The BBC have gotten themselves a bit of a bad rep lately.
However, they do have a website that tells you what free, fun, adventurous things you can do in your area. Bristol has scuba diving, snorkelling and indoor climbing. When I get around to trying them, i'll let you know how I get on.
A friend of ours, Mark, and a few of his mates have headed to Japan on a snowboarding trip, stopping by a few places along the way. He's just set up a blog where he's done his first entry. It looks like they're going all out on this one and will be documenting as much as possible (i recall him mentioning headcams) so it should be pretty sick.
Check it out here and keep your eye on it, should be epic.
been a bit slow with this one seein as thought theres only a couple of screenings left, but one of those screenings does happen to be in Cardigan tomorrow night, i also just realised tims already posted about this but a little reminder never hurt anyone...
The Banff Mountain Film Festival is uprooting from the mothership festival in the Canadian Rockies and will shortly be heading for the UK to tour to a location near you.
The Banff World Tour features award-winning films and audience favourites from about 300 films entered each year in Banff. Come and see why more than 200,000 people across the globe gather at Banff screenings indoors to celebrate the outdoors!
The climbing films featured on the Banff 2010 tour will include:
First Ascent: Alone on the Wall - Follow the groundbreaking free-solo ascents of Alex Honnolt. After gaining international climbing renown for his landmark free-solo climb of "Moonlight Buttress" in Zion National Park, Alex moves on to his next big challenge: the first free-solo of the massive "Regular Northwest Face" route (2000 vertical feet) on Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome.
Hunlen - See what happens when two climbers show up to climb one of the biggest frozen waterfalls in Canada -- but it isn't completely frozen. The climbing is technical—all 1,000 feet of it — but it’s the giant slabs of ice breaking free beside the route that makes the climbers very nervous.
Progression World Cup - An insightful and entertaining look at the intensely competitive world of top-class indoor rock climbing.
To The Rainbow - Paul Pritchard was one of Britain’s most talented climbers in the late 1980s. A head injury received while climbing the Totem Pole in Tasmania left Paul with severe injuries and partly disabled. Now, 13 years on, he makes an emotional return to climbing – on The Rainbow in North Wales.
As well as climbing flicks, there will be a selection of other brilliant mountain based films featuring mountain biking, skiing/snowboarding, whitewater kayaking and speed flying (a cross between paragliding and skiing including some incredible aerial footage as they descend Mont Blanc). Full details of the film programme at each venue, as well as more information and how to buy tickets can be found at http://www.banff-uk.com
UK tour dates include:
• 29 January Mitchell Theatre, Glasgow
• 3 & 4 February Union Chapel, Islington, London
• 6 February Theatre By The Lake, Keswick
• 11 February Komedia Club, Brighton
• 13 February Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester
• 18 & 21 February Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds
• 20 February Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan
As well as seeing some great films, you can also win some great nightly prizes as well as go in the draw to win a 7 day Mont Blanc trek. A bar will be open at all screenings before the films and during intermission.
The opening ceremony was on at 2.am. this morning. I couldn't face staying up that late to watch it...but I have watched some cheesy montage footage of it on Youtube. I thought I would spare you the cheese, and just post up this awesome animation from the BBC.
So the winter X-Games are over, and the British snowboarding team have done amazingly well. I'd been watching little snippets over the weekend, here and there. It's amazing to see how far we have come on the world circuit!
We've had some great Wee Dos in store over the past couple of months. Both these clips are about helping the preserve the mountains for winter sports. Very apt with the recent snow fall we've had yesterday and today!
Salomon snowboards are helping to push the industry's perceptions on how we can make snowboards in a more environmentally sound way- and even pushing ideas forward, finding ways to set up technology in order to recycle our boards after we've wrecked 'em.
Respect the Mountains is an organisation helping to make tour operators and mountain resorts aware of how they can change their operations, to create sustainability in an industry which was not showing responsibility for their impacts on the environment they rely upon. They also raise key issues for skiiers and snowboarders to consider, when travelling to or spending time in the mountains.
At some point in the near future all of the Wee Do talks will be available to watch online.
Green Initiative for Tomorrow – Eco means a lot more different things these days. At salomon, it means lighter weight products, a signature bamboo snap, and new materials that are less harsh on the environment.
“A growing awareness of environmental issues and a demand for greener products has led to the new additons in equipment lines. Snowboarders are attached to the natural world, they are going to be more apt to buy something that he or she feels is ecologically better for the planet” – Alex Warburton, Salomon.
Salomon won a 2008 Volvo sports design award for Eco design for the construction of its Sick Stick snowboard. By using structural bamboo in the construction of the board, Salomom was able to both reduce the amount of resin in the board and make it lighter.
If you would like a free ticket to this event, please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call us on (0207 287 2345) to reserve a space.
As always we will have free Organic beers and Juices available. Doors open at 7:15pm and remember spaces are limited so get in touch quickly.