Category Archive for "Blog"

Magnetron Carabiners

OK, the name is kinda dorky but these are the coolest new carabiners I’ve ever seen: Magnetron Technology: The reinvention of the auto-locking carabiner, coming July 2012 from Black Diamond Equipment on Vimeo. The guy in the video, my friend

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Paragliding World Championships Musings

First off, paragliding can be a “reasonable” activity. I’d let my kids fly tandem with most any commercial operation in North America. But there are some problems lately with the competition scene, which is like comparing F1 to driving to

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Sponsorship and "Extreme!" Sports

“How do I get sponsored?” I get that question a lot. Usually there’s a fresh-faced young person on the other end of the email, wanting to quit school and go climbing/kayaking/skateboarding/snowboarding/whatever for ever. And I fully support the idea of

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A few things…

Right, it’s finally spring here in Canmore! I’m almost afraid to say it too loudly, but I think it’s really happening. I was actually too warm rock climbing yesterday, a season first. I even whined about it a bit just

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Response to Anon…

Anon–, I don’t think there’s any argument at all that being lighter will improve performance in many sports. I have never argued that weight is irrelevant for performance. Of course it’s relevant, and I’m annoyed at myself for somehow not

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Seasonal Confusion Disorder, randomness

I can’t decide whether to climb, paraglide, mountain bike, run, kayak, or go speed flying. Hell, the skiing is still pretty good too! And there’s a fence to paint, winter debris to pick up, plus some office work I haven’t

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Eat this

I’ve received a few emails lately asking about “Sports Performance Diets.” To sum up my philosophy on food for sports: You are what you eat, but the human body is amazing at processing just about anything. Here are some free-form

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Doing it right.

Here’s a complicated route with difficult gear on bad rock, and the guys keep it together well enough to re-climb pitches multiple times etc. I’d call this “not sucking,” and doing a solid job of it. You can see every

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How not to suck

The discussion on “Ice climbing is NOT rock climbing” has generally been useful; I learned a few things for sure, and I appreciate Jeff (the videographer) and the guys in the video taking it all well. I’ve talked to Jeff

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Mail Bag: Tied Off Screws

First, sorry for the delay in posting. I’ve been on a speaking tour, an 80-hour first aid course and some other busy sports actopm. But all good! I answer a fair number of questions about ice, rock and paragliding gear

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