The Psychology of Walking a Highline with a Swami Belt | The Cloudfoot Diaries #19

This video showcases footage from my first attempts at walking a highline in a swami belt – exchanging the comfort and safety of a regular climbing harness, for a mere sling tied around my waist.
We go into the psychology of the whole process, and touch on rad subjects like pre-send ritual, how to use eccentricity to your advantage and the details of falling at height.


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Yoga + Progress = Yogress | The Cloudfoot Diaries #18

I recently discovered a hack for pressing into the handstand position from the Crow – push the knees right up the triceps, almost in the armpits. This has the effect of raising the hips high enough so the leverage needed to press is less. However, completing the Crow with straight arms plus keeping the knees so high, is something my wrists need to become accustomed to. Lots of mobility needed!

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Highline under Full Moon | The Cloudfoot Diaries #17

This weekend was spent deep in a pocket of woodland so remote, the closest beings around were galloping beasts, the pine-lined paths of the forest lit only by the full moon.
This Sunday Funday saw a rig and send of another fat treeline, sitting way larger than our efforts last weekend.
Here’s a little video showcasing our escapades, including; tying the leash to my ankle, testing the rig with whippers and crushing balls in harnesses whilst hanging upside down…

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Handstand Training for the weak-wristed | The Cloudfoot Diaries #16

Handstand practice continues. Discovered something for those of you whose wrists don’t bend quite as far as you want them to right now, yet you still want to train hand balancing.
The trick is to allow your fingers to hang off the edge of something, rather than balancing on the floor try using a wide piece of wood, or in this case, a plyo-box.

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What is a Drill? And how can I make my own?| The Cloudfoot Diaries #15

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training continues through this week, remaining as my cardio method of choice. This morning we trained the first technique from this video, first in a drill scenario, then during ‘live’ conditions, where I tried it and it really worked!

It’s important to isolate a skill from its context when you are trying to learn it thoroughly.
“A drill, we agreed, is practicing a skill you’ve learned in a setting that replicates a particular section of the game.”
This quote comes from an interesting article I read this week entitled ‘How We Build Drills‘ taken from Daniel Coyle’s (Author of The Talent Code) twitter feed.

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Slackline Workshops Monthly @ Boulder Brighton | The Cloudfoot Diaries #14

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I’ve taken 6 slackline workshops at Boulder Brighton so far, each one different and each one yielding immediate improvements for a fair few of the participant slackliners. This Saturday 12th April, will be lucky number 7 and I’m going to be … Continue reading

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Protein Pancakes for Vanilla Gorillas | The Cloudfoot Diaries #13

I started last weekend off with some delicious protein-based, vanilla bacon pancakes. 80g + of protein!

  • Simply add two scoops of vanilla whey protein to 4 eggs in a bowl. Add a little milk, then fry in a pan in some coconut or natural oil.
  • As it cooks, add your chopped strips of crispy bacon. Trust me.
  • Serve with fresh fruit and maple syrup, å lå :

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Slackline Strategies to Improve your Focus | The Cloudfoot Diaries #12

Number 4 on my #ReasonsToSlackline :
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Today I’m going to give you a few tips on how you can use the slackline with awareness to improve your focus power. If you’ve never tried what I’m about to suggest, whatever your slacklining ability, give them a go – they will only benefit your balance practice!

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Surfing Tree Canopies | The Cloudfoot Diaries #11

Friday afternoon was a race against the desk-junkies of the south. Beating the homeward traffic gush of released employees, we booked off our half days and headed in to the woodland, to rig a juicy slackline suspended in the trees and apparently on a private estate….
Whoops.

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How to climb a rope…with rope | The Cloudfoot Diaries #10

So, down at Locker 27, I had the pleasure the try and climb some rope, using nothing but rope. Usually, for rigging and access purposes, I would use equipment such as a Gri-Gri, foot loop, hand-ascender etc…. but fortunately, Matt was on hand to show me the good ol’ tree surgeons’ way. Check it out

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