Sunday, December 30, 2012

On A Mountain, Women Are A Drag

Interesting ad for clothing.

"Indoors, women are useful - even pleasant. On a mountain, they are something of a drag. So don't go hauling them up a cliff just to show off your Drummond climbing sweaters."

I see those sweaters are still available here. Maybe I'll get one.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

"Fists of Rage"

Will Gadd describes how to hold ice tools. One of the ways to grip is the "fist of rage." Which is probably the grip we use most of the time.

  "The “Fist of Rage” is primarily used when you’re gripped, on hard mixed climbs, and by most novices and even those who should know better but have enough power to substitute that for skill."

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

I Did Not Know Women Could Climb

Until I saw this video, I did not know women had an interest in climbing. I like their footwear in the opening shots.

Women's Climbing Symposium from Outcrop Films on Vimeo.

Monday, December 24, 2012

A Christmas Belay

Would you trust these guys with a belay?
It's my Mr. Grinch Christmas belay outfit next to Kyle's new jacket taken at VEM last Friday.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Build Your Brain Through Exercise

Better learning through exercise. Apparently a few minutes of exercise at 55-60% of your heart rate maximum, helps you learn by building new brain cells.  But be careful, too much exercise isn't good:  “When your body is stressed and you have high levels of cortisol,' a hormone released in response to physical and psychological stress, Ratey says, 'the brain cells will shrink, and eventually they’ll die. '"

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Fun With Zip Lines

Zip lining on skis into Lake Powell. And 2 person zip-lining. Watch the second person get launched when the first person falls off.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Chicks With Nuts

An attention-getting name for a climbing school in West Virginia.

Workout From Hell

An article in Outside about a fitness program developed by a well-known climber. In order for the author to be trained in the gym, he needs to go through a pre-fitness program. Here's part of his description of his pre-training:

"Once a week for the next two months, I drove to a grassy field where Parker, a stunning physical specimen with a fondness for climbing waterfall ice in designer leather pants, schooled me in 'the Gym Jones way.'The first day, she threw a medicine ball so hard that it knocked the wind out of me."

Monday, December 10, 2012

Booming Ice Chasm

Great photos of a newly discovered ice cave in the Rockies. "The cave, called Booming Ice Chasm, was named for it's incredible acoustics - as falling rocks crash and 'boom' when they tumble down the 140 metre deep cave. The crystal clear ice is several meters thick - and explorers say navigating across it makes them feel like they are flying."

Friday, December 7, 2012