April 16, 2011

FREEBIE GIVEAWAY: Vancouver Trail Running Guidebook

I've got some really fun prizes to give away over the next month, including:
Drymax Socks price package
a brand new pair of Montrail Rogue Racers
a new for 2011, 200 lumen Princeton Tec Apex Pro headlamp (the annual Roxy draw)
BUT FIRST UP...


IT'S HERE, and author Rich Wheater has been kind enough to spot me one of the very first books to hit the shelves as a FREE giveaway, right here, right now.

Vancouver Trail Running is a first edition guide book and as such it fills a massive gap in our local scene for relevant, accurate trail information. As with any first edition there is some room for improvement, but overall the pictures are engaging, the information flows nicely, and each route is accompanied by an adjacent trail map.

Elevation profiles are also added, though they are slightly small to get a fair estimation of exactly how much climbing each route really posses. Thankfully there is a fully functional legend for each run, which is complete with a heart (attack) guide, ranked from 1-3 and referred to as the 'burl factor'. This alone should clarify the possible need to pack your very own defibrillator.

My hat really goes off to Rich with what he's accomplished here, and I have no doubt that much like the 2005 release of Scrambles In Southwestern BC, this book will become a veritable bible for travellers and locals alike. In fact, these two books combined, would provide all the necessary information for one incredibly fun filled adventure/running summer!

ALL YOU NEED TO DO TO BE ENTERED IS,
tell me the square root of Pi...all of it...
(random draw from all comments will take place on Wednesday, April 20th at 8pm-ish)

GR

29 comments:

Holly Vipond said...

this is as many digits as my windows calculator will give me! lol
1.7724538509055160272981674833411

wiglebot said...

Is it ok I didn't calculated this in my head.
1.772453850905516027298167483341
145182797549456122387128213807
789852911284591032181374950656
738544665416226823624282570666
236152865724422602525093709602
787068462037698653105122849925
173028950826228932095379267962
800174639015351479720516700190
185234018585446974494912640313
921775525906216405419332500906
398407613733477475153433667989
789365851836408795451165161738
760059067393431791332809854846
248184902054654852195613251561
647467515042738761056107996127
107210060372044483672365296613
708094323498831668424213845709
609120420427785778068694766570
005218305685125413396636944654
181510716693883321942929357062
268865224420542149948049920756
486398874838505930640218214029
285811233064978945203621149078
962287389403245978198513134871
266512506293260044656382109675
026812496930595420461560761952
217391525070207792758099054332
900662223067614469661248188743
069978835205061464443854185307
973574257179185635959749959952
263849242203889103966406447293
972841345043002140564233433039
261756134176336320017037654163
476320669

Scott said...

Pi is an irrational (and transcendental) number, so it is impossible to express it as a fraction or a finite decimal. If you can be more specific as to what you're looking for . . .

HEATHERRUNS said...

I like Pi(e). Especially apple.

Chris said...

√π

Mark said...

Hmmmm, since it is infinite digits I don't think I can list them all, but I did just run the Pi-Day-River Half Marathon in celebration of national Pi day. http://www.lawrencetrailhawks.com/races/2011/mar/19/pi-day-river-rotation-half-1/ And, we concluded it with homemade Pie. Since you want all the digits let's try the square root of 22/7.

Mark

NelsonandBoober said...

Woof Woof! 1.772453850905516027298167483314

Tyro said...

Silly rabbit, pies should be made with fruit, not roots. Some aid stations must be giving you some seriously bad grub.

I'd love a copy of that book. Last summer I just ran loops of the Lynn Canyon trails so I desperately need to branch out :)

Adrian said...

I calculated it to the 127 digit but my head felt explodey. Or was that just my dream?

kristinop said...

You can't make a square out of a circle Gary! Didn't you ever play with the shapes games as a kid? Or do they now have that in Newfoundland? :P
Would love a copy; I was just oohing and aahing over it yesterday!!

Karl said...

Spongebob knows all! (x = π) http://www.mentalfloss.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/445spongebobsquareroot.png

Fit and Fibrous said...

ditto what wiglebot said!

Trevor MacKenzie said...

1.772453850905516027298167483314
WOOT!

Nicola Gildersleeve said...

1.7724538509055160272981674833411

Thanks!!!!!!!

Darin said...

Funny I just talked with someone at work who is rooming with Rich and his girlfriend while his condo is being built. now give me the book!!!

cjlafond said...

Aren't pies round?

CJ

rfouladi said...

Now what was the question? Hmm ... I better SQUARE off with with someone who can get to the ROOT of the problem before I have some PIneapple...

Rachel (rashel)

Anonymous said...

1.772453850905516027298167483314

Or I will also bake you a pie if I get the book, what is your favorite?

Brooke

Paul said...
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Amber McMinn said...

1.772453851.........

Looks like a sweet book

Amber McMinn

ocdtriguy said...

I am not really sure but i think it is 1.772453851... or somthing like that...

Considering that pi has an infinite number of decimal places, no-one really knows, but that is pretty close. go with 1.772 if you just need to be average.

Smile and have a great day.

wanda said...

The square root of pi that is typically used is 1.772145385, but you can not derive an infinite number. If I sat this computer and wrote all the numbers I'd miss the contest cut-off.
Egyptians used this number to built the pyramids of Giza. Cool!

fred said...

Mmmm, pie! I will have 1.772453850905516027298167483314 pieces.

gord said...

Hi Gary,

It is 1.772453850905516027298167483314


Thanks
Gord

Ultradad said...

It's 2! I like to round up just like my mileage.

chriscatie said...

I used the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, and I came up with nothing...

Gary Robbins said...

AND THE WINNER IS...
Numero 20, which ends up being 21 since there was one deleted comment.

HOW did I determine this number? I simply took my total meters climbed on my run tonight and added it all up, 1199 = 20. One more meter and it would have been a whole other ball game.

The comments were entertaining to say the least! Ultradad's made me laugh the most, though he just squeaked out a few other good ones, including an offer of homemade pie...if you had said Gluten Free you may have been in the money!

Thanks for the laughs and good luck on the following draws over the next five weeks or so.

FRED you win, and hopefully that wasn't just my Father Fred throwing down a comment for shits and giggles.

GR

Fred said...

Thanks Gary

How do I get a hold of you about this?

garobbins said...

Hey Fred, drop me a line at:
robbins_gary@yahoo.ca
Just use VAN TRAIL BOOK as the subject in case it makes its way into my junk bin for any reason.
CONGRATS!
GR