Category: Via Ferrata

  • Spy-cam wildlife filmmaking

    Spy-cam wildlife filmmaking is an interesting discipline. It builds upon the decades of innovation that the documentary film genre has built upon. From the earliest images by the Lumière brothers of the workers at a factory to the development of film editing by Eisenstein and Dziva Vertov demonstrated by “The Man With the Movie Camera to […]

  • The start of the Via Ferrata Season

    The start of the Via Ferrata Season

    Via Ferrata has been one of my favourite sports for five seasons and yesterday marked the first outdoor climb of the season. It took place at the Val de Tière near Champery in Switzerland. What made this experience special was arriving at the car park near the Telepherique and seeing hundreds of cars parked. Yesterday […]

  • Sports tracker: 1004 hours tracked across multiple devices over the years.

    Sports tracker: 1004 hours tracked across multiple devices over the years.

    For years now I have been tracking my sports activities with sports tracker on a variety of mobile phones, dive computers and sports tracking watches. I have gone canyoning, hiking, swimming, skiing, snowboarding, climbing, to do via ferrata, explored caves and trained indoors. In that time I have not had too many injuries and I […]

  • Via Ferrata du Diable – Aussois

    Via Ferrata du Diable – Aussois

    The Barrière de l’Esseillon are a line of fortifications two hundred years old and capable of holding two thousand soldiers in total.The fort Victor-Emmanuel is still standing and in it’s day could hold up to one thousand five hundred troops. This fort overlooks the via Ferrata. Some drone shots of the region in winter The Via […]

  • Switzerland, Fitness centres and the mountains

    Switzerland, Fitness centres and the mountains

    For three years I was a fitness club member. I loved going to the gym up to three times a week when possible. I loved training so much that I bought apps and devices to track my progress. Any time that I could not spend three sessions a week at the gym I felt disappointed. That […]

  • Fear and Strength in Via Ferrata

    Fear and Strength in Via Ferrata

    Fear and Strength in Via Ferrata play an important role. Fear drains us of energy. In Rock climbing this is fine. If you run out of energy you abseil down and you call it a day. In Via Ferrata when you run out of energy you are stuck on a rock face and people usually do […]

  • The Psychology of Via Ferrata.

    The Psychology of Via Ferrata.

      The psychology of Via Ferrata is similar to the psychology of climbing except that everyone is moving constantly and there are few pre-requisites. As a result of this it is easy for people to push themselves beyond their comfort zones. They can be made uncomfortable by how high they are off the ground, how […]

  • The Tichodrome Via Ferrata behind Neuchatel is not for beginners

    The Tichodrome Via Ferrata near the Creux du Van is not a via Ferrata for beginners. Yesterday I went with a group of people and it took two and a half hours rather than the one and a half hours that it was meant to take. There are two principal reasons for which this is […]

  • Social Media and Via Ferrata

    Social Media and Via Ferrata

    People on linkedin were discussing whether social media campaigns are worth organising and keeping. When it comes to extreme sports such as Via Ferrata, rock climbing and other extreme sports then I believe that the audience is ready and enthusiastic enough for a social media presence to be desirable. Via Ferrata is an outdoor sport […]

  • The Leukerbad Via Ferrata

    The Leukerbad Via Ferrata

    The Leukerbad Via Ferrata is a mythical Via Ferrata for those who practice the sport in the french speaking part of Switzerland. It is mythical both for the duration and for the vertical movement. The climb itself takes around 5hr30-6hr and the vertical change is 1000m. Via ferrata is rock climbing for tourists. A team […]