Category Archives: mountain biking

Milner’s Waffle House – Year of the Bike

After months spent pedaling our legs off in the most amazing autumn anyone can remember it’s finally dumping outside, the crew have micro-cleaned the bikes and stashed them for the winter, everyone is stoked out of their minds to be making powder turns, and what does illustrious lensman Dan Milner do? Why he goes and cues up a slide show on … you guessed it … mountain biking!

Which is exactly why everyone should go. Because if this man and his incessant waffling are not brutally humbled by a relentless barrage of unbridled heckling then we will continue to be assaulted by his stunning images and clever insight into exotic places we’ll never go, interesting people we’ll never meet and outstanding rides we’ll never enjoy. Why? Because we all know that humanoid life as we know it simply cannot exist outside our dreamy little valley.

So can we really be expected to sit through another one of Milner’s rambling diatribes on his whimsical theory – along with his so-called ‘photographic evidence’ – of life beyond the bubble? Yes! Why? Because we must heckle! We must heckle and we must never pass up even the slightest opportunity to experience the riding skills of some of Chamonix’s most almost-famous celebutantes including ‘Slingshot’ Jez Wilson, Seban ‘Lid Spin’ Liljeberg, Mike ‘They Don’t Call Me The Bike For Nuthin’ Foster, and perchance, the delightful Angie Wardle.

So go and heckle and laugh at the expense of people who fall off their bikes and hurt themselves. Trust me, you’ll all be better men for it.

Learn more about Dan Milner on his website and check out what he gets up to in his leisure time on his Facebook page.

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I Decided to Post Nuit de la Glisse’s New Teaser At The Very Last Moment

There I was, having a great day, minding my own business, when a link to the new Nuit de la Glisse vid pops up in my Inbox. Sweet! I’ll just plug it in and …

… you know, there are a lot of things I really could have done without today, one of which was seeing one of the bruthas nearly getting swept over a huge cliff by a surface release on a steep slope in Greenland.

But seeing how I’m the kinda guy who prefers to focus on the positive, you really need to take a peek, especially you pinheads in the crowd, because it looks like once again Thierry’s captured some amazing footage.

Nuit de le Glisse – At the Very Last Moment is hitting theaters near you on December 8th.

Yoga, Surfing, Climbing, Mtn Biking, Sun, Beach – Yoga Kelly Takes a Holiday and Wants Us All to Join Her

Yoga Kelly using her chi to get shacked.

All this gorgeous weather with only a limited number of hours in the day to climb, bike, fly, run and hike. Man, the stress of having to decide what to do at the beginning of each day can be overwhelming. After a full summer of facing these critical decisions on a daily basis it’s no wonder many of us deserve a nice long holiday. But the problem is this: where do you go to take a break when you already live in paradise?

Lucky for us, Yoga Kelly has a solution, a couple of them actually….

Surf & Yoga Retreat France

Date: 17-24 September

7 Days Private Beach Front Accommodation in Seignosse (sleeps 4/6) or in Capbreton (depending on dates, which sleeps 8)
Two way Private Airport/Train Station Transfers
6 x 1.5hr Morning energizing yoga session
5 x 1.5hr Evening Flow Yoga session
1 x 1hr Thai massage course (give and receive)
7 x Morning meditation session
2 x Evening meditation
5 x 2hrs Private Surf Lessons (4 pers) with Boardingmania surf school
7 Day Surfboard and Wetsuit hire
7 Day Mountain Bike Hire
Linen and towels
Cost: €550 / person / 7 days
One of the best things about the Alpine Yoga retreats are that all activities are optional.

Surf, Climb, & Yoga Portugal

Date: 1-8 October

7 nights’ accommodation
6 x fresh buffet breakfast
6 x delicious and healthy dinners
6 x Morning energizing yoga session
6 x Evening Flow Yoga session
Thai massage courses (give and receive)
6 x Morning meditation session
3 x Evening meditation session
transport to and from chosen activities
cost: €695 / person / 7 nights

To learn more, check out the Adventure Yoga Retreats website.

***UPDATE*** Teaser Tuesday: Chamonix Adventure Film Festival 2011

climbing film

Corey Richards having an adventure in the film 'As It Happens'.

Wednesday, 24 August 9:00 p.m. 

***Free screening – Salle Olca, Les Houches  – 21:00***

Ever Last & The Love Letter – 4 + 14 min. “An insight into the life of Krissy Moehl, 2x UTMB women’s champion.”

http://vimeo.com/10052748

As It Happens – 16 min. “Renan Ozturk & Cory Richards attempt to establish a new technical alpine route on 6,498m Tawoche in Nepal.”

On a Marché Sous le Pôle – “Eight explorers and a husky are dropped 60kms from the geographic North Pole, in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. Their aim is to make the first filmed report from below the ice shelf.”

Mo’ beta at www.ChamonixAdventureFilm.net.

Friday, 19 August 7:00 p.m.

Dark Side of the Lens – moody 7-minute surf film.

Life Cycles – 47 min. of amazing cinematography and mountain bikes

Arctic Speed – 10 min. Exploring the Polar Circle on skis and by speed riding.

Dream World – 8 min. Documentary on free-runner Jason Paul

http://vimeo.com/25532494

The Wild Line – 20 min. Four speed riders, a mountain guide and a cameraman travel to China to attempt the first speed ride descent of 7546-metre Mustagh Ata.

Azadi Freedom – 27 min. This film takes a look at Kashmir in the wake of the violent militant insurgence of the 90s, and the current rise in tourism thanks to skiing.

Skateistan – 10 min. “Film telling the story of two young skateboarders and their search for escape from the brutalities of war through skating.”

The Argentine Project – 10 min. “Three friends taking a trip and hoping to create a film with one bike, two cameras, and a few words of Spanish.

Saturday, 20 August 7:00 p.m.

Panik in Baffin – 2 min. ***Chamonix Homegrown!*** “Four girls head to Baffin Island in the Arctic Circle in April 2011 to ski couloirs and explore unknown territory.

Feel the Hill – 17 min. “The multiple disciplines of longboarding and the sense of freedom that comes with the sport.”

WildWater – 31 min. “A visually stunning feast for the senses… a new kind of adventure film – one where image, sound and ideas trump all else.”

Kilian’s Quest – 30 min. “Kilian meets his long-time hero and inspiration, Bruno Brunod, and travels to Greece to attempt a record on Mount Olympus

Climate of Change – 86 min. “In this rich and inspiring documentary, director Brian Hill takes us around the world to find the ordinary people taking action in the fight to save our environment.

Sunday, 21 August 7:00 p.m.

Solitaire– 15 min. Ski vid with Chamonix’s ‘American Dave’ Rosenbarger, JP Auclair, Will Cardamone, Johnny Collinson,  Jacqui Edgerly, Kip Garre, Elyse Saugstad.

Eastern Rises – 39 min. “An epic fly fishing journey to Russia’s remote Kamchatka Peninsula. What we found… big, beautiful, mouse-crushing native rainbow trout, super kudzha and bigfoot in Russia’s far, far east.

Second Nature – 14 min. Guys on longboards, blue suits and beards. “Winner: Best Extreme Sports Film at the 2009 Mammoth Film Festival! Winner: Best Short Film at the 2010 X-Dance Action Sports Film Festival. Winner: Best Sports Film at the 2010 Sonoma International Film Festival. Winner: Best Adventure Sport film at the 5 Point Film Festival in Colorado.”

Moonflower – 2 min. ***Chamonix homegrown!*** Teaser for Jon Bracey and Matt Helliker’s film of their ballsy ascent of the Moonflower Buttress on Mt. Hunter in Alaska.

Summit 4 Kids – 15 min. “Laura Bohleber, Marja Persson and Giulia Monego attempt to summit and ski three of the highest mountains in the Peruvian section of the Andes to raise money for disadvantaged children living in the Peruvian city of Cajamarca.

Vertical Sailing – 50 min. “Nico & Olivier Favresse, Sean Villanueva and Ben Ditto take us on their latest climbing and sailing adventure to Greenland in search of virgin big walls. Nine new routes on six big walls earned them a Piolet d’Or award.”

Back in the Saddle: Best Mountain Biking Video Ever, Just Another BMX Triple Backflip, More Hijinks From That MacAskill Character and 164kph on a Mountain Bike…

…myeh. Whatever.

Not sure I understand how 164.95 kph can be a new world record when the same guy went 210.4 kph in 2007 in Chile. Then again, I guess whenever Red Bull is involved they’re always going to turn it into some kind of world record.

Because Man Cannot Live by Skiing Alone

Although he might conceivably survive, and quite possibly flourish, on a proper balance of skiing, surfing and mountain biking.

Thanks to ever-alert reader Nick Chapple for the heads up on the mountain bike vid.

Tele Teaser Tuesday x 4 – Deeper, The Way I See It, Reel Rock 2010, Action Heroes

OK, I know it’s not Tuesday and there ain’t no telemark teasers in here either. Sorry to disappoint. But Jeremy Jones is coming to visit and I thought the neighborly thing to do might be to big up his video premier this Sunday night at Le Cinema Vox at 21:30. From what I’ve heard tix are selling out fast so best purchase in advance if you’re interested in getting a seat. 2 out of the 10 skin ticket price goes to Protect Our Winters, Jeremy’s non-profit, global warming awareness organization.

And for those not into snowboarding here’s one that I initially thought I was going to skip this year. I mean seriously, any vid that makes you wait until 1:45 says one thing to me: that crew got blanked last season. But then it started  getting loads of awards at things like the IF3 fest so I figured I better throw it out there.

And for those that wonder what all the snow-related fuss is about – I mean after all, autumn means cold rock and sticky rubber, right? – here’s a promo forwarded by alert reader Mark Gray for the Reel Rock film tour that has probably already blown past your town. Cool vid, nonetheless.

And since I’ve got every other sport on this page I might as well throw in some mountain biking. But this ain’t your everyday mountain biking that’s for sure. Mad, mad, mad, mad, mad.