It will be hosted in Bergschenhoek on October 4th.
There will be challenging outdoor activities. Between the activities you can enjoy healthy drinks and snacks. Check out this less healthy Madness burger!
If you’re looking for outdoor clothing, you’ll be at the right spot. Sample sale. Yes, that’s right: Sample sale.
You won’t need any tickets for this and there will be plenty brands available: La Sportiva, Arc’teryx, Super.Natural, Icebreaker, Mountain Hardwear, Hâglofs, Maloja, Macpac, Bergans, Blue Loop, Schoffel, Chillaz, Nathan, Buff, Berghaus, Salomon, Trangoworld and more. Shop till you drop 😀
Most likely I will be there to check it out. Will you be there as well?
2661 JL, Bergschenhoek
See you around!
I just spotted this video and want to share it with you.
Everyone in the climbing scene probably have heard of La Sportiva ambassador Jorg Verhoeven and we’re proud of him! He free climbed The Nose on Yosemite’s El Capitan. In my opinion one of the most impressive climbs in history. Louder Than 11 did a good job on video editing.
Check it out!
After my trip to Ceuse, I maintained my endurance by climbing some routes for training.
However without any goals or trips, I decided to join a lead competition: Lead 3, which was held yesterday at Monte Cervino climbing gym.
I didn’t have any expectations though. All I wanted was to test myself in this field. What was it like to compete again? Did I get nervous?
Well, to be honest when my alarm went off on Sunday at 07.30 AM I wasn’t really motivated to get up. I prepared myself and just went for it.
Once I arrived at Bergschenhoek, venue of the competition, I was quite disappointed. Another 6 competitors signed off in the men’s category and 3 in the women’s category!? I was left with just 9 other male competitors. Quite sad in my opinion.
The 2 qualification routes were nice, the final route was more exciting and challenging at the very end. It was good to catch up with some old friendly competitors. This competition was also a good test with my La Sportiva shoes! I was able to test both models: Futura Blue and Genius. It’s easy to smear your foot on the wall and walk up which was necessary in the second qualification route. And wearing these shoes almost feels like cheating. I love how sticky the rubber is and how precise and aware I am when I climb with the No-Edge technology.
I wasn’t nervous. Instead I enjoyed the climbs and ended up 2nd. I used my competition experience and had the same mindset as Gerke: forget the rest, it’s time to shine in the finals. Boooom, a silver medal in my pocket! I wanted to win but a top 3 made my day as well. You can check out the results here.
It’s good to have no expectations, but it’s better to set a goal. My goal for this year: aim for a spot at the National Championships 2015.
I hope next time there will be more competitors. It will be a better and fun challenge. You can sign up here. I’m excited already and you?
Hey climbers! I missed you. I’m back 😀
Since April I have been looking forward to my climbing trip to Céüse. In May I started to train for some endurance to get fit in June.
In June I spent a little less than 3 weeks in Southern France. To get to this area, it’s best to fly to Nice (FRA), from the airport it’s about 4 hours to get to Gap (by bus or car).
Once you arrive in Gap, you’ll have to navigate to Sigoyer. This is the nearest village to get to Céüse. I stayed on a campsite: Les Guerins, which offers the basics to survive 😉
This climbing trip I joined a Finnish crew: Anna Laitinen, Markus Lehtonen and Ville Mustonen. Although my Finnish isn’t that good, it was awesome to hang out with them.
My first impression was that this area has a lot of potential to find really nice gems. For sure it’s one of the best sports crags I have visited. The limestone rock is really cool. It offers loads of pockets, crimps, pinches, jugs, sidepulls, slabs and even some colonettes. What more could you wish for? I was able to adapt quickly to these walls, which are technical and sometimes steep. The bolts are well spaced and sometimes the run out can be somewhat challenging. If you’re not afraid to fall 4 or 5 meters from the last bolt, then you’re absolutely fine 😉
Instead of writing how I spent my time I will share my climbing diary day by day. I hope you can read my old school handwriting 😛 The notes describes the sectors I have visited and which lines I enjoyed (Name of the route – grade – sent – Onsight / Flash or attempts that day). In between I shared some photos of the crags.
What did I learn from Céüse?
It’s good to come prepared when you want to climb lots of routes. Make sure you’re fit to climb +30 meter routes.
The trek / hike towards the crag takes more or less an hour. Take your time and enjoy the nature. Eventually your body will get super fit!
My first time won’t be my last time 😉
My trip was unforgettable. These walls are superb, period!! The climbers I met inspired me to climb harder and push my limits. I can’t complain about spending my time here. I hope you enjoyed the photo story 😀
For now, I’m back in Eindhoven with a lot of inspiration and motivation to return next year for another round to climb more gems and classic routes!
Instead of competing, I will be cheering and encouraging the competitors through a microphone 😀
So who are the lucky competitors? Below I listed them for you.
Regarding the men’s category, we’ll have 2 extra competitors all the way from Innsbruck. Nicky and Jorg, welcome back in The Netherlands for this comp!
|Rianne van den Berg||Mark Brand|
|Nikki van Bergen||Bob Giesberts|
|Elsa Doornbos||Nick ten Hoopen|
|Kim van den Hout||Teun Keusters|
|Nora van Wassenaer||Don van Laere|
|Mirthe van Liere||Nicky de Leeuw|
|Amanda Meijering||Maarten Nieuwenhuijsen|
|Irene Pieper||Tim Reuser|
|Lisa Sanders||Ferdinand Schulte|
|Eva Vink||Timo Tak|
|Roelien van de Vrie||Jorg Verhoeven|
|Jesse van der Werf|
Anyway, would you like to cheer along at the National Championship Boulder? Get your tickets here. Your ticket might be worth a prize too 😉 Semis will start at 13.15h and finals at 19.15h.
I’ll see you Saturday may 23rd! Over & out.