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NK Sportklimmen

30 november 2015 Maandag ochtend hardlopen en het trimparcours, meestal ‘s avonds klimmen Dinsdag soms trimparcours soms lange wandeling van 1-2-3uur ‘s avonds klimmen. Woensdag ochtend trim parcours met hardlopen. ‘S avonds klimmen, of donderdag avond klimmen. Donderdag ochtend lange wandeling en ‘s avonds klimmen. Vrijdag wandelen, verder rustdag. Zaterdag fietsen of klimmen Zondag fietsen of klimmen. En tussendoor…

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Jenny Visser-Hooft troffee

I climb. Preferably every day. Every evening. Every morning. And in between I sleep and I eat. Eat > Sleep > Climb > Eat > Sleep > Climb > … I think I’m addicted to climbing. Hiking and exploring in in the Himalaya Most people specify their addiction. The only take methadone, only marihuana, only…

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India Expedition Gangstang

Writing a story about our expedition is pretty hard. What to tell, what not to tell. I mean, there’s so much to say and so much done! India is a fascinating country. The culture, tastes, colours, people, landscapes, travels, and of course the climbing. If you haven’t visited India yet: put it on your bucket-list. Very…

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Sportsclimbing comps

Last week I went all the way to Sittard. Climbing gym I-vy hosted the last of four lead-competitions. And I wanted to compete, to ensure my place in the Dutch Championships and also to see what my place is today between the other competitors. Love-hate Competing for me is a love-hate relationship. It all depends…

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Gangstang

We decided to go. Go to India. Make it an awesome experience, regardless on what we can climb. Dennis ‘refurbished’ collarbone. The doctors advised him not to climb, but not going to India at all is something they couldn’t say. I kind of hope he’s going to be some bionic monster. There are examples you…

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“Broken ” Dennis

Yesterday I was talking to the narcotics-nurse before my surgery. If I was not concerned about the potential dangers involved in climbing? Well I’m aware of them not afraid. I trust my body and mind, I’m mostly afraid of external factors. Especially the external human factor. Climbing is for me being in control over mind…

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Matterhorn – Monte Cervino

Yesterday was a sad day for us. It was the last ode to Martijn Seuren; his funeral. A select group of good Alpinists was present and stories were told. Stories that ended too early, about a life that lasted too short. It was special to see how strong most were connected to the mountains. The…

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Refreshment course

– want to follow a refresher course in climbing techniques and safety? But you don’t speak Dutch? Sent me a mail on marianne@verticallife.nl Okay. So, you’re Dutch. You like climbing. You follow everything about climbing. Magazines, Facebook, movies… But, getting into the outdoors (or indoors) has been a while… It makes you insecure and you…

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Martijn Seuren

Martijn Origineel, grappig, en oh, zo gepassioneerd! Altijd gaat het goed, gecontroleerd, netjes en door alle ervaring precies en exact. Afgelopen week ging er net, in minder dan een seconde alles niet goed, net mis…en dat werd Martijn fataal. Martijn was dé alpinist van ons team. Met zijn enorme lijst van alpen toppen en zijn…

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#Matterhorn150

Impressive and a big achievement 150 years ago. Edward Whymper and his team reached the Summit of the Matterhorn on July 14. 1865. Three days later Jean Antoine Carrel and his team reached the Summit over the Italian route. Back home in the Netherlands we have our own Matterhorn, or Monte Cervino (as Matterhorn is…

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Monte Cervino

Bram and Arie have been (alpine) climbing together for over 20 years. Bram, Arie and Dennis on their way to the Abruzzi hut. Arie climbs weekly at our local gym and we are part of a small and very close group called the ‘MCPG’: Monte Cervino ‘cheers’ Society. Monte Cervino because our gym is shaped…

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High tides

High tides, fierce wind, pouring rain, hard decisions and death. Those are the word that describe this week in North Wales to us. Words you don’t want to see together. Words that have far too much content for a week of climbing. Once the words can be formed into one sentence you can’t go back.…

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Philip de Roo

In the mountains it sometimes happens you loose people. Alltogether the risk of dying in the Netherlands in a car accident is still higher than dying in the mountains. Painful fact. I also have friends and family who’ve died in car accidents. Young people, people I loved and wish they still were here. In the…

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First Aid for Nepal

Pretty much every climber has heard of that place far away at the other side of the world.  Probably even most indoor-boulderers have heard of Nepal. Just over a week ago we were driving to Swiss for a 3-day course as part of our Expedition program. Menno Boermans was about to teach us everything we…

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Lead 1

“Oh, well, why not.” Thats what I thought about a week before the first (out of four) Dutch national leadclimbing competition. It would be a good opportunity to work on my ‘forever nervouseness’ and get more competition routine. Not having held ‘plastic holds’ for a while, not having focused on sportclimbing at all since September…

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Getu

Getu is a climbing area in China. An area we went to as Petzl athletes for the Petzl Roc trip a couple years ago when we still were sponsored by Petzl (read about why we quit our sponsorship over a year ago on my blog here.) Get valley with the two big climbing arches. Getu…

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Bergsportawards

Not even a week back from the beautiful landscapes, views and adventures we had in Scotland. We landed into the reality of having no work and no money. The last couple days in Scotland were adventurous, windy (very windy) and we explored new things. The weather at the end changed into perfect spring; less wind,…

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Winter storms

“I think my eyelashes are frozen”. One eye open, one eye squeezed close Dennis looks at me. His eyebrows are clutted with ice and snow. His eyelashes don’t look much better. “Can’t you wipe it off?” I ask him. With a difficult face he looks at me. ‘No, I think, watching him, wiping it off…

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