Wednesday, August 28, 2013

How To Resole Climbing Shoes

Considering all of the steps, it's amazingly inexpensive to get shoes resoled. (I love the leather apron. I might have to get one of those.)

Resoling Climbing Shoes from LineCam Systems LLC on Vimeo.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Analysis Of Climbing Dangers

Stay indoors, people, it's much safer than being outside. Here is an analysis of 21 years of climbing accidents in Yosemite. This report offers many ways to prevent problems while climbing.

Several facts caught my eye:

  • "The NPS keeps no statistics on how many climbers use the park, but 25,000 to 50,000 climber-days annually is a fair estimate. With this in mind, 2.5 deaths and a few serious injuries per year may seem a pretty low rate.
  • "Most Yosemite victims are experienced climbers, 60% have been climbing for three years or more, lead at least 5.10, are in good condition, and climb frequently. Short climbs and big walls, easy routes and desperate ones – all get their share of the accidents."
  • "Not surprisingly, most injuries occurred during leader falls and involved feet, ankles, or lower legs; for many, these are the accepted risks of climbing. However, leader falls accounted for only 25% of the fatal and near-fatal traumatic injuries; roughly 10% were from rockfall, 25% from being deliberately unroped, and 40% from simple mistakes with gear."

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Flying Through A Cave

They call it a "cave" when it's really an arch. They call it flying when it's really falling. But it's fun to watch him go through Tianmen Cave. Skip to the 9:30 mark to watch the actual cave flying.

GoPro: Jeb Corliss Flies Through Tianmen Cave from GoPro on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Build A Mountain On Top Of Your Apartment

This would be a fun penthouse to own. Assuming you were willing to put up with your neighbors' complaints.

How To Replenish 11,000 Calories

Looks like Big Macs are the food of choice to replenish the calories you've burned if you just spent 21 hours climbing 42,450 steps.

"By Pither’s calculations, he burned about 11,000 calories yesterday as he hiked almost 50 kilometres up and down the mountain. The average daily caloric intake required for a male his age is between 2,500 and 3,000."

Here's a photo of "The Grouse Grind" in British Columbia. Here are the stats on this hill climb:
Trail Facts
Length: 2.9 kilometres (1.8 miles)
Elevation Gain: 853 metres (2,800 feet)
Base: 274 metres above sea level (900 feet)
Summit: 1,127 metres (3,700 feet)
Total Stairs: 2,830 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Stay Indoors, People

Besides the discomfort of heat, humidity and cold and the dangers of lightning, tornados, and broken trees falling on your head, there are stinging insects. Here's what I looked like when I got stung by a wasp right on my lower lip. I call it my Angelina Jolie look. (There is no photo editing in this photo; my lip was that big.)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Climbing While 6 Months Pregnant

A great photo of this pregnant lead climber with her new maternity harness. Read her report here about her leading 8 pitches on a climb in Yosemite. I was most amazed to discover that women can even climb. News to me!

This Is The Back County

An ad for Backcountry. Pretty cool.

100 Miles On A Sofa

Why not put wheels on your sofa and travel across country 100 miles? You wouldn't be the first.

Experience Life From Your Sofa from The Trail To Anywhere on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Planetary Life Is Inherently Dangerous

There are approximately 1,400 asteroids that could cause major devastation if they hit the Earth. Here's a picture of them. It makes you appreciate each day.

Hello, Petzl

The beginning of the Petzl RocTrip 2012 movie, has a local Argentinean inviting Petzl to come climb in his backyard. It's a fun concept. The whole movie is more than 20 minutes long. The first few minutes are the best.

Petzl RocTrip Argentina 2012 [EN] The official movie from Petzl-sport on Vimeo.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Thursday, August 1, 2013

How To Rub A Bear The Right Way

A camera in the woods captures a bear massage party. The best part starts at about :45.