rock sprinting

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Re: rock sprinting

Postby Not » Sun Feb 20, 2011 12:36 pm

Working link to YouTube.
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Re: rock sprinting

Postby derekd » Sun Feb 20, 2011 3:50 pm

Perhaps, dear Mr/Mrs Not,
If you don't think, you shouldn't speak either?
There's enough negative energy out there already ...

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Re: rock sprinting

Postby mullet » Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:18 pm

So much untapped potential...
That was the funniest video I have ever seen
...Chalk is cheap...

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Re: rock sprinting

Postby 9ja » Mon Feb 21, 2011 7:31 am

:lol:
This is some funny stuff! Looks like the 'sport' you've invented has taken over from trail running. The next level. Is it compulsory to wear jeans?

Thanks for the biggest laugh I've had in a while, and good luck pioneering the new rad sport. If the drugs don't kill you, the hardcoreness certainly will ;)

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Re: rock sprinting

Postby Paul Goddard » Mon Feb 21, 2011 9:14 am

Oh Boy.....

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Re: rock sprinting

Postby hendriks » Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:28 am

Ooooo!!!...this might definitely catch on...really!! So when are we getting a rocksprinter out to grade the walkin to oorlogskloof (some real nice riverbeds there... :lol: ), and they can add a grade to the difficulty if you do it with a pack full of climbing gear!!! :jocolor:

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Re: rock sprinting

Postby Not » Mon Feb 21, 2011 11:59 am

Derek: I posted the link in my post above because at the time the link you had posted was incorrect (an extra t in http and another error). I have no strong opinions on your video, but I did want to watch it, and got to the video via your website.

I thought I was doing everyone a favour in posting the correct link. I was not rude, please pay me the same courtesy.

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Re: rock sprinting

Postby Justin » Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:24 pm

Just to be clear: After I noticed Not's post with the 'link correction' (thank you) - I went and edited Derek's post to make the link work (there was a typo in the link).
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Re: rock sprinting

Postby Spike » Mon Feb 21, 2011 1:27 pm

On saturday night there was a massive group of trail runners who did Devils Peak, Maclears Beacon, and Lions Head consecutively, in a wet gale with buggerall visibility. When I left that area in the early hours to move our rescue base to another location there were still okes coming down Platteklip and heading up Lions Head. I'm pretty sure I saw Ross Suter jogging past at one stage actually (well it was a smiling fit-looking hairy dude)

Those trail running guys n gals could learn a thing or two from the rock sprinting crowd :lol: :lol:

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Re: rock sprinting

Postby derekd » Mon Feb 21, 2011 1:52 pm

Howzit all you guys n girls who have replied to the rock sprinting site ...

Thanks so much for all your comments, it really made my day to see all the interest the site (and now the video, recently posted) have generated. I never knew mountain climbers had such a cool sense of humour (except for my dad, Neville Davey, who was an avid climber and possessed a wicked wit).

To Mr Not, apologies if my reply appeared rude, but it seems to have been deleted from this posting anyway; all I was trying to say was, let's all be positive and creative and keep it light, 'cos life is a short ride and what's the point of being negative and/or miff?

The more feedback I get about rock sprinting, the more I am realising that this is not a sport I invented at all, I was just perhaps the first to give it a name and identity. There seems to be loads of fellow crazies who just love leaping from boulder to boulder and sprinting along rocky craggs, so my appeal now is: if you are one of these mullets, please film your own videos and send them in to the rock sprinting site - we want to see them, man!

Keep smiling, and remember, leave only sprintprints!
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Re: rock sprinting

Postby Justin » Mon Feb 21, 2011 2:31 pm

derekd wrote:it seems to have been deleted from this posting anyway

Just for the record, nothing has been deleted and no users have edited their posts (other than the typo I fixed)
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Re: rock sprinting

Postby 9ja » Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:12 pm

hey Derek, since you actually seem to be serious about this (I thought it must be a joke), I have a few questions for you.

How is this 'sport' defined? People have been boulder hopping/kloofing for ages. Ever been Kloofing in the Magaliesburg, jumped off 'Help Help'?

IMO for something to be a new sport it needs to have some sort of definition. If what you guys were doing was in anyway acrobatic or hardcore, perhaps 'Natural Parkour' could be termed.
From watching the video, between the tears of course, I fail to see the point of what you guys are doing. We trail run here in the Cape and our average day out running far exceeds what I saw in the videos. It's par for the course basically.

Now there are some seriously hardcore dudes who frequent this site, guys who solo climb cliffs and trek up insane peaks, only to fly off on a speedwing. How do you gauge a progression in this sport of yours? Where is the limit, what defines the difficulty?

I'd also think that from seeing the video, you guys are not protecting yourselves properly. A cycling helmet hardly protects one. I'd think you'd need shin and knee pads, elbow protection, full fingered gloves, as well as wrist protection, and then some better form of head protection (depending on how much there is to actually protect;)

Have you guys thought of introducing some form of 'RAD factor' to the sport? Check out this clip to see what I mean ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUJ-7_v9 ... 9CE72D3E7D ). Perhaps you guys could even join forces and create the new uber-geil passtime, complete with t-shirts, branded Energade bottles and action figures.

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Re: rock sprinting

Postby henkg » Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:27 pm

HUGE let down Derek. You raised some serious expectations with Susanna's comical hippy attire. You need to get back into the zone man!
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Re: rock sprinting

Postby k4t » Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:36 am

hahaha! Hysterical!!! :lol:

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Re: rock sprinting

Postby LCD » Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:52 am

Rang a few bells about what the yanks used to call "Talus Running".
There was a whole chapter devoted to it in a book called Rock Climbing? in the early eighties? Did a quick google on talus running and heres the first entry.
http://www.spadout.com/a/running-talus-revisited/
I seem to remember seeing pictures of John Bachar doing it too (of course he didnt use helmets, or pads come to that) but he was a bit different.
Anyway Derek, sounds cool. Good luck and enjoy it.

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Re: rock sprinting

Postby derekd » Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:06 pm

Ag fantastic man! Thanks, LCD ... your story has been posted under 'news' on the rock sprinting site.
So cool to know that this sport has been existence for quite some time ...

shot man :thumleft:

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Re: rock sprinting

Postby derekd » Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:21 pm

rock sprinting fans, please not there is a great story about Doug Robinson running the talus,
which is under 'news' (proving that rock sprinting has been around in different forms for some time now, the article is from the 70s)
and there is also a great story about running from bushpigs, under the new post 'stories'

thanks for the contributions

Derek :wink:

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Re: rock sprinting

Postby THadaway » Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:43 pm

My stomach hurts from all the comments. :lol:
Eish???

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Re: rock sprinting

Postby dirktalma » Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:17 pm

Wow. Speechless. And not the good kind.

I keep thinking Derek is surely taking us all for a ride. This can't be happening. Every time a new post comes up I check to see if Derek uploaded a photo of him bent and with his butt facing the camera.
I sincerely hope the light at the end of the tunnel comes soon.

On a serious note: You are welcome to join us when we go kloofing in the Magaliesberg. I'm not sure where you're based, but the geology and flora on the video looked like it's Magalies.
If you got a kick out of the 'stunts' on your video, you'll be blown away the Kloofs.

Please just leave the camera behind!

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Re: rock sprinting

Postby megannon » Sat Mar 12, 2011 1:06 am

This could be the official mascot of the sport.


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Re: rock sprinting

Postby Justin » Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:30 am

That dog sure does move quick.

Upon further investigation the theme song to 'Rock Sprinting' is Velouria by the Pixies :bball:

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Re: rock sprinting

Postby Franz » Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:48 pm

Couple of years ago, before the climbing bug bit me, when I felt depressed, and the whole world wanted to crush me I went to Kaapsehoop close to Nelspruit on weekends. There I did the same thing until the loonyness wore off. Great running and jumping around right on the escarpment!
..and a very creative way to potentially go home with multiple fractures to brag about.

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Re: rock sprinting

Postby barefootbushmonkey » Thu Mar 17, 2011 12:53 pm

Haven't reached grade 5 of your difficulty level yet though, hope to get there soon!!

I usually take my dog with.


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Re: rock sprinting

Postby shorti » Tue Apr 26, 2011 3:14 pm

Hey Derek, do you know about liquid mountaineering? I think you can learn a thing or two from those guys :mrgreen:


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Re: rock sprinting

Postby BradCT » Tue Apr 26, 2011 3:26 pm

[quote="shorti"]Hey Derek, do you know about liquid mountaineering? I think you can learn a thing or two from those guys :mrgreen:

Ok, help me out!?!?!
Someones takin the piss right!?!? :jocolor:

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Re: rock sprinting

Postby shorti » Thu Apr 28, 2011 10:42 am

come on Brad, don't be an unbeliever :wink:


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