Mountain adventures – Part 2

  • Posted by dan
  • 7 March 2011

It's that time again, already a whole month has passed.

This month we had some great days touring, boot hiking, a little climbing rocks in ski boots which was interesting.

Day one. Here are a few nice pictures from Jon and myself. This first hike through the fresh powder took us two and a half hours in snow at least up to our knees all the way . Some parts of the day you really didnt want to look down or even think about falling!


Ill try and put together a full video for next month of some nice
skiing but just for now here is a little video clip from the top of
our hike.

As I would like to point out at this point. YES IT WAS AWESOME!

Below you can see how hiking tracks from about half way up until the top (green) then our first descent above the cliff then through the rocks (red) this was just the beginning of our run down which lasted a good 20 minutes of untouched couloirs and open powder and finished with a nice cold beer in the sun.

Our second day hiking was equally as beautiful. To start off with here is a picture which sums up Jon's visit from start to finish. Chocolate and tee-shirt in the snow. To this day the only man I have ever seen turn up on the bus at a ski resort, 11.30 pm in temperatures below zero in a pair of shorts! As he like to make clear, he is Scottish and has thick skin!

Some very steep scarmbling on the rocks in stiff ski boots. A little
challenging for Jon's second day but we got there in the end.

Jon was extremely happy to see some flat ground again after his rock
climbing. After his little cuddle with safe ground we moved on for
another hour or so until we reached the top for lunch.

Below: I did anticipate sitting down for lunch perched near the edge
of this vertical cliff, however Jon didn't feel quite the same. As he
pointed out if we did fall we would more than likely have time to
finish lunch on our way down through the air.

If you're still not quite convinced how beautiful the scenery is out in the mountains here are some more lovely shots from the afternoon.

The rest of the month up until now has been rather dry, with nearly three weeks without snow it has n ow been snowing on and off for about a week now so the conditions are great again. Other than skiing I've been busy painting on my new easle in my bedroom. Here is one of four portraits I am currently working on during my days off skiing.

Monday is Doctor's appointment with an xray on my back to try and resolve a few problems I've been having there, then physio in the evening.

But right now as I look out the apartment window there is snowflakes half the size of my palm, falling heavy and fast...... so I guess I'll go for a ski!

Bye for now!

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Other days…

  • Posted by ruben
  • 22 February 2011

Other days I just want to go live in Switzerland by some rocks and spend all my time finding new lines.

Polar Books

Polar Bear Number Plate

I woke up cold this morning and consequently feeling a bit sorry for myself. But before I had even emerged from beneath my duvet I realised how feeble I was being. I was under a duvet, inside a house, in balmy England. And so, with my mid-morning tea, I sat down with a sublime book to remind myself what cold was really like. Opening 'The Worst Journey in the World' completely at random I also reminded myself how brilliant the best polar books are and why I am desperate to see Antarctica for myself.

So here, to while away the last of the long cold evenings until spring springs, is a reading list of some of my favourite polar books. No more whinging under the duvet allowed! Read one of these masterpieces and be inspired to get out and enjoy the beautiful cold, frosty days...

  1. The Worst Journey in the World - Apsley Cherry Garrard
  2. The Birthday Boys - Beryl Bainbridge
  3. Mawson's Will - Lennard Bickel
  4. South: the Endurance Expedition - Ernest Shackleton
  5. Ninety Degrees North - Fergus Fleming
  6. Scott of the Antarctic - David Crane
  7. Philospohy for Polar Explorers - Erling Kagge
  8. Mind Over Matter - Ranulph Fiennes
  9. South - Chris Orsman

And finally here's a little video to remind you that your house isn't that cold!

Las Ramblas

  • Posted by james m
  • 21 February 2011

I’ve just been staying in Las Ramblas, Barcelona for a couple of weeks whilst working on the GSM World Mobile Congress…

My first visit to Barcelona and I was more than a little bit gutted that my BMX wouldn’t fit in my suitcase, but going somewhere without a bike for once did give me a chance to trot around the city on foot and therefore actually take in my surroundings a little, for once.

I had heard all the scare stories about muggings, pickpockets, drugs etc around Las Ramblas, and I can’t deny that all were present, but there are police kicking around and leaving the door prepared meant that I didn’t feel particularly intimidated at any time during my stay. The one man that did try to rob me was very polite about it, and he walked into a tree so I had the last laugh anyway.

Don’t walk alone at night, don’t fill your pockets with valuables and don’t talk to the friendly strangers and you can have a very good time indeed exploring the ancient alleyways, shops and bars of this intriguing district of an architecturally fascinating city full of old world wonders and new school fashionistas. The smoking ban has somehow finally reached Spain too so popping into a pub for a look-see no longer dictates a smoke-screen battle and an engraining scent.

Just below our apartment there were two really good bookshops with speakers most nights, several typically Spanish bars where tapas flowed (unfortunately not freely) and the streets sprawled onwards for a seeming eternity. It took me a whole week before I stopped getting lost on my way home everyday.

I’m back to Barcelona in a weeks time to de-construct everything that myself and the 1,500 other contractors just put up for the GSM show, fortunately the firm that I’m working for will be re-using all their materials, but it really shocked me to see how much has gone into the show that will undoubtedly be put to waste come the take-down. I suppose shows like this are happening all over the world all the time, and certainly aid the economic flow and the progression of The Human Brand™. Lets just hope that the people in charge are thinking resourcefully.

Some days…

  • Posted by ruben
  • 21 February 2011

Some days I just want to move to BC, live in the woods with my bike and spend all my time finding new lines.

Dan Yeomans Art

  • Posted by dan
  • 7 February 2011

Categories:

I have just received an email from the Florence Academy of Art advising me that their selection committee has unanimously approved my application, with a view to starting Art school in September 2011. They are one of the most prestigious art schools in the whole of Europe and aim to train a select group of highly skilled realist painters and Sculptors.

Here is a link to their website.

www.florenceacademyofart.com

In order to fund my study for this course which is about $15,375 per year, I am offering any one who is interested the opportunity to order a painting in advance.
The idea being that they would buy a painting for approximately £600-£1000pounds, depending on the composition and size, for future delivery.

After I have finished the course and have more experience, I would paint them a portrait as previously agreed, which would be of considerably greater value than the amount paid.

If you are interested, or are able to pass this message on to someone who may be, I would be most grateful.

I have to confirm my place by the 11th February 2011 by paying a deposit, the remainder being due before september.

Attached are some examples of my latest work.

Charcoal sketches from life and a painting.

Kind regards,

Dan Yeomans

www.danyeomans-art.com

January

  • Posted by dan
  • 3 February 2011

Brings a few changes in lifestyle for some.

After december any aches and injuries left over start to take their
toll. The most common being 'shin bang' (basically sore shins from
skiing hard every day.) My friend Josh is adamant he's found the
solution, that being his girlfriends epilator! Not the most glamorous
thing in the world, and yes I do give him stick for it.

The main change I seem to have made is a talent to eat even more
than usual. For anyone who knows me thats already quite a lot of
food! I have therefore developed a new type of fast food now known
as 'the seasonaires pasty' Yes it is a pasty, except it fills a
large dinner plate.

During December we did lots of skiing, falling over and finding our
skiing legs again. This season Josh and I have entered some
freeride ski competions around Switzerland so we are now just trying
to push oursleves to do better lines, bigger cliff drops and of
course have as much fun along the way!

Here is a nice shot from a thin line which I found along the top of
a cliff , up until the drop off point the width of the ledge was
only about a 1.5metres wide with a slight hangover above my head.....

Engelberg gets tracked out very fast as it's a really popular area
for 'freeride skiing' So a few days after the fresh snow I got my
touring skis out and spent some hiking and skiing fresh powder where
there is no lifts.

These are the days when you really do need your map, and your
compass, your avalanche gear and a trusty friend but your always
guaranteed some stunning scenery and untouched wintery white
landscape to ski on. Hike number one of the season was sometime
last week and below is the view from the top........

Next came the huge dump of powder! it didn't stop snowing for at
least three days so this is our perfect opportunity for some really
great skiing and practicing going as big and scaring ourselves as
much as we dare. So we head up the revolving lift which goes above
the famous glacier 'Steinberg' and I spot this great spot for a good
cliff drop. As we get half way up the lift some other guys are
beating us to it and we have to watch them ruin our landing. So
instead, we decide take the next cliff along which was a good 5
metres bigger, and from take-off to landing between measuring about
15-20 metres.....quite a bit out of our comfort zone! But you only
live once hey!

Here is the take-off and landing shots below: (taken from a video
clip so the quality isnt great)

This was probably the best powder day we had seen all season. By the
end of the day we all had seriously sore shins from dropping cliffs
and I also had a little tangle with some rocks which ended in the
worst dead leg just below my hip

To finish off the perfect weekend me and a friend Dani went for a
really nice ski tour yesterday. Starting at 9am, we were the first
people up there, hiking fresh tracks. Taking it quite easy as I
still had a really sore bum and leg!

It was a stunning day, with the misty clouds bringing more snow but
as we arrived nearer the top we came above the snow clouds and into
the sun shine which created a kind of crystalized view of everything
and a real mystic feel to the mountain.

We arrived at the top at midday just in time for lunch. Now thats
what I call healthy eating!

Needless to say, the ski down was perfect in every way.

So thats pretty much it for this month. In the meantime I have some
portraits to paint from life, some more ski touring planned, and a
whole lot of exploring to do.

For those of you who have never experienced the mountains in winter
time it really is something special!

> www.danyeomans.com
> www.danyeomans-art.com

‘Puffer video

  • Posted by ruben
  • 25 January 2011

Here's a nice little edit Alastair put together of our Scottish adventure.

Feel free to fast forward over any bits of my speaking. I know I did.

Check out Al's site here for more of the stuff he's up to at the moment, including his A to Z of London food micro-adventure which I think is a really great idea. Sampling the world's food and 'traveling the world without crossing the M25'.

Some Small Spaces

  • Posted by james m
  • 23 December 2010

This past week I have been evading the snow and cold and instead touring around some of Andalusia’s smaller pockets of mountain biking, whilst attempting to avoid heat stroke in shorts and t-shirt and sipping ice cold beers... Well not quite but the sun shone for the whole week.

Travel has been in a very small van. I slept a night in the small room at my sisters house, 1 night in a small cave, 2 nights on a small floor space in the corner of a small apartment and 1 night in a small bed in a hut.

And I saw a full size man in a very small car.

That man was Jason Wolfe who we (myself and Rowan Sorrell) bumped into just after arrival, and kindly let us stay in his amazing Malaga apartment in the central Plaza, our only night of luxury in the week (I slept on a large sofa)!

We spent a day riding the trails near the city whilst awaiting Mark Huskisson [of Reset films], ate pizza and supped a few Alhambra Verde’s (best beer anywhere), then the next morning we trundled out of the city and into the hills for a week of filming in El Chorro (beautiful), Granada (freeeeezing) and up into Bubion (backward) and La Alpujarra where I lived for 3 years doing a guiding job.

Nice to see nothing much changes in Spain – they certainly have the right idea down there. Tostadas, café solo and the great Spanish work ethic (..work..? ¿Qué?) certainly lured us in a bit more than Mark probably would have liked, but we got some great days filming in the end and had a fun time doing so.

Here’s to Spain and life at a slower pace.

Feliz Navidad!

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