Saturday, 23 April 2011

Moab & Indian Creek

  Every time I come to Moab I like this place more and more. It is a perfect spot to climb and highline. Moab is also well known in the BASE jumping community. Due to my current knee injury my main focus right now is to climb as much as I can ... I managed to climb 45 routes at different walls in Indian Creek and the Potash crag "Wall Street". I think my best climbing experience so far was "Fine Jade" on the tower (The Rectory) in the Castle Valley with Charlie Long and Thomas Sloss. I feel like I'm getting better at climbing again. Although climbing cracks is a hard learning process, I still hate ring-locks and thin off-widths.
 Besides climbing I sent 4 highlines and had a blast with a lot of friends. Faith came to Moab about week ago, and sent two highlines on the "Frog" Tower during super windy weather. Later that day with Andy we took down both lines and hiked tons of gear back to the cars. Sender Films made some awesome footage with Andy, can't wait to see the movie ...

We are planning on more "practice" climbing in Indian Creek, highlining at the "Slackhouse" area, putting up a new line, and hopefully climbing the "The Bridger Jacks" and repeating the highline on it. The last target on our list is the "North Face" on the Castleton Tower.

Unfortunately so far the weather doesn't want to cooperate ... We need to rest for few days before we can focus again on our goals. The bright site of that situation is that I can focus on the work I have to do and heal the crack wounds ... More movies to come as soon as I will get a laptop with an editing program on it ;)

For now enjoy few photos from the last highline and longline action (by Jared Alden) ...

90ft. midline

"What am I doing?!" - quite windy ...
410' longline, Old City Park, Moab, UT
We would like to thank Five Ten for the additional gear support!

Peace & SlackOn!

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Ostrov Highclass Sandstone Meeting

Ostrov Highclass Meeting
Something for everyone

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I  just got back from the Highclass Sandstone Gathering in Ostrov, Czech Republic, where about 40 people came to climb, highline, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.  The event was organized principally by Kwjet Oslaf, and everyone, from the beginners to the pros, had a really amazing time. 

People began to arrive on Thursday evening and, over cheap beer, began to catch up and celebrate at Pod Císařem. Unfortunately, the weather on thursday was miserable and that prevented me from hitchhiking until early Friday morning, but I was there in time to help the others finish up rigging the first four lines.
The Party.

On Saturday, Kwjet and Petr were still busy rigging, they wanted to get at least 4 more lines up by the end of the day, but the temptation to walk proved too strong and we were only able to get 3 more lines rigged.  All in all, there were 4 new lines, 9 lines total, and several spectacular moments.


For many people, this was their first attempt to get on a highline, and it was wonderful to see everyone having so much success.  For others, it was the first festival of the season, and that means getting back into the feeling, warming up and starting to feel comfortable again.  There were some big surprises, with some people walking their first highlines onsight, and the New Flo coming back from a 2 year break to walk a 49m and a 47m onsight.  
Late in the day on Saturday

I had a good weekend, walking only in a swami, including the 47m onsight and half-man free solo.  Kwjet also managed some very beautiful onsight walks and even managed to walk 8 lines in one day!

Fabian takes the leap
After everyone had left, Kwjet, Christian and I decided to do a quick rig of a new project that Kwjet had been looking at. Kwjet and I left early in the morning to get started, while Christian helped the germans pack for their trip to Verdon.  When Kwjet and I reached the line, we were both wrecked from the weekend, we had walked a lot of lines, but this spot was something special, and we began to build anchors.

Once we had the anchors build and a tow line across, Christian came up with the pulleys and we began to tension.  Kwjet got the first ascent and thought it was too tight, and when Christian and I walked it we agreed, so we used Kwjet's new banana technology to loosen the line just a bit without any pulleys, and we each walked again, Kwjet in a mini-swami.

All over the place.
So, a wonderful weekend, thank you to everyone for all your help with rigging and supporting one another, hope to see you all next time!

The New Flo
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Sunday, 10 April 2011

Moab 2 [Video]

Jan made some footage from the recent exploits in Moab, Utah along with Andy Lewis, Charlie Long, Thomas Sloss, Jeremy Louis and others.  Kyle Berkompas then took the time to put together a short trailer of what they've been up to.