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A Volcanic eruption for my birthday

This year I celebrated my birthday in Holland. Not too much climbing unfortunately, but enough talking about climbing on the meeting of the CEAT (Commission for Expeditions and Alpine Topsports of the Dutch Alpine Federation, NKBV). I held a presentation about iceclimbing and out national team. I got a knife (thanks Valdi), a special hand…

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Travelling in Holland

First walking, then cycling and now by car everywhere through Holland. Last week Jort and me met up and went to some of his costumers (Boreal, Moon, and more) we talked a lot and had fun. We ate some massive plate of spare-ribs and I dropped my camera right in the sauce…luckily the thing is…

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Hans van Mierlo

Now normally this blog is about climbing and related issues.So, I thought I should change it a bit. Just because climbing is not the only thing in my life. But it’s difficult, almost scary to write about different issues. Especially scary to write about politics, because it’s so sensitive. These days Dutch politics are a…

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Cycling through Holland

…And you thought Iceland was a horrible country to cycle. Well, Holland isn’t much better when you cycle through the flatlands with the wind in your face for…98 kilometres. The first day was fun: loads of sun, hardly any wind and good to see Holland again: windmills, birds, water, and tiny ferries instead of bridges…

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Find the mis-fit

Yes, I’m still a girl. Which means I sometimes walk on high heels, dress up in skirts and buy myself other shoes then just climbing shoes. But it’s rare though…So…find the shoes that don’t fit in the picture…Last week I was lucky to meet Vincent from ‘Racket Service Almere’ (Almere= a city in Holland)He sold…

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Left handed

With two weeks and a bit of a cast around my right arm, I get really good with my left hand.Wiping my ass is not a big deal anymore.But also writing and even drawing. Here my first left handed drawing…still looks like a children’s drawing, but try it, if you dare.It’s a gift for my…

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Broken arm part 2

Finally home…I left Chamonix last Saturday for a 2hour taxi drive to the airport of Chambery.There it was total chaos due to the snow fall, cancelled flights and stuff. But at the information desk they took me straight to some waiting room. Relaxed sitting with a cup of tea with the other cripled. Now checks…

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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 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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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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Competition Kirov 28e on Lead

I just finished climbing and it didn’t go really well.. The new rules say that every climber has 2 try’s to clip the first draw so if you fall down before the clip you can start again. I was climbing as number 3 on the list wearing bib number 16 .  The climbing structure is…

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Kirov

Kirov So I’m of to Russia tomorrow. After a lot of fussing about to obtain a visum, I’m about to set of. My flight for Zürich leaves at 14.00 hours and I’ll transfer to Moscow there. In Moscow, I’ll get the Trans Siberian Express to Kirov. That’s about 1.000 kilometer of traveling. I will participate…

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