogen production is estimated at 0.5Mt H2/year, which is used as a raw material in the refining, chemical and fertilizer industries.[Joshua S Hill]More: Iberdrola to build biggest European solar and battery hydrogen plantlast_img read more

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Going Bald

first_imgTwo men are standing on a mountain slope above Lake Lure, N.C., shivering as the sun begins to creep toward the horizon, trying to work out the secret of the Shaolin Wonder Palm. This isn’t a mystical kung fu move; it’s a bouldering problem in Rumbling Bald’s expansive boulder field. There’s a big move right out of the gate that forces the climber to plant and hang from his right palm, then the line gets cryptic with some tricky heel work. Both of the climbers have sent the solid V7 problem before, but it takes a bit of strategy to work out the exact sequence of movements, so they take turns, getting a little higher up the gray rock with each attempt. One of the climbers, Ron Funderburke, thinks Shaolin Wonder Palm is one of Rumbling Bald’s classics. The other climber, Eric Eigner, has never been impressed with the problem.“I just don’t like the whole thigh-master thing,” Eigner says, referring to the crux move where you have to pull your whole body up by flexing your right hamstring.In between attempts, they do what climbers do and talk about other climbers. Specifically, they talk about “mutants,” that rare breed of man or woman with a superhuman ability to send rock that is simply out of the realm of possibility for even strong climbers like Eigner and Funderburke. We’re talking about Chris Sharma and Daniel Wood…climbers who actually have groupies.The question on hand is, “Will any of these heavy hitters ever grace Rumbling Bald with their skills?” It may sound like a silly question that’s impossible to answer, but what they’re really asking each other is, “Will Rumbling Bald ever get its due?”Southern Boulder FieldsRumbling Bald is a mountain in Western North Carolina’s Hickory Nut Gorge with a massive collection of metamorphic gneiss boulders (think granite with some pretty white streaks of quartzite running through it). The jagged, gray rocks sit in clusters at the base of an expansive cliff line known for hard trad routes and the occasional fissure cave. Some of the boulders are 30 feet tall with mature trees growing from their caps. The bald has been a local bouldering hot spot for more than a decade, but thanks to the recent “discovery” of a new cluster of boulders lying outside the well-known field, climbers now have 1,500 different known problems at their disposal. The addition of the new field makes Rumbling Bald the third largest bouldering field in the country, behind Hueco Tanks, Texas and Bishop, California. But Rumbling Bald is rarely, if ever, mentioned in the same sentence as these two legendary pebble wrestling destinations. It isn’t even as well known as smaller Southern destinations like Lily Boulders or Horse Pens 40.Ask local hard-men—the guys dedicated to the craft of bouldering—and they say Rumbling Bald is world class. It’s just waiting for a world class climber to come and validate it.“It’s one of the best bouldering fields in the world,” says Funderburke, head guide at Fox Mountain Guides. “When you look at the density, as in one boulder right after the other, and then the range of problems, it has that sort of all-star quality.”Chris Dorrity agrees. Dorrity is the author of the Rumbling Bald Bouldering Guide, which details more than 900 established problems in a range of grades from V0 to V11. He’s working on the second edition of the guidebook, which will include the problems at Hanging Chain, a newly discovered boulder field that’s just a 10 minute walk west of the better known clusters of boulders. Dorrity is spearheading a fury of route development in that area that will increase the size of Rumbling Bald by a third, bringing the local crag on par with Hueco Tanks and Bishop, at least in sheer volume.“You park in one spot and you have easy access to 1,500 established problems. That’s rare,” Dorrity says. “The movement and the texture are amazing. And the lines are pure. These boulders don’t have jumbled holds where you can choose your own way to the top. A boulder at Rumbling Bald has only one way up.”The lack of holds on the boulders actually helped keep the field from being developed for decades. Ned Dowling is credited with the majority of first ascents at Rumbling Bald, most of which he put up during the winter of 1998 while attending UNC-Asheville.“I had been climbing at Rumbling Bald for years before I realized the potential of the boulders there,” Dowling says. “The holds aren’t obvious, so traditional climbers didn’t bother with the boulders much. But after a six-month road trip across the country where all I did was sleep in my car and boulder, I came back to Rumbling Bald with new eyes. The field was a blank slate. I started putting up a new problem just about every day.”Even with Dowling’s furious development, it took a while for bouldering to catch on at Rumbling Bald, largely because the area was privately owned. In 2001, The Nature Conservancy purchased the majority of the cliff line and boulder field. Then in 2007, the state took over ownership of the area as part of the new Hickory Nut Gorge State Park.According to Dorrity, what Rumbling Bald needs to enter the canon of Great American Bouldering Destinations, is a really, really hard problem.“Right now, the high-end extreme grades aren’t there,” Dorrity says. “The highest grade problem that I’ll put in the second guide is a V12.”Lily Boulders, in Tennessee’s Obed River basin, only has 150 or so problems, but is known by most boulderers because climbing superstar James Litz established Chinese Arithmetic there, a 5.13 that has only seen one second ascent.Because of Rumbling Bald’s obscure holds and pure lines, climbers say it has the chops to support super hard grades that will set the climbing world a-twitter.“There’s potential for 513 and 5.14 in here,” says Eric Eigner. “There’s so much rock in here, it’s inevitable that those high grades will be discovered. It’s just there’s never been anyone in here that could establish a problem like that. We just need a mutant to come in here and establish our own Chinese Arithmetic.”Rumbling Bald Uber ClassicFrench Maid (V7) is considered to be the quintessential bouldering problem at Rumbling Bald. It’s an arete with clean holds and a sketchy top out in the West Side Boulders. Here’s what Ned Dowling, the man who first sent (and named) French Maid, has to say about the one boulder every climber should try to send:“I named this one for an ex-girlfriend. She was trying to get back together over Halloween one year and she invited me to this halloween party. She was wearing a really sleazy French Maid costume. I decided not to go to the party and the next day I went out there and put up that problem. I’d spent days working on that problem, then just laid my pad down and did it. Once you know how to climb it, it’s not that hard.”Boulder it YourselfRumbling Bald Mountain is an 1,100-acre collection of cliffs and boulders inside Hickory Nut Gorge State Park, roughly 30 minutes east of Asheville. The estimated 1,500 bouldering problems are divided into a few main areas (Central, West Side, East Side, and Hanging Chain).The Central, West, East and stray satellite boulders are in relatively close proximity, a short hike from the new parking lot off of Boy’s Camp Road. But Hanging Chain is a 10-15 minute hike farther west, a distance just long enough to keep most boulderers from exploring it.To reach the most established boulder fields, park in the new parking lot and hike the rutted-out trail straight up the steep slope until you start to see giant rocks. To reach Hanging Chain, hike west past the West Side boulders along the base of the Hanging Chain wall. According to Dorrity, there are 100 boulders with more than 350 problems, some of which are still waiting to be sent for the first time.The Bald is a highly seasonable crag with a short climbing window from November to March. “In the summer, it’s unbearably hot and there’s poison ivy everywhere,” says Dorrity.last_img read more

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Army Sports Committee Athletes Compete in Modern Pentathlon World Cup

first_img This article is published as a courtesy from the Military Sports Blog, a competition and sports broadcaster for the Armed Forces and Auxiliary Forces in Brazil and abroad. Rio de Janeiro hosted the second phase of the Modern Pentathlon World Cup held between March 20 and 24, at the Deodoro Sports Complex with 72 pentathletes from 23 countries. Military athletes, who are part of the High Performing Athletes Program (PAAR) of the Brazilian Army Sports Committee (CDE), participated in the competition in individual contests. Behind her, in 13th place was Sergeant Yane Marques, a bronze medalist at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, who is also a part of the High Performing Athletes Program of the CDE. She regretted her performance in the equestrianjumping competition. “I had a very difficult horse. It was partly my fault because I had five violations, but this is also part of it.” In the female competition, CDE Sergeant Priscila Oliveira ranked 11th. She was pleased with her performance, stating, “I was in 18th place when I started riding, and I was already happy. I had a great horse, which helped me a lot. I was a little nervous when I finished the second set of jumps. I knew that the other strong women were coming, and that they would catch up with me. However, I was not giving up so easily. I believe that this is just the beginning and that there is more to come.” U.S. athlete Margaux Isaksen won the female title with 5,268 points. Lithuanian Olympic champion Laura Asadauskaite took second place with 5,224 points, and Hungarian athlete Zsofia Foldhazi took third with 5,176 points. center_img In the male competition, Private Danilo Fagundes, of the 1st Guard Battalion and also a member of the CDE’s High Performing Athletes Program, proved to be the best Brazilian athlete, ranking 40th with 4,272 points. Victory went to Adam Marosi, bronze medalist at the London Games and twice world champion. With 5,768 points, Adam surpassed Latvian athlete Denis Cerkovskis (5,716) and French competitor Valentin Prades (5,660). All three stood on the podium. By Dialogo April 02, 2013 The next phase will take place in Chengdu, China, between April 17 and 21, 2013. last_img read more

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