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text 2020-02-12 08:33
Why do Climbers Need Specialised Climbing Clothing?

For us who have been climbing for a while will at some point notice that ourt-shirts, office shirts/tops, hoodies and jackets are starting to become tight around the arms, shoulders and back. This is because climbing forces us to use the muscles in our upper bodies more than before. The deltoid muscles that sits on top of our shoulders, is a large triangular shape muscle that grow outwards, giving us broader shoulders. The latissimus dorsi (lats) is the broadest muscle in the back and very important because it’s the “pull-up” muscle. As these muscles grow, a climber’s physique emerges and we need to update our wardrobe with appropriate climbing clothing to fit our bodies because what we currently have will be uncomfortable and not sit well.


It becomes tough to shop for clothing that fits our upper half comfortably. Shopping quickly becomes a very frustrating activity and annoying because this was never a problem before. Frustration points can be anything from not being able to move your arms, to not being able to zip up a dress, the stretched fabric on a button-up shirt or the back bulge from bras and tank tops.

With broader than average back, shoulders, and chest, female climbers can find solace in looser-fitting tops. Styles that are flowy work better, and so do fabrics with some stretch to them. That’s especially important when looking for clothes to climb in. It’s never a great feeling in the middle of a multi-pitch day when you realise your shirt seams are ripping apart. Clothes that will work well for climbing should be durable and well-made so seams don’t start to rip under excess pressure. Bras and tops that have a “V” shape to them will be more comfortable. With a wider top band than lower band, the “V” shape ensures there’s enough room for lats and pectoral muscles while moving around on a route. Since climbing is an all-over cardio workout, it’s nice to feel like a top gives us enough room to breathe. Muscles work a whole lot better with oxygen supply. Above all else, climb wear should be comfortable to move in all day long.

About HoldBreaker:

HoldBreaker is a trusted platform offering climbing top, climbing sport bras, and other climb wear and gears.

For more details, visit https://www.holdbreaker.com/

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review 2019-12-19 16:45
How to Walk on Water and Climb Up Walls by David Hu
How to Walk on Water and Climb up Walls: Animal Movement and the Robots of the Future - David Baldacci

TITLE:  How to Walk on Water and Climb Up Walls: Animal Movement and the Robots of the Future


AUTHOR:  David Hu




FORMAT:  Hardcover


ISBN-13:  9780691169866



"Insects walk on water, snakes slither, and fish swim. Animals move with astounding grace, speed, and versatility: how do they do it, and what can we learn from them? In How to Walk on Water and Climb up Walls, David Hu takes readers on an accessible, wondrous journey into the world of animal motion. From basement labs at MIT to the rain forests of Panama, Hu shows how animals have adapted and evolved to traverse their environments, taking advantage of physical laws with results that are startling and ingenious. In turn, the latest discoveries about animal mechanics are inspiring scientists to invent robots and devices that move with similar elegance and efficiency.

Hu follows scientists as they investigate a multitude of animal movements, from the undulations of sandfish and the way that dogs shake off water in fractions of a second to the seemingly crash-resistant characteristics of insect flight. Not limiting his exploration to individual organisms, Hu describes the ways animals enact swarm intelligence, such as when army ants cooperate and link their bodies to create bridges that span ravines. He also looks at what scientists learn from nature's unexpected feats--such as snakes that fly, mosquitoes that survive rainstorms, and dead fish that swim upstream. As researchers better understand such issues as energy, flexibility, and water repellency in animal movement, they are applying this knowledge to the development of cutting-edge technology.

Integrating biology, engineering, physics, and robotics, How to Walk on Water and Climb up Walls demystifies the remarkable mechanics behind animal locomotion.




This is an accessible (not too technical) and interesting survey of the study of animal movement influences robot design and construction, and the uses of these studies and robots.  However, after a few chapters the format of animal studied and then robot constructed gets a bit tedious and repetitive (especially if the reader has come across these studies/topics before).  The title is also misleading as there is no "climbing up walls" involved in this book.



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text 2019-10-27 19:36
Reading progress update: I've read 372 out of 372 pages.
The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest - G. Weston DeWalt,Anatoli Boukreev

Oh my gosh, what a book. It´s really good, but now I feel emotionally drained. It´s absolutely unbelievable what has happened on that mountain.

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text 2019-10-27 16:23
Reading progress update: I've read 382 out of 382 pages.
The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest - G. Weston DeWalt,Anatoli Boukreev

I need some hot sweet tea now. 



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text 2019-10-27 13:51
Reading progress update: I've read 224 out of 372 pages.
The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest - G. Weston DeWalt,Anatoli Boukreev

Reading Boukreev´s letters, in which he responds to Krakauer´s article and allegations, and the subsequent answer from Outside magazine, you cannot help but to be infuriated. These are some journalist, whose integrity just went down the drain. What a bunch of jerks.

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