Avalanche videos part 11

I collect these videos because I (we) hope to learn from the mistakes of others. Unfortunately there’s been so many avalanche incidents this winter that I have to publish this quite soon after part 10 (a disturbing number in itself). Morris counted 75 avalanche fatalities so far this winter in the Alps. Unfortunately that number is wrong at the date of publishing, it’s too low by at least a few unlucky ones.

Like he keeps saying since December: no avalanche knowledge = stay on the piste. I would add to that… have knowledge = don’t do stupid things. And that goes for me as well.

The very least you should do, if you, or anyone else you know, have any intention of skiing the backcountry or out-of-bounds terrain is gain some awareness. Certain companies finally stepped up their “social responsibility” and are beginning to offer the avalanche basics in convenient online courses. Latest examples are Ortovox Safety Academy and Salomon + Atomic Mountain Academy. Do yourself a favor and go through everything they have to say then check your ego and forget about everyone else riding insane lines right in front of you. Ride smart.

Someone goes for a ride in Black Iron Bowl at Telluride

The day after 15 of 2.5kg bombs were dropped on that face, Julien Lopez still trigged a slab during his FWT run in Kappl, Tirol

Hard slab fracturing above a snowboarder, early February on Papusa in Romania.

Snowskater triggers and outruns a small(ish) slab on Vail pass

Snowmobiler burrial… no matter how many times the guys say “unbelieveable”, it really isn’t. But a great response by the buddies nevertheless.

Effective use of an airbag (looks like SnowPulse) on San Pellegrino on February 7th.

EDIT Feb. 12th

Another ABS in use on the Arcelle at Val d’Isere

Also one from last April on Grand Motte

EDIT Feb. 16th

Avalanche videos part 10

Stubaier Gletscher in mid November

Lake Tahoe, 500ft slide with no major injuries

Cime Bianche, Valtournenche

Gigi Rüf caught while shooting a video

Mölltaler Gletscher Avalanche that caught 12 people right next to the chairlift. ORF has the story on that.

A lesson in islands of safety: Foglietta North Avalanche on January 5th, Ste Foy Tarentaise, France. More info by Henry.

Avalanche coming down behind a snowboarder on Hatcher Pass

Fixing incorrectly sized thumbnails in NextGEN Gallery widget

UPDATE The bug described below is due to a currently undetermined WordPress theme conflict. It also affects default twenty series themes prior to 2013.

…again one of those posts that are more a reminder to myself, but if anyone else find these things useful…

I’ve been using NextGEN Gallery for years now and it’s had one persistent bug since the beginning. I honestly don’t know how this is still an issue in a gallery plugin for and by people who supposedly care about quality presentation of their images, photos or anything else?!

In sidebar 2 to the right I’m using a widget to display 5 most recently uploaded photos. But this widget has had the same stupid bug since I can remember and the same bug I have to fix any time I upgrade to a new version of the plugin. For some reason the widget completely ignores width/height (aspect) ratios of images, instead it stretches/squeezes them to fit what are supposed to be maximum values (option available in widget settings). I simply want them to be of a certain width to fit the sidebar but I don’t care how high they are.

My solution is simple but it still annoys me that this is even an issue in a photo gallery product. People can’t possibly be shooting/wanting squeezed images?!? Anyway, my solution has always been to modify display_gallery.php (in current version 2.0.61 located in wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/modules/widget/templates) and simply delete the height variable (entire line 24 in current version).
height="php echo esc_attr ($settings ['image_height']);"

Obviously someone bound by height restrictions would delete the width (line 23) in this case and obviously this shouldn’t even be required for anyone who cares about correctly sized images.

Like I said, this bug has been around for years but nobody bothered to fix this ever so I’m always reluctant to update to newer versions as they always mess things up and I have to remember how I fixed it in the first place.

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