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A Slender Thread: Escaping Disaster in the Himalaya by Stephen Venables

By Stephen Venables

Publish yr note: First released in 2000

Together with Chris Bonington and different exclusive British climbers, Stephen Venables used to be excessive at the unclimbed and sacred mountain of Panch Chuli while, at 1am on a depressing Himalayan evening, his abseil failed and he fell catastrophically, somersaulting from rock to rock and touchdown, seriously-wounded, on the finish of a rope suspended above a 50-degree icefield. this is often the tale of his exhausting and nearly remarkable survival, and of the bright, devoted teamwork which introduced him to safety.

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Boardman Tasker Prize Nominee for Mountain Literature (2000)

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Condenser Excessive pitting may be caused by a faulty condenser, by one of inadequate or excessive capacity, or by a condenser which offers THE IGNITION SYSTEM 49 too high a resistance. If the 'pit' is on the negative point and the 'mound' on the positive point, the capacity of the condenser could be too low. The reverse is suggested when the mound is on the negative point. A modern instrument for testing condensers was described in Chapter Two. Ignition timing Nothing has been said so far about the important business of ignition timing.

It is often stated that the condenser is fitted to prevent burning of the points. The real purpose of the condenser is to provide a 44 THE SPORTS CAR ENGINE reservoir for the free flow of the charge from the primary windings. e. by arcing across the points. This would not give us a rapid enough change in flux density in the magnetic field around the soft iron core of the coil. With a well-designed and well-tuned ignition system collapse of the magnetic field can generate a transient voltage of 250 to 300 volts in the primary windings.

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