Guidebooks were big in the 90s. Are they still useful today?Thumb through the pages of any guidebook today and you’ll see bright, high-resolution photographs, topo maps, and even GPS coordinates. But have you ever wondered what it was like before the dawn of the Internet, back when guidebook know-how came by word of mouth from local legends, often scribbled down with pen and paper and shoved into back pockets? Climber Eric Hörst and paddler Kirk Eddlemon know that world well.Hailing from Lancaster, Penn., Hörst has been climbing since the early 70s and has put up a number of first ascents in places like the New River Gorge and Old Rag. He’s the author of Rock Climbing Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland, the definitive guide to climbing in the Mid-Atlantic, and has recently written an updated edition to the original guide, which he first published in 2001.Knoxville born and raised, Eddlemon picked up paddling in the early 90s, and in 2009, he wrote his first-ever guidebook, a comprehensive, two-volume series titled Whitewater of the Southern Appalachians. Hörst and Eddlemon took BRO behind the scenes of a guidebook-in-the-making, a process, I discovered, that is long, slow, and tedious.BRO: What were the guidebooks like when you first started out?EH: The earliest guidebook I can think of was Bill Webster’s guide to Seneca Rocks that came out in the early 1970s—it was small enough you could stick in your pants pocket with grainy black and white photos and one or two vague sentences. That was how we rolled back in the day.Why write a guidebook?EH: You don’t get rich writing climbing guidebooks, but I’d spent most of the weekends of my young life adventuring around these cliffs and mountains. I know them as good as anybody.KE: I’ve always had a categorical mind. Ever since I started paddling in the Southeast, I had this unsaid goal of seeing everything that I could, all the rivers and streams, with the notion that that gives me a large-scale understanding of the world around me, which, for me, is grounding.In the wake of the Internet, what is the future for guidebooks? Do they still have a purpose?EH: The next frontier is taking guidebooks and making them electronic and accessible by iPhone. I think that’s cool, but what if you dropped your phone? What if your battery goes dead? I don’t think they’ll fully replace a physical paper guide, but it’s going to be fun in the coming years to see how that changes the guidebook industry.KE: Much like the resurgence in popularity of vinyl in the music industry, the full-color print industry has some security in the fact that despite how high-res your new hipster-approved iTablet is, there’s something indescribable and satisfying about seeing a beautiful image in print or to feel the weight of a volume in your hand.Some argue that guidebooks exploit local secrets. How do you respond to that critique?EH: Every guidebook author runs into that kind of thing from time to time. Here’s my policy: if the area is on public land and open to climbing, then it’s fair game to include in the book. And the fact is, with the Internet, there are no secret areas anymore—so why leave an area out of a book when there’s info on the net?KE: The most valuable reason of all to share our river experiences and information is to establish a record of use, so that in the times when these special places are most threatened, paddling and conservation groups can make empirically legitimized claims, without question. If you hide something precious away so well that the world doesn’t know it exists, are you in danger of losing the very thing you seek to protect? Mankind measures the value of a place based on those who speak the loudest, regardless of true worth, so it is that game that we must play as a small but passionate community of paddlers.How are your guidebooks different from the earliest ones?EH: Back in the 70s, you could pretty much bolt just about anything. With guidebooks now, we’ve been able to teach climbers Leave No Trace ethics, proper use of anchors, bolts, and pitons. With the big numbers of climbers and the big impacts as a result, it’s important we be good users and stewards of these areas.I’m sure making a guidebook is no easy task. How long did it take?EH: A long time.KE: Almost five years.Any memorable moments during the guidebook making process?EH: I was bushwhacking near Old Rag once for research and ended up totally off the beaten path. I didn’t have GPS or anything. Not a soul was out there, and I kept thinking, one slip and I could hit my head on a rock and be screwed. If I got knocked out, no one would have ever found me. It’s not like I left a breadcrumb trail. I didn’t have a phone. Nothing.KE: The day I took a ride off Courthouse Falls for a picture. It’s the best picture of Courthouse ever. There’s lush forest, the water’s high, and I’m in a yellow kayak just firing off this thing. In the picture, it looks like I’m going to tuck into the most beautiful landing you’ve ever seen. What you don’t see is me going over the handlebars and landing on my head and my full, 32-ounce Nalgene smashing me in the balls so hard I can’t breathe. That quote “it’s all worth it if you get the shot” was percolating through my mind right then and I just had to laugh through the pain because it was totally worth it.###To get your hands on Hörst’s and Eddlemon’s guidebooks, click their respective names and order your copies now!
Ecommpay’s Anthony Medica: How fast payouts are key to boosting customer loyalty April 22, 2020 The first year for ad:s – Sportradar’s marketing service built for betting February 4, 2020 Share Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit NSoft or strict rules: Outcome-based vs prescriptive regulation March 10, 2020 In 2012, ECOMMPAY spotted a “gap in the market” for gaming-focused payment service providers by launching a bespoke solution that could be customised to each client’s business needs.Six years on, the firm’s Head of Operations and Customer Relations Arthur Gots sat down with SBC News to discuss the outdated ‘one-size-fits-all’ model, evolving within a tighter regulatory landscape, playing a supporting role in the acquisition of millennials, and targeting “deeper regional penetration” through an understanding of preferred payment options from one region to another.SBC: What inspired the launch of the company back in 2012?AG: The core founding principle behind ECOMMPAY has always been the desire to simplify payments for both the client – operator, in this case – and consumer, ensuring a tailored approach, security, and maximum convenience every step of the way.The company was initially founded to address a gap we noticed in the market. More than six years ago, when we were just starting out, the majority of companies in our space were offering out-of-the-box payment solutions. A bespoke payment solution, customised to each client’s business specifications, ensured that operators could capitalise on the areas which those one-size-fits-all solutions missed.SBC: ECOMMPAY has increased its staff count to more than 500, from just 10 in 2012; what gave you the confidence to support such growth?AG: The industry we operate in is constantly evolving, so we have to evolve in parallel. As competitors recognised the value of our tailored approach and began replicating it, we adapted and continue adapting. The shifting demands of players determine our priorities, as operators will no doubt be demanding new functionality in response.The simple answer is that the more work we do, the more work there is. There are endless new challenges to tackle, requiring more and more brainpower. Though we’ve grown quickly as a result, we never lose sight of our objectives and continue to ensure that each new member of our team shares our mission, vision, and values.SBC: What key regulatory challenges have been thrust upon payment providers in recent years? AG: In addition to the usual suspects – compliance to PCI DSS, FCA licensing – our biggest challenge was navigating the two regulatory initiatives that came into force this year: Revised Directive on Payment Services (PSD2) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). When our company was founded, the regulatory landscape was still quite hazy, but recent years have seen the introduction of multiple regulations, both country specific and pan-European, as well as updates to outdated legal frameworks. Wanting to establish our reputation for being reliable and secure, we ensured that we were fully compliant with the regulations in each of the jurisdictions we operate in.As a result, we became well-versed in licensing requirements, which enabled us to advise clients. We also understood the importance of preparing for incoming regulation ahead of time, adapting our processes in a timely manner. This knowledge and experience were invaluable to informing our approach to this year’s regulatory requirements. We became fully compliant ahead of the final deadline and were therefore able to offer clients our advice based on our own experience.SBC: What role does the payment solutions provider have in attracting the millennial generation?AG: We are not responsible for attracting players in the straightforward manner – with ads, marketing, etc. Rather, we customise the payment process, including the customer experience, risk management technologies, access to additional geographical markets, to each operator and their audience. For a free-to-play online game, we provide an iFrame payment page that matches the look and feel of the game. Additionally, we can add value with payment products such as tokenisation (security), OneClick Payment (conversion), and alternative payment methods (market access).Meanwhile, for a betting operator, we combine several approaches. To ensure an omnichannel experience, we adapt our payment page to multiple devices. For convenience, we introduce OneClick Payment. To broaden the operator’s geographical reach, we add selected alternative payment methods in addition to standard card acquiring.SBC: Finally, what sort of payment methods hold prominence today that were not around when you first started out?AG: As mentioned previously, the payments industry is constantly evolving. This is particularly visible when observing the changing consumer payment preferences by geographical region. In the EU, for example, cards continue to dominate, but several local alternatives have arisen in recent years. Operators working in those territories must ensure that they provide preferred payment options if they are targeting deeper regional penetration. In Asia-Pacific, WeChat and Alipay are the biggest brands, but largely due to their prominence in China. As the region is quite diverse, other countries have different preferences. Therefore, each country – much like each operator – needs a unique, tailored, individual approach. read more
Everton have completed the signing of winger Christian Atsu on a season-long loan from Chelsea. The Ghana international, 22, passed a medical on Wednesday and, having secured a work permit, will now be available for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League opener at Leicester City. Atsu becomes the fourth summer addition at Goodison Park following the arrivals of Gareth Barry,Muhamed Besic and Romelu Lukaku. “I’m very happy to be joining Everton because it’s a great club, which likes to play football, and it’s a great pleasure to be here,” Atsu told evertontv. “Playing in the Premier League has always been a dream for me and I have achieved that dream.”This is the biggest level for me to play at. I know that it’s a very competitive league and I believe with hard work we’re going to be successful this season.”Roberto Martinez had previously expressed his desire to add a wide man to his squad and the Toffees chief said: “He’s a player who fits in with the culture and the way we want to play. He’s a very gifted, technical footballer and he’s got the right personality and character to fit in with the group, which is vital. “He will excite fans because he brings something completely different and a different way of playing to what we’ve got in the squad. “He’s a left-footed player who loves taking people on and he’s got a really good understanding of the game for such a young man.”He also brings extra competition in a position in which we felt we needed a player full of desire and hunger, who really wants to make things happen in the final third of the pitch.”Signed by Chelsea from FC Porto last September, Atsu spent the 2013/14 season on loan in Holland with Vitesse Arnhem, scoring five goals in 28 league appearances, before starting all three of Ghana’s games at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil. Martinez added: “For Christian, at 22, to already have played in a World Cup, to have been able to adapt into Portuguese football and into the league in Holland is a really good accumulation of experiences that will be very beneficial, especially with us playing in the Europa League this season.” read more
A MAN has appeared in court charged in connection with an attack on a pensioner during a carjacking incident.Alan Thompson, from 533 Curragh, Killygordon, Co Donegal faced four charges in relation to an incident in Buncrana on April 9.Thompson, who is 29, is charged with intoxication in a public place, unauthorised taking of a vehicle, attempted robbery and assault causing harm. Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher asked for the case to be adjourned until July 9 for DPP directions.Thompson was released on continuing bail and given free legal aid.The charges relate to incidents at Lisfannon beach and in Buncrana on April 9.Released on bail.KILLYGORDON MAN IN COURT ON BUNCRANA PENSIONER ATTACK CHARGES was last modified: April 29th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranaCurraghdonegalKillygordon read more