Come Saturday november 22nd the last lead competition of the year will be held in Amsterdam. This venue has a great atmosphere to host a championship.

I haven’t competed in many lead competitions lately, so I’m really excited to be back in the spotlights again!

Video: Promo Lotto Lead 2014

During the semi finals a few weeks ago, I barely advanced to the finals. I guess I was lucky and now I’m one of the 8 finalists who may climb a final route set by one of the world’s best allrounders Jorg Verhoeven. I’m curious about his setting style and I hope it will suit me!

The Lead National championship has a day programme where I will start climbing exactly at 20:15 hours. I will enjoy the most out of it. Anyway, see you in Amsterdam, otherwise if you cannot make it, there will be livestream available.

Wish me luck 😀 😀 😀

Today I will show you to another training video with Vera!

I was wondering if I should go to a sportsgym to climb routes or go to a bouldergym. I ended up in the bouldergym once again. Instead of just climbing on holds I wanted to make my training a bit more interesting and challenging. Let’s think outside the box! I introduce you these fun soft addons specially made for climbing.


What to do with it? Well, add it on a training wall and I challenge you to avoid it or to climb through the loops! I added another challenge, which are some extra draws to make myself more tired while avoiding the addons.


And my rest in between the series was decided by a dice. I ended up with 2 minutes rest in between.





Anyway, I recorded a little bit of my fun training. I ran out of memory when I wanted to climb a 32 moves boulder on the 40 degree training wall, estimated 8b route….better luck next time. Check it out!

Video: Fun training

I am just done with editing a training video. I need to say that I was rusty in editing earlier this week. I spent more time on editing than filming the action!

Some background information, this was my 6th climbing session in 4 days(!) This time I looked into a campus board training. After the training I still feel energized, however my skin feels quite sensitive.

This video is based on Sean McColl’s campus board training. I followed his workout on the rungs, skipped some extra rests and it feels good. Vera joined me on this training. To be honest, it is much more fun to train together!

rest = 90 seconds

Up by 1’s – skipped rest
Up by 1’s – rest
Up by 2’s – skipped rest
Up by 2’s – rest
Big dynamic moves – skipped rest
Big dynamic moves – rest
Bumping left hand – skipped rest
Bumping right hand – rest
Bumping left hand – skipped rest
Bumping right hand – rest
Double up by 1’s – skipped rest
Double up by 2’s – rest
Offset double up by 1’s (left hand high) – skipped rest
Offset double up by 1’s (right hand high) – rest
Offset by 2, alternating hands (last exercise of Sean’s workout)

Over onto the orange holds – 15 pullups – 10 pullups (finished on exercises)


Watch the video below.

Video: Campus training

Then Vera and I went bouldering for another 1,5 hours.

done climbing

2,5 hours later our climbing session finished. Efficient and productive, that’s the way I like it 😀

Since a week I have set some goals for the end of this year.

The reason for that is that I want to feel fit when I climb outdoors. You know that feeling, that you’re in a climbing gym and you’re just maintaining your body and fingerstrength but actually you’re not pushing yourself at all? Well, I’m about to change that!

I have been climbing 5 days in a row, 1 day rest, climbed again for 2 days and here we are. Sometimes when I have more time you will find me at the gym multiple times a day. Of course I will climb with a schedule and won’t climb every day. Eventually my aim is to have effective training sessions. For now I was having a short session in the afternoon, got a good rest and had another climbing session in the evening.


Anyway, I have been sharing some videos and photos on Instagram and Facebook. Well, here is an edited version of some pullups which I did yesterday after 6 effective hours at the gym spread out during the day. I’m a bit rusty in editing videos now but it’s better than nothing right? If you’re at Monk, give it a try but be careful with your fingers 😉

Good afternoon digital climbers!

Soon there will be the Reel Rock Film Tour. I have been going to these shows for a few years in a row now and I still like them a lot. Here is a trailer, where Goal Zero is quite present, but who cares right? It’s all about the footage and the final result 😉

Video: Reel Rock Film Tour powered by Goal Zero

Enjoy and see you on November 1st in Eindhoven at Reel Rock 9.

Video: Valley Uprising official trailer

Goodmorning to you! Well it’s about time to show another impressive route to start your day!

In 1996, Harald Bielmeier, bolted this 40m crack line (8c+), which ends in fifteen feet of blank wall. Since then, this final crux remained unsolved and unclimbable. For Black Diamond athlete Roland Hemetzberger, that was all the reason and motivation to have a closer look at it.

Two years of work revealed the solution, but more than that: the realization that the route could be climbed in a cleaner style. On the fixed rope, Hemetzberger removed the bolts and replaced them with birdpeaks, stoppers, camalots and pitons: trad gear used during his Alpine climbing.

Thumbs up to Roland to climb a route in a style like this!

Video: BD Roland Hemetzberger in Zarathustra 8c+

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