Climb it Again, Dave

Two young British climbers have made a successful live televised ascent of one of the toughest rock faces in the world. Dave MacLeod and Tim Emmett tackled Sron Ulladale, an overhanging cliff on Harris in the Western Isles on 28 August despite heavy rain and strong winds. This remarkable broadcast was absolutely nail biting and if you missed it The Great Climb will be available on DVD shortly together with Triple 5, the film of Dave and Tim climbing five new routes on five Scottish islands. You will be able to buy them and lots more climbing films and books at Dave MacLeod’s Online Shop.

A Day in the Big Apple

Relax with this super HD video of New York, watch in full screen

I hope you like it, Jon.

The Iron Road

Via Ferrata route on the Punta Ana in the Dolomites

During the first World War fierce hand to hand fighting took place between elite Alpine regiments in the Dolomite mountains on the Austrian-Italian border. Large numbers died in the conflict and also from the severe winter weather at altitude. The troops were lead by highly experienced mountaineers, and an extensive network of fixed cables, ladders and even wire bridges was built to speed the movement of the soldiers over extreme rock faces.

Today these  climbing aids are used for much happier purposes. Known as Via Ferratas or iron roads, climbers of all abilities can explore the mountains securely by clipping onto these safety lines which are now carefully maintained by the Italian Alpine Club, and by using double ropes you are always protected. You can click on the photo (right) for an excellent briefing on the scheme, together with more technical advice. Similar Via Ferratas have been developed throughout Europe and in North America, and a number of travel companies arrange professionally guided holidays which cater for both beginners and experts. If you would like to learn more take a look at the video below. Collet’s is a well respected company and offers a wide range of mountain vacations to suit all tastes.

If that looks fun then you can explore the possibilities on the Collet’s website by clicking on their logo:

I Didn’t See You Coming…

Back in the Atmosphere

When I first heard this song I was absolutely blown away by the music and the beautiful lyrics. My youngest son was home from school and he was playing it on his laptop; I immediately bought the CD and although it is almost ten years ago I still love the song because it always sounds so fresh:

However, the more I listened to the lyrics the more confused I became as to their meaning. Lots of Internet sources were convinced that the song could only be about drugs and I felt a bit sad, surely that couldn’t be right. Over the years I searched for the answer and at last found this video in which the lead singer of Train, Pat Monahan, explains how the song came to him:

Yes, its a bit schmaltzy, but as they say over there, “What’s not to like?”

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