Link - ups: do they count for much?
Not really, but does anything in our sport really make sense? We look for the hardest way up the wall, then try and find the easiest way up it! Link-ups are fun for training, though often make two OK routes into one really good one.
Wet or What!
Last year I got the chance to set the Skymasters competition at the UK Outdoor Show. It's a funny show, the "outdoor" show, the weather is always gorgeous and everyone is indoors sitting around stuffing their faces with hotdogs and cakes!
Weak go home
Reaching the new 'super crag' above the Spanish town of Oliana the first thing you see is a huge tufa, like a fat drainpipe of poured grey concrete stretching down from the summit. Automatically you see the weakness, finding the link between the ground and the top. You want to get up this cliff and this is the way!
Long Routes - Petzl Team extend themselves
The Petzl Roc trips get better and better, bigger and bigger. This year was no exception, with single pitch routes 100m long, I don't think they get any longer. I was invited again, obviously as the token Brit, there for dry humour and poor dress sense and perhaps because I've won a few trips, even up against the likes of Sharma and Andrada. Fortunately they hadn't spotted it was clearly either a fluke or involved some serious cunning. On performance alone I think I'd be lucky to scrape in!
10mila in Skane- as a spectator
This year's 10mila was held in south Sweden, somewhat special
because otherwise it has always been around Stockholm. But Skåne
offered a great event with good organisation, nice terrain and
spring-feeling during the day (in the night the temperature fell down
On the way to the World Championships
Next week I'm heading to Hungary for a training camp. The goal is clear: getting familiar with the terrain where the World Championship 2009 will take place!
I'm really looking forward to it as it is always exciting to get to know new terrains. This week will be special for me in another way: as I was injured the last weeks it will be the first time I will be allowed to run again... I'm really looking forward to feel my legs running again and I hope that everything will be alright.
Mike Horn : le projet Pangaea & le programme Young Explorers
La Mission de Pangaea : Encourager le respect de l'environnement
et participer activement au nettoyage de la planète pour la protéger
pour les générations futures.
Mike Horn, explorateur sud-africain renommé, a un rêve : embarquer
de jeunes explorateurs sur les océans et à travers les sept continents
afin de partager avec eux sa passion de l'exploration et de la
découverte, pour leur montrer l'impact de l'homme sur l'écosystème
mondial et ainsi offrir une plateforme pour des actions de protection
de la planète pour les générations futures.
YEP in New Zealand
The application window is now opened for the Ice Cut Fjord Expedition
After the current expedition in Antartca, New Zealand will be the next destination for Mike Horn Pangaea project. Application can be done on Mike Horn Community website.
I recommend that everyone take this once-in-a-life-time chance to join Mike Horn in his adventure in new Zealand !