Monday, February 25, 2013

Wandern in Tirol auch das Tal :D

Wanderung in das Tal “G’sperr”

 bergwanderung in tirol und bergtouren

Austria, Tyrol, Reutte January 2013

Wanderung in das Tal “G’sperr”

Ein klarer, eiskalter Morgen. Die Sonne ist bereits über den schroffen Berggipfeln ausgegangen und die frische Morgenluft lädt zum Wandern ein. Letzte Nacht hatte es geschneit und der weiche Pulverschnee bedeckte das ganze Tal.

Nicht weit vom Ortszentrum Reutte, am Fuße des Berges „Dürrenberg“, schlängelt sich ein schmales Tal über 2km in den Fels. Die Einheimischen nennen dieses Tal zu Recht den „Grand Canyon“. Im Winter führt der Fluss „Zwieselbach“ meistens nur wenig Wasser und so kann man mit passendem Schuhwerk und Eispickel den Weg in dieses wunderschöne Tal wagen.

foto nach das schoen tal bergwanderun in tirol
Das Schoen tal!
Mit wasserdichten Schuhen, Rucksack und Eispickel waren wir gegen 10.00 Uhr am Ausgangspunkt. Es wurde schnell klar, dass diese Wanderung trotz guten Materials nicht einfach werden würde. Der Fluss führte trotz des Winters noch ziemlich viel Wasser und um überhaupt das Tal betreten zu können mussten wir schon 2 Mal den Fluss überqueren. Im Zickzack Kurs ging es zuerst über verschneite Felsen und Eisplatten, die den Fluss säumten. Inzwischen war es wärmer geworden, aber die Sonne würde es erst in einigen Wochen schaffen den Boden des Tales zu berühren. So bahnten wir uns unseren Weg immer weiter in dieses wunderschöne Tal hinein und hinter jeder Flussbiegung wurde die Landschaft rauer. Das kristallklare Wasser hatte 4 Meter hohe Wasserfälle gefrieren lassen. An diesen Stellen kamen unsere Eispickel zum Einsatz.

Ohne die Eispickel und die Schuhe mit einer besonders harten Sole, hätten wir keine Chance auf dem gefrorenen Boden Halt zu finden. Das praktische an diesen Eispickeln ist, dass sie nicht nur wenige Millimeter in das Eis geschlagen werden müssen, um einen Menschen zu tragen. Gefährlich wird es erst dann, wenn das Eis ausbricht. Bei Temperaturen unter dem Gefrierpunkt ist es deshalb sehr wichtig, immer Wechselkleidung im Rucksack zu haben. Das gefährlichste ist die Kälte.

Im Sommer gehen wir oft zum Klettern in der „G’sperr“. Ein Kletterparadies mit Routen unterschiedlichen Schwierigkeitsstufen.
Ein Muss für alle Kletterbegeisterten!!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Access exercise Bars are pretty tasty. Keep me going too!

A new thing I've been enjoying:  Courtesy of the manufacturer....  Call my buddy Hamed if you want to order some.  He's a distributor for them. 

Access® Exercise Bars – Pantry 2-pack—Save $2.00
  • Save $2 compared to buying the products individually
  • Access stored body fat faster
  • Increase endurance with less fatigue and soreness
What Makes It Different?
Access® turns fat into fuel. Access® includes a proprietary fat conversion formula combined with clinically proven* CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) to help you access your stored fat, achieve greater endurance, reduce body fat†, increase muscle tone†, and keep fat off†.
Why Is That Important?
Access® technology allows you to jump-start and maximize your workout and weight loss potential using a unique technology combination only found in Access®.
The original Access® technology allows your body to:
  • Access stored body fat faster to fuel your workout
  • Naturally block the energy-sapping effects of adenosine
  • Increase endurance with less fatigue and soreness
With the addition of clinically proven and patented CLA, Access® technology also delivers increased fat-loss and body toning benefits*. This proven technology from CLA can help you:
  • Reduce body fat by up to 10%*†
  • Improve muscle tone and build lean muscle†
  • Keep fat off and prevent weight regain†
For optimal results, consume one serving of Access® 15 minutes before exercising.
It Works Because…
During exercise the body produces adenosine, which slows fat burning and promotes fatigue, soreness, and reduced muscle contraction. The original Access® technology developed by Larry Wang, Ph.D., a world-renowned authority on fat metabolism, helps block adenosine so you can more easily convert fat into fuel and increase endurance with less fatigue and soreness associated with exercise.
Access® also delivers impressive fat-loss and body toning benefits by leveraging the power of CLA. Access® contains the purest form of CLA available. Naturally sourced from safflower, this highly purified CLA is patented and clinically proven.
Reduced body fat, improved muscle tone and weight regain prevention is possible because of the way CLA alters the body's interaction with fat. By helping the body burn fat more efficiently CLA helps increase fat metabolism, limit fat deposits, reduce the size of fat cells and build lean muscle. Because muscle helps burn fat, the longer you use Access®, the more fat loss and body toning benefits you will see.
This remarkable technology is backed by extensive scientific research, including 18 independent clinical studies and more than 75 published articles. The CLA found in Access® has over 40 patents or pending patents across the globe.
An impressive research finding is the fact that the CLA in Access® works on people of all shapes and activity levels, whether they are normal weight, overweight or obese.
Let Access® turn your fat into fuel to fuel your personal weight-loss and fitness victories.
*In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study, CLA users showed a significant reduction in weight, BMI, and body fat mass versus placebo. CLA users also significantly increased lean body mass. Gaullier, et al., CLA Reduces Body Fat Mass and Is Well Tolerated, The Journal of Nutrition, 2005.
†When 3 grams of pure CLA are consumed daily for several weeks. Access® contains 1.5 grams of pure CLA per serving.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Life lessons learned and Hard Times

There are times in life that test our metal.
First stop your negative self talk, that defeats you before you start.  Best investment in life is investing in your inner person!  Knowledge + Wisdom is more valuable than gold!

     When I really need a mustard seed of faith (an ounce of faith) from people in my immediate circle of family/ friends, they let me down.  I have to have faith in myself.  I guess that is why self made men are called "Self made man"  If by some miracle, you have a close group to support you in your endeavors that's amazing! 

There's always something that causes change in our life.   Are you at that point in life?  I was 2 weeks ago and said YES to an email, and clicked on the link.  Now I'm on the road to Success. Are you ready to get to work and live the life you want not the one life hands you?  Get to work and earn that life yourself.  In the end no one will give you a life changing business you work for what you get in this life.   Alexander the great had to earn his kingdom.   

I am learning to be a person of action through life's hard knocks.  Wish I'd learnt sooner!  Today I am working to earn my kingdom and help others succeed in the process.
If you need someone to talk to email or phone me.  Ive seen the wors of worst of life which makes me help others. 

Are you an action person? Say Yes today and do something about it! 

Latest lesson:  True character shows in your actions toward your enemy in his/her time of need.  Do you show real love to rise above?   Become a person of good action today. 

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Last minute purchase warmed to my core

Come one come all to cheap warmth!

Hi someone asked about great long underwear or base layers. I found a neat long underwear base layer at REI's clearance section. They were an awesome chance encounter! Mine had just split seams from too many years of use. These were only about $20 to boot.

REI Lightweight Polartec Power Dry Long Underwear Bottoms - Men's by REI

The REI Lightweight Polartec® Power Dry® long underwear bottoms are an excellent performance insulation layer for aerobic activities in cold weather.
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So these guys got a test in "trial by fire".  I got purchased them and next week we were on the trail to the Polar Star inn.  It's a cabin in the 10th mountain Division's hut system near Vail , cooper, Breckenridge, Eagle etc Colorado.  People traverse back to these remote huts and yurts and cabins that are miles away from civilization.   Guiding this group back there was a welcome break from city life :) 
We were exposed to  50 degree warm days and  -20 cold extremes on top of New York mountain.   They were flexible enough in movement and warmth to handle all I needed.  I could've saved space and left my heavy Polartec fleece pants at home!  Work duty ranged from carrying the group's gear around to having to race out in 4 minute miles to get a sick client back to a hospital.  (Beware of Altitude sickness and drink plenty of water/Gatorade before scaling mountains!)

The underwear base layer did a marvelous job.  I plan on keep using in in trips and around the house since my roommates like the thermostat at 60 degrees!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Interesting Places for outdoors and camping/climbing/hiking/kayaking gear

So if you are in the market for good places this article periodically refreshes with sources for good gear.

Some examples of my favorites: top entry level mountain bikes, top entry level mountain bikes, Rock Climbing, Backpacking, , Camping, truck camping, fishing, bass fishing, hunting supplies,
Stores maybe: Amazon,Sierra Trading Post bargain basement, REI, Campmoor, Cloudveil,

Well I"m late for a bike ride so gotta run. Should be fun with a broken foot! Yipes!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Cancer and back country or cancer and resurecting life

Hey there all you crazy Gear heads,
I just had a brain storm.  I should do a section on Cancer fitness.  Since exercise and awesome people  helped me in cancer treatment(when I could move more than 4 feet).  Which also helped kicking my but in gear after chemo/radiation/..... Continue.....

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Here's another pretty good place for deals.
They specialize on winter sports like skiing

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Dreaming of biking on a new continent!

So now I just found anther reason I'd love to explore Austrailia!

Here's the vid link:

Here's a neat little Video about some NGO work in Kenya for Economic Development. :) 

Here's the video website on youtube.

Honey Care Africa, Kenya

Question on Home Brewing with HONEY?

Hey there internet-verse!
Honey brewing is big with a couple friends of mine.  Lately I'm considering options... I like honey and always like experimenting.  Since chemo I have a hard time remembering what I read>......  So has anybody tried home brew lessons?  I plan on buying that come payday! 

Home Brew Videos

I'm a newbie so any advice on BUDGET home brew would be great!

Chers all,

Daydreaming of home and gadgets...

There was once a small mountain town filled to the brim of wilderness nature enthusiasts along with  agriculture folks mixed for good measure of yuppy ski resort types. 

Being back last weekend reminded me of what's it to be from a mountain town.  Odd thing is half of the locals have mountain bikes on their cars that are worth three times the price of their auto! 

Guiding some folks up the 10th mountain division huts recently.  One person had a set up for winter gear that probably cost more than I earned all of last year! 

Stopping back into the Wildermans' bike shop I saw more gear and bikes that'd put me into the poor house for many years to come.... Oh ja la!

Trouble since some city folk stole my ride I'll have to beg, borrow, steal (not really steal) a way to get riding again before summer gets into full swing....

BTW.... what do you guys do for winter training for the coming warm biking months? 

Monday, January 21, 2013

29 inch mountain bike vs 26 tire review

29 inch tire vs 26 wheel

In Switzerland last year my racing buddy gave me his 29 inch Specialized Stumpjumper mountain bike to ride. (don’t tell my first bike “peppy” a 26” tire specialized Rockhopper)   I’ve been a bit of hold out for 26 inch due to the technical control smaller tires give.  Yet seeing how easy those big tires make going over large obstacles and big drop offs might make me a convert and buy one on the spot.  Not to mention biking in the shadow of Mt Jungfrau and Mt Eiger added to sheer amazing love of the ride!   We did a fairly easy 40 mile tour around Interlaken up into farms of the sheer valleys. 
29 inch tire mountain bikes are growing in popularity in the last few years.  Most originally regarded them with skepticism, yet they made it into hearts for a trend of proud new Shiny Mountain bike owners.  I few folks on the CU racing team and a Swiss team told me to try them earlier but I held out!  Sales in 2012 were remarkable coming close 2nd to electric bikes. 
Pro vs Cons
Pro large wheels navigate obstacles easier.  They give better stability with more tire to ground surface area which grants better coefficient of friction  I>E Climbs hills easier!  You can also get faster speeds on your bike in the bigger tire!  This is pretty great biking Rocky Mountain Passes in Colorado.    The trick is they use the 28” rim.  The 29’r bike simply uses a different tire. 
Starting con was the large price!  Now though with enough sales the prices are becoming better.  Especially for a starving college grad like me.  Now they are only slightly more expensive than regular 26” mountain bikes.  Also now you can find the parts and pieces i.e. “components” without back ordering or internet hunting as much.  Your local store like Boulder Cycle or Community Cycles should be able to help!
Another pro I loved was obstacles were easier.  Great if you’re bushwhacking down a mountain side.  I was surprised how much control I could still maintain!    Take a rock or ditch.  Drive over a blockage in a Honda civic, then drive over in a truck, and you have easier time traversing! 
Con could be there is less agility than a 26” inch wheel mountain bike.  On real technical trails you can’t be quick as much and the larger bike/ frame/ wheels do weigh a bit more partly due to the redesigned components.  Whichever you use though you will become accustomed to their own quirks. 
What’s the best option?  Researching like using this site as I hope to give links to great sources for technical data soon.  Also run down to your local independent bike shop and make a relationship with a pro bike mechanic.  REI might have killer warranty yet smaller places have much better life relationships.  Take for example my favorite back home
So, how to choose a mountain bike? Try it out before spending $. For example, an 18 inch frame size does not correspond to the same measure of 26 inches wheels bike, as it is even larger, so testing in advance is a must.  If you want online purchase I know a few places to order :)
We took a look at some entry-level models offered by several manufacturers and we’re ready to introduce them to you in this article. For most manufacturers, prices for entry-level bikes start with 600 euro and stop at 1500 euros; dollars are about the same. If you feel ready to make the big step, make sure you have your inspiration with you, and choose your favorite by ride feel and fit! 
If you’re in central Switzerland look up Mika.  He’s an awesome riding buddy! 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Entry level road bikes and mountain bikes

This blog will be about Entry level bikes.  For you new enthusiasts to intermediates come check the best gear for your adventures! 
If you like road bikes, mountain bikes, or outdoor gear reviews than keep checking back as I'll get input from racers on regional level and Olympic, both in America and Europe.  
I'm a mountain biker but I run into people on roads always asking questions.... So lets get started :)

Frame Geometry