French skiers Carole Chambaret, Tiphaine Duperier and Boris Langenstein have made the coveted first ski descent from the summit of Laila Peak (6096m) in the Karakorum, Pakistan. A few days later Italy’s Cala Cimenti and Switzerland’s Matthias Koenig made the second descent of the stunning NW Face from the summit.
American climbers Tommy Caldwell and Alex Honnold have set a new speed record on The Nose, climbing El Capitan in Yosemite in 2:10:15.
In a mere 47 hours and 16 minutes the alpinists Simon Gietl and Vittorio Messini climbed the north face of Ortler, Cima Piccola di Lavaredo and the North Face of Grossglockner in Austria. The alpinists traveled from one mountain to the other on foot and by bicycle.
The Dolorock Climbing Festival took place once again during the last weekend of May, from 25 – 27/05, organised by the local climbing club ‘Gamatzn’. Special guest of this transborder sports and culture event was David Lama, the main protagonist was rock climbing and the backdrop were the fantastic Tre Cime di Lavaredo and the Dolomites.
In early April 2018 French alpinists Thomas Auvaro, Jeremy Fino, Matthieu Rideau, Antoine Rolle climbed two new routes in the Revelation Mountains in Alaska. Rideau provides the trip report.
South Tyrolean climber Angelika Rainer reports about her first 8c sports climb, Cinque Uve at Narango (Arco), that comes in the wake of her D15 dry tooling ascent last winter.
French mountain guide Paul Bonhomme has completed his project of climbing and skiing 4 different faces on the Aiguille Verte (4122 m) in the Mont Blanc massif on the same day.
Walk of Life has been repeated at Dyer’s Lookout in Britain by James McHaffie, while he, Madeleine Cope and Emma Twyford have repeated Once Upon a Time in the South West. Grade E9, these are some of the finest and most fearsome trad climbs in Great Britain.
On July 14, 2018 Selva di Val Gardena will host the fifth edition of the Karl Unterkircher Award din memory of the South Tyrolean alpinist who died ten years ago on Nanga Parbat. The alpinists nominated for the 2015 award are Simone Moro, Ali Sadpara and Alex Txikon for the first winter ascent of Nanga Parbat, Ines Papert and Luka Lindič for their new route up Kyzyl Asker in Kyrgyzstan (China), and Simon Gietl and Marcel Schenk for the new mixed climb up Pizzo Badile in Switzerland. Special guest: Kurt Diemberger
Since being removed from the World Doping Agency’s official list of banned sporting substances in January 2018, there has been plenty of discussion about CBD and its use in the fitness industry, and during CrossFit/functional fitness training.
CBD, or cannabidiol, comes from the actual trichome of the marijuana plant. However, it does not contain the psychoactive euphoric properties that THC contains. It’s known to boost performance in sports of all kinds, and to substantially shorten recovery times after grueling workouts.
CBD is a known anti-inflammatory – much like ibuprofen and diclofenac. However, CBD has no potential for addiction. Unlike other forms of cannabis, cannabidiol will not leave users building any bodily or mental addiction.
The CBD oil also influences the human body’s appetite, sleep schedule, and mood by affecting the body’s CBD receptors, known as the Endocannabinoid system.
Cannabidiol has been used by many CrossFit/functional fitness athletes across the world for some time. Trainers are always looking for ways to reduce recovery times to get athletes back in training as soon as possible. By using CBD, this can often be achieved.
CrossFit coaches regularly put thier athletes through a wide range of high intensity workouts that involve gymnastics and Olympic weightlifting. Some trainers also use ‘strongman’ competition exercises, and aerobic cardio workouts like running, swimming and cycling.
These workouts can often leave the body very exhausted and fatigued, and CBD can be a great way to help with recovery.
CBD has been used by athletes across the professional sporting world. UFC star Nate Diaz, boxer Teofimo Lopez and a growing number of NBA/NFL players use CBD to speed recovery. In recent times CrossFit Invictus has also been an advocate for cannabidiol.
Amateur sportspeople have been following the example of the professionals and thousands are feeling the real benefits of CBD to recovery times in dozens of disciplines – including CrossFit.