We had a great fortnight in Ireland with some amazing weather really. We started our trip at Fairhead, joining the masses of keen climbers on the Mountaineering Ireland Meet. The weather tended to be a bit misty and damp first thing but improved to give some beautiful sunny afternoons and evenings. We started with a classic three pitch E2 called Cúchulainn that involved various off-widths, corners, roofs and grooves. What a fantastic outing, all fairly strenuous and very different to limestone face climbing.
Apparently the Five Ten Chase has many uses, including Trial Bike. For those of you who dont know what Trial Bike is and think I just typoed "Trail", Wikipedia helps us out: "Bike trials is a discipline of mountain biking in which the rider attempts to pass through an obstacle course without setting foot to ground." Sounds like having a great grip on the soles of your shoes would be really important!
Thanks to all that showed up for the Colorado 5.10 shoe demos. We had a great time sharing the 5.10 brand with many excited climbers.
I had an unlucky event in Moscow two weeks ago. During the second edition of this year IFSC Speed World Cup, in the final round I fall off the wall doing a risky move. Competition was held on 14 meter wall, in classic format of that discipline, routes were quite hard, as for the speed competition. Finally I was 16th in Moscow.
Nicolas Favresse, Sean Villanueva, Olivier Favresse, Ben Ditto and Bob Shepton are sailing on the West Coast of Greenland looking for virgin big walls to explore. We hope Bob (the captain) has mature enough ears for the heavy jamming expected. Storms should quickly disappear with the fine-tuning of our music instruments. "We unleashed the boat from the harbor deck of Asiaat and set off to our first target: the Impossible wall. But first we had to sail 300 miles..."
As the venue of both World cup races and the Out of Bounds festival, Leogang (Austria) may well have been the centre of gravity sports during the last two weeks. As a conclusion, the second race of the iXS European Downhill Cup was held on Sunday. A total of 403 participants from 25 countries competed on what had been a World cup course one week earlier. 2.300 meters long and with a vertical drop of 480 meters, the course was largely the same as as at the Worldcup, but this time the weather was dry and thus the conditions...