Basic Tools for Ice Climbing

Ice Climbing pic

Ice Climbing
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Edward Hammond Meredith provides professional chef services in the Florida Keys area. Outside of work, Edward Hammond Meredith enjoys a number of outdoor adventure activities, including ice climbing.

Ice climbing offers an experience unlike any other form of climbing. Before you set out, it’s important to have the right gear.

A helmet and harness are some of the requisite equipment. Many experienced climbers already have these items, but if you have never climbed before, you’ll have to purchase these. For veteran climbers who already have harnesses, take note that for ice climbing, you’ll need a larger harness, as you will typically wear heavier clothing due to the lower temperatures.

Climbing rope is another self-explanatory item one needs in order to ice climb. Additionally, a solid pair of mountain boots is a must-have accessory. Small plates that fit on the front of these boots, known as crampons, are also compulsory. The crampon has spikes on the front that allow climbers to kick a foothold into the ice where a natural one may not be available. Ice tools such as a pick are necessary as well to get a good grip on the ice shelves.

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Starting Gear for Paddle Boarding

Stand Up Paddle Board

Based in the Florida Keys, professional chef Edwin Hammond Meredith regularly participates in several water sports. In recent years, Edwin Hammond Meredith has developed a particular enjoyment of stand up paddle boarding and has completed several long-distance races throughout Florida.

Stand up paddle boarding is a fun and challenging water sport that tests balance and coordination. As with most sports, there are some key pieces of gear one will need in order to get started.

As the name of the sport suggests, the first thing you will need is an actual stand up paddle board. These boards are available in a number of styles, measuring 8-12 feet long and 28-32 inches across. While they may resemble surfboards, stand up paddle boards are fabricated with a thicker construction, often composed of a foam core coated with epoxy and fiberglass. Beginners should stick with boards that have the most surface area, meaning the longest, thickest, and widest boards.

Paddles can be fashioned from a number of materials such as wood, plastic, carbon fiber, and aluminum. When paddling on flat water, it’s best to use a long paddle. Choppier, more active water calls for a shorter paddle.

A leash is a strap that wraps around the lower part of the leg (calf or ankle) that connects the paddler to his or her board. A good rule of thumb is to select a leash that is the same length as your board. A leash helps you stay with your board in the event you get tossed from it by wind or waves.

How to Keep Your Ferret Healthy

Ferrets

Professional chef and stand-up paddle boarding enthusiast Edwin Hammond Meredith lives in the Florida Keys. An animal lover, Edwin Hammond Meredith enjoys looking after his pet ferrets.

Ferrets may live for as long as 13 years, meaning owners must be vigilant regarding the animal’s health care needs. Heartworm and fleas pose a particular risk to ferrets, so use a general preventive treatment for both conditions once a month. Further, have the ferret vaccinated every year to protect against canine distemper, which is a serious viral disease with no cure.

Captive ferrets tend to display the same behavior as wild ferrets in regard to hiding illness. As such, take ferrets below the age of five to a veterinarian once a year, upping the number of visits to two per year as the ferret ages.

Finally, have your ferret de-sexed before it reaches sexual maturity, which occurs between the ages of six and 12 months. Female ferrets, in particular, suffer the consequences of delayed de-sexing procedures, as once they enter heat they remain in that condition until they mate. This extended period of heat often results in Pyometra, which is a uterine condition that is occasionally fatal.