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Month: November 2018

The Klettersteig Rider 3.0

The Klettersteig Rider 3.0

The Klettersteig Rider 3.0 is a dual system via ferrata kit. It has a carabiner like standard via ferrata kits have and a “rider” system. The “rider” system fixes to the via ferrata cable and progresses with you. As you get to a part where you need to switch you move the rider system up first and then you move the carabiner.  What I like about this system is that if you slip or lose grip of the rungs for…

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Documenting climbing feats

Documenting climbing feats

Documenting climbing feats is an interesting challenge because you deal with issues of accessibility, projects that can last for months or even years and in some cases you’re dealing with the prospect of the climber understanding the problem, and then achieving his goal. For two or three years I really explored ideas for a climbing documentary before losing steam. My interest in the topic was still there but I couldn’t think of whom to put in front of the camera. …

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The Dawn Wall film

The Dawn Wall film

One of the reasons for which this film is so powerful is that it’s written in the way that Heinrich Harrer wrote about the Eiger. It’s documenting not just a single attempt but the entire process. In doing so we get to know the people well. It gives us some context about their early days and then it spends a big amount of time on the process that led to a succesful ascent of the Dawn Wall.  When we watch short…

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Zwift events, a social ride and a race

Zwift events, a social ride and a race

Today I participated in two Zwift events, a social ride and a race. The social ride was one hour of pedalling at a comfortable pace trying to keep to the same speed as the group. Rather than trying to be as fast as the group I was trying to pace myself to be within the peloton rather than riding off.  Social rides are amusing because you start on the peer and wait for the counter to get down to zero…

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100 Move Day Goals reached

100 Move Day Goals reached

I have 100 move day goals reached. The difficulty of this goal depends on how high you set the bar. If you set the bar at two hundred calories a day then the goal is easy to achieve. If you set the goal at 500 or 600 calories then the achievement is slightly more interesting.  I would have reached it sooner if the screen on the apple watch had not broken and if I had not had a few sub-goal…

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The Zwift Everest Challenge

The Zwift Everest Challenge

This summer I climbed over 8848 metres in a single month and now I have just completed the Zwift Everest challenge as well. This challenge, on Zwift, is much easier than in the real world because you are not carrying water, the weight of your bike, dealing with keeping yourself balanced on your bike or traffic.  Using a Fluid Trainer. I don’t use a smart trainer. I use an Elite Qubo Fluid trainer and to climb I use information on…

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Magnetic – Geneva premiere

Magnetic – Geneva premiere

Yesterday I went to Magnetic’s Geneva Premiere and I really enjoyed some segments of the film and found that others were less interesting. Keep in mind though, that this film is two hours long and that this increase and decrease in interest is normal.  What made this screening special is that many of the people that we saw in the film were present at the event. Before the film started they were presented to us individually, said a few words…

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Sport, the nicest of meetings

Sport, the nicest of meetings

Translated from French, Sport the nicest of meetings reminds me of the legend that is told in Il Nuovo Cinema Paradiso. In Il Nuovo Cinema Paradiso we hear about the guy who waits outside a woman’s window for one hundred days and nights to show his devotion to her, and in the end he loses interest.  This is following the same theme except that rather than a man lusting after a woman it is the other way around. Instead of…

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2018 Nanowrimo attempt

2018 Nanowrimo attempt

As an introvert, I have a tendency to listen and daydream rather than talk. It is for this reason that the Nanowrimo challenge is an interesting one. It encourages me to be verbose, to use more words than I would usually use. It also forces me to find 1667 words of inspiration on a daily basis. This is a challenge. When you’re inspired it can take about an hour and a half to two hours depending on typing speed or…

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