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Intermezzo…

27-01-2010 As you all know by now, the competition in Saas Fee has ended pretty good for the team, especially for Dennis and Marianne. They finished pretty good and they are now preparing for Rabenstein. In order to do that, they have taken THE VAN to Italy. Weather is great and it’s even sunny. All…

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Saas Fee 3

After the comp we went for a little iceclimb. Easy but fun. Weird to climb with people I’ve never climbed with. It all was a bit messy, but I really loved swinging my axes in some ice again.Dennis and me went right. Corné, Tim and Edwin went left. Two little lengths and we ended in…

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Saas Fee 1

So…finally internet again at the appartment of the Americans and Canadian (they say “hi”).And we took a shower too…But I’m not sure if that works as all my clothes are smelly and dirty including the sheets I’m sleeping in.It took a while to get here and when we arrived we couldn’t get any electricity. So…

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Results Saas Fee

24-01-2010 The results are in! UIAA just send the results out via Twitter and we’re finally able to do something about our curiosity. Here’s Dennis’ results: Men’s lead:number 14 of group B  29th (shared) Men’s speed: 6th Way to go Dennis! For full results, see the UIAA results page Pictures: Karin Schaffner Picture:Marianne van der…

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Ice climbing team in Kandersteg

19-01-2010 Ueschinen After getting drunk in Daone we took de bus for a ride to Ice climbing Mekka Kandersteg. To find out it was not just us but allmost the complete competition scene was here.  Bulgarians, English, Roemenians, Russians, Spanish, Ukranians and the Dutch. So when we finally got up to Ueschinen after a lazy…

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Kandersteg

After a train-road-trip we arrived in Kandersteg, Swiss.It is so great to be in between those beautiful big mountains. I get this thrill of wanting to climb them all and never leave this place!There is so much to do here. Even if you’re over 50 you can still have some fun with ski-walking (langlaufen) in…

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DAONE Icemaster [UPDATE]

NED Team IJsklimmen heeft harde leerschool tijdens World Cup Val Daone (Bron: http://www.nkbv.nl/Alpinisme/Nieuws/5584.html) Het Nederlands Team IJsklimmen heeft afgelopen weekend deelgenomen aan de UIAA World Cup Ice Climbing in Val Daone (ITA). Voor drie van de vier teamleden was dit de eerste kennismaking met een World Cup. Jurgen Mesman moest zijn deelname aan de discipline…

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Daone Ceremony

Arrived in the Hotel with Corne and just attended the extremely patriotic Italian ceremony.Bla, bla, bla in Italian, children in Italian colours, old men with Tiroler hats and feathers, fire brigade kids and adults and the local-forest-army-dudes playing some music and a procession through the little village of Daone.I have some video’s, but the connection…

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On the road

Tuesday Dennis and me left for Italy. Really late (thanks to the brilliant Dutch train system) but we didn’t really care.We drove through Austra with a little sleep stop somewhere in Germany and a emergency stop after the Fernpass (the brakes started to complain).Dennis’ van is brilliant. With two sleeping compartments, heating, good music and…

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DAONE Icemaster Worldcup

Dennis has arrived in Val Daone some days ago. Conditions are good and he climbed a nice 300m route. Currently Dennis and the other athletes are awaiting the opening ceremony to the Icefight. Tomorrow it’s gametime! The competition will start and all climbers have to show what they’re worth yet again! More info at:  http://www.daoneicemaster.it/lang/EN/homepage…

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Off to Italy!

I drove around half of the Netherlands yesterday. Picking up iceaxes (thanks Tim!), picking up a Barryvox and then iceclimbing with the dudes in the Globe. And luckily we climb for free Skabbi…We did some speed climbing with the Icelandic Hedinn axes and they actually work quite ok. Still have to get used to them…

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IceSurfing

In the Netherlands it’s rare nowadays to have so much ice and snow. But when there is ice, the whole country get’s crazy for iceskating on natural ice. Even if the conditions are not good, they still try to get on the ice.So, my brother and me as well.Only this time a bit different. The…

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