Posts Tagged ‘xtreme sport’


We’re moving to our new domain!!!

July 9, 2009

So exciting, we have finally matured from a blog to a website! I feel so grown-up! Please don’t desert us, follow this link and we’ll continue where we left off…


When Did I Last Talk About Rock Climbing?

May 23, 2008

I’ve discussed most things now about the basics of rock climbing but I haven’t mentioned one of the most important things of all: PLANNING AND PATIENCE.

“Boring”, I hear you say, but these two elements are crucial to rock climbing. Think of it as a game of chess – you have to think ahead, you have to know exactly where you are going to plant your hands and feet after each move, and you need to know how to stay safe throughout the climb.

“And so how do I do all this – in advance”, I hear you say again…

Well, here are some tips:

  • Look DOWN to find footholds and UP to find hand-holds. You may use the same hold as both a handhold and a foothold.
  • Move smoothly, and try not to employ unneeded motions, as this will use significant energy (and possibly make you lose your balance).
  • Look for footholds at a normal stepping distance. Lofty steps are often strenuous, but small steps waste energy.
  • If possible, choose hand-holds at head height. Holding hands above the head is more tiring.
  • To begin, always have contact with the rock in three places, two feet and a hand or two hands and a foot.
  • Try to use your legs and not your arms when possible. Your legs are stronger than your arms, and they already support your body naturally.

So, learn how to climb correctly and trust your gear. Yes, clinging to a rock a hundred feet above the ground is scary, but the feeling you’ll get when you reach the top is indescribable. Don’t forget your camera!

This video, although it jumps around a little, is ideal for demonstrating the climb.


To be extreme, or not to be extreme – that is the question!

April 24, 2008

Or it may just be a rip off of some long gone genius of the 16th/17th century, better known as William Shakespeare! – no it poses a serious question. WHat you do does not actually have to be extreme in the sense that you know what is behind this blog – extreme sports – but the question i pose is more base – do you in this 21st century – do or not – sport i mean. It seems to me that in this extremely privileged world that we in the west are lucky enough to inhabit this internet revolution, and here i should include TV, is having a massive effect on the way we live. More than ever there would appear to be a distinctive division between those who do and those who don’t – participate in sport i mean. Who am i to determine whether this is a good thing or bad, what will be the consequences of this internet revolution – will there be a massive hangover? I guess I feel there are too many hours being spent by too many people in front of some form of visual display unit or another rather than being out there keeping one of our most prcious organs, the heart, well and healthy. I’m not saying that what you do ‘out there’ has to be extreme, that is for those who like to live their lives slighty closer to the edge than most normal balanced people – and that gives us all enjoyment, whether you are ‘out there’ or in front of your VDU – but i really hope that the power of the VDU drug is not so addictive as to make us all rather impersonal and probably unhealthy. The great thing about the above is that i realise that I’m becoming a hypocrite and if there is one person i despise in life it would have to be the hypocrite – oh well I’ll just have to go and ride a cow round Aintree tomorrow – only joking!


“When You See That Look of Fear in Their Eyes, You Know This Really Means Something!”

March 10, 2008

On the 9th March Ski Sunday and Graham Bell (former downhill skier for England) and Ed Leigh took a look at extreme sports and what makes people participate in it, and to do this they went to New Zealand where so many of today’s extreme sports were first invented.

“I love pushing myself into new areas and trying out something that no-one has ever tried before” says Chuck Berry (not the singer!). Extreme sports is all about challenging yourself to learn something new and then putting your skills and your experience to the test. This gives you the biggest buzz of all…

Graham and Ed, being adrenaline junkies themselves, decided to test out this theory and their first task was Bungy Jumping. Bungy jumping, as some of you might well know, is all about challenging yourself to do something that is completely unknown. The first thing you feel is FEAR and you feel weak, but you push through that, and then the big adrenaline rush kicks in, you go out on the platform, you do it…. and then when you are back on the platform you look back at your jump and you feel great about yourself!

As Graham and Ed put it afterwards … it’s “THE biggest adrenaline rush!”

Following that one they decided to try “Flying Without Wings”. Here they were strapped, stomach down, onto a ‘craft’ which launches itself across a canyon and, within limits, you can steer yourself. Their comment was “if you’re into adrenaline then this is for you. It really is so much fun… it’s great.”

From there Graham and Ed went sky-diving which “is surreal” and “so much fun”, but then they came to the decision that if they wanted to ‘fly’ they must search out the ultimate sport, step outside their comfort zone and take to the air solo, and the perfect sport for this is:


In terms of innovation this is the latest adrenaline sport to come out of the mountains. It combines the speed of downhill with the exhilaration of paraponting. You use downhill skis and a small parachute which allows you to fly close to the ground touching down with your skis as you go. It allows you to take a direct and hitherto impossible route down a mountain as you are able to lift off whenever necessary.

“This is when you are really living life to the fullest” says Graham Bell.

“My heart is racing. I haven’t had that much adrenaline in my system for a long time” was another comment.

It has been said that you need to scare yourself once a day – apparently if you do speed riding “you certainly will!”

I thought it looked GREAT fun and will most certainly give it a go one day…


Extreme Sport

March 7, 2008

How much do you know about extreme sports?

“We do these things not to escape life, but to prevent life escaping us” says Bob Drury, a paraglider.

Extreme sports are no more “extreme” than traditional activities played at a much higher level. It might even be said that the distinction between an extreme sport and a conventional one has as much to do with good marketing rather than the levels of danger involved or the amount of adrenaline generated. If this wasn’t the case surely rugby union should be termed an extreme sport!

Did you know that when the term “extreme sport” first surfaced in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s it was used for adult specific sports including scuba diving, bungee jumping, sky diving etc. However, nowadays the term applies more to youth sports such as skateboarding, snowboarding and BMX. A feature of all these activities is the adrenaline rush experienced by the participants although some extreme sport enthusiasts claim that it is more about developing their physical and mental skills, seeking mastery of their chosen environment and a desire to escape from the mundaneness of day-to-day life.

What do you think? We are delving into this subject in more depth on our site xtreme sport 4 u. This site is still under construction but we will let you know as soon as it is open, but please feel free to comment on our blog. We would love input from enthusiasts, anxious parents (!) or people related to the topic in other ways…


Extreme Sport

March 7, 2008

In a national survey commissioned by AKSA (American Kite Surfing Association) kite surfing, a relatively new sport in North America, is ranked as the top extreme sport! According to Logan Long, a co-founder of AKSA, “it’s just .. the biggest adrenaline rush available”, and Cathi Long, another co-founder, adds “kite surfers are simply the sexiest athletes”!