Bird Dream

Bird Dream

“landing”: Descriptions of the landing day were drawn from interviews with Gary Connery, January and May 2013; ... Loetschental: “Two Men Killed and One Seriously Injured in BASE Jumping Horror After They Plunged from Helicopter and ...

Author: Matt Higgins

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780698163829

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 304

View: 266

PEN / ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing (2015 LONGLIST) “[P]erversely entertaining... In a truly intoxicating read that was hard to put down, Matt Higgins has managed to make real a world about as far removed from daily life as it gets.” --Daily Beast "Matt Higgins cracks open this astonishingly dangerous sport and captures the spectacular adrenaline surges it delivers."--The Wall Street Journal "[R]iveting... a must-read. A highflying, electrifying story." --Kirkus (STARRED) A heart-stopping narrative of risk and courage, Bird Dream tells the story of the remarkable men and women who pioneered the latest advances in aerial exploration—from skydiving to BASE jumping to wingsuit flying—and made history with their daring. By the end of the twentieth century BASE jumping was the most dangerous of all the extreme sports, with thrill-seeking jumpers parachuting from bridges, mountains, radio towers, and even skyscrapers. Despite numerous fatalities and legal skirmishes, BASE jumpers like Jeb Corliss of California thought they had discovered the ultimate rush. But all this changed for Corliss in 1999, when, high in the mountains of northern Italy, he and other jumpers watched in wonder as a stranger—wearing a cunning new jumpsuit featuring “wings” between the arms and legs—leaped from a ledge and then actually flew from the vertiginous cliffs. Drawing on intimate access to Corliss and other top pilots from around the globe,Bird Dream tracks the evolution of the wingsuit movement through the larger than life characters who, in an age of viral video, forced the sport onto the world stage. Their exploits—which entranced millions of fans along the way—defied imagination. They were flying; not like the Wright brothers, but the way we do in our dreams. Some dared to dream of going further yet, to a day when a wingsuit pilot might fly, and land, all without a parachute. A growing number of wingsuit pilots began plotting ways in which a human being might leap from the sky and land. A half dozen groups around the world were dedicated to this quest for a “wingsuit landing,” conjuring the pursuit of nations that once inspired the race to first summit Everest. Given his fame as a stuntman, the brash, publicity-hungry Corliss remained the popular favorite to claim the first landing. Yet Bird Dream also tracks the path of another man, Gary Connery—a forty-two-year-old Englishman—who was quietly plotting to beat Corliss at his own game. Accompanied by an international cast of wingsuit devotees—including a Finnish magician, a parachute tester from Brazil, an Australian computer programmer, a gruff hang-gliding champion-turned-aeronautical engineer, a French skydiving champion, and a South African costume designer—Corliss and Connery raced to leap into the unknown, a contest that would lead to triumph for one and nearly cost the other his life. Based on five years of firsthand reporting and original interviews, Bird Dream is the work of journalist Matt Higgins, who traveled the world alongside these extraordinary men and women as they jumped and flew in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Offering a behind-the-scenes take on some of the most spectacular and disastrous events of the wingsuit movement, Higgins’s Bird Dream is a riveting, adrenaline-fueled adventure at the very edge of human experience.
Categories: Sports & Recreation

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Switzerland

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide  Switzerland

... once used by the Romans, has played an important role in trade since the Middle Ages. The strategic importance of the pass was recognized by Saturday of the carnival. CUSTOMS OF THE LOTSCHENTAL The Lotschental is a remote valley ...


Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd

ISBN: 9781409334217

Category: Travel

Page: 330

View: 356

The DK Eyewitness Switzerland Travel Guide is your indispensible guide to this beautiful part of the world. The fully updated guide includes unique cutaways, floorplans and reconstructions of the must-see sites, plus street-by-street maps of all the fascinating cities and towns. The new-look guide is also packed with photographs and illustrations leading you straight to the best attractions on offer. The uniquely visual DK Eyewitness Travel guide will help you to discover everything region-by-region; from local festivals and markets to day trips around the countryside. Detailed listings will guide you to the best hotels, restaurants, bars and shops for all budgets, whilst detailed practical information will help you to get around, whether by train, bus or car. Plus, DK's excellent insider tips and essential local information will help you explore every corner of Switzerland effortlessly. DK Eyewitness Switzerland Travel Guide - showing you what others only tell you. Now available in PDF format.
Categories: Travel



... ... later examined samples of the bread and cheese from the village of Loetschental in his laboratory in Cleveland, ...

Author: James Nestor

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780241289099

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 203

View: 726

THE PHENOMENAL INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER - OVER A MILLION COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDE SHORTLISTED FOR THE ROYAL SOCIETY BOOK PRIZE 'Who would have thought something as simple as changing the way we breathe could be so revolutionary for our health, from snoring to allergies to immunity? A fascinating book, full of dazzling revelations' Dr Rangan Chatterjee There is nothing more essential to our health and wellbeing than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat 25,000 times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences. In Breath, journalist James Nestor travels the world to discover the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can: - jump-start athletic performance - rejuvenate internal organs - halt snoring, allergies, asthma and autoimmune disease, and even straighten scoliotic spines None of this should be possible, and yet it is. Drawing on thousands of years of ancient wisdom and cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry and human physiology, Breath turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head. You will never breathe the same again.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Urban Geography

Urban Geography

239–257. April 1945. Cultural and photos. Ogilvie, A. G.: Settlements in S. Macedonia. Geog. Rev. N.Y., pp. 172–198. April 1921. Block diagrams with position of settlement, Saloniki. 11 illustrations. Unstead, J. F.: Lotschental. Geog.

Author: Griffith Taylor

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135669119

Category: Reference

Page: 492

View: 686

This book is divided into three parts. The first deals with typical settelements in each of the seven continents, the early stages of settlements, land surveys and general phases of town evolution. The second part discusses changes in site and patter, from Neolithic to modern times. The third part specializes in topographic and functional controls in modern towns. Chapters on Planning, Regional Surveys and Classification of towns close the book. There are about 300 specially drawn plans and diagrams of towns - which should appeal to the sociologist and town planner as well as to every serious student of geography. This book was first published in 1949.
Categories: Reference

Integrated Models in Geography Routledge Revivals

Integrated Models in Geography  Routledge Revivals

UNSTEAD, J.F., [1932], The Lotschental; aregional study; Geographical Journal, LXXIX, 298–317. UNSTEAD, J. F.,[1933], Asystemof regional geography; Geography, XVIII,175187. UNSTEAD, J. F. etal, [1937],Classification of regionsoftheworld ...

Author: Richard J. Chorley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135121839

Category: Science

Page: 242

View: 870

First published in 1967, this book explores the theme of geographical generalization, or model building. It is composed of five of the chapters from the original Models in Geography, published in 1967. The first chapter broadly outlines this theme and examines the nature and function of generalized statements, ranging from conceptual models to scale models, in a geographical context. The following chapters deal with mixed-system model building in geography, wherein data, techniques and concepts in both physical and human geography are integrated. The book contains chapters on organisms and ecosystems as geographical models as well as spatial patterns in human geography. This text represents a robustly anti-idiographic statement of modern work in one of the major branches of geography.
Categories: Science

Switzerland Without a Car

Switzerland Without a Car

The hamlet of Goppenstein is the start of the lovely Lotschental, though it is heavily visited. A bus from the station goes up the valley to Fafleralp (table 12.591). Like its northern counterpart, the southern ramp of the BLS includes ...

Author: Anthony Lambert

Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides

ISBN: 9781841624471

Category: Travel

Page: 412

View: 842

Switzerland is home to the world's finest public transport system. You can't reach much of the country by car, but travellers can hop from steamer to cycle to scenic rail route with ease, allowing them to explore this alpine landscape and picturesque towns at a more relaxed pace. It is home to some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in the world with peaks such as the Matterhorn, Eiger and Jungfrau. As a result much of its cultural attractions are largely overlooked. Switzerland has thousands of fine museums, castles, mansions and outstanding churches together with vernacular buildings. The collections of its major art galleries collections would hold their own with most capital cities. This guide, fully updated with the latest route information, explores the length and breadth of the country by public transport. There is a detailed section on understanding the Swiss Travel System to help travellers get the most from their visit. Author Anthony Lambert outlines special train routes such as the Glacier Express and the Pre-Alpine Express and describes every railway line and what there is to see from each station as well as connecting journeys by steamer, postbus, furnicular, cableway, bicycle and foot. Swizerland without a car showcases the unique features of each station such as luggage forwarding, cycle hire, walking routes and even the station café which is used by locals because of its quality. He helps travellers rediscover the environmentally friendly way to travel.
Categories: Travel

Heritage Regimes and the State

Heritage Regimes and the State

Tite/ / titre / titolo Kanton(e) / canton(s) / cantone/i Touristische Landschaftserschliessung LU-U R-SZ-OW-NW-ZG La tradition botanique genevoise GE Traditionen um den Munot SH Troccas GR Les Tschaggatta au Lotschental VS Ubernamen ...

Author: Bendix, Regina

Publisher: Universitätsverlag Göttingen

ISBN: 9783863951221

Category: Social Science

Page: 422

View: 922

What happens when UNESCO heritage conventions are ratified by a state? How do UNESCO’s global efforts interact with preexisting local, regional and state efforts to conserve or promote culture? What new institutions emerge to address the mandate? The contributors to this volume focus on the work of translation and interpretation that ensues once heritage conventions are ratified and implemented. With seventeen case studies from Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and China, the volume provides comparative evidence for the divergent heritage regimes generated in states that differ in history and political organization. The cases illustrate how UNESCO’s aspiration to honor and celebrate cultural diversity diversifies itself. The very effort to adopt a global heritage regime forces myriad adaptations to particular state and interstate modalities of building and managing heritage.
Categories: Social Science

The Hunter gatherer Within

The Hunter gatherer Within

Weston Price (1945) documented a number of traditional diet peoples (e.g., Maasai, Lotschental Swiss) who consumed large amounts of full fat, raw dairy products, and enjoyed excellent health. A partial explanation of the health benefits ...

Author: Kerry G. Brock

Publisher: BRIT Press

ISBN: 9781889878409

Category: Diet therapy

Page: 274

View: 830

"We want to examine what the scientific evidence suggests is really going on when we eat food, and how we can eat and live in a way that best gives us the health benefits of a hunter-gatherer lifestyle while living in and enjoying the advantages of the modern world. We also hope to use the evidence to explore how we can increase our chances of avoiding chronic diseases, obesity, and other health problems -- the "Diseases of Civilization."--P. 7.
Categories: Diet therapy

Things My Mothers Never Told Me

Things My Mothers Never Told Me

Lötschental is in the Bernese Alps, and Roman was born in Bern so that's good enough for me . I like the sound of Lotschental, an area settled in Roman times but largely cut off from the world until the 20th century .

Author: Yvonne Craig Inskip

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 9781481796491

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 390

View: 156

Im six years old and having a life crisis. Are you my mummy? is the question I could never ask because I love both my mothers equally: Tyna, the tiny one and Bigga, who is bigger. I havent got a daddy either, and it seems rude to ask. This is a sharp and entertaining true story, beginning in war-torn London, of how the author navigated her way through family passions and oddities, secrets and multiple identities. On the way she encounters a Christmas pudding sent annually care of the Bank of Scotland; sitting on a Tutors cat during a Cambridge University interview; running the family corner shop as a school girl; discovering a cache of beautiful postcards from all over Europe; and the seaside wedding of one of her mothers. One of my mothers is has yet another stroke. Im by her side when the consultant points to a scar on her belly and asks her what it is. Silently she raises her hand and gestures towards me. A Caesarean section all those years ago. I am her daughter. We never speak of it. After Bigga and Tyna died, I begin a paper trail to find news of my father. One morning I walk across Westminster Bridge to meet a half-sister. I have been an only child for 50 years. Over lunch I discover that I am the sixth of seven siblings born to four women - and I have a famous Swiss grandfather. The book ends by tackling some questions Im often asked, such as: Were your mothers lesbians? Does a child need a father? Is the past good for you? Do therapists help?
Categories: Family & Relationships

Petrology of the Metamorphic Rocks

Petrology of the Metamorphic Rocks

... some layers having the same sequence of tetrahedral Si, Al, 0 layers and 126 LITHOSPHERIC EXTENSION 1 1 1 1 1 1 1. Figure 5.16 This section of graphitic phyllite interbedded with sandy slate, Lotschental, Canton Valais, Switzerland.

Author: R. Mason

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789401725903

Category: Science

Page: 230

View: 237

There has been a great advance in the understanding of processes of meta morphism and of metamorphic rocks since the last edition of this book appeared. Methods for determining temperatures and pressures have become almost routine, and there is a wide appreciation that there is not a single temperature and pressure of metamorphism, but that rocks may preserve, in their minerals, chemistry and textures, traces of their history of burial, heating, deformation and permeation by fluids. However, this excit ing new knowledge is still often difficult for non-specialists to understand, and this book, like the first edition, aims at enlightenment. I have concen trated on the interpretation of the plate tectonic settings of metamorphism, rather than following a geochemical approach. Although there is an impress ive degree of agreement between the two, I believe that attempting to discover the tectonic conditions accompanying rock recrystallization will more readily arouse the interest of the beginner. I have used a series of case histories, as in the first edition, drawing on my own direct experience as far as possible. This m
Categories: Science