Now, I'll give you this guy is fit, and that running all those stairs is outrageously hard work, but claiming it's the most intense sport in the world? Perhaps he should watch that Ueli vid above. He's basically running on a technical mixed route, at 4000 odd metres, over a km of actual climbing and no nice floor landings to collapse on the way up. Or the Huber bros speed ascents of the Nose.
On 7/10/2011 davidn wrote:
> Ueli Steck's accomplishment is probably more comparable, but
>again, these guys gain in a matter of minutes what even the most fit mountain
>climbers gain over hours. You're comparing marathons to sprints.
One of the fitness records that boggles my mind in mountaineering is the Chamonix village (700m ASL) to summit of Mt Blanc (4800m ASL) then back to Chamonix. 5hrs and 10minutes is the current record. That is some SERIOUS fitness!
How many minutes does it take to climbing 50 stories? and at 3m per story, that's only 150m. The other guys are on harder ground, at altitude and are clocking up around 1000m in substantially sub 3 hours. Brief research just told me a few other people have brought the nose down to 2h 36m.
I'm good at being contrary, but I still reckon he's being a bit excited with "most intense".
On 10/10/2011 benjenga wrote:
>On 10/10/2011 cruze wrote
>>Makes me feel better, and worse, about what I backed off on the weekend.
>What did you back off?
Nothing too dramatic. North Face of Mt Sealy in Mt Cook NP. It is a pretty tame route but it had been snowing solidly for about 4 hours on the way in and wasn't letting up 100 m from the summit with near zero vis and the rocks were completely dusted so took a conservative approach. Of course, 3 hours later the southerly front had passed and the sun was shining!
I've hit roos 4 times.
Once on the road bike and three times on the MTB at night.
The road bike was scary downhill at excess of 70kmh in the wet on aerobars on a slight kink in the road.
The MTB times were all quite benign as you can usually wash off a lot of speed on the dirt and the overall speeds are much lower.
A friend of mine hit a bull at speed on the road, put him in hospital for a month.
On 12/10/2011 rightarmbad wrote:
>I've hit roos 4 times.
>Once on the road bike and three times on the MTB at night.
>The road bike was scary downhill at excess of 70kmh in the wet on aerobars
>on a slight kink in the road.