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.
Sep 04, 2014
Aug 28, 2014
Kiell won't post this because he's got his hate on for "the Blue Cow," but I will. Granted this all looks rather contrived: bolting some holds to a bridge to give some nice jumpy jump-jumps for the Red Bull cameras -- it reminds me of that Tom Cruise desert tower scene. But who really cares? More importantly it looks like something I want to try. The more weird shit that Red Bull throws into the mainstream, the more publicly accepted this will all become. If that means one less phone call to the cops during a buildering outing then it's worth it. "Ohh you're CREEPING? Ya, ya, that's cool."
Aug 25, 2014
Fifty years of misinterpreting architecture at the University of British Columbia
Photo: Glenn Woodsworth
Article originally published in Summer 2013 edition of Coast Mountain Culture magazine. Used with permission.
By: Dave Quinn
The Varsity Outdoors Club (VOC) at the University of British Columbia has long been the breeding ground of climbing inventiveness, creativity and tenacity. Big names, like Dick Culbert, Guy Edwards, Tim Auger and Hamish Mutch, all found companions in the VOC to help push the limits of what could be done in the mountains.
For the climbing fanatics, however, the mountains were painfully far away from campus. VOC members were often distracted by nuisances, such as studying and classes, and often the windows of opportunity were too short to work on new routes up the Squamish Chief or even to escape to Lighthouse Park for a sunset cragging session.
Aug 13, 2014
The rooftop: the great commonality between parkour, buildering, and urban exploration; yet each highlights a different aspect of the rooftop experience. For buildering, the rooftop is the destination. For parkour, the starting point. For urban exploration, the journey.
The ideal roof varies for each. With buildering, easy descent is paramount. The roof holds the biggest unknown of a climb: how to get down. The more solitary and monolithic a building, the more appealing a route is and the more important the question of descent becomes. For parkour, staggered features and proximity to other rooftops is key. A solitary rooftop may not be that interesting, but a link up of a dozen rooftops certainly is. In urban exploration, interesting, varied architecture is the goal. An exposed and beautiful setting is a plus.
Certainly overlap exists in the execution of the disciplines, and one can argue that you can't practice parkour or buildering without being an urban explorer. Likewise you can't be an urban explorer without some climbing ability. Yet, deservedly urban exploration stands alone as it's own "thing." Instead of...
Aug 05, 2014
Grant cleaning a future project.
Kiell is off ending world hunger through Parkour or something, so he asked me to post these images for him. This was from his recent trip to Vancouver to shoot photos for an upcoming UBC buildering guidebook. This is the part where he'd write about his experiences, how amazing everything was, etc., but since he's not here I'll write it for him.
Vancouver is amazing. I was here a few years ago, but back then my brain failed to comprehend the vastness of amazingness that is Vancouver. The streets are paved with gold. Literally. Not the misused literally meaning...
Jul 29, 2014
Storror don't make freerunning vids like anyone else. Whilst many teams and individuals are putting out films stacked full of gratuitous slow-motion walking ('look how amazing I am in my own head!') and heroic poses gazing off into sunsets, Storror's tone is quite different. Instead of a self-congratulatory, masturbatory interest in their own egos, their films convey pure experience.
Yes, this film is anti-social. Yes this film is not a useful portrayal of parkour. But christ does it make you want to climb buildings.
If you enjoy this, please be sure to check out Storror's Chaps On Tour USA which is also refreshingly devoid of swagger.