Tips For Climbing Movement, Mentality, and Technique Skills


The proliferation of climbing gyms has rapidly changed the climbing sport scene. Now, people who otherwise would be too scared to try rock climbing are flocking to gyms. As a result, the sport is growing at an exponential rate. People are progressing from easy 5.7 grade climbs to more difficult 5.10+ climbs at an unprecedented speed. Gyms make climbing a spectator sport where people go to see and be seen. There are simple things that you can do to improve your climbing ability, at any level. In this article, I will discuss tips for climbing better through movement, technique, mentality, and training.

The abundance of strong climbers can be daunting to the beginner. It is important not to become discouraged by comparing your climbing level to those who have been climbing longer. Remember not to put yourself down. For example, don’t tell yourself that you are a slow climber. Instead, say that you are climbing slowly. See the difference? You have the potential to learn from your mistakes and, in time, become an amazing

Soccer Football and Celebrities Screensavers

imagesIt is almost certain that you know someone like me. The guy that hated all school physical activities, the guy that always finished last every race. Maybe you are a bit like me also. Because of this, I grew up disliking everything about soccer and football. Unlike my friends who knew all about the famous players, the coaches and all the football tactics. In spite of everything, my childhood was a very happy one. After all, the activities related to sports were a small part of my daily living, fortunately.

On the other hand, I was born with the gift of pencil drawing very nicely. My friends, the sports fans, came to me for help with the art lessons. So a few years a go I came across Blender3d a free open source software that assists you in drawing 3D pictures and making 3D animations. There are lots of Blender3d movies out there on the net for you to watch.

After mastering the basics in 3D drawing and 3D animation a BRILLIANT IDEA occurred to

College Football is the Most Passionate Sport

ht1College football creates and instills more passion out of players, coaches, and most definitely fans than any other American sport. I’m not making an argument for the popularity of college football compared to the NFL – because I do think on a national scale the NFL does get more viewers in a season. What I am saying – is that the passion surrounding a college football Saturday simply is on another level and cannot be matched by any other sport in our country. Why is this? Am I just completely biased because I have been a Michigan Wolverine fan my entire life? Yes, to some degree I am. Let’s get a solid list going of why college football instills more passion and – yes I am going here – is better than the NFL or any other professional sport for that matter.

    1. EVERY game matters. You simply cannot afford to lose a single game or else your national championship hopes take a serious hit. I’ve seen plenty of playoff bound NFL

History of Rock Climbing

History Of Rock Climbing

Like other kinds of sporting activities, the history of climbing is not very old. Climbing and Hiking was at one time necessary because people were forced to do it, but today they simply want to do it for the fun of it. Skills of rock climbing were used mainly in rescue operations as part of Alpine mountaineering. It was during late 19th century that climbing emerged as a sport from three specific areas of Europe. The country which came first was Germany, in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains located in the South-eastern part, close to the Czech border. By 1903 there were several climbing clubs opening up in the territory and nearly 500 active climbers playing the sport.

Around the same time, rock climbing was being viewed as a sporting activity in England. Some of the pioneer climbers during the early phases attracted a lot of attention as they climbed very dangerous and precarious cliffs all by themselves. It is at this time where difficulty rating started depending on various types of cliff formations and rock formations. While the official climbing clubs were taking their own time to get formed and organized, many

Stag Night Rock Climbing

Those who have watched Sylvester Stallone and Tom Cruise ply their acting trade know that there is a certain element contained in a few of their films, most notably Cliffhanger and Mission Impossible: II, that just screams action, adrenaline and prevails to test your phobias, mettle and abilities. It proves as a testament to man’s ability to overcome his surrounding and conquer all that falls before him. Therefore, the art of rock climbing is no different and, in turn, should be an essential activity on the itinerary of any thrill-seeking Stag party. So let us tell you why rock-climbing has risen into the popular past time that it is today.

Traversing a rock face used to be an essential part of mountain navigation in the olden days. It’s the method that Victorians used to tackle the Alps and also the means in which many of the rescuers used to be able to get to stricken skiers the aid that they desperately needed. However, it emerged as a sport as soon as people saw that it was a fun and exciting activity as well as one that helped its participants keep fit by practicing it.


Characters of the Bible Were Rock Climbers

Mountains often played a big part in the stories of the Bible. Both symbolic as well as literal they are prominent among the settings in the Bible stories.

From Abraham to Zachariah, they all had “special” experiences on mountains. Jesus himself was recorded as being on several different mountains for different purposes, one of which was defeating the Devil’s temptations and conquering sin, Amen!

Moses and the Israelites that were freed from captivity in Egypt wound up on a mountain, where they formed an army and trained for battle (but that is another story). Abraham took his only son into the mountains to make an offering as was customary in those days (he was supposed to actually kill his son as an offering, but that is another story). Noah, his wife, and sons in the Ark, came to rest on a mountain, where he built an altar to worship and offer, which meant they would go there often.

There is no shortage of rock climbing excursions in the pages of the Bible. Although it is not considered sport climbing, to my way of thinking, without helicopters and trams the only way to get atop a

Insider Guide to Adrenaline Sports

Adrenaline is a hormone secreted by the adrenal gland in response to stress. It increases heart rate, opens up air passages, constricts blood vessels and stimulates our fight-or-flight response. In other words, it’s a bloody rush. The feeling one gets with a rush of adrenaline just can’t be duplicated. When one is near the edge, the mind is focused and clear and you’re living in the moment.

Adrenaline or extreme sports and activities give us that primal jolt that reminds us that we are alive. Feeling the g-forces in a turn while driving an exotic car or leaping out of a plane with a bit of cloth to ensure we don’t die are moments we don’t soon forget. How many utterly forgettable moments did you have today?

Thanks to growing demand, there is a whole industry emerging dedicated to providing experiences to ordinary folks who are yearning to live on the edge. These activities involve danger and risk, generally due to high-speeds, outrageous heights, extreme conditions or most often a combination of all. There are different levels of course and while some activities don’t necessarily represent truly dangerous activities, for those not use to activity,

What Makes a Singles Champion

In this series of articles I will unashamedly feature stories from ‘Down Under’, as this is my homeland and I watch and read the news and current affairs every day. One such story that needs to be told is that of Australian tennis champion, Sam Stosur. You may know the main concept in ‘Life Cycles’ theory is that every twelve years in people’s lives they experience what I term a ‘Year of Revolution’; so-called because there are upheavals and new beginnings and fate can play a part in how things turn out. I simply collect and analyse biographic data, so there is no magic in this process. It’s based on real life evidence.

In Sam’s case we will be looking at what happened to her when she was in her first adult ‘Year of Revolution’ when she was aged 24. In her case this is the period from March,30th 2008 till March,30th 2009. OK, now the scene has been set, what happened in her life? Well before this she was undoubtedly a champion doubles player with Lisa Raymond. They were ranked No.1 in the world in 2006 and had won titles at the US and French Opens. However

Using Sports to Hook Students for Reading

Most of us have heard over and over in the media that our students are lagging in reading and writing skills. It’s been said that poor writing skills is a problem for employers looking to hire graduates. Without these critical skills, it can be an unsuccessful future for our students.

As a parent of three children, I have experienced it first hand. Trying to find the hook, to keep the child interested seems to be the biggest challenge. Using the web as a resource is something many schools are adding to their mix. Integrating the internet into home school and the classroom may be worth a try. The internet has a huge amount of information resources and could help, if used wisely. A parent or teacher could post the internet address and bookmark it for the student. Provide a clear assignment choice of reading independently or in small groups as well as perhaps assign a writing task.

Students can become excited and proud to see their work featured and published! Many websites now offer the opportunity to publish stories, articles and even photos or video clips. We took the time to buy numerous sport domain

Olympic Sport And Dictatorship

Like Park Chung-hee (Asia/South Korea: 1962-79) and Idi Amin Dada (Africa/Uganda: 1971-79), Fidel Castro is a sports fanatic and enjoys watching all types of Olympic sports. Fidel Castro has visited the national team’s training camps, sports schools, National Schools Games and spent time with the students-athletes and Olympic players. Since 1990, the Cuban dictatorship has spent more than $80 million per year into Olympic sport. However, Cuba is not an Olympic paradise. Cuba’s modern sporting history has been marked by sporting defections.

Every dictatorship has a style of its own. Leonidas Rafael Trujillo had one: Dominican music. Francois Duvalier had one: Haitian culture. Kim Jong Il has one: the cinematography. He likes films as “Gone with the Wind”, a famous film American. The dictator of North Korea wrote an essay “On the Art of Cinema”.

The Idi Amin Dada regimewas notorious for torturing political prisoners, forbidding dissent and free speech. Under the dictatorship of Idi Amin Dada, about 350,000 people were killed. But he loves Olympic sports like Fidel Castro Ruz. During 1970s he had become an outspoken champion of sport in the Third World. I remembered that the Ugandan team won two gold, four

Life Cycles

Today we will explore the life of one of the sporting world’s greatest celebrities:- Lance Armstrong. But we will be examining it from the unique perspective of the brand new ‘Life Cycles’ theory. All of my articles are related and I suggest at the very least, that new readers have a look at my first five theoretical articles to get an appropriate background.

Lance is a legend in the sport of cycling. As big a colossus as Tiger Woods is in golf or Roger Federer in tennis. Seven times winner of the Tour de France and at the age of 37 he finished third and will probably compete again. What does the brand new and totally different Life Cycles theory have to say about him? What is the essence of Lance? What drives him? To find out the answer you have to first look at events in his ‘Years of Revolution’. These are every twelve years, so this means particularly his adult years of 24 and 36.

Biographical summaries will say that just past his 24th year he was formally diagnosed with stage three testicular cancer. He had immediate surgery and chemotherapy and his doctor

Cycling At The Velodrome

Cycling is having a tough time of it at the moment. Motorists hate cyclists as they claim they slow the traffic down and take up too much of the road, for which the cyclist pays no tax for the up keep (although a cyclist would have to go some to create half as much damage to the roads as a car) as well as this it appears that probably the greatest annual cycling event, The Tour de France, is riddled with drugs cheats. The sport’s governing body appears to be getting to grips with the cheats but maybe it’s too little too late, only time will tell.

I used to race bikes in my earlier years and I loved it. Unfortunately I gave up racing competitively back in my 20’s due to work and family commitments but I always longed to get back into the sport. Every year I holiday in Italy which as you may know is full of cyclists as well as the Giro d’Italia, probably the world’s second most famous bike race. Each year I see the Lycra clad cyclist’s out training in the warm summer sun equipped with all the latest gear longing

The Story of Football in Bengal

The rivalry between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal clubs as far as football is concerned is epical in stature. This is surprising when we consider that the popularity of Football in India has been reserved in very well defined pockets. It is interesting how Cricket gradually but decidedly took over as the national favourite. Perhaps as a conspicuous deviation from trends across the country, Bengal has been the seat of Indian Football through many years. The other region where the game is extremely popular and promoted is the coastal state of Goa, with its Portuguese heritage.

Apart from these, Football has achieved some concentrated favour in Punjab and Kerala in addition to being the popular local sport in North-eastern India. Allowing for all these factors, a football fan outside Bengal will not be able to conceive the degree of intensity a Bengali Football fan will attach to the game. Nor will anyone unaccustomed to the fervour of the true Bengali nature begin to fathom the passionate rivalry that exists between the two clubs of the State.

Mohun Bagan Athletic Club is Asia’s oldest sporting club and the first to defeat the British in colonial India.

Why Inspirational Sports Stories

With ESPN on the air 7 days a week, more sports blogs than you can count, and viral emails finding their way to your in box, many of you might be familiar with inspirational sports stories like:

* Mackenzie Brown, a 12 year-old girl in New Jersey, who pitched a perfect game in little league baseball.  Mackenzie, one of only two girls in the whole league, retired every boy on the opposing team.

* Jason McElwain, the autistic high school team manager, who scored 20 points in the last 4 minutes of his high school basketball game.  McElwain, all 5’6″ of him, put in six 3-pointers and another basket leading his teammates to carry him off the floor after the game to wild applause.  His book The Game of My Life has already been published and a movie is in the works.

* Sara Tucholsky, who upon hitting her first home run in college softball, injured her knee rounding first base.  Badly hurt, she was unable to take her home run trot. The umpire indicated that her teammates and coach could not assist her in rounding the bases.  It looked like she would have

What is Right About College Football

Columnists have been writing throughout the summer about what is wrong with the current landscape of college football. They have told us that the NCAA football championship is a farce, that players are being paid under the table at major universities to play football, and coaches are throwing good college kids under the bus to further their careers. While many of these accusations are true, especially about the national championship game being a joke, it still doesn’t hurt the game of Division I football. Why is that?

Other sports don’t have the endurance of division I football. NCAA football division I football has endured scandals of point shaving, steroids, cheating, arrests, and underhanded officiating (Both in the polls, different conference officials, and the actual officials at the games). Yet, it seems that the public is more ready to forgive the flaws in the system of division I football.

Many writers have credited this forgiveness of college football to the actual major flaws in the system. Many have written that what makes the sport great is the corruption, the greed, and the flaws in the bowl system. They claim that these flaws cause people to talk

Football Memorabilia

The history of football memorabilia such as books is not a glorious one. This could be because the sport simply doesn’t lend itself to fiction; or perhaps because nobody who’s any good at writing fiction has ever written much about football.

Souvenirs like books with a football theme first began to appear shortly after the First World War. These were aimed mainly at young boys and were often set in glowering public schools. As far as adult literature is concerned, only Arnold Bennett and J.B. Priestly of established novelists dipped into the football world for material. In his novel The Card Bennett observed that football had superseded all other forms of recreation in the potteries region, particularly for the fanatical supporters of Knype (Stoke City) and Bursley (Port Vale). Leonard Gribble’s The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (1939), a crime novel in a famous footballing setting, was made into a film that is still occasionally televised on dark Tuesday afternoons. After the Second World War football stories increasingly formulaic tales of star strikers and young hopefuls – were churned out by many of the new children’s comics, with some holding grate value in football memorabilia circles. Some were

Notes on Football Boots

No matter how anyone will argue the importance of using proper sports equipment can’t be argued. These sports equipment are devised by experts to protect the athletes more than anything. Just imagine a professional boxing competition without the gloves, rugby or football with the protective gears or football boots, swimming without the goggles, baseball without the gloves and cap – it’ll be very difficult!

While we already see the true value of sports equipment like football boots, there is another side of the story where most consumers and athletes fail. Sometimes, just buying these sports equipments isn’t enough. One must be knowledgeable of the materials used, durability, features and whatnot. Today, we will focus on the comparison of the main materials used in making the different football foot gears. This article will give you insights and ideas so you will be able to make your choice better based on different comparison points.

One of the main materials used in making football boots is leather. Leather is a very durable material produced through tanning of putrescible animal rawhide and skin, primarily cattlehide. What makes leather an ideal material for any kind of footwear especially in football

How to Choose a Fantasy Football

One of the fastest growing online activities of the past decade has been fantasy sports, and football has led the way as the most popular fantasy sport. A fantasy football online league is almost commonplace amongst every group of sports-loving friends, and even a common occurrence in offices too. In fact, last year, approximately 22% of all males online managed a fantasy sports team. 71% of these teams were football teams.

As the most popular sport in the field, it’s important to make sure you’re fully equipped with the best knowledge about all available options when choosing a fantasy football online league. Here we’ll take a quick look at the three most popular football league websites, along with an exciting newcomer on the scene.

1. CBS Sports: Many like the CBS Sports ( fantasy leagues for their long standing history and reliability. Customizable league rules, unlimited live scoring, the ability to post stories, and more, draw millions of Americans to CBS Sports’ NFL fantasy product every year. The biggest drawback to a CBS Sports fantasy football online league is the fact that it comes at a cost. Each league costs $149.95 as of the 2009 NFL

A History of the Sport

Football as it stands we know it today has its origins in the UK. England is the birthplace of modern football, but since time immemorial exist in almost all cultural and peoples of the world very similar to football games.

The current rules of soccer or football (or soccer as it is known in the United States), born in 1863. Then, the fledgling association of English Football (Football Association) drafted on the basis of the Rules of Cambridge, the first official document that established the form of modern soccer game, rules that in later years suffered some changes, but essentially irrelevant.

Football (whose technical name is football association) is a game of rugby brother, who in turn branches in other sports such as football or Australian football, among other variants of what at first was the same game, of course today with abundant differences own entity and each of them.

The Chinese, Greeks, Romans, and even pre-Columbian peoples of americas, games and practiced very similar in essence: two very different teams, in an area bounded, and with a ball that should either make representations to the opposite field or do transfer or puerta. En

Extreme Sports Adventures

Extreme sports and thrill seeking adventures is one of the most exciting and action packed things that you could do.

But what is an extreme sport exactly? Well to me it is any sort of activity that will get your heart pumping and that hit of adrenalin coursing through your veins.

Perhaps an activity that reaches incredible heights, the feeling of free falling, getting up close to deadly predators. Whatever is extreme for you may or may not be so extreme for others though so the choice is of course personal.

For instance I love going shark diving but am terrified of free falling, both are still extreme sports adventures but they are so very different.

In general for the majority of thrill seekers however are the top 3 most common and most popular extreme sports adventures.

First on the list is bungee jumping. There is nothing that will get your heart racing faster than strapping your legs to a rope and throwing yourself off a bridge or platform.

There are also so many different forms of bungee