Monthly Archives: September 2015

Differences Between Mountaineering and Rock Climbing

To the inexperienced, the difference between rock climbing and mountaineering might seem murky at best. After all isn’t climbing a mountain just another form of rock climbing. The difference between the two is important for practitioners of these two disciplines, however. Here is a quick highlight of some of the key differences between rock climbing and mountaineering.

Connor BaldwinRock climbing has seen a rise in popularity as a means of staying fit and having fun. Many outdoor areas are starting to include maintained rock climbing areas as part of their attractions. In addition, many cities have started to spring rock-climbing gyms, giving rise to an entire division of the sport only practiced indoors. With so many different ways to practice this popular sport, it is no wonder that so many are starting to pick it up as a means of recreation.

Mountaineering, on the other hand, is a much broader discipline that explores a much wider range of skills. In general, any activity that takes place on a mountain is a form of mountaineering. This includes mountain biking, rock climbing, ice climbing, skiing, and hiking as well as the specific practice of mountaineering. As far as the specific sport of mountaineering, this is the practice of scaling or summiting the peak of a mountain or mountain range. This includes wide-ranging skills from rock climbing, orienteering, survival skills, endurance, and ice climbing.

Connor Baldwin is a public relations agent with an interest in mountain sports and mountaineering in and around the city of Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Posted by on September 26, 2015 in News, Sports



Development of Freeride Mountain Biking

Freeride mountain biking is a discipline of mountain biking that has seen an upsurge in popularity in practitioners of the sport. It is closely related to the art of downhill mountain biking, where the goal is to make it down a section or hill as quickly as possible. In freeride, the goal is to make it through the course or section in the most stylish or technical way possible. In this way, it is comparable to other sports that include a freestyle subdivision, such as skateboarding, snowboarding, and skiing.

Connor Baldwin

Connor Baldwin

Freeride mountain biking has become a popular form of mountain biking all across the world, but it is recognized to have developed in Vancouver’s North Shore region of mountainous areas. The three mountains commonly associated with this type of riding are Mt. Seymour, Mt. Fromme, and Cypress Mountain. These areas are also popular skiing resorts in the winter months. The addition of man-made obstacles, which is unique to freeriding, began on these mountains. Some of these ski resorts have even started to equip their lifts with bike racks to better accommodate mountain bikers.

Although downhill riding and freeriding share many similarities of form, there are several key differences. The goal of downhill riding is purely functional, to get down the hill and past the obstacles as quickly as possible. Attaining this goal requires the skill to overcome many technical obstacles, drops, and sometimes man-made roadblocks. In freeriding, you find similar obstacles to downhill riding, but the goals is to be as stylish as possible as well as to just get past the obstacles, by doing tricks and adopting varied stances on the bike while in the air.

Connor Baldwin is a mountain bike enthusiast who enjoys heading out to the trails around his hometown of Vancouver, BC.

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Posted by on September 19, 2015 in Sports



The History of Mountain Sports

Connor Baldwin

Connor Baldwin

The history of mountain sports is not something that people consider very frequently. However if you think back to the dawn of time and what must have been the first person to venture out and go out into the mountains, it is obvious for those that love the mountains to understand. Jumping forward to more recent developments in the world of mountain sports and activities, many people have ventured into the mountains to hike, fish, ski, and other classic mountain activities for many decades. Sports have taken on a modern flare with the introduction of bicycles, which are designed and specialized for mountain terrain and courses. Gear such as hiking packs, specialized tents, radio equipment, snowboarding equipment, and many other indicators of mountain sports evolution have become apparent in recent decades.

Today there are many rock climbers that have taken on a sport that was once a very rarely found activity, but is now taking on an entire culture and following on its own. Mountain sports continue to evolve and you can be sure that in the future there will be further advancements in the things that people can do in the mountains because for many, the opportunity to be close to nature and be in the outdoors is alluring. Connor Baldwin is a long time outdoor adventurous that has offered travel services and trail guidance for people over the years. He has enjoyed a variety of sports in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest including kayaking, mountain biking, and hiking for many years.

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Posted by on September 8, 2015 in News