Imagine

Imagine instead of forcing down that second helping of pudding over the next few days you spend just one hour giving back. No not to the poor, homeless, elderly. Give back to that which feeds every one of us every week of the year.Give back to the outdoors.

Imagine if you pick up rubbish on your favourite trail or next to your favourite road ride for just one hour. You will make a difference! And each little difference will add to the snowball.

We all get some kind of enjoyment out of our sport so I challenge each and every one of you to just give back to the planet in one small way.

Then there are those of us who make a living from the outdoors. I am calling all shops, retailers, distributors, race organisers, pro athletes, tour operators to just give back for one hour.

Imagine if each staff member at Cape Union Mart, Due South, Outdoor Warehouse, Sportsmans Warehouse, each independent outdoor and cycle store in SA just gave one hour? Literally your livelihood depends on it.

Imagine if we distributors of great brands each spent just one hour cleaning up the mess on our hills? Imagine if all at 32Gi, adidas, Asics, Black Diamond, Buff, Cuore, Giant, Gu, Hammer, La Sportiva, Petzl, Specialised, Scott gave just one hour?

Why have I named a few brands and not any others? I personally know you. I consider many of you my friends. I believe by being called to action we can make a real difference.

What do you need to do?

A pair of gloves (either surgical or gardening gloves) make picking up tissues etc a bit more bearable. You will need a rubbish bag and one hour of your time.

Where?

Go to your favourite trail, favourite ride, favourite park, street corner.. Anywhere where you want to make a difference and do it.

I don’t care about how many SM likes you get. The point is you are doing something for the planet which gives us so much.

Happy festive season all!

Disclaimer:
I work for Adventure Inc. We distribute Buff, Bridgedale, Osprey, Sea to Summit in Southern Africa. This article is written in my personal capacity.

Beyond the Mountain book review

IMG_1665Steve House‘s actions speak loud, louder than words. The resultant art, painted on the canvas of big blank faces. And his book Beyond the Mountain tells that story.

I was truly riveted for most of the book, not once wanting to put it down. I actually wanted to enjoy it before getting it and I certainly was not disappointed. I had heard much of Steve‘s routes over the years but have hardly read any of his writing. Yes there is a touch of Twight darkness in a couple of pages but overall it is much more human and I can relate to it much more easily. His version of the Slovak Direct on Denali is interesting as I have read Twight’s many times.

But the book does live up to its name in that summits attained, or not are vehicles only for something more.

How do you review a product like this without reviewing the man? Who am I to review him anyway? The one nagging thought that keeps coming up is “Why does Steve see it as acceptable to leave his stove which has run out of fuel as trash on an alpine face? Why not leave all and any trash? And how different is that attitude to that of big expeditions? Why is it OK to put your own ambitions above those of the greater good?” That is the one question I would like to hear the answer to.

Other than that this is a truly inspirational book. Not in a far out sense but making the suffering and emotion seem real and tangible and the whole experience human. I can only recommend this book to all climbers, alpinists and coach spectators alike. You will not be disappointed!

And if you are still not convinced then read this much more articulate review here.

rusks and things

I am not feeling very inspired running wise. this happens every time after an event where I put a reasonable amount of effort in. The first couple of weeks are ok but then it hits: I feel slow, heavy on my feet, out of alignment. Generally not in form…

It is one of those things I must just come to live with.
I do like rusks though, especially the packet next to my cup of tea. Herda bought them and they are going down very nicely.

Oh and I found a very interesting site: http://issuu.com/bloodlet/docs/trail5?mode=embed&documentId=090209012144-1727d1c663d644af9cf9a51c8f97f0bf&layout=wood

Even if you can’t rea German it is still very cool to “page through”. Will this be the books of the future?