Bobby Gordon-Smith is one of the stalwarts of the London buildering scene. And by 'London buildering scene' I'm talking here about a group of 5 or 6 people, some of whom don't even know each other. 'London buildering accident' would probably be a more accurate description. So describing Bobby as a stalwart of said accident is probably not that much of a compliment. Sorry.
Bobby explains that his technique isn't as esoteric as it might seem. "It's actually the least physically demanding way of doing the climb. Trying to stand up uses a lot of leg strength while pushing hard against...
Mar 23, 2015
When Tom from Norwich contacted us, what impressed us most, other than being the first person to email us in five years, was his honesty and humility. "I've never found myself to be any good at parkour," he told us, "but that's never stopped me." In a freerunning world of ego twattery and gangsta snapbackery, this was refreshing.
There's no need to be an elite climber to get our approval (our approval is worth diddly shit anyway.) The world of buildering is so small, even if you're rubbish, you're still like 6th best in the world or something. Way to go! So few people have the vision, balls, or creativity to builder that anyone doing anything is worthy of a shout.
Which is not to dismiss any of Tom's ascents. His highballs gained even more kudos when we dug a little deeper, commenting that he looked a touch twitchy as he approached the top of the vid's second climb. Tom explained:
"About half way up I realized the bricks weren't sticking out: they were stuck on. Just, like a centimeter of brick glued to the side of the building. From that point...
Feb 21, 2015
More American Ninja-ery. Amos Rendao, the second American Ninja to grace b.net pages, likes to play around on the occasional building.
Who I am and what I do - As Amos Rendao, I am a movement scientist, information activist, lost boy, and many other things depending on where my passions and convictions take me at the moment. Professionally, I am an owner / general manager / head instructor / professional athlete at APEX Movement Head Quarters, Cofounder of ParkourEDU, and founder of the projects Parkour Ukemi and Parkour Randori, and I never wear climbing shoes.
How buildering fits into my training - I only use english and categorizing because I have to really. One of my deepest convictions and pleasures is challenging myself to get from one place to another. I get a big kick out if it. Sometimes that may involve a more dynamic movement like a plyo jump or a methodical and controlled climb....
Feb 06, 2015
by Ard Arvin
It's Saturday evening and the 9th annual Squamish Film Festival is over. Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright have finished presenting their Sufferfest series, detailing their self-propelled adventures cycling and free solo climbing in California and Utah. The crowd has dispersed. Honnold and like-minded local phenom Marc-Andre Leclerc are in the lobby swapping beta on Squamish's Grand Wall.
In 2013 Leclerc somewhat unintentionally broke Honnold's speed record of the top-to-bottom Squamish Grand Wall link up, Apron Strings + The Grand Wall + Roman Chimneys by one minute. 15 pitches, 520 m of climbing, 58 minutes bottom to top without a rope.
Alex climbed the route yesterday as a reconnaissance mission. "How did you climb Perry's Layback?" "I found some sections a bit hairy so I grabbed the bolts." "Ya me too." "The loose-ish block on the chimneys?" "Ya, it won't break when you pull on it, but you know it won't be there forever." They turn their attention to other climbs, or "scrambles" as they refer to them. A scramble is traditionally defined as it sounds, not quite climbing, not quite hiking -- normally reserved for hikers summiting the last few meters of a...
Jan 22, 2015
I often get a bit frustrated that so few of London's climbers venture out of their warm, safe, cosy gyms and take on the city's buildering problems. So it was quite refreshing when I stumbled upon this on twitter the other day. A few classics ticked in fine style and one or two that I've not seen before. And the guys have kindly provided a map of their favourite problems - click here. (And a quick shout out to Caedmon and David for putting together the original map.)
Jan 21, 2015
Jan 16, 2015
The key to appreciating art is putting on a nice suit, shiny shoes, and making an evening of it. But this is YouTube, I’m two beers deep into 8% northwest IPA, and deciding if I have the energy to make Ichiban.
Nothing profound will come of my current state, so instead I offer you live stream of consciousness:
0:07 - upside down. I can do that.
0:17 - ooh, real buildering. stoked.
0:26 - that Lenin? I am the walrus.
0:33 - OK, what the fuq is this.
0:55 - urban acrobatics? you said it, not me.
1:07 - nice bike, reminds me of that 3rd world motorbiking thread.
1:10 - what da fuq?
1:14 - people in the background be like, “what da fuq?”
1:15 - kinda getting turned on now.
1:32 - what you censoring yo?
[1:40 - 2:14] - mmm…beer getting low.
2:45 - “Indy! Indy!” (voice of Short Round).
2:59 - asked my roommate to rappel off of Granville bridge with me, his response: “why?”
Oct 09, 2014
“Once you're grown up, you cant come back.” - Peter Pan.
Having recently brought to life my infantile dream of locating to New York, my life has become one supreme scouting mission, absorbing new surroundings to capture, train, run through, and kick back and appreciate. It’s become an obsession, which has ultimately led to the continuous mental note making of all the visually arresting spots I encounter on my commutes to and from work. I kind of stroll amongst the morning crowds across Manhattan with my music in and teleport myself in to some sort of music video of the...
Sep 17, 2014
The museum has put a call out for digital content for inclusion in an accompanying online exhibition. Entries can be submitted as of September 21. For more information, click here.
Sep 16, 2014
The Urban Boulder guys in Vienna have just release this rather awesome little nugget of a vid featuring the first ascent of a tasty highball dubbed 'Hole-In-One'.
Sounds like urban-boulder.com will be getting an overhaul in the near future so we look forward to seeing the new website.