climbing

Belgian Documentary

Belgian Documentary on Cheating in Sport a crew from Belgium found the me via the “boosting” news stories and planned a trip to come climbing in squamish. they chanced the weather for mid October but we got lucky, very lucky. that’s what I remember most about any of our big climbs, constantly checking the forecast leading up to the event. It was looking like rain, so we had the...

workouts at home

workouts at home Winter has been pretty kind with sunshine thus far, but the rain is coming. Days where I can’t wheel on the seawall, I do more “pulls.” Getting ready for climbing the chief climbs I spent hours on this simulator at home. (see notes on performance boosting) After many versions, I’ve come up with the ideal system for a quadriplegic to get a good workout at home....

why you need grit

Jonah Lehrer: The Origins of Creative Insight & Why You Need Grit Do we sometimes pay too high a price for our dreams? Or worse, pick the wrong ones to follow? I remember having many conversations like this while making all the gear for rock climbing. It was NOT at all a practical goal (given all my limitations) to be spending tones of time and money on — pretty...

performance boosting

This page will hold data and evaluation of “boosting” experiments that I’m doing in order to get my heart and blood pressure to respond appropriately while climbing.  See ramp wheeling tests to learn more about post exercise hypotension (EH) , and why this limits performance in most quadriplegics.  First some background on what “boosting” is and why Doctors are trying to STOP this in sports. Basically put, Boosting is...

have a go day

Summer is in full swing and we are going to set up the climbing rig in Squamish on August 21st. We have done this route several times, but with everyone in different jobs. I’m going to put all the details here because much of the planning is buried in email and will be best to keep it public. We are going to hog the crag. Shamelessly. Once a year...

discovery channel

Discovery Channel news show we agreed to do after the Back to the Wall (on IMDB) documentary short was air on CBC and later on the Knowledge Network.

leaning tower rope jumps

Safety is an illusion. This kind of adventure just makes it very clear that you are playing with fire. Evey day we take great risks without truly knowing them, because we'd rather not know. Now jump off a cliff with only an 11mm rope to stop you from hitting the dirt... now that is about as "real" as things get. I've never done anything even close to this, but...

“high roller” does uncle ben’s route

Brad and Dave on the "Uncle Ben's" route. This roof section was chosen as a testing grounds for larger climbs in California. We were "lucky" to some get strong wind on this day. Instead of suffering in hot sun all day, we froze instead... but could get good understanding of how the rig does in real weather. Was enough wind to make communication difficult and ropes frustrating to manage....

european disability sport magazine

Now we are in a European Disability Sport Magazine. I'll try to get a translation of the article in English.

testing in the trees at UBC