Archive for the ‘cold’ Category

1985: US Coast Guard accused of trespassing

December 23, 2006

USCGC Polar Sea (WAGB 11)

The Council of Canadians was born later that summer and we quickly made our presence known. When the American icebreaker Polar Sea sailed without permission through Canadian waters, Council members dropped a Canadian flag onto its deck.

But the most direct challenge to Canada’s sovereignty in Arctic waters came in 1985, when the U.S. sent its icebreaker Polar Sea through the Northwest Passage without informing Canada or asking permission. The political skirmish that followed led to the 1988 Arctic Co-operation Agreement between the two countries. Boiled down to its essence, the agreement said the U.S. would not send any more icebreakers through the passage without Canada’s consent, and Canada would always give that consent. The wider issue of whether Canada’s Arctic waters were internal or international was left unresolved.


missing Oregon climbers

December 18, 2006

I’m not trying to “blame the victim”, I am just looking for some news honesty. For days now, news people have been implying that the missing Oregon climbers were something like experts and professionals.

One of the three climbers, Kelly James, has now been found on Mount Hood in Oregon. He was found dead and had a ring with his initials on it.

I think that if Kelly James was wearing a metal ring during an extreme winter climbing expedition, that may have been irresponsible. It can get cold, it could lessen circulation, it adds a tiny amount of weight, it could be a minor distraction if handling ropes and ice axes.

Idea for future mountain climbers: ditch the jewelry and instead, bring a better cellphone, or a cellphone antenna, or a satellite phone, or an EPIRB, or flares, or a colored smoke signaling device, or a signaling mirror, maybe a good whistle. There are many devices that can be used to contact potential rescuers, some of them are expensive, and some of them are less costly.

Palm Springs jail

October 14, 2006

One woman was in jail this weekend-arrested for being drunk in public. She didn’t want to be identified, but she told us about her experience in the Palm Springs Jail.

“Horrible. I don’t want to come back here . . . They put you in a room. You have nothing but concrete. They give you a blanket, no pillow. I was freezing.”

She hated her 10 hours behind bars. But she does say the jail staff treated her well and checked on her often.

She was given a citation and has to be in court next month.