This Is Yorkshire on Vimeo

11 06 2013

Not a climber myself, and not one to sit and watch other people climbing as a rule.

But THIS video is different. You see… it’s in God’s Own County. Lots of it in my old stomping ground in and around West Yorkshire. Shipley Glen, Embsay, Brimham Rocks.

As soon as the video starts, the tone and texture of the rock instantly transported me back to the countless hours I spent camping and hiking through that terrain.

The maker (Dan Turner) asks that you consider donating to Climbers Against Cancer if you like his video which sounds like a reasonable request.

This Is Yorkshire on Vimeo.





Age is just a number

16 12 2012

So one of my Scouty contacts is 27 today.

He is bemoaning his new-found “crispiness” as he puts it. Actually, 27 is a big thing in Scouts Canada… he can no longer be a Rover Scout, so I was a little more sensitive than his youthful whine would normally have solicited.

Source: World of Technology. 111 year old Cuban Man

Indeed, I even tried to cheer him up with the well established adage that “You’re only as old as the woman you feel”. OK, so it is a tiny incy wincy bit sexist, but I think ultimately the fact that I said it proves my point – you don’t HAVE to grow up, just because you get old. Plainly I’m a case in point! Being aware of sexist remarks comes with age and experience, ergo sexism is childish. Ergo men are doomed to remain sexist, since we struggle to grow up.

Of course, I look for excuses outside myself (also a childish behaviour). Personally, I favour evolution. Men would have been regularly trampled by mammoths or fall off cliffs trying to collect eggs well before they needed to stop having fun and take on any real responsibilities. Evolution never needed to select for responsibility, since that developed AFTER you’ve mated and subsequently fallen off a cliff due to shoddy placement of your protection, and trying to summit before dark. (Climbing joke, just smile and carry on).

Women of course needed to develop stability and thoughtful consideration in order to safely bring up the offspring. Even if their better sense told them to drown the ones with boy-bits. Men – no they were all about showing off, hunting and getting laid. So nothing really changes, does it? Except maybe the addition of  options since the discovery of the brewing process. Civilisation (as we’ll laughingly call it) has bypassed the whole evolutionary thing and left us men ill-equipped to deal with today’s reality. Our minds have cheated and side-stepped the whole genetic adaptation game totally, leaving us with a mental attitude that had a life expectancy of say 20-30 now living into our 70s… and the tools to do way more damage!

So here we are, with the male of the species genetically unprepared to live beyond youthful playfulness, yet now typically living well into old age. And look at the harm that causes! Old men are in positions of power both economically and politically (in the few countries it’s not actually the same thing). The women have the skills, but the men make the rules. Perhaps politicians and CEOs should have to collect eggs from a cliff freestyle before they’re sworn in.

Where was I going before that surprisingly pro-feminist rant?

Oh yes – Lego. I love Lego. Because I’m male and therefore childish.  :o)

Actually, I do seriously believe that play is an important part of how we learn – at any age – and Lego is a great engineering and design tool as well as a toy for younger fingers to learn dexterity and problem solving in the physical world. And so I wanted to make you aware, dear, patient reader (and I am truly grateful you choose to spend your limited time on this spinning rock reading my random irrelevancies) of a web page I found that really pushed the boundaries of Lego. Enjoy, if you will Funky Lego Gift Bags on Design Soak.

Source: Design Soak

Source: Design Soak





Chief trail closed due to rockslide | Sea to Sky | Pique Newsmagazine | Whistler, CANADA

23 06 2012

 

Chief trail closed due to rockslide | Sea to Sky | Pique Newsmagazine | Whistler, CANADA.

So I went up the Stawamus Chief again today (well – most of it), making it back down just in time to miss the lightning that came sweeping across Squamish minutes later. On the way up I was amazed to see the aftermath of an extensive rockslide. Reading up on the wonderful web, it seems the event occurred on Thursday evening around 6pm, and narrowly missed a group of hikers making the descent. 20 tonnes of rock had all but demolished one of the wooden stair sections.

The above-linked article also tells me that “In addition to the rockfall, BC Parks advises that the overhang corners above the Flats on the Grand Wall are closed to climbers because falcons have been spotted nesting on the Grand Wall route.” Typical birds! Don’t they realize the season’s underway?