Jonathan Arbib


This Reinvented Axe Design Splits Wood In Record Time

by on Apr.29, 2014, under Gadgets, Leisure, Tech Junk, Travelling & Outdoors


While we mostly cover articles pertaining to new advancements and technological breakthroughs, one can’t ignore the improvements in basic design of items, which are used on a daily basis. This time, what we have for you is one such improvisation that has been devised for the traditional axe.


This particular design comes from Heikki Kärnä who is a Finnish inventor and has dubbed the invention as Vipukirves Leveraxe. The key idea behind this innovation was to employ simple physics principles to come up with a more efficient and safer design for axe.


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Abandoned on Everest

by on Jan.30, 2014, under Travelling & Outdoors

Everest-Skull1In 2006, a lone climber attempting the summit of Mount Everest for the third time was, purely by chance, caught in an amateur photograph taken by another climber of the scenic mountaintop ahead. The climber in the photograph was making his way up what is known as the Final Push of the Northeast ridge, between Camp VI at 8,230 m and the summit. It was late in the afternoon, a foolishly reckless time to undertake the lengthy and dangerous route.

It would be many hours before the the photographer and his climbing team saw the man again. Leaving the camp at the recommended time, shortly before midnight in order to reach the summit at daybreak, they were first in line of a total of roughly 40 climbers attempting the Final Push that day. A long train of men, all tethered to the lengths of rope permanently in place to keep climbers on the right track.

For decades, this rope had taken climbers within a few feet of what became known as Green Boots cave. A small limestone overhang located at 8500 m, it was already infamous among climbers for the same reason it earned its nickname. For the past ten years, the body of a climber who died in 1996 has been a grim landmark for every climber of the Northeast route, lying curled up in the fetal position, wearing fluorescent green mountaineering boots.

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