Holy Bowly Park City day 1: Finding the lines

The international gathering of creativity and flow kicks off. Video recap and photo gallery.

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Video: Discovering Adventure On The Colorado River In The Grand Canyon

Defining adventure is a very personal thing. What make up an adventure for me, may be very different from what is an adventure for you. This short film follows a group of kayakers as they paddle the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, while also seeking to define what "adventure" means to each of them. It is a compelling little documentary that will leave you thinking about the topic, and pondering exactly "Why We Go."

Why We Go from Brett Mayer on Vimeo.
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Wolf and Aztek take on Fight for Asylum 3!

This past weekend I headed to the Fight for Asylum 3 game at the World Famous PRZ Field in Ontario Canada.  This massive facility is an abandoned hospital with several buildings and outdoor battle area, and challenges even the most experienced players! This annual even brought 700 of the most intense paint ballers from all over North America and did not disappoint!  The Generals were Don Walsh of Team ODST and Josh “Orange” Saumure of Citrus Connection, both experienced leaders sent their fighters into some of the most fun they’ll ever have!  I had to crawl through windows, fight it out in stair wells, and clear room by room to find cell phones and flash drives to accomplish missions, its was such a blast I felt sorry for those who could not make it, The DYE Booth was a place to meet and greet players, and along with DYE Player Patrick AZTEK Boulanger, we had a great day of Action.  The game takes place over 2 days including a night game. Come back to http://www.dyetactical.com for updates on future games, and join me next time for the Most Intense Close Quarters Battle you can endure!   Visit PRZ PAINTBALL for field information, and go to thewolfsden on YouTube for the Action video soon! wolf2 wolf5 wolf8 wolf11 wolf3 wolf6 wolf9 wolf12 wolf1 wolf4 wolf7 wolf13 wolf10

 

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Video: Drone Captures Epic Footage Of Mountain Biking In New Zealand

Adventure filmmakers continue to put drones, and other technology, to good use in their craft. Case in point, this beautiful looking mountain bike film that was shot in New Zealand and features, some amazing footage that was captured using a personal drone. It is fantastic to look at, and a great example of what these types of tools can do. Oh yeah, and New Zealand looks amazing as well, but that mostly goes without saying.

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Boyne Mountain: Stash Bash & Spring Conditions

Last year, Boyne Mountain shut down winter operations the last weekend of April. This year looks to be a repeat and possibly extending in to May.  Naturally, they’re pretty hyped to be the only lift-serviced ski area still in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, still open for skiing and riding, with daily 9-430 operations through Sunday, April 20 and weekends only thereafter, for as long as conditions allow.

Spring rates are in effect, with 200+ acres and up to a 55″ base.  Here’s a current picture of the slopes:

View of the slopes at Boyne Mountain, April 15, 2014

View of the slopes at Boyne Mountain, April 15, 2014

I went up for the weekend with some friends, and met a few more up there on Saturday with the intent of putting in laps on the expanded Ram’s Head terrain park for the Stash Bash, the conditions at Boyne Mountain were great for April.

Surfing the white wave at Boyne Mountain, 4/12/2014

Surfing the white wave at Boyne Mountain, 4/12/2014

Overall Conditions: They had 300+ skiable acres still open, plenty of lifts, and no crowds. Overnight temps had dipped just below freezing allowing the snow to firm up just a little bit, but the overall conditions were typical spring corn and loose granular.  Although the slopes were not crowded, turnout for this time of year seemed pretty high.

Terrain Park: The consensus seems to be that last year’s Bash was a better park configuration, but some unseasonably warm days probably put a damper on the build this year. The park did have a few small jumps and plenty of rail features, wall rides, jibs, etc. Aside from a possibly bruised rib, I had a blast in that park and wish I could’ve stayed longer.

Stash Bash: The Stash Bash itself did not seem to be a real forma event, more of just a jam, anyone was welcome to session the park.  Like the rest of the slopes, the park was not super crowded. Not much waiting for your drop, and no real worry about some kids snaking your line or whatever.

Laying back at Boyne Mountain, 4/12/2014

Laying back at Boyne Mountain, 4/12/2014

The end?

Is this the end? Hopefully not… while there is nothing official yet, Boyne has repeatedly insisted they will stay open for as long as the weather permits.  While a lot can change in the course of a few weeks, with all the snow they have currently, a Cinqo de Mayo slush fest might not be out of the question.

 

In the meantime, there is still Hawk Island for however long they can hold out, which means I’ll probably sneak in a few more days, but if Boyne Mountain really does remain open in to May, I’m gonna try and get up there just for the novelty of it all.

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Loon Mountain hosts Red Bull Street Cred

Words and Photos: Cole Martin Back by popular demand, Red Bulls “Street Cred” event will go down as a staple in the east coast contest circuit.  With no contest entry […]

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Sponsored Video – The North Face Longer Days Campaign

The arrival of springtime sees most ski resorts wind down to closing for the season. As we pack away our snowboards and recall our favourite powder days of the season, it's tinged with sadness that the snowboard won't be out again for another 7 months or so. But on the flip side, springtime brings longer days and in the mountains it's not the snow that brings fun.




There is of course amazing hiking, biking, climbing and general fun exploring in the mountains to be had. Springtime sees the scenery transform from white snow covered mountains to stunning lush green terrains full of wildlife. Hiking and cycling trails emerge as the snow thaws away and so whilst we miss the snow and all the fun to be had on a snowboard, the springtime brings new adventures.





With many people leading busy lives, staying connected with the outdoors gives everyone a chance to refresh their spirit and stay active while discovering the world.

The North Face has launched the Longer Days campaign which gives consumers the inspiration to run, hike, climb and explore longer this spring.

Check out their video for inspiration:


You can follow The North Face on Facebook and Twitter.

The new free Explorer app is available on iTunes and Google Play and gives you a chance to take part and share your achievements.

This post has been sponsored by The North Face, but all thoughts are our own. 

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SPRING SPOKE TOO SOON

It's back to being winter-ish around here. Oh well, it was nice out the other day when I met up with Randy, Preston, and Chris. -Worful
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Video: An Introduction To The BattleFrog Obstacle Course Race

I've mentioned once before that I've taken on a new gig as the media director for a new obstacle course race series called BattleFrog. Over the past few years, OCR events have become increasingly popular, with some really challenging events now taking place all across the U.S., Europe, and other parts of the world. We're getting ready to launch BattleFrog in Atlanta at the end of May, and for a little sneak peek at what the event will be like, check out the video below.

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Defining Tradition KarateKata

Traditional Kata Parameters

I’d like to talk about what makes a kata a “traditional” kata. I took Taekwondo for a short time, while I was doing so, the instructor told me that at one of the levels, the students had to create their own kata. I watched one of these student created katas, and I was amazed at the fact that they didn’t match any of the rules or conventions of traditional forms. When I asked about it, I was told that those rules don’t apply. I played the good student, and didn’t say anything further..

karate kata traditional

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So what are these conventions and rules. Most items are conventions, but there are 2 hard and fast rules that can be counted on.

1. If done properly, you should end on the same spot you started. If you don’t, you screwed up.
2. No kata ever starts with a strike. It is always a block, or block and strike combination.

Conventions that can normally be counted out, include things like the following:

1. Generally symmetrical, this doesn’t mean that every technique is mirrored. Even in combat katas, like seisan, you will see a “balance” in the kata.

2. Will repeat some of the techniques, some times for no other apparent reason than simply repetition.

3. There will be a good mix of stance and footwork changes, and angles.

4. Generally you will not see entirely closed fists and spear hands especially in ancient kata, you will see many more techniques. Koi-no-shippo-uchi and bil-jee finger strikes are perfect examples.

But why does any of this matter? Remember martial arts are for defense, you can’t be on defense if you strike first, at least not for the most part. So blocking first, helps wire into your brain that you are being defensive. All part of becoming a better person.

Stopping where you started serves 2 purposes. The first and most obvious is practicality, if you are doing the form over and over and over, it is nice not to have to re-adjust every single repetition. The second, more important, reason is far less obvious it is “the measured step”. Kung-fu will often explain this far better than other systems. Each step should have a mathematical precision, if you are moving forward and back in the same stance, your stance height, width and depth shouldn’t change. Thus, 10 steps in one direction, and then 10 back, and you should end in the place you started.

The other conventions are simply that, conventions, they are not hard and fast rules. For more understanding of what I have written watch and study the Pangainoon Katas Seisan, and Sanseirui.

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