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First Pancake – Not So burnt!

I has been 9 days since I have started my month long journey in Germany, Switzerland and France. I am loving it so far!

First stop was, Friedrichshafen, where I helped out Boot Bananas and Troll Outdoors at the massive OutDoor fade show. I was surprised how big it was. I had to buy a cruiser skateboard so I could get around quicker. As a total newbie to the fair I was absorbing and learning so much in such a short period of time. I won’t lie – maybe only 2/3 of the whole expo was something I wanted to see and was interested even if it was not related to climbing directly. A lot of stands were from asian companies displaying all sorts of fabrics.

The most fun I had while promoting Boot Bananas. I made this short social media video for their instagram page.

A video posted by @bootbananas on Jul 17, 2015 at 9:22am PDT

Outdoor people know how to work hard and play hard. The party at the end was great. Traditional German food and beers for ones who drink, a stage of rock music and one for the EDM fans.

It was hard to fit training/climbing around. During days it was roasting hot, but I managed to squeeze a fingerboard session on my van fitted beast maker and a cheeky session on the warm up bouldering wall for German Nationals, which took place during the trade fair.

At the moment I am in Chamonix. Duncan – another friend who lives in Chamonix – took us climbing to one of their spots. After warming up on Expresso F7A, I worked a sustained route (F7C+) with some powerful moves. I want to go back and tick it.

Robbie Phillips has joined me for a week. Yesterday we went up to Digital Crack just below Aiguille du Midi station. The scotsman managed to send it in the second go. For me, however, I was a bit more difficult and I was spanked by the route. I made a very quick observation, that my footwork, or rather trusting my feet is now as good as I would like it to be.

Robbie working the Digital Crack 8A

Robbie working the Digital Crack 8A

Two more weeks in the beautiful Chamonix, then Matterhorn. Keep checking this space for new blog in a week. In meantime go crush hard. As my good friend and training guru Dave Culver (BLOCFIT) said: Sit less – Campus more!
Au revoir!

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Hard Work, Competitions, and Everyday Life

Hello folks,

It took me ages to get back to my blog, but here I am again.

This time I will be sharing my thoughts about, as title says, hard work, competitions, and everyday life.

 

Let me start with talking about hard work, since that is the reason I took so long to write here. How do I understand ‘Hard Work’. For me it is, not necessarily type of work where one burns oneself and does not feel any accomplishment at the end of it. I see it as willingness to go that extra mile what ever it costs to make it worthwhile. You may ask, what I have been doing that I think I have been working hard lately. Let me put it out for you, guys.

May was the last month of my second year of university. A lot of running around sorting submitting last assignments – fun stuff, especially when it ends. Applying for jobs and internships to get into my chosen field took a lot of time and made me grow a lot.  People who know me personally, might have noticed that I am one of people who do like give it all or nothing.  This brings me to recent advertising of Adidas and Nike I noticed in London. A while ago I have spotted Nike’s new slogan with picture of Skull in flames which read ‘Risk Everything’. Couple months later in central London I have noticed busses wrapped in black with 3 stripes and All In Or Nothing on the front.  Both slogans mean pretty much the same. However, for me personally it seams like Adidas is just counter attacking Nike for their Risk Everything campaing. Adidas always seemed to be more of a low profile, but well respected sports brand, where Nike was shouting out loud to everybody ‘Just Do It’. Hard work can be seen behind both brands. To become well such a big brand you have to be working hard to beat your competition.

 

Competition might be with oneself or others. On 21st of June I have participated in British Bouldering Championship. From the beginning I knew that I am competing with myself more then with the rest of the guys who climbed at the Climbing Works in Sheffield on Saturday. It was a first that format bouldering competition for me. 5 minutes to solve the problem and move to the next one is a hard work. It is you and the climb, everything else becomes blurry. Competition helps to highlight strengths and weaknesses. I noticed that I have pretty strong fingers, but lacking power to go for wider shoulder moves. Sometimes experienced third party might spot more strengths and weaknesses than athletes themselves. I have decided to book couple of training sessions with experienced climbing coach to help me pin down my  weaknesses and help me improve even more.

In the section of everyday life I have to mention that I am super psyched for the new bouldering roof opened at the Reach Climbing Wall. It needed something like that for sure. Well built, well lit and well set, everything seems perfects for now. My friendly sponsors asked me to design some t shirts for them. Very soon I will wear those designs.

 

Tomorrow I and Mindaugas will go to Chamonix to climb the top of the Western Europe. I will try to produce another video of course.

The third episode of the Friendship is here for you guys.

Thank you!

 

 

 

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