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first_imgIn last month’s issue, I wrote an article on the Red River Gorge and the history of climbing access there. Researching and writing that piece allowed me to relive the weeks I spent at the Red as a college undergrad – young(er), more clueless (if you can believe it), but totally enchanted by everything that was and is the Red River Gorge. It was our outdoor program’s go-to fall break spot, but I hadn’t been back to that little slice of Kentucky heaven in nearly three years.Last weekend, I decided, was a good time to change that.IMG_1494 IMG_1500 IMG_1503Day 1From Asheville, N.C., I drove five hours northwest until I came to the small town of Slade, Ky. Aside from single lane roads, a couple diners, and a handful of gas stations, there’s not much in Slade (except, of course, some of the best Corbin sandstone in the world). It was here at Miguels Pizza that I met up with the crew – Adam, Dave, and Roberto. These three guys first met in Davis, W.Va., years ago where both Adam and Dave still reside. Climbing, ski patrolling, trail maintenance, road trips to Veracruz…these guys have shared quite a few good times together. After a few slices of pizza and some beers to wash it down, it was time to head back to our camp in the National Forest.IMG_1513 IMG_1526Day 2The weather for the weekend could not have been more perfect for climbing. Sunny and sixty degrees was all the forecast called for from Friday thru Sunday. Knowing this, and knowing the crowds that would likely swarm to the Red on Saturday, we decided to hit up one of the most popular climbing areas in the gorge – Muir Valley – first.Over 400 acres in size and with more than 350 routes of varying difficulty, it’s no wonder Muir Valley is such a hot spot. Moderate climbers (ah hem, me) flock to the Bruise Brothers and Sunny Side walls while the Sharmas head deeper into the property to try their hand at any number of 5.12+ projects at the Solarium or Midnight Surf crags.When you arrive on Muir Valley’s property, chances are you’ll either be greeted by Rick and Liz Weber, the owners of Muir Valley, or Roger VanDamme, the Chairman of the volunteer organization Friends of Muir Valley. Warm, welcoming, and smiling, these three friendly faces are the brains behind Muir Valley. Trail maintenance, fundraisers, emergency training, heck, even stocking the soda machine with Ale-8-1, whatever it is that needs doing, the crew at Muir Valley is on it.It’s that dedication to a quality climbing experience that makes Muir Valley unique. Rick and Liz, now well into their seventies, have committed the past two decades of their lives to expanding and improving Muir Valley. Their love affair with the area shows, too, and after a quick walk around the property with Liz at the lead, it was obvious to me that their passions have paid off ten-fold. Beginner and professional climbers alike know of the Webers, and everyone we passed acknowledged Liz by name and thanked her profusely for “what you guys do.”Liz is a sharp cookie and could easily out-climb me, despite our nearly half-a-century in age difference. She knows Muir Valley the way you know your childhood home, and as we walked along the trails, she versed me in the ways of Big Leaf Magnolias and the troubles of erosion. I had interviewed Liz for the article I wrote last month without ever having met her, and after spending just a couple hours with her on my final day in the Red, I realized that everything I ever hoped to be in life resided in that fiery-sweet pistol of a woman. She’s strong, she’s smart, and she settles for nothing but the best (especially when it comes to her beloved Muir Valley) – that’s why she was quick to express her disappointment that I had not mentioned the Webers’ intentions to gift Muir Valley (that’s right, gift, as in a Christmas gift) to Friends of Muir Valley, an act that would require the volunteer organization to raise $200,000 in 2014 to prove that the group could cover upcoming operation and maintenance costs through 2015.If you’ve ever climbed at Muir Valley, you’ve likely noticed how well-maintained the place is, how nice the facilities are, or the fact that they have loaner stick clips available for visiting climbers. Though there are hundreds of other crags to climb at in the Red, you likely won’t receive such a thoughtful experience anywhere else. With Roger and his volunteer crew at the helm, this place operates like a well-oiled machine on even the busiest of weekends. If you want to help these passionate people keep Muir Valley as such, then donate now. Every dollar counts.IMG_1547 IMG_1553 IMG_1564 IMG_1566Day 3We thought about getting up early. That idea did cross our minds at some point the previous night. But the fact of the matter is, we were more bent on breakfast burritos and perc coffee than beating the crowds. Consequently, we were on the crack-of-noon club that Saturday and opted to check out Military Wall and Left Flank by Nada Tunnel instead of exploring deeper into Muir Valley and risking spending the day doing more waiting than climbing.One of the best things about climbing at the Red is the diversity of folks you meet – from Cincinnati gym rats to European rock stars (no pun intended, maybe), people will travel halfway across the world if they need to, just to climb at the Red.Sometimes I forget how lucky we are to be so close to such quality rock climbing. As I hung in my harness at the top of Sunshine, snapping photos of Adam leading and listening to tidbits of a conversation our neighboring climbers were having in Italian, I was reminded of how unique of an experience this was, to be in the heart of Kentucky amid a melting pot of cultures and backgrounds and ideals. Even some of the hippest cities lack that thread of diversity, and the coolest part about it all was the shared love of climbing that united people from all walks of life.We climbed until dark that day, ending the night with a stop at another climbing hub – Sky Bridge Station. We drank IPAs on empty stomachs and fueled our aching bodies with quesadillas. We helplessly defended ourselves in a game of darts and chatted with the locals who gave us hand-drawn maps and climbing beta. The energy was visceral, the vibe tangible, and (apparently) we closed the place down before returning to our quiet corner of the woods, the guys to prepare for another day of climbing and I to return back to Asheville.Until next year, RRG.IMG_1584 IMG_1598 IMG_1618 IMG_1638 IMG_1664 IMG_1675 IMG_1684 IMG_1696 IMG_1697 IMG_1703 IMG_1795last_img read more

Choose your own adventure…

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Anthony DemangoneI remember those wonderful books as a kid. Choose your own adventure. Do you take the crystal skull from the temple, or do you open the door? If you open the door, turn to page 76…As adults, I think we try to recreate that feeling.Some play fantasy baseball. They can tinker and trade and build themselves a championship. Others, play Minecraft. They can compete and build themselves an alternate world.There are many other ways to do this.But sometimes, we forget about the most important way…A few years back, a credit union CEO asked me how I was doing. We were having lunch, and the conversation was wonderful. I told him how both my wife and I were from Pennsylvania. And even though we loved DC, sometimes we missed the slower pace of life back in the Keystone State. continue reading »last_img read more

Elevate your impact with these 2019 credit union conferences!

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Your impact on your credit union is strong—and these conferences will help you achieve an even more elite level. View NAFCU’s entire 2019 conference lineup now so you can easily assemble your training budget for next year. It provides everything you need to put together a great training plan, so you and your team can become even more adept at building revenue, strategizing effectively, and eliminating compliance headaches. View the planning guide online now, or download the 2019 training brochure. Pressed for time? Here’s a quick look at the lineup: STRATEGIC GROWTH CONFERENCEMarch 19 – 21, 2019 | Greenville, SCSPRING REGULATORY COMPLIANCE SCHOOL March 18 – 22, 2019 | Arlington, VACEOs & SENIOR EXECUTIVES CONFERENCE May 1 – 3, 2019 | Key West, FL BOARD OF DIRECTORS & SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE CONFERENCE  May 20 – 23, 2019 | Savannah, GA 52nd ANNUAL CONFERENCE & SOLUTIONS EXPO June 18 – 21, 2019 | New Orleans, LAFALL REGULATORY COMPLIANCE SCHOOL August 12 – 16, 2019 | Minneapolis, MN BSA SEMINARAugust 11 – 14, 2019 | Minneapolis, MNCONGRESSIONAL CAUCUS September 8 – 11, 2019 | Washington, DCRISK MANAGEMENT SEMINAROctober 1 – 3, 2019 | Savannah, GA REGULATORY COMPLIANCE SEMINAROctober 1 – 4, 2019 | Savannah, GAMANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE October 7 – 11, 2019 | San Antonio, TXLENDING CONFERENCE  November 4 – 6, 2019 | Austin, TXCREDIT UNION CFO SUMMIT2nd Half of 2019Plan now to take advantage of NAFCU training in 2019. It’s the best credit union education available.last_img read more

NYSEG plans on having power fully restored by Tuesday evening

first_img(WBNG) – NYSEG says it expects tohave power restored to its customers by 10 p.m.Tuesday after abundantsnowfall Monday caused trees and power lines to be down. Updates will be provided on thecompany’s Facebook and Twitter pages. NYSEG says heavy, wet snow brought downtrees which caused damage to powerlines and other equipment. The company says the Southern Tier wasone of the “hardest hit” areas. They say more than 55,000 oftheir customers lost power. As of 12 p.m. Tuesday, they say morethan 6,000 customers are still powerless. They say in some of the more remoteareas, repairs will require special equipment.last_img read more

Arsenal confirm Bernd Leno has avoided a serious knee injury

first_img🗣We feared the worst”Mikel Arteta on Bernd Leno’s injury for Arsenal— Football Daily (@footballdaily) June 23, 2020 Arsenal confirm Bernd Leno has avoided a serious knee injury Coral BarryTuesday 23 Jun 2020 7:03 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link184Shares Leno could be back in training in four weeks (Picture: Getty)Maupay apologised to Leno after the game, but insisted he never intended to hurt the stopper.Arsenal players angrily confronted Maupay at full-time – who scored a late winner – and Matteo Guendouzi was lucky to avoid a ban from the FA after he grabbed the forward by the throat.‘At half-time I went to Mikel Arteta, their manager, to apologise because I never meant to injure their keeper,’ Maupay told BT Sport.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I just jumped to get the ball maybe and when he landed he just twisted his knee, so I apologise to their team and to him as well.‘I’ve been through a bad injury so I know it’s hard but I never meant to hurt him.‘But some of the Arsenal players need to learn humility maybe sometimes. They’ve been talking a lot first half, second half when they were 1-0 up – they got what they deserved.’ Leno was in agony after hurting himself (Picture: Getty)Bernd Leno has managed to avoid serious ligament damage to his knee and could return to Arsenal training within four weeks, the club have confirmed.The Arsenal goalkeeper was stretchered off in the defeat Brighton & Hove Albion and it was feared Leno would miss at least the next nine months of action.But ahead of Arsenal’s game against Southampton on Thursday, the Gunners announced the injury is not as serious as first feared.A statement read: ‘Right knee. Positive news after detailed assessments. Sustained moderate ligament sprain during Brighton & Hove (a) on Saturday. Aiming to return to full training in four to six weeks.’AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMikel Arteta reacted to the news in his pre-match press conference, saying: ‘We thought [Leno’s injury] was going to be more significant. We are not sure on the extent still but he is feeling positive.’Leno howled in pain when he landed awkwardly on his right leg under the challenge of Neal Maupay.The German hurled abuse at Maupay as he left the pitch, clearly feeling the Brighton striker had purposely injured him. Advertisement MORE: Arsenal consider Claudio Bravo move with fears that Bernd Leno could miss 12 monthsMORE: Arsenal decide to sign Cedric Soares on permanent transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Investors wanted for stunning CBD home

first_img1 & 2/46 Victoria Street, Townsville CityTHIS Townsville CBD property screams investment potential and could be all your when it heads to auction tonight.Situated in a boutique building is this two-residence home at 1&2/46 Victoria Street, with Castle Hill as nature’s neighbour and stunning panoramic port, island and ocean views, privacy and exclusivity is ensured. Opportunity awaits for those who may wish to reside in one, and rent the other. 1 & 2/46 Victoria Street, Townsville CityEqually, an opportunity exists with minimum spend, to live in as one residence amid other premiere properties in this exclusive location, says listing agent Julie Mahoney.“This really is quite an interesting property and the sale could go either way,” she said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“We had pretty good interest so far because it comes with so many possibilities as it comes with separate titles.“If you wanted to, you could have extended family living in one of the apartments whist residing in the other or just lease them separately. “The block is also big enough to allow for the construction of another unit down the track which could be quite popular due to its location.” 1 & 2/46 Victoria Street, Townsville CityOn the upper level you will find a contemporary functional kitchen with stainless steel appliances and an abundance of storage and stunning parquetry flooring throughout the spacious living and dining areas.A master suite includes built-in-robe and ensuite and there are also two additional bedrooms, both with built-in robes.The main bathroom includes bath and separate shower and there’s also a separate laundry with extra storages.center_img 1 & 2/46 Victoria Street, Townsville CityTucked away on a quiet cul-de-sac with no-through traffic, the property’s downstairs features include polished timber flooring throughout the spacious living and dining area and a stunning, all-white, modern kitchen with stainless steel appliances.There’s also a palatial master suite with substantial walk-in robe and balcony access and a light and bright shared bathroom between master and second bedrooms. last_img read more

Spacious family home embraces the best of Brisbane River living

first_imgLiving large.No.354 Westlake Drive has most of the features and benefits from some of the best of Brisbane’s homes including ducted air-conditioning and a swimming pool. “We liked it because it was lowset, it was very comfortable living,” Mrs Ryder said.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019“And it was a very stylish home.” Laid back entertaining.Now that the couple are moving into a retirement village, it is back on the market.The home sits in a quiet street of the Westlake neighbourhood, and is walking distance away from the Brisbane River. Spacious throughout.The home embraces the tropical weather with a pool and palm trees and an outdoor entertaining area perfect for summer entertaining. With four large bedrooms there is more than enough room for a large family or for a couple looking to downsize but still have some extra room when friends and family visit. A few changes had been made to the home in the last 16 years including renovations of the bathrooms and reconditioning of the roof, as well as the addition of solar panels on the roof.“We’ve done everything to make this the sort of home we are happy to live in,” she said.She said the home would be ideal for a family or an elderly couple looking for an easy property to live in.And with the home walking distance to a dog park, she said it could be the perfect place for animal lovers.center_img 354 Westlake Drive, WestlakeTHIS four-bedroom home at 354 Westlake Drive in Westlake was perfect for Patricia Ryder and her husband Frank when they moved in 16 years ago.They had been living in a larger home in neighbouring Jindalee, but when her children moved out they considered something a bit more manageable.But calling it ‘downsizing’ could be going too far. last_img read more

ERAFP aims for maximum impact with new engagement policy

first_imgHe said the pension fund would give priority to collaborative investor initiatives, such as those started and the Principles for Responsible Investment or the Institutional Investor Group on Climate Change, which he said had proven to be more successful.In its new voting strategy for 2015, ERAFP says it will concentrate on making sure companies are transparent in their business and finance in each country they operate in; sharing added value and applying responsible dividend policies; ensuring women make up at least 30% of boards and promoting transparent, fair and moderate executive pay.ERAFP said that in order to make sure the voting policy truly worked, its SRI team would analyse the resolutions submitted at the general meetings of 40 major French companies and 20 major international companies.These companies represent more than 42% of the fund’s share-based investments, it said.Rouchon said ERAFP did not have the SRI resources at the moment to allow it to discuss the voting recommendations of its asset managers for more than 60 companies.But he pointed out this was an increase from 40 in 2013 and from 20 in 2012.“And it is important to keep in mind that since we are delegating our SRI equity asset management to investment managers, this means that for the remaining stocks we own, our asset managers still vote in line with our voting policy,” he said.The only difference was that in these cases, ERAFP did not check their voting recommendations beforehand, he said.ERAFP’s voting policy on the presence of women on boards has been sharpened with the minimum threshold of 30% up from 25%.“While we’ve observed some progress over the past few years, there is still a long way to go,” says Rouchon.“The argument saying that the female talent pool is not deep enough is both wrong and unacceptable,” he says.Read about how funds including ERAFP are tackling the risks associated with carbon emissions in the current issue of IPE France’s public service supplementary pension scheme ERAFP has updated its voting policy and shareholder engagement strategy for 2015, restricting the number of issues it will discuss with securities issuers in the next round of general meetings to four for each.The new shareholder engagement strategy will focus on climate change, responsible lobbying, labour conditions in the supply chain, and tackling aggressive tax optimisation practices, the pension fund said.Jean-Philippe Rouchon, socially responsible investment (SRI) analyst at the €20bn ERAFP told IPE the fund had decided to prioritise a number of critical issues it thought were the most material to ERAFP’s investments.“The objective is thus to concentrate our efforts on four main themes […] for 2015 and beyond so as to have more impact,” he said.last_img read more

Stunning green thumb makeover within Brisbane’s middle ring

first_imgThe garden even has a Balinese hut. Classic features in the main house.The cottage includes a bedroom, a kitchen, a combined living/dining room and a separate lounge room, all of which opens on to a veranda.Mrs Duncan said it would be difficult to leave the property, but age was catching up with them.“It needs a family who will enjoy it as much as we have,” she said.“We are looking at a smaller home now so we will just have to squeeze everyone in.” 87 Pullenvale Rd is just 15km from the Brisbane CBD. MORE: Buy a house, get a free holiday Ornate styling, with large windows letting the light in.The main house has four bedrooms including the master bedroom with his and her walk-in robes and a large ensuite. Other features include a study/library, wraparound patios overlooking the pool and grounds, and a three-car garage.Features include period breezeways, chandeliers and ceiling roses, while outside there is a Balinese hut overlooking the pool.The lower level unit has another bedroom, a kitchen, bathroom, laundry and a combined living and dining space. This unit has been rented for $350 a week.The detached cottage at the front of the property was relocated from Graceville, and has been renovated. “It was very plain (the grounds), a blank canvas when we bought it.“We get a lot of wildlife visiting now that we have the established gardens. “We get so many birds. It’s just beautiful.”But it’s not just the wildlife paying a visit, with the couple’s six children and 11 grandchildren also enjoying the property over the past decade.Mrs Duncan said the main house has a “country charm”, describing the property as “like living in the country”.“But we are just three minutes from Kenmore Village, and about 13 minutes from Indooroopilly,” she said.“There are also several good schools nearby — so good for a family.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago The home has been beautifully maintained. There are many “rooms” in which to enjoy the outdoors. MORE: Heading for the hills 87 Pullenvale Rd, Pullenvale, goes to auction at 6pm on Wednesday May 22.When retired lawyers John and Morag Duncan were looking for their “oasis”, they came across a sprawling blank canvas that was crying out for a green thumb makeover.So they purchased 87 Pullenvale Rd — a Pullenvale property with three residences on 1ha only 15km from the Brisbane CBD.“We bought it because we wanted to establish gardens and different garden rooms,” Mrs Duncan said. The home has a “country charm” to it.In the 10 years since they bought the property in 2009, the couple have extensively renovated, with everything from new light fittings to installing two modern kitchens.Mrs Duncan said her favourite space was the modern, open-plan kitchen with its bay windows, which flows to the family room with its open fire and the dining room, which has hosted many family Christmases.For Mr Duncan, the formal lounge, which also has an open fireplace, is his favourite place to unwind and listen to music.The property boasts three residences — the main house, the lower level unit and the detached cottage.last_img read more

Port of Vizag Operations Back to Normal

first_imgVessel traffic has returned to normal at the port of Vizag after being suspended on September 6 due to a listing ship at one of the port’s docks.Inward and outward movements at EQ 5, EQ 6, EQ 7, EQ 8, EQ 9, WQ 4, WQ 5 & WQ 6, which were suspended after the general cargo ship HAI DUONG 09 started to list badly while being loaded with steel billets, are now taking place as usual, GAC India informed.The 10,959 dwt vessel reportedly suffered the list due to faulty ballasting, which led to a loss of stability during cargo loading.GAC India said that cargo discharge operations were completed aboard the vessel, and the ship was afterwards sent to anchorage in ballast condition.The 2006-built HAI DUONG 09 is currently idle at anchorage, awaiting for confirmation from shippers on the acceptance for loading.GAC India earlier said that there were no injuries reported following the incident.last_img read more