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Parkour Moves, Technical Issues and Mt. Shasta

Published: March 21st, 2011

Happy Monday, folks.

This is me jumping over some chairs a few years ago. And no, I’m not wearing any pants.

I hope your week (and month of March) is going well. Wanted to take this opportunity to update you on this month’s challenge, lay out a few mini-goals for the last week of the month and tell you about an exciting trip I recently returned from.

Parkour Theory

March, unfortunately, is not a Parkour-friendly month in Boston. I’ve spent most of my time reading about the sport/discipline/philosophy, watching movie clips, taking notes and scouting out locations, basically biding my time until the weather becomes more agreeable. At the end of the month, I will upload a short video clip that highlights what I’ve learned.

Parkour is a sport of efficiency, where traceurs navigate urban obstacles using only their bodies. Neophytes tend to focus on a particular set of moves/skills before linking them together in longer, more fluid sessions. A good resource for beginners can be found here: The Definitive Guide to Parkour for Beginners

Below are a few of the individual elements I’ve been working on:

The Precision Jump

Landing and Rolling

The Kong Vault

The Wall-Run

Care to join me? I know Josh Crocker and Joel Runyon have expressed interest. Let me know if you would like to contribute.

Technical Difficulties

Some of you have probably noticed a few issues over the last month. Unfinished posts. Delayed email updates. Blank pages and garbled text.

Here at The 9 to 5 Alternative HQ, things don’t always go as smoothly as I’d like them to. While I try hard to keep this blog nice and orderly, from time to time I let operations go a muck. Thanks for baring with me, folks!

Mt. Shasta, Avalanches and Winter Camping

A couple of weeks ago, I flew out to California with my brother to attempt a winter summit of Mt. Shasta, a 14,179 ft. volcanic peak near the Oregon border. While I’ve been fortunate enough to reach the summit twice during the summer months, I was itching for winter camping experience. My brother and I crashed with a former coworker of mine in San Francisco who joined us for the climb.

Avalanche conditions and impending 90 mph wind gusts held us to about 8,500 ft., but it was a fantastic weekend. We learned a lot about winter camping, gained mountain confidence, and I had the chance to snap a few photographs.


8 Comments on “Parkour Moves, Technical Issues and Mt. Shasta”

  1. 1 Rob said at 11:37 am on March 21st, 2011:

    Love it! I was big into Parkour when I lived in California where it’s huge. The kong vault is super fun in parks heh.

  2. 2 Heath said at 1:58 pm on March 21st, 2011:

    Loving the parkour – it is a brilliant activity and definitely one I want to learn. Might have to add it to my list.

  3. 3 Amanda said at 10:49 pm on March 22nd, 2011:

    First of all, I think this Parkour stuff is awesome..can girls do it? :) I watched a few videos on it after your first post..so cool that you are attempting to learn!!

    Second, awesome pictures! I bet it was simply breathtaking!

  4. 4 Scott said at 6:38 pm on April 22nd, 2011:

    Ever since I saw parkour on YouTube a couple years ago, I’ve been in love with it. I always wanted to do it myself, but I’m quite nervous about getting injured. I know, I’m a sissy, but a safe sissy!

  5. 5 Dennis said at 1:54 am on April 26th, 2011:

    That photo of you jumping the chairs is crazy! It seems like you wouldn’t make it (but I’m sure you would have mentioned if it went horribly wrong…)

  6. 6 Oscar Harper said at 3:48 pm on April 27th, 2011:

    Wow.. great pictures.. thanks for posting

  7. 7 Nate Burnett said at 9:46 am on April 28th, 2011:

    That wall-run looks so fun! At first, I thought it was going to be the “run up the wall and flip over” trick, which scares me a bit. I don’t know if I’d ever feel confident trying that.

  8. 8 Sandra said at 4:47 pm on May 6th, 2011:

    That mountain trek looks so beautiful, but also difficult! I guess it was all worth it…?


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