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The Mongol Rally team ‘Don’t Smell My Shoes’ that we sponsored made it to Ulan-Ude, Russia!!

We wrote a first article to explain more in details Danny, Oli and Adam’s project and the preparation of their journey, check it out!

As promised, we keep you updated and share with you the latest news of their crazy adventure, the funny anecdotes, and the less funny ones… 😉

The team of boulderers from the UK started their driving journey in Winchester, UK and reached Russia with a car covered by climbing grips !!!

From the UK to Russia via Turkey, Turkmenistan, Mongolia and few other countries, it took them in total 5 weeks to travel the 10,000 mile!

Because we totally support this kind of crazy projects, we sent them some Klifbox along the way (just in case the car wasn’t covered enough with gears!), here is one video they made in Turkey :

Mongol Rally Team – Turkey – Klifbox

Danny, Oli and Adam explain what they got in their Klifbox during their Mongol Rally!! >>> http://bit.ly/Join-KCC Join our club and get plenty of benefits, including the next #klifbox !

Posted by I love climbing on Saturday, September 29, 2018

 

Funny anecdotes !

Because we all like anecdotes and crazy details, we asked them to tell us a funny story that they lived during their journey ! Here’s their answer :

“Everyone always asks us two questions. What was the best part, and what was the worst part?

The best part would have to be camping next to the aptly named Gates of Hell in Turkmenistan, a 70 meter wide burning gas crater that lights up the night sky.

As for the the worst part, that would be our experiences on the Azerbaijan boarder. Firstly the date on Oli’s Visa was wrong and he was refused entry until a new visa was ready, this wasn’t until the day after so while Oli had to return to Georgia for the night Adam and Danny spent the night in the car. This resulted in an attempted mugging and a high speed car chase back to the boarder and safety.”

Congrats !

Danny, Oli and Adam prepared this trip for months!

They raised more than 2000£ in the name of 3 charities: Cool Earth (rainforest conservation), Macmillan Cancer Support (improves the lives of people living with cancer) and Charlie Waller Memorial trust (educates young people on the importance of mentally well-being).

Their crowdfunding campaign is still ongoing if you want to participate and involve yourself in this great project! And if you want to have a deeper glimpse of their experience, you can check their blog!

We just have one thing to add : all the best guys for your next adventures ! 😉

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5 ways to convince your fellows to start climbing

Who hasn’t experienced the feeling of having their ambitions stopped by lack of a climbing partner? You need to trust your belayer, and it’s not so easy to trust a perfectly unknown person. So why not pick your new belayer/ bouldering companions among your friends? Here are some ways to change their mind and convince them to join the community…!

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Do climbers care about the football world cup?

EVERY SINGLE MEDIA OUTLET is talking about the world cup as if all of humanity was breathing at the pace of the game’s results, but everyone around us keeps climbing mounts and blocks (even during the games!!). Pretty intriguing, isn’t it?? So, we thought it could be funny to try answering the question: do climbers care about the football world cup?

We started our investigation with a little poll on Instagram, Facebook and asked the climbers around us. I know you’re craving to get the answers. Don’t panic, it’s just below.

 

football world cup

Almost a draw for Instagram

Under the irresistible suspense raised by this question, the Instagram followers of ilooove.it didn’t really sort out a black and white answer. It’s a 44% YES versus a 56% NO! We could say we’re not really surprised, are you?

Unquestionable answer for the Facebook poll

But let’s see what happened on our Facebook page ‘I love Climbing‘… Here is a resumé of the answers we got:

“Football?? Where is that route and how hard is it??”, Pablo.

“So much more than speed climbing Ahaha”, Thomas.

“You mean that dance contest in Russia?”, Štěpán.

Obviously, some French climbers stay loyal to their team, but still prefer climbing instead of watching the game: “I ll be listening to the game while training hard bouldering. Allez les bleus 🇫🇷”, Bertrand.

Not even a question for Lewis: “Can’t stand football, can’t wait to recover from my whiplash so I can climb again”.

And here comes the biggest amount of answers with more than 2,000 participants. And the winner is…… 🥁🥁🥁

1 400 NO Versus 948 YES !!

Climbers care about football?

 

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Urban climbers: “savour the deadly danger”

When we say that climbing is not only about strength but mentality and courage, please don’t tell me this is not the case! The two Russian daredevils Vitaliy Raskalov & Vadim Makhorov explore the world in a very exciting way: they scale its tallest buildings, bridges, and industrial structures with no safety equipment. Continue Reading

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When a plane full of weed crashed in Yosemite

In the 70’s, in the legendary valley of Yosemite, the rock climbing revolution had just begun. The movie “Valley Uprising”, by Sender Films productions — same producer as Reel Rock — shows how the beginning of climbing in the golden state of California look liked.

How climbers lived in tents, calling themselves “dirtbags”, in the fringe of society. Absolutely devoted to their passion, in a pretty rock’n’roll lifestyle…! At that time, climbers were tracked and hated by the rangers. The risks they took made people consider this discipline as an outlaw activity.

yosemite climbers 1970's

The Stonemasters

 

In the winter of 1977, a cargo plane coming back from Colombia crashed into a lake in the middle of Yosemite park. Climbers obviously heard about it and decided to check what was going on. The nose of the plane was coming out of the frozen lake. “We could see some black shapes underneath the ice and… there was a bale with a big marijuana leave on it” remembers a climber.

“Oh my god… it’s pot” !

Yosemite climbers finds weed

There were hundreds of bags in the plane, so the climbers started cutting the ice and bringing all the backpacks they had to fill them. In that time, if you were walking in Yosemite park, you could smell a weird fragrance coming out of the climbers’ tents… Actually, the pot was soaked in gasoline from the crash, so when they took a puff it made an explosion!

masterstones smoking weed

“People enjoyed it… ahah!” testifies one of them. They started to sell the weed in Berkeley and L.A, and enjoyed life even more than before.

“We made a lot of money. A LOT of money.”

weed plane crash, climbers yosemite climbing counterculture the stonemasters valley uprising movie

They started going to restaurants, leaving huge tips, and even building houses! One of them still remembers laughing “the rangers didn’t find out about the plane until it was all gone!!”.

To watch the full movie, check Sender Films production store here.

 

 

 

 

 

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KCC sponsors a Mongol Rally team

A few weeks ago, a team of  boulderers from the UK contacted us to sponsor their intercontinental car rally through Mongolia. Their idea? Cover a car with climbing grips and ride from Europe to Ulan Ude (Russia) on the roof tied down with a rope & a climbing harness. Typically the kind of craziness we love to support!!

Very often described as the “Greatest Adventure in the World”, this awesome rally has a completion rate of 70%.

3 fundamental rules of the rally

  1. Rally vehicles have a 1200cc engine limit
  2. Rally teams are unsupported
  3. Rally teams need to raise at least £1000 for charity

Here is what the adventure looks like… (be careful if you’re working in an office, you might want to quit your job and join the trip after watching the video !!)

The adventure will start on July 15th, we’ll follow them during the trip and share the best stories with you! Here is their blog to follow the experience step by step.

bouldering team

The organizers of the rally, called “The Adventurists”, are careful to point out that racing on highways is illegal. Another

difference from other rallies is that no support team is provided, and no other arrangements are made such as for accommodation, maintenance, or fuel.

Our team from the UK, Daniel, Adam and Oliver, already raised more than 1 700£, and will give the money to three charity organizations: Cool Earth (rainforest conservation), Macmillan Cancer Support (improve the lives of everyone living with cancer) and Charlie Waller Memorial trust  (educates young people on the importance of staying mentally well). The fundraising is still going on if you’d like to support them: here it is.

And here is the car, ready to go…!

bouldering car, car for boulderers

Our piece of advice for the team “Don’t smell my shoes”: bring few pairs of Boot Bananas during the trip !

Next episode coming soon… 😉

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Rock climbing goats

We wanted to pay a tribute to these awesome fearless alpine rock climbers naturally climbing a 160 foot-tall dam in free solo… #bestclimbersintheworld Continue Reading