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BETWEEN SEA AND SKY

HIGH UP IN THE ARCTIC CIRCLE AND A THREE-WEEK VOYAGE BY BOAT LIES GREENLAND, A PLACE OF ICE, ROCK AND SOLITUDE. IN A 34-FOOT SAILING BOAT AND CONCEDING TO THE WHIMS OF THE NORTH ATLANTIC, JÖTTNAR’S TIM HOWELL LEFT ENGLAND IN SEARCH OF NOT JUST ADVENTUROUS CLIMBING AND WINGSUIT BASE JUMPING, BUT REMOTENESS AND SELF-SUFFICIENCY. Growing up I was surrounded by sailing. I would walk to nursery along the foreshore listening to the cables slapping against the masts. But while my friends grew up to become national champions and presidents of the local clubs, I instead looked up to the mountains. On ski holidays I would gaze up at the snowy summits and wish to climb them without the use of lifts. As a christening present a family friend promised me a set of sailing waterproofs when I came of age, ...

5 Phases of Endurance Training

As we start our various training programmes we thought it might be useful to post about the basic structure we all use.  Whilst we are all at differing levels of age and abilities, the basic structure and the importance of training cycles and the phases of endurance training apply to all of us. Unless you’re working one-on-one with a personal coach or have been training for endurance-based events for a long time, chances are that you may not be too familiar with the periodization – or progressive cycling of training – that is critical to help us peak at the right times and avoid injury. Even endurance Athletes who do understand the basic phases of endurance training may not be paying close attention to how it dictates their weekly workouts.  And so without getting too boring or t...

Wingsuit Alpinism

FAST AND LIGHT IS THE MANTRA OF MOUNTAINEERS. UP AND DOWN IN A SINGLE PUSH. MINIMISING KIT CARRIED, CLIMBING FASTER, AND SO PROVIDING A BIGGER MARGIN FOR ANY INCLEMENT WEATHER ON THE HORIZON. ADD WINGSUITING AMBITIONS, AND THIS MANTRA BECOMES A MANDATE. Wind conditions in the mountains are fickle, and for a successful wingsuit flight very specific conditions are needed. Alpine starts are often even earlier, the rush to the summit is often greater and a rack is slimmed down even further. But the upside, if all goes to plan, is that a knee-grinding 1,500-metre descent can be done in an exhilarating 60 seconds rather than hours of arduous down-climbing. When I’m planning for an alpine wingsuit flight I have to focus on the fast and light aspect even more. I have the added weight of a parachut...