Self-Experiment | Learn how to Snowboard in 4 hours instead of 3 days | A beginners’ guide

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I’ve just returned from my first snowboarding trip ever, with massive success. I managed to  get cruising on my board in a mere 4 hours, compared to the average 3 days.
In those 4 hours, I managed turns, carving steep, intermediate runs and even a couple of tricks, despite never being on the snow before.

By the end of this post you’ll have a bombproof Cheat Sheet on how to hack your first time snowboarding, to yield the best results. I’ll include 80/20 analyses on how to prepare for your first day efficiently, what to focus on during your slope session, and I’ll even throw in a post-shred breakdown for efficient muscle recovery and memory retention for the skills you just learnt.

Is 4 hours realistic? Most definitely, and I’ll explain how you’ll be using Parkinson’s Law to master the basics of snowboarding in such a short time.

Note: I am assuming that you already have your snowboard gear sorted. This is a skill-based tutorial, with a couple of gear tips thrown in.

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Self-Experiment | Does Slacklining really improve your Snowboarding?

I want to address one question I get asked, a hypothesis I set out to the French mountains with recently:

Does Slacklining really help with Snowboarding?

I was a complete snowboarding beginner, and with an interest in learning skills super-fast, I wanted to see if my slacklining balance really was transferable to the snow.

Here’s what happened…

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Slackline Lesson Gift Vouchers for Christmas 2013

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If you are interested in purchasing a slackline lesson voucher this Christmas, please email me.

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EVENTS | Urban Highlining @ The Castle Climbing Centre Garden Party

The Castle Climbing Centre’s chief rigger messaged me asking if I wanted to jam on their super-aesthetic highline for the annual Garden Party. I was so stoked I temporarily forgot how to type a response! The garden party exhibited the new, outdoor feature boulders in the Castle’s garden, a site dating right back to the crazy, gothic architectural times of the mental Victorians. castlebanner1Here’s how the day went, including my highline ritual exposed, my first dyno comp and a collection of awesome photos.
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ARTICLE | Walking Highlines vs Slacklining in the Park… What’s the difference?

Harry has just written a new article for the SportPursuit blog, entitled “A Walk in the Park…Or Not?”, looking at some of the different physical and psychological challenges of walking a highline vs walking a slackline low to the ground, in the park.

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You can read the entire article by clicking here, or on the photo above.

Harry Cloudfoot Slackline Feature | Time Out London Magazine

Recently I was contacted by Time Out magazine, London, to do a feature for their “Whatever Next?” section, all about slacklining. I had the pleasure of teaching up-and-coming mag editor and writer Flo Wales Bonner the art of balance (and wobble).

It was a short and sweet event, Flo picked up the skills very quickly and was far more athletic than I think she realised! She writes well, and drops some funny one-liners in the article below. To read, just click on the image to load it full screen.


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GEAR REVIEW | MARMOT ALPINIST HYBRID JACKET

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I have been wearing Marmot’s latest ninja softshell for about three weeks non-stop now. I’ve taken it to granite-carved waterfalls, hiked into abandoned quarries and even waltzed into yoga studios, every time looking, and feeling like I’ve just killed Bill. Putting the Alpinist Hybrid through its paces, here’s the lowdown on just how much I dig this insulated jacket…

Alpinist Hybrid Jacket in action at Goredale Scar Highline, UK

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