Videos

  1. Muten Röshi, Albarracin by Michiel Nieuwenhuijsen

    Muten Röshi, Albarracin by Michiel Nieuwenhuijsen

    #MoonTeam athlete, Michiel Nieuwenhuijsen, climbs at Albarracin which has one of the best boulder areas in Spain. Within climbers, it is rated for the next best bouldering area in Europe, behind Fontainebleau. Albarracin is well known for it's ancient sandstone blocks that are solid and situated in a forest. Michiel climbs Muten Röshi, 8a+.

    Muten Röshi 8a+. Albarracin from Michiel on Vimeo.

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  2. The Indian Secret Garden 8B & Mufasa 8B by Michiel Nieuwenhuijsen

    The Indian Secret Garden 8B & Mufasa 8B by Michiel Nieuwenhuijsen

    #MoonTeam athlete, Michiel Nieuwenhuijsen, climbing at Albarracin in Spain. Albarracin has one of the best boulder areas in Spain. Within climbers, it is rated for the next best bouldering area in Europe, behind Fontainebleau.

    Albarracin is well known for it's ancient sandstone blocks that are solid and situated in a forest. Michiel climbs 'The Indian Secret Garden (direct)' which is at the beginning of the video, and then 'Mufasa', both graded at 8B. 

    The Indian secret garden direct 8b & Mufasa 8b. Albarracin from Michiel on Vimeo.

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  3. First Ascent of the Sitdown-Start to 'Heritage, 8B/+' Valle Bavona, Switzerland by Martin Keller

    First Ascent of the Sitdown-Start to 'Heritage, 8B/+' Valle Bavona, Switzerland by Martin Keller

    As fall is on its way, I can't help and have to think back about this beautiful cold day, early last year. 

    Valle Bavona is an amazing place. It is remote and located far north in the mountains in one of the large Ticino-Valleys. There are just a few small picturesque villages like Sonlerto, which is well known after dosage4. So, not much there, but it is littered with huge granite boulders and stunning lines. Most of it is not climbable, due to choss or no holds. But then there are famous climbs: Dave Graham's 'Coup de Grace', 'Kings of Sonlerto', 'Off the wagon', 'Elysium' and 'Trigonometry'. All five start lines will make your jaw drop for sure when you see them for the first time.

    'Heritage' is not freestanding as other lines, but nevertheless is a stunnig line with an amazing climb. Really powerful, still subtle with the various body placements and with a great move to the lip, followed by a few interesting slab moves (especially with ice-cold fingers), a bit higher above the ground. To make it short; a real must-do. Pure fun to climb. 

    The walk-in-start from the original start to 'Heritage'

    After completing 'Heritage' from its original start, I wanted to have a look at a proper sit-down-start. Heritage has a 'walk-in-start'. That means you take the starting holds first and place the feet afterwards. But, you can grab the same holds from sitting (on a small starter pad; no big pads or stacking pads like in the old days) and you have footholds straight underneath as well. The crux now is to bring your feet from the start footholds to the very right where you need them for the big first move. After some puzzling and some sore ab-muscles, caused by the toe hooking, I found a very nice solution,

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  4. Bouldering at Cavallers by Miguel Navarro

    Bouldering at Cavallers by Miguel Navarro

    #MoonTeam athlete, Miiguel Navarro, had an amazing day discovering the beautiful Vall de Boi, a valley in the heart of the Pyrenees, where he climbed at Cavallers bouldering. There are numerous climbing routes with different difficulties, all of which are granite. 

    Cavallers bouldering, La Vall de Boi from miguel navarro on Vimeo.

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  5. Pushing Yourself by Hamish Potokar

    Pushing Yourself by Hamish Potokar
    After a frustrating 6 months, looping in circles around a seemingly reluctant to heal pulley injury, I'm just reaching the point where things are coming in to place again. After another period of rest and some slow fingerboard progression, I'm getting to the exciting point where I can think about training and pushing myself properly again.
    It's so easy to get in to a backwards-forwards cycle with finger injuries, especially during the problematic period when they permit you to climb, but not to your full ability. For those who enjoy pushing themselves, and have expectations of what level they expect to perform at, it can be really challenging to reign in and re-establish the perimeters of difficulty which you should be climbing within. That said, this slow progression of intensity is so important within the recovery process, and so this is a conflict which needs to be navigated one way or another. 
    Featured in the videos, are some examples of times in which I have been recently lured astray by this very temptation to push myself at times when I probably shouldn't. Whilst success stories in themselves, I can also safely say that there were times trying these climbs where I was pushing myself beyond what was sensible, and making my finger worse as a result (spot me fiddling around with it whilst trying Chahala!). I guess we're always making compromises when trying to succeed, and perhaps in some cases getting that project done does justify the prolonging of an injury. Ultimately it all comes down to being mindful of the toll being taken on you're body and not getting carried away in the heat of the moment.
    It's nice now to be at a point where I can start pushing myself unhindered and get excited for lots of training and climbing in the near
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