October 31, 2010

Highest climbing wall in the world

Filed under: Architecture,Sports by Branko Collin @ 10:06 am

What do you do if your countryside is so flat, even the holes duck for cover? Why, build the highest climbing wall in the world of course.

Meet Excalibur, the 37 meter climbing extravaganza of Bjoeks Klimcenter in Groningen. The tower was built in 2004 by Polsar, also from Groningen—the same owners in fact.

(Link: Damn Cool Pics, which has some interesting photos of the tower made by cameras dangling from kites. This photo by Jan Lafeber, who released it into the public domain.)

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May 21, 2007

Iceman calls it quits

Filed under: General,Sports by Orangemaster @ 9:15 am

Although Iceman Wim Hof has decided to stop climbing Mount Everest, the rest of his crew continued to climb yesterday and today. Hof achieved a new world record of 7,400 metres dressed only in shorts. Expedition leader Werner de Jong together with climber Robert has arrived at Camp 2 at 7,750 metres, where the death zone begins. Robert, the third Dutch climber of the team has arrived at Camp 3 at 8,350 metres and is resting in order to try and reach the top.

Read the entire story, the good and the bad from De Pers.

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