Bart Schleyer - The Last Wild Man

solospiritsbartschleyerDr. Maurice Hornocker, founder of the Hornocker Wildlife Institute, is a world-renowned authority on large cats, primarily the American cougar. He wanted to build a team of researchers with sufficient skill and knowledge to study the Siberian tiger and Far Eastern Leopard.

Bart had considerable experience catching grizzly bears using the foot snare technique developed by Jack Aldrich. Dr Hornocker hired Bart as a capture specialist in 1993 to work on the Siberian Tiger Project in Russia. Russian scientists were having difficulty capturing adult tigers using box or log traps. Although skeptical of the foot snare, they were open to suggestions.

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Valaam: Soul journey

vm1049On an island far from the mainland, the Valaam monastery is one of the Russian Orthodox Church's holiest and most isolated sites. Join James Brown as he meets the monks, mucks in with the volunteers, and encounters a special group of children in one of most spiritual places in the country.

The origins of Valaam Monastery are not clear. Situated in the frontier of civilization the monastery was often attacked and burned as the area was contested by both Russians and Swedes. As the monastery is not mentioned in documents before the 16th century, different dates - from the 10th to 15th centuries - have been proposed for its founding.

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How To Tie Various Knots

green_knotsKnots, as a way of joining rope without special equipment, are useful in many situations. On a sailboat, knots are essential both for daily use and for emergency repairs. This instructable describes several different common knots:, e.g.

Sheet Bend - to tie two lines together
Bowline - to make a loop
Reef Knot - to fasten a bundle of material
Fishermans Bend - to secure a line to a post or ring

These knots are good for regular rope - braided or 3-strand polyester or natural fibre (hemp, sisal). Monofilament (fishing line) or steel cable performs better with different knots.

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Dance With Your Chi! (Video)

freedomDance therapy, or dance movement therapy is the psychotherapeutic use of movement and dance for emotional, cognitive, social, behavioral and physical conditions. As a form of expressive therapy, DMT is founded on the basis that movement and emotion are directly related. The ultimate purpose of DMT is to find a healthy balance and sense of wholeness.

Since its birth in the 1940s, DMT has gained much popularity and has been taken to more serious and beneficial levels. Over the years, the practices of DMT have progressed, however, the main principles that founded this form of therapy have remained the same. Influenced by the "main principles" of this therapy, most DMT sessions are configured around four main stages: preparation, incubation, illumination, and evaluation.

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Avalanche: White Risk (Video)

AvalancheThe speed of avalanches varies between 70 and 400 kilometers per hour. People cannot do anything to stop the natural disaster. And yet they live in the mountains. Find out more about how to protect yourself from avalanches and meet skiers and snowboarders who have faced them.

Although primarily composed of flowing snow and air, large avalanches have the capability to entrain ice, rocks, trees, and other material on the slope, and are distinct from mudslides, rock slides, and serac collapses on an icefall. Avalanches are not rare or random events and are endemic to any mountain range that accumulates a standing snowpack.

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