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New Blog Site

I have decided to redesign my blog to better represent all of the things I am interested in as well as things I will be doing later on in life. Please take a moment to swing by and check it out at geoexploits.wordpress.com

I’m sure you will notice that at this point it is almost identical to this blog, however, I will be making changes to it in the future.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this blog site and I hope to see you all at the new one.

Hiatus… Again

If you were to look through my most recent posts you would notice something, there are none.

I have been M.I.A. for a while as far as writing is concerned. This is due largely to the fact that I have started big boy school (San Diego State University) and my work load has gone up quite a bit. Another major reason for not writing has been just plain lack of inspiration to write. My life is exciting and all, but I just have not had the juice to sit down and organize my thoughts. 

I will have a long break come winter, hopefully then I will get to catch up on some posts. If you have any questions or suggestions please let me know!

Insights: Das Foot (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of my insight about foot care on the trail, or in general for that matter. You can find Part 1 here: Insights: Das Foot (Part 1)

Last I left off we were talking about how important it is to take care of your feet no matter what you do in life. In the last post I was mainly talking about backpacking, so I will continue to do so here in part 2. I will be talking about some precautions you can take while on the trail that will hopefully make the rest of your trekking experience an enjoyable one.

On The Trail

Though you will be spending most of your day walking, you will no doubt stop for breaks along the way. Whether it is for a quick 30 second break, or stopping for lunch, you will have the opportunity to do a few things.

If your break is only for a short period of time, like a breather while gaining some elevation, take the time to turn and face down hill. Pointing your toes downhill will help stretch out your calf muscles. As you were heading uphill your calves were contracting, pushing your legs and feet up that hill. When you point your toes downhill, it stretches (opposite of contracting) the muscle. This will help your legs recover a little bit better during that much needed break. Read the rest of this page »

Cameron:

As a non-professional climber I still relate. I find it hard my self to train properly. This has some good insights and will help me hopefully train a little better.

Originally posted on Paige Claassen:

For one reason or another, I’ve always struggled with training. This typically shocks people, since I’ve been climbing for thirteen years and spent the majority of that time preparing for competitions. However, I’m not good at training. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever properly trained. There were never a predetermined number of routes I had to complete each day, or an ordered series of weight exercises I had to fit in between sets of routes. I’ve never experimented with, nor understood, interval training, whereby low and high intensity workouts are offset by periods of rest to achieve peak performance. In my mind, this type of training was for swimmers and runners. I was a climber.

When I was young(er), I simply climbed until I was tired, and then climbed a bit more. My fitness never “peaked”. Instead, my performance depended on motivation, not physical strength. I knew how to…

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