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Adventure Time 27th Aug 7pm 20-Aug-2015 At 11:33:43 AM bjorniam
Hey Chockstoners,

In a weeks time we're going to be hosting another AT, this time featuring Australian climbing legend Bryden Allen, and an awesome Czech guy who's pioneered many adaptive sports, designing the required adaptations himself.

We're going to have another bbq (modified setup), so the program is:
19:00 BBQ
20:00 Bryden Allen
21:00 Marek Schneider
(AT tends to run on inner-west time - think flexible)


Marek Schneider is an internationally respected professional adventurer, with a twist: every river he paddles, every mountain he traverses, every reef he dives, he does it without the use of his legs.

At 21, Marek’s life changed irreversibly. He went from being one of Europe’s top professional snowboarders to relying on a wheelchair for mobility. Now, 17 years on, he travels the world promoting adaptive outdoor gear to allow people with mobility issues to have outdoor adventures.

Marek is a prime example of someone that is willing to grab life by the balls. He’s been to some spectacular locations, tried many different (and adaptive) adventure sports, paddled higher graded rivers than most sane people, but most importantly, disproven many of the bizarre stereotypes faced by wheelchair users.

For more information on Marek’s company that develops adaptive gear, check out “Move Tech” on facebook ( or their website (


There can only be one Bryden Allen.

Bryden is a unique and central part of Australian climbing history. In the 1960's his remarkable personal energy was directed towards pushing boundaries in the vertical world, where, amongst other things he developed the arcane art of the "Carrot" bolt for protection. After blazing trails up many iconic mountains and buildings he took a step back from hard climbing to focus more on his unique intellectual pursuits such as pure maths, writing novels and, of course, designing utopian societies.

He eventually returned to the sharp edge in his late 50s, even succeeding on some climbs so tough that gym-honed youngsters can't get close on!

In 2000 he took a fall that damaged his spinal cord and made him a paraplegic, but, being a very organised individual he has not let that slow him down in life.

Bryden has a unique character and perspectives on life. Rest assured - you will not be forgetting his presentation!

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