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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November Slackline Workshop at Boulder Brighton

The open workshops I have been teaching at Boulder Brighton climbing centre have been going really well! This was my second session, focusing on Jumping techniques on the slackline. We had a great turn out, and lots of people landed their first few airs!

The next workshop will be held on Thursday December 5th. Check this event page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/59160…

See you there!

Video | Slackline Backflip finally landed @ Locker 27!!

The Autumnal months have been productive on the flipping front! Since starting my internship at the super hardcore strength and conditioning gym, Locker 27, I’ve had some indoor space and time to practice the ever illusive slackline backflip.

I’m currently creating a tutorial on how to do this explosive precision movement; what has long been considered the holy grail of slackline tricks, as there is currently no decent information on the net, whatsoever!
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Self-Experiment | LEARNING HOW TO CLIMB | FINAL PART | How to seriously push your grade: Beginner to Advanced in 16 weeks

My self-experiment was to learn how to rock climb, in 16 weeks. I set myself the challenge of reaching a V6 bouldering, and/or a 7a sport grade.
I was what you would term a royal newbie. My background of slacklining, weight-lifting and MMA would prove to be advantageous, however, as I undertook a completely new and different physical challenge.

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By the end of the 16 weeks, I had reached bouldering grade V5, and even sent my 7a sport climb, after weeks and weeks of attempts.

I achieved it all by hacking the learning process, discarding the useless info, people and attitudes, and embracing relentless change in the name of achievement. Not to mention suffering an injury and healing it in record time.

This post should help explain how I achieved my climbing goals, briefly cover how I got injured and what I did to rehabilitate, and offer you some resources and tips so that you too, can push your climbing grade, whether you’re a noob or a veteran.
I’ve tried to include the 20% of vital knowledge I gained over the 16 weeks that contributed to 80% of my results, to save you wading through…

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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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To book a slackline lesson with me this Summer, you can contact me here.

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Self-Experiment | LEARNING HOW TO CLIMB| PART 6 | CONDITIONING: How to get strong for climbing, FAST

How I got really strong, really fast

This post is going to look at the most effective strength and conditioning routines and exercises that I used to get as strong as I could in 16 weeks whilst learning to climb. I included a video, too, showcasing my handpicked favourite brutal exercises.

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