Scarpa’s Mountaineering Boots & Grivel Crampons



Scarpa’s mountaineering boots are trusted all over the world.

Crampon-Compatible for a Variety of Challenges

Scarpa’s range of outdoor footwear includes boots that are crampon-compatible, made to be worn with different Grivel crampons for a variety of mountain activities.

Designed for grip on snow and ice to give extra traction and improve mobility, crampons have evolved since Henry Grivel commercialised the first prototype using re-forged railway ties over 100 years ago.

The oldest company in existence making equipment for Alpinism and climbing, Grivel began as blacksmiths forging agricultural tools in a small, metal-working factory in Courmayeur, near Mount Blanc in Italy, in 1810.

Their crampons are made of hardened steel, lightweight aluminium or a combination of the two – and are graded C1, C2 and C3, based mainly on their flexibility and compatibility with different boots.

Grivel G12

General Mountain Boot

Scarpa’s Manta is a general mountain boot, compatible with Grivel’s G12 New Matic, Air Tech New Matic and Air Tech Lite New Matic.

Ideally suited to hill, mountain and glacier walking on rugged terrain, and the occasional easier Alpine and UK winter climb, the Manta excels in winter walking, especially where crampons are used for extended periods.

At the serious end of the market, the Phantom Guide and Vega – for winter Alpine and altitude use respectively – are geared up for both the G12 Com and G14 Com. The Fast & Light G22 Com is also suitable for the Phantom, and the Air Tec Com for the Vega.

Other famous names within the Scarpa stable include the Mont Blanc for Alpine and mountaineering use, and the Jorasses mixed- and ice-climbing boot.

Scarpa Manta

Extreme Winter Conditions

The Mont Blanc is a blend of modern materials, including the new Gore-Tex Insulated Comfort Footwear lining, and the classic look of HS12 impregnated 3mm suede for weather protection and insulation.

Comfort is guaranteed in extreme winter conditions, keeping your feet warm and dry in the cold, rain and snow.

The Jorasses Pro GTX, named after the Grandes Jorasses in the Mont Blanc massif, is a versatile mountain boot suitable for long winter approach walks, general mountaineering and ice climbing.

Hiking and walking footwear from Scarpa includes the Ranger 2 GTX Activ and Terra GTX hiking boot, the men’s Crux and Vortex and the ladies’ Vortex and Enigma walking shoe, and men’s and women’s versions of the ZG 65.

Their legendary climbing shoes include the Thunder XS Edge, Vantage, Force and Vapour.


Nicki Williams works for outdoor and sports specialists Gear-Zone, where she writes about climbing and mountaineering from the depths of Norfolk – one of the flattest counties in England!


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Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger – Tips to Help You Get More From Your Gym Sessions



Going to the gym regularly is to be commended and something that more people should certainly do. However while it’s certainly an important step to make regular gym sessions, it’s not just the frequency of the gym you should think about, but also the quality of each session – it’s crucial to ensure that you do a good workout that will have the best possible impact on your body each time and that you really work your muscles intensely rather than just going through the motions.

A lot of this is just a matter of putting in the right effort, but at the same time there are also certain tips and guidelines you can follow to help you build more muscle more quickly and get more out of each visit. Here we will look at some of those.

Bench Press

Tip #1: Vary Your Workouts

If you are going to the gym and doing the exact same workout every time then you will quickly plateau and your muscles will stop getting the full benefit of the movements. It’s actually imperative then that you vary your exercises and that you train all of the different muscle groups and in different combinations. Try to bring at least one new experimental exercise to the workout each time, and this will help you to avoid the workout going stale too.

Tip #2: Don’t Lose Your Pump

Taking long breaks from your workout is bad news and it’s important to really keep up the pace in the gym so that your heart rate stays up too. In other words, don’t stand there waiting for ages for someone to finish on the machine you want, and don’t take long 5 minute breaks between exercises. Keep it hard fast, and that means using the machines/exercises that are free, and waiting no more than one minute between sets of things.

Tip #3: Go Beyond Failure

If you are stopping your exercises before you can’t do any more then you really aren’t getting much from the training. It’s important that you go beyond the failure point by finding ways to carry on (using a spotter for instance or cheats or dropping down the weight). By doing these things you can go past the point where it starts to hurt and really begin to create those all-important microtears.

Tip #4: Protein Straight After

Protein shake is used to supply your body with the amino acids it needs to build and repair your muscle. By eating protein shake right after a workout you are providing these amino acids during your body’s ‘anabolic’ state which means it is focussed on rebuilding and repairing muscle. Get in there and use the protein during this window and you will see the most muscle gain from the protein shake as a result.

Whey Protein

Tip #5: Go With a Friend

If you are struggling to stay motivated in the gym and to keep up the high intensity then this may well be because you are on your own and don’t have anyone to egg you on or to help push you through. By going with a friend you can greatly improve your training and get more from it.

Tip #6: Listen to Your Body

This is what all the best bodybuilders do – they listen to their body and what it’s telling them, and they intuitively know which exercises they need to do to really get the most benefit. Don’t stick rigidly to a plan, or to ‘three sets of so many exercises’ – instead really mix it up by responding to what your body needs.


Pauly Singh is a fitness trainer and loves to train in gym. He writes for http://www.ellipticalreviews.net, a fitness equipment review website.


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Free Ways to Start Exercising



All too many people think that in order to exercise properly they need to take out a subscription to an expensive gym, not so, there are plenty of ways that you can exercise for free and get the same results. If you are still not convinced then below are just a few of things that you can do to exercise for free.

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Walking

If you are sat in an office or at home in front of a computer then go for a walk at lunchtime. Get out into the country and take in the scenery when you walk at weekends. If you walk just two or three miles an hour it will increase your flexibility, help you to lose weight and make you feel generally better about life.

Jogging

Many people make time in their busy schedule to go for a jog in the morning before work. You can jog almost anywhere you like, through your local streets, in the park, even round your garden and it won’t cost you a bean. Jogging is physically good for you, it exercises your hear and lungs as well as your legs and helps to raise your general energy levels. If you feel that jogging on your own takes too much discipline then why sign up for a 5k run.Signing up for a sponsored run means that you will meet up with other people and can arrange to train together and get in shape before the event.

Run for Charity

A lot of people these days take part in charity runs, signing up for one of these will not only provide you with free exercise, you’ll be doing something to help your community. Most people who have taken part in these events and got used to running regularly in preparation, carry on running once the event is over. Runners feel better and often make friends that they can run with on a regular basis. Running is good for the mind and the body as it helps to relieve stress and anxiety.

Do Some Gardening

Whether you have a garden or space in an allotment, gardening is a great way to exercise. Bending down to pull out weeds and put in plants can make you more flexible and help you to lose weight. Gardening is great exercise and you can see the results of your work quite quickly, good for you and for the look of your outside space.

Do Some Pushups

Most people don’t really fancy the idea of doing pushups, but it is a great and cheap way to exercise virtually every part of the body, why else would the army include it in their physical training programmes? Make it easier by doing pushups on your knees rather than with your legs straight out behind you.

Dancing

You don’t have to go to a ballroom or night club to dance, just put on some music and dance round the living room. You can dance on your own or with a partner, dancing is fun and as well as being physically beneficial it generally makes people feel better about life.


This post was written by James Harper on behalf of The Poppy Run, organises of charity runs. To find out more about The Poppy Run and their charity runs, visit their site by clicking here.

The Poppy Run


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Half Marathon Training Tips



Training for a half marathon involved much more than just jogging a few times a week. Unlike a 5 or 10km race, a half marathon is not something that most people could hope to complete without a certain amount of planning, conditioning and fitness prior to race day.

The following tips and pointers aim to keep your half marathon training on track and give you a few things to think about as you start your running.

Marathon Runner

Follow a Tailored Training Program

13 miles is a long way to run and chances are you wont be casually running 13 mile training runs when you start your half marathon training! It is important that you start with shorter distance sessions and then build up to 13miles over a period of at least a month or two as otherwise you can run the risk of injury.

There are plenty of training schedules available for free of the internet. Websites such as Runners World and The Running Bug have a number of excellent programs that can be tailored to your schedule no matter what your current fitness level, running experience or working pattern

Invest in a Specialist Pair of Running Shoes

This sounds like an obvious point but many runners fail to follow one of the basic rules of Running. Look after your feet and they will look after you.

Go to a specialist running shops and have something called ‘gait analysis’ done on your running style. This will usually involve you running on a treadmill whilst a member of staff looks on and identifies what shoes will be the best for you. Shoes are available in many forms so the member of staff will be able to talk you through your options and help you pick your perfect pair

Also, something that is worth remembering is that shoes do wear out. Aim to replace your shoes at least once every half a year as otherwise their structural integrity can fail, cushioning can wear down and your chances of picking up and injury can increase!

Join a Running Club or Society

Committing to a running schedule is hard work. Sometimes you really wont want to don your shoes and go for a 6pm training run in the pouring rain, but sometimes these things have to be done!

By joining a running club, society or at least training with a few friends will make running seem less of a chore and there is nothing like the thought of letting a friend down that motivates you to get outdoors more!

For more tips and tricks on how you can get the best out of your running, see the half marathon training plans available at Runtheline.com or consult a website such as RunnersWorld or TheRunningBug for a full selection of running resources aimed at all levels and experiences of athletes. For reviews on all things running such as the Polar RCX3 Review check out the same blog.


This half marathon training article was written by Ross from the running blog Run The Line


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Burn Fat with Muscle Power – 3 Steps to Success



We all know the dangerous yo-yo effect which can come with a weight-loss diet: no matter how committed we are, our bodies are finely honed instruments, which can easily fluctuate back and forth between a few pounds down to a few pounds over our target weight: so how to tip the scales in our favour?

Increasing our muscle-mass by adopting a regime of exercise whilst being careful about what we eat  will work wonders when it comes to eliminating our excess fat levels – this article will cover the steps required to a healthier, stronger and less fatty body!

5kg Weights

 

Step 1: Incorporate a protein-based diet into your life

Our bodies, much like the cars we drive, require fuel to function: unlike the majority of motors on the road, however, we can run on more than one kind of fuel (think of the body’s ‘motor’ as a highly evolved hybrid engine!): the key main categories of food-fuel are:

  1. Carbohydrates
  2. Fats
  3. Protein

The cool thing is that our bodies always look for fuel in the above sequence: if carbohydrates are not available, the body tries our fat reserves…once those two are used up, protein is next.

In order to get the body burning-off fat, we need to eliminate carbohydrates and sugary foods from the diet as much as possible, so that fat-burning mode is engaged – by replacing the carbs in our diet with foods rich in protein, such as lean meats, eggs or tofu, our bodies will be able to function effectively as fat goes down – be sure to consult with your doctor before going ahead with any major dietary changes.

Step 2: Build muscle to keep fat at bay

So, you have managed to successfully shed some pounds by adopting a protein-based diet, but how can you maintain this and avoid the dreaded ‘yo-yo’ effect? The secret is to maximise the calorie-burning capabilities of your body by increasing muscle-mass: more than just adding strength or giving you a more attractive physique, a body with higher muscle-content requires more calories to sustain itself: meaning that if you follow a Strength Training programme and work on bulking up your muscles, you can start to see results which last; the good news is that, once your muscle mass increases, you can start to add a more varied diet.

Step 3: Maintain the balance

Sound simple? In fact, this step is pretty tough: it requires dedication and commitment to achieve dramatic and lasting results…it is an on-going process which requires some effort to start with, and constant maintenance beyond that; basically, this means watching what you eat and keeping regular tabs on your weight and muscle-mass: it may be tempting to scoff tons of carbs once you have reached your weight target, or to toss the dumbbells aside when your biceps start to stretch your shirt sleeves, but you need to be in control of what you have created in order to retain it – if you see yourself starting to slip, go back to your protein-heavy diet and hit the gym until you return to your target zone – cut the carbs and sugars and keep monitoring your progress…this way any lapses can be nipped in the bud;

Maintaining a perfect physique is much like riding a bicycle up-hill: focus, determination and hard work are required to get to the peak – beyond this, it is about maintaining: steady ground requires little effort, but you still need to keep your eyes on the road for any bumps ahead and adjust accordingly: with this approach, the only bumps ahead will be a toned set of muscles!


Jacob Andris is a body-builder who has a top tip for budding Schwarzenegger wannabes everywhere: “Start small…get yourself a good set of Dumbbells first and learn how to use them: with the right techniques and targeted routines, you won’t need a full array of Gym Equipment to have a complete workout”

7 Great Tips to Improve Your Conditioning on a Treadmill



The treadmill is a very simple exercise device which delivers incredible benefits to those wishing to get into great shape. Through having access to a treadmill, you can walk, jog, or run not matter what time of the day it is, no matter what the weather is like outside, and all throughout the year.

Effort is the Key

While the treadmill will always remain a very simple piece of exercise equipment in concept, you do need to put a bit of effort into getting the most out of your sessions on one. A few insightful tips can take you a great way as far as improving your treadmill conditioning workouts are concerned.

Once you have improved your conditioning, you will discover many other excellent improvements in your health. And remember, “The first wealth is health.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Treadmill Workout

Tips to Increase Treadmill Workout Results

  • Try to avoid running on the treadmill cold. A little “pre-treadmill cardio” can prove to be quite helpful. If you are in the gym, you may wish to warm up for ten minutes on a stationary bike or an elliptical trainer for ten minutes. At home, ten minutes of jumping rope might be a wise idea.
  • You should have the proper amount of calories in your system when you hit the treadmill. Running on an empty stomach is a help if you wish to target stored fat. However, if you are trying to increase your cardio, endurance, and conditioning, you will need some carbs and protein in your system in order to support your workout session.
  • Drinking a carbohydrate based fuel supplement might be a wise idea if your conditioning routine is intended to be a very strenuous one. (Your goal with such a session would be for the purpose of greatly boosting endurance) Drinking a pre-workout drink 20 minutes prior to your session on the treadmill can help ensure you do not become tired or worn out and you will also discover you get quite the lift during the treadmill sessions thanks to the added glycogen in the muscles.
  • Altering the workout is a must if you want to be sure it always remains productive. Many Horizon treadmill reviews point this out. This does not mean you always have to come up with a completely new exercise or running program each and every time you step on the treadmill, but you don’t want to stick with the same routine time and time again. Your body will get used to it and future improvements will slow down.
  • Performing “incline intervals” can be a novel way to get the most out of your workout sessions on the treadmill. How does it work? You start by running on the treadmill when it is supine (flat) and then changing the incline to make it steeper. Increase the angle three times with each angle being run on for 30 seconds. This will be followed by descending the steepness of the incline until it becomes supine once again. Each descending incline is to be run on for 30 seconds. This might sound easy on the surface but it definitely will help improve your conditioning immensely.
  • Weaving strength training in with your treadmill workouts can prove to be a really great idea. Among the most obvious benefits would be you would increase your lean muscle mass which would definitely lead to the development of an excellent physique.
  • Physical aesthetics are not the only benefits to be gained from performing strength training workouts in conjunction with your treadmill sessions. Strength training can have a very positive impact on muscular endurance. The greater your muscular endurance is then the longer your sessions can be since you will not suffer the muscle fatigue cutting your treadmill workouts short.

Simple Yet Effective

“The reason I exercise is for the quality of life I enjoy.” Kenneth H. Cooper. Those are words to live by when you are weighing your options to start working out on a treadmill.

A treadmill workout is rather simple on most levels. However, such a simple device also opens the door for some truly amazing results. Following a few simple and basic treadmill cardio and conditioning tips can help tremendously in this regard. You just might end up very surprised at the incredible improvements in cardiovascular conditioning you achieve!


Even though he is in his late 30’s, Anthony Munroe invests a lot of time training for and competing in extreme and combat sports. Treadmill  exercises help him prepare for these events. He lives on both the east and west coast and enjoys writing articles for Treadmilltalk.com.


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Break Through Your Plateau



Roadblocks, setbacks, adversity, and similar terms are used a lot in life to label anything that prevents us from getting where we ultimately want to be. How we handle that adversity has a tendency to define us. Oftentimes people will be known as ‘strong willed’ or ‘focused’ because they don’t let things stand in their way.

Is that the type of person you are?

Running Treadmill

Fitness should be looked at as a journey instead of a quick fix. While many of us start down the path because of a simple reason such as wanting to lose excess weight, shaping up for a wedding, or even just getting a hot body for summer; the fact is we all started. Most people, once they start, realize the benefits of working out and like to continue pursuing fitness as part of their routine. You look better, feel better, and can do more when you have a higher level of fitness.

But it is very true that a good 20% of getting in and staying in shape is the mental game.

Life Constantly Changes

Good intentions can only take a person so far in life. Things always have an always will happen. Common curveballs include:

  • Getting sick
  • Getting injured
  • Changing jobs
  • Overtime
  • New love interest
  • Child/children

Any and all of these can and will happen in your life. It is actually rather ridiculous to assume that things will remain exactly the same over any long period because they never due. Yet people get stuck in that mindset and when something throws them off their fitness plan, causing them to miss too many days, they simply let it go and stop working out. Why do you think so many gyms have upfront fees? They expect you to quit after a few months because most people do.

That is the wrong way to deal with adversity.

Kettle Weight Workout

Winning the Mental Game

The biggest thing you need to understand about fitness or working out and you is that you are the only person it really matters to. Getting six-pack abs might be nice to attract more looks from women, but you are the one who cares about that. The same goes for losing weight, become faster at running a 10k, or any other goals you set for yourself. If you don’t reach those goals the person who is let down is you.

That mentality is what creates the problem.

People get disappointed when they let themselves down and that breeds depression or even indifference to trying harder. The easiest way to avoid this pitfall is to stop looking at your fitness goal over such a small timeframe.

Time marches on no matter what you do. You can’t stop it or slow it down. By the same token life marches on and you can’t always control it. So why beat yourself up with something disrupts your plan? If you are flexible about when you reach your goals then you won’t suffer the disappointment if they don’t happen at a certain point.

That is not to say you shouldn’t set goals (because you should), you just have to be reasonable about them occurring in such a short time.

We Always Try to Do Too Much

It is human nature to bite off more than we can chew. We want to believe we can achieve so much in life. Heck, even in our daily to-do we often have way too much stuff that can’t possibly be completed without breaking the laws of nature. So the key is to curb your goals to be more realistic while not curbing your enthusiasm and drive to get them completed.

Keys to Overcoming Adversity

  • Create goals
  • Create a realistic timeframe to complete them
  • Word hard
  • When adversity occurs reassess your goals
  • Determine the proper priority for the goals
  • Redefine the goals
  • Work hard
  • Achieve the goals and make new ones

Never let a setback stop you from trying. Never let adversity extinguish your desire to complete your goal. If it is something you want then it doesn’t matter if it takes one week or one month to complete. What matters is that you never give up and eventually climb the mountain and conquer that goal. You have already taken the first step just by reading this article. So keep putting one foot in front of the other and you will get there.


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Understanding White Water Rafting Terminology



If you are planning a white water rafting expedition, it is important for you to know and understand the different terminology used in the activity. Even if you aren’t leading the boat yourself, you need to know what the rest of the crew is saying to you, otherwise you may not correctly relate instructions to others in the boat, or you may even perform the improper maneuver, which can lead you in a completely opposite direction. Because of this, going over the most used whitewater rafting terminology is going to go a long way in ensuring you are always safe and know what the instructor and tour guides are telling you to do.
White Water Rafting

Back Pivot:

A back pivot is a more in which you turn the raft from a ferry angle to a stem downstream positioning. This is generally only used when in a tight location and you need to recover from the current ferry angle. The move helps move the raft through a narrow passing, as it may need to come in closer contact with objects in the water.

Bar:

Chances are, while you are out rafting, your tour guide is going to point out different sand ‘bars’ along the way. These are a build up of sand, rocks and other debris that pushes up along the bottom of the river, making it incredibly shallow in given areas. Generally, you are instructed to avoid these sand bars at all times to avoid beaching the raft.

Big Water:

This is a common term used in reference to very fast currents with large waves, which may lead to turbulence. You are told this to prepare yourself for the upcoming “big water.” Chances are, if this is your first time going down rapids, you won’t come in much contact with this kind of water.

Boof:

This is a move in which the raft slides directly over rocks and then drops off the rocks so the bottom of the raft lands completely level with the water. This keeps the water on the surface. If the nose were to land in the water first it would cause it to either flip or submerge in water.

Cartwheeling:

This is when you want to turn the raft right before it comes in contact with rocks, as it is able to rotate the raft around the rock.

Dig:

This is when you dig your paddle deep into the downstream current in order to gain better traction and resistance. This is usually used to move rafts through larger holes in the rapids.

Eddy:

The Eddy is a location in the rifer where the current either completely stops flowing or it turns upstream instead. this generally occurs when it is located right below an obstruction and on the inside of a bend.

Ghost Boat:

This is generally exactly what it is sounds. You basically push a raft or boat into the current and let it float away. This gives the appearance of a ghost captaining the the raft.

Heightened Awareness:

This is clued for when there is a shift towards faster, more violent rapids. This is just a common phrase used when you need to be on the ready for what is coming ahead of you.

High Side:

When an instructor or tour guide yells to get to the High Side, it means you need to jump to the upstream side of the raft. This command is usually used right before a collision with rocks and other obstacles. When performed fast enough, the current allows the raft and everyone else to travel around the rock and other obstacles, instead of going directly over it, which can cause damage to both the boat and people inside of it.

Logjam:

A logjam is an occurrence when there are logs dammed up along one another across the river. This usually only occurs in smaller streams but can become rather dangerous, especially when the logs are not seen and partly (or completely) submerged. When this happens, it can lead to accidents and may result in injury, if the logjam is not avoided.

Knowing and understanding different terminology while going on rafting trips is impotent, as you need to know what the instructor and tour guide is telling you. This helps you react faster and ensures you are safer than if you just sign up for the trip and show up. There are literally hundreds of different terms used while white water rafting, but as long as you understand these basics, you should be alright to start off.


Pete Wise works with Wilderness Aware Rafting doing Content Marketing. Wildernes Aware is the leader in Colorado White Water Rafting and employs the best guides in the country. If you liked the article, check out Pete’s site for Denver SEO: PeteWiseSEO.com


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Top 5 White Water Rafting Tours in the US



The following are the five best white water rafting tours in the US. Each location offers tours no matter what your experience level, whether you are a beginner or well experienced.

White Water Rafting

Gauley River in Summersville, West Virginia:

This national recreation area is 25 miles away from the Gauley River. The river is well-known all over the globe owing to the Summerville dam’s releases. It drops more than six hundred sixty eight feet through rugged, steep terrain. This river gives a multifaceted stretch of white water attributing more than one hundred rapids and runs quickly with a large volume of water passing through.

Chattooga River, which is located outside of Clayton, Georgia:

This River starts at the bottom of the Whiteside’s mountain in North Carolina and moves in a south west direction to delineate a boundary b/n Georgia and South Carolina. Chattooga River is the primary river in the southeast, defining wild and scenic. The volume of the river water relies on the quantity of rainfall. This principally means that in the summer and spring the river will move with much faster speed while in the fall and winter it is more comfortable and slow paced.

White Water Rafting

Ocoee River in Polk County, Tennessee:

This river is built for all seasons. Encircled by the Cherokee National Forest, a preferred place for campers, hunters, fisherman, and even photographers this river is one of the most spectacular rafting destinations in the US. There are more than twenty continuous rapid sites. This river offers sections that satisfy a wide degree of rafters from those who are at the beginning level to rafters who are class III and IV rafters.

Cache La Poudre, Colorado:

This River starts high in the peaks of Colorado’s Rocky Mountain and runs the length of the continental divide. It passes from one side to the other, crisscrossing Roosevelt National Forest, as it then falls down the inclines of the Front Range and goes on across the town of Fort Collins. Its amalgamation of clear water, beautiful scenery, and challenging rapids has made this river one of US top locations for whitewater rafting. Several stretches of the river necessitate advanced levels of experience and skill.

White Water Rafting

Gore Canyon in Colorado:

This River is among the best locations as well is the most hazardous. You must scout it often as it is extremely rocky and steep. Unlike the Kirschbaum and Gore rapids, this river has frequent sections of drop and pool. It is suggested only for individuals who are Class V level rafters. Because the canyon walls are extremely sharp, no camping is generally done on this river. The season, starts in July and runs to September, is usually the best time to recreate since the river water is a little bit warm and the movement of the water is stronger.


This article was written by JustRopes.com, the world leader in climbing rope and climbing gear.


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Seven Incredible Experiences to Add to Your Bucket List



We all have things we want to do before we die— whether it’s taking a gap year in Argentinaor seeing the Pyramids at Giza, having a “bucket list” is something anyone can do. Here are seven great destinations and experiences you can add to your list.

1. Skydiving at Mount Everest

Mt Everest

You could spend months (or even years) preparing to climb the world’s highest peak, or you could just hop in a plane, fly above it, and jump out. The “world’s most extreme skydiving adventure” allows you to jump from a height of 29,500 feet, which is higher even than the top of the mountain. You’ll freefall at a speed of 120 miles per hour, but you’ll still get the chance to laugh at those who are slowly making their way down.

2. Ride the steepest roller coaster in the world

Eejanaika

It’s located in Tamanash, Japan at the Fuji-Q Highland Amusement Park. It has a free-fall of 121 degrees, seven sharp twists, and a 43-meter drop. The nearly-vertical fall is just one in a long list of world records set by Fuji-Q, one of the world’s most extreme amusement parks.

3. Spend some time with the “salties”

Salt Water Croc

As part of your gap year in Australia, you can climb into a cage and get up close and personal with the saltwater crocodiles. Separated by nothing more than a two-inch pane of Plexiglas, you and a friend can see these fierce creatures in a way not possible anywhere else.

4. Free dive in the Bahamas

Freedive

Don’t let the tranquil location or the name fool you. Dean’s Blue Hole is dark, deep, and very intimidating; if you are up to the challenge, you can dive the deepest known saltwater hole in the world. You might not beat the freediving record, and you won’t get to the bottom, but you’ll surely have a great time and cross an item off your bucket list.

5. Dine in the sky

Dine in the sky

Pulling up a chair isn’t easy here, but the meal will surely be memorable. You and 20 others can eat dinner, suspended from a crane roughly 150 feet in the air. Meals take about an hour, and a trip to the bathroom means that the entire table has to descend, but this is a great addition to your list (unless you’re afraid of heights, that is).

6. Swim with the sharks in South Africa

Swim Shark

There are many places to swim with sharks, but one of the most well-known is in South Africa’s Cape Town. After you’ve dived and regained your wits, you can include a trip to the penguin colony at Boulders Beach.

7. Ride “The Eye” in London

London Eye

Over three million people ride the biggest Ferris wheel in Europe each year. As the Eiffel Tower is to Parisians, the Eye is to Londoners (but we can guarantee riding the Eye is much more fun!). A ride lasts about thirty minutes, and provides a breathtaking view of the city. For added excitement, ride at night.

None of us like to think about our own mortality, but the truth is, we’re all going to leave this world at some point. If you experience one or all of the things on this bucket list, you can say you tried something new, and live (or die) without regret.


Guest article written by Amy Fowler


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