Since I’m a bit in a training mood, I’d like to share this great video about pro climbers training hard.
Even pro climbers have to try hard sometimes. This video shows how The North Face athletes, including Daniel Woods, Alex Johnson, Matt Segal, Sam Elias, and others, get stronger through blood, sweat, and good, old-fashioned hard work.
So I have been off the grid for a while! However I haven’t been doing nothing though.
Besides work, I spent time on a hangboard. No, I haven’t been hanging on my fingers but actually I was quite excited to create my own wall.
I went to a home depot with founder Joey and just got myself a piece of wood (12 mm thick, standard size 120 cm by 60 cm) and some screws and bolts. It was the start of my hangboard!
Well eventually I visited this home depot at least 5 times to get all the material to mount it on the wall. Here you can see some photos of my progress.
At first I sanded the wall to make it all smooth. Then I drilled a bunch of holes with an 11 mm wood drill. I bought a bunch of T nuts and a multi wrench size M8. I used a screw and manually screwed the T nuts one by one in the wood.
As you can see I painted it to protect the wood.
I bought myself a Beastmaker 2000 series at Monk Bouldergym. It is definitely a must have!
So I figured I need to protect the Beastmaker and the woodgrips as well because it’s wood so I painted it.
Sander, who drew me a construction of how it should be mounted properly on the wall, helped me out and eventually we drilled holes in the wall with a powerdrill size 14 mm. Thanks for the effort Sander! This is what the end result looks like.
We used 2 SS hangers, which are attached to 2 screws in the wall.
So this angles is about 20 degrees at minimum. I will need to get myself a small carabiner so I can adjust it to 10 degrees. I still have to get used to it. Eventually if the holds are too good I will adjust it to 45 degrees or more.
I haven’t set all the holds on the board yet. I am looking for nice symmetrical holds. So if you have any suggestions, let me know! Thanks in advance!
A few years ago I was sent away from Berdorf Luxembourg. I didn’t have a climbing permit.
I have been avoiding Berdorf for a while (since 2011). And just a weekend ago, I was invited to tag along to Berdorf again.
To me it was a last minute decision. We left on Friday evening June 12th and planned this trip until Sunday evening.
Fraser (UK), Chris (USA), Valentina (RUS) and me (NL ) went by car and enjoyed the beautiful forest. Saturday we climbed lots of routes. I believe I managed to climb at least 10 times, from 6a to 8b. I just wanted to climb, enjoy the routes, nature and the crazy international company.
Sunday we wanted to start a bit earlier. Our goal was to be at the rocks at 10 AM.
I didn’t have a permit though, but I had this hunch that I will meet these forest rangers again.
And just when I was about to climb this nice route in the shadow, these forest rangers holding a tablet in their hands showed up out of no where. Of course, permit check! I got busted again…
We had to quit climbing. But no worries. I will be back. Later.
2nd Worldcup of this year is in France. Check it out now, it’s being broadcasted live!
At 7 P.M. the finals will start! Find more information about timetables, semis, finals, etc, click here.
Ascents of Silbergeier was made by Beat Kammerlander in 1993. Later, when Pietro Dal Pra sent the route, the famous poster was printed.
This movie relates the first feminine ascent by Nina Caprez of Silbergeier (Swiss), one of the hardest multipitch route in the world. Below you can see the topoguide and the grades of the routes!
Black Diamond athlete Nalle Hukkataival decided to leave behind the bureaucracy of bouldering in Hueco Tanks State Historical Park in Texas and crossed the border into Mexico. Destination: Peñoles, a bouldering area seven hours south of the U.S. border with rock striking similar to Hueco’s but without the onerous rules and regulations. Nalle quickly realized what he had heard of Peñoles was true: the place was virtually untapped, especially in regards to difficult highballs, and quickly set to work at developing a host of high-end, world-class problems.
Videographer Clement Perotti was along for the ride and has edited together a 3-part video series of Nalle and crew’s bouldering adventures in Peñoles. Check out one of his highballs below!