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Ettringen instruction weekend

This weekend not just Ettringen climbing, but something more.I was invited by the Dutch climbing federation (NKBV) to help with the course for trad-climbing instructors. So not just climbing, but teaching climbing as well this weekend.And when it’s about something more then just teaching how to belay it’s fun! The group was motivated and ready…

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Grímsvötn

One of my interests is geology. Actually I’m more then just interested in the subject. I get ‘hyper’ when I talk about volcanism, and the Earth’s activity underground. Last year I was in Iceland at the time of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption. This year I’m not living in Iceland anymore, but that doesn’t mean I don’t…

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Clean routes, no bolts…

Climbing routes on bolts or climbing routes on trad gear is a difficult ethical issue in climbing. In some countries people only tend to climb on bolts, in some it’s mixed (some area’s are bolted others are clean) and in some trad is the only way to climb. Climbing trad or bolts involves not just…

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Promotop 2 Monte Cervino

Yesterday it was my second sportclimbing comp ever. The 2e “promotop” competition. This one was close-by in my “home gym” Monte Cervino. It’s always hard to climb OS specialy whit competion pressure. So good for competition practice. Marianne made the finals whit a great 5th place. I was kind a happy whit my 12th place. here…

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Chillin’

After a week of climbing in Elbsandstein (Germany) and a hit&run to the annual Petzl meeting in Belgium I needed a ‘day off’. I woke up at 5 yesterday and was home again around 2-ish in the night. Long day…So, updated my vegetable garden with maïs, carrots and other seeds and little plants, did some…

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Fitness

It’s sunny, warm and I wanted to pick up an ‘old’ hobby. Running. I used to run 5 days a week next to all my other activities. But, since I live in the Netherlands again, I got a bit lazy. No dog to accompany me, no forest to run some trails. So I decided to…

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Gotenborg

It was a great weekend wonderful weather great rock beautiful nature. We din’t know where to go last Friday but packed the car anyway. We decided late afternoon to go to Sweden….. So we stepped in the car for a 1300km long ride in Marianne’s old VW Golf Mk1. After a long 16 hour drive…

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Sweden, the video

Our mini-holiday was so relaxed…So just made a relaxed video clip.Most of the times we don’t call our climbing trips ‘holiday’ as alpine/ice climbing is just hard work and at the time that we’re home again we need restdays. But this time our climbing trip had other ‘key words’: sun, nature and fairly easy climbing…

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