The Wilmington State Parks has contracted with Earth Treks of MD to install 2 new climbing anchors at Alapocas Run State Park. The local climbing community has an opportunity to donate funds to the park to provide for the installation of up to 3 additional climbing anchors beyond the 2 anchors that are already planned. The anchors will be installed at the Main Wall, where the other anchors are already installed.
The park has estimated that each additional anchor will cost $150 plus some amount for the installation. To fund 3 additional climbing anchors, we will need to raise around $550 to $600.
Earth Treks will be installing the new anchors on April 26 or 27. Therefore, we need to collect any donations and present them to the park prior to April 26.
If you would like to donate towards the additional anchors, here's what you need to do:
1. Send an e-mail to email@example.com indicating the amount of your donation. This will allow us to know what donations will be arriving.
2. In the memo field on the check, indicate "Donation Rock Climbing Programs".
3. Mail to:
200 Jackson Blvd
Wilmington, DE 19803-3719
Berghaus have launched an online rock climbing flash game to give the general public a virtual taste of a major climbing adventure.
For most of the year the fjords on Baffin Island are filled with frozen sea ice, but for a short period in the summer the ice melts and with 24 hours of daylight the area becomes a climbers paradise with mile high granite walls and amazing scenery.
Last year, sponsored climbers Leo Houlding and Carlos Suarez tackled the Asgard Project, an ambitious expedition to climb the mile high Mount Asgard (named after the realm of the Norsk gods) on Baffin Island in the Arctic Circle, and then BASE jump from the top.
Berghaus has captured essential elements of this trip and turned them into a fun, addictive, virtual climbing game. As each stage of the game is completed and you progress, new content is unlocked, such as Berghaus downloads and video clips from the Asgard expedition. You can also challenge your friends and compete to lead the league table.
The aim of the flash game is simply to get to the top! The gameplay itself is straightforward, you have to choose the best route to take and which belay points to aim for while keeping an eye on your balance and stamina. There are also plenty of obstacles to avoid on the way, such as falling rocks, snow storms and extreme winds.
If you feel up to the challenge then why not grab your virtual climbing gear and give the game a go: www.climbmountasgard.com
Rock climbing creates a healthy and exciting challenge for both children and adults. On the first day of this skill-building course participants will be taught age appropriate climbing techniques, safety skills, and minimal impact climbing practices. On the second day, participants may be taught additional skills such as belaying, knot tying, rappelling, introduction to lead climbing, traditional gear placement (top-rope only) and anchor concepts. Join us for an amazing climbing experience you will never forget!
The UK has around 7,700 miles of coastline and features many different types of landscape. These include high, rugged cliffs, gently sloping sandy beaches, shingle embankments and marshland. These different types of landscape support a myriad of wildlife, in particular many species of birds. So it is no surprise to find that there are plenty of opportunities for excellent walking along the many coastal paths in the UK.
Pembrokeshire Best Coast Path
According to a readers poll in the BBC’s Coast MagazineThe Pembrokeshire Coast Path is the best coastal path in the UK. The 186-mile walking route is located inside the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, in west Wales.
This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the path and it’s wonderful to have national recognition for this fabulous resource and to know that it is still valued 40 years on. Charles Mathieson, head of recreation and tourism for the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority.
Pembrokeshire Coast Path Route Overview
The Green Bridge of Wales on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Source Geograph.co.uk. Copyright Paul Allison and licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence.
Starting at St Dogmaels, west of Cardigan, the path follows the coast in a westerly direction through Newport and onto Fishguard. From there it continues around Strumble Head, eventually turning south at St. Davids Head and through Whitesands, before turning east along St. David’s Peninsula Heritage Coast and heading towards Solva.
As the coastline follows the concave Bay of St. Brides, the path heads south through Nolton and Broad Haven before heading in a south westerly direction towards Martin’s Haven and around St. Ann’s Head. This section passes close to Skomer Island, famous for its Puffins, as it runs along the Marloes and Dale Heritage Coast.
Turning back east the trail continues along the northern side of the estuary of Milford Haven onto Neyland. After crossing the bridge towards Pembroke the footpath heads west for the last time, running along the southern side of the estuary towards Angle. Past Freshwater the footpath leaves the coast and heads inland for a detour to Merrion before returning to coast once again. Heading east north east the trail follows the South Pembrokeshire Heritage Coast past Tenby and Saundersfoot before reaching its conclusion at Amroth.
The Pembrokeshire Coast path passes through beautiful and varied scenery. From St. Dogmaels to St. Davids the coast is remote with few villages, it is rugged, with tall cliffs rising out of the rough sea. St. Brides Bay offers wide, open sandy beaches. The Milford Haven estuary and harbour is sheltered from the ocean. There is an abundance of birds including widgeon, shelduck, teal, curlew and redshank. The cliffs on the South Pembrokeshire Heritage Coast are less rugged, with sheltered beaches. This section also contains the famous lily ponds at Bosherston and the golden sandy beach at Barafundle.
In its entirety the Coast Path represents a formidable physical challenge – its 35,000 feet of ascent and descent is said to be equivalent to climbing Everest — yet it can also be enjoyed in shorter sections, accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Pembrokeshire Coast website
The Pembrokeshire coastline has also been shaped by man, who has fished and farmed in the area for centuries. Iron Age promontory forts can be seen and so to can Neolithic stone structures known as cromlechs or dolmens.
The Pembrokeshire coast line has many different types of landscap, including rugged cliffs. Source: Flickr by dougwoods.
Best Gear for Coastal Path Walking
The most important thing to consider is walking footwear. There are many stretches of the coastal footpaths that are well maintained and require a good pair of approach shoes, especially if you are only walking a short section. There are sections where the terrain is uneven and stout walking boots are needed. If you are intending to walk long stretches of the coastal path over the course of several days, walking boots are definitely the best bet.
Obviously it depends upon the time of year that you will be walking, but even in the summer there can often be a strong wind on the coast. Therefore it is a good idea to take a windproof jacket, or even waterproofs.
The picturesque beach at Barafundle bay. Source: Flickr by Sarah and Iain.
You will need a base layer and perhaps a mid-weight fleece to keep you warm when you stop for a break. Zip-off trousers are a great idea, giving you the choice between shorts and long trousers.
Sun tan cream and a sun hat are essential items. During the summer you can get sunburnt even on a cloudy day. Sun glasses are worth taking too.
Make sure that you take adequate food and drink, especially on hot sunny days. The amount of ascent on coastal trails can be deceptive and there are not always places to stop for refreshments. A hydration bladder is a great way to store your drink, since it eliminates the need to remove a bottle from your pack. A small bottle of anti-bacterial hand wash is also worth taking to clean your hands before eating.
A good quality map is essential. A compass, emergency whistle and first aid kit are also recommended.
There is plenty of birdlife and wildlife to be seen along the coast, so don’t forget your binoculars, camera and an identification chart or bird book.
If you will be walking along the actual shoreline or beach it is essential to check the tide times. The sea can come in quickly and leave you stranded if you are not careful.
Best Coastal Path: Your Opinion?
Have you walked any or all of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path? Do you agree with Coast Magazine readers or do you think that there is a better coastal trail elsewhere in the UK?
The South West Coast Path
The Cleveland Way
The Norfolk Coast Path
Fife Coastal Path
Arran Coastal Way
Ayrshire Coastal Path
Causeway Coast Way
Let us know what you think, click on “comments” and share your opinion!
Campaign for National Parks Flyer featuring Nant Gwynant Valley, Snowdonia. Photo K.J. Richardson.
Recently, when opening a copy of Summit magazine, out popped a flyer on which was a scenic photograph showing fields, trees, a lake and mountains. Printed at the top was a bold proclamation: “keep beautiful places safe.” Usually flyers that pop out of magazines are lucky to even get a cursory glance before going straight in the recycle bin, but this one piqued my curiosity. It turned out to be advertising the Campaign for National Parks (CNP). Not to be confused with NCP, who like to cover place with over priced car parks, the CNP is an organisation that aims to protect our National Parks. Being a regular visitor to National Parks such as the Peak District and the Lake District, I was surprised that I had not heard of this organisation before.
What is the Campaign for National Parks?
We’re your National Parks watchdog
The Campaign for National Parks is a charity organisation which represents the interests of the national parks. The aim of the CNP is to protect and promote National Parks for the benefit and quiet enjoyment of all, which includes walkers, campers and climbers! According to the CNP, National Parks should be beautiful places where natural landforms are preserved and wildlife flourishes.
The CNP directly represents some 40 environmental and amenity groups, which in turn represent over 3 million people with an interest in National Park matters, i.e. people that live and work in them and those that visit them.
The organisation has been around for quite a while. In 1936, before we had any national parks, the Standing Committee on National Parks (SCNP) was established in order to campaign for the creation of national parks. This organisation was the forerunner of the CNP.
In 1949 the Government passed an Act of Parliament to establish National Parks. The first National Parks were established in the 1950s.
In 1977 the Standing Committee (SCNP) became knowns as the Council for National Parks and now the organisation is called Campaign for National Parks.
CNP were instrumental in creating up the South Downs National Park. Source: Flickr by Hardo.
There are currently 10 National Parks in England, 3 in Wales and 2 in Scotland. Scotland is considering designation of the UK’s first Coastal and Marine National Park, providing protection for marine species and habitats. In Northern Ireland the Mourne has been proposed as a national park.
North York Moors
The Norfolk Boards
Loch Lomond & The Trossachs
Cairngorms National Park
The New Forest
The South Downs
The National Parks of England and Wales are among the most beautiful and valued landscapes in the British Isles, containing some of our most breathtaking scenery, rare wildlife and cultural heritage. The National Parks are visited by millions of people each year, who come to enjoy their unique qualities, peace and tranquillity, and they are also ‘living landscapes’, home to diverse communities. The National Parks must be conserved for the benefit of all, now and in the future – they are “not ours, but ours to look after”. Campaign For National Parks.
What does the Campaign for National Parks do?
The aim of the Campaign for National Parks is to protect and enhance the park. They fight against developments which would spoil and degrade the parks, for example industrial activity such as open cast mining and inappropriate road building. They work by presenting information at public enquiries and lobbying the government.
Broadcaster and adventurer Ben Fogle is President of the CNP:
It’s often assumed National Parks are completely protected, but sadly this is not the case.
Most recently CNP has been involved in the successful campaign to establish the South Downs as a national park.
The CNP is involved in reducing the impact of mineral mining and military training operations, as well as ensuring that wind farms are suitably located. It monitors planning issues as well as any changes to planning policy that would affect national parks. It also conducts research that helps influence debate about National Parks.
The CNP should also not be confused with the BNP. The British National Party (BNP) might claim they are not racists, but have they developed a groundbreaking programme to engage ethnic minority communities in National Parks? No, but the CNP have, and its called ‘Mosaic’.
Can I Join the Campaign for National Parks?
The CNP is a charity and relies on donations and memberships. Individuals can become Friends of the Campaign for National Parks. Upon joining you receive a membership pack and Viewpoint magazine three times a year.
Taking place on the 18th and 19th of September 2010, the Nokia Coast to Coast journey starts off on the North Sea, crossing Scotland along the sides of Loch Ness, Loch Oich and Loch Lochy before finishing up on the Isle of Glencoe and Ballachulish.
The starting point of the race is Nairn, north east of Inverness. The stages are as follows:
Flat Trail Run
7 miles (11 km)
34.17 miles (55 km)
Flat Water Kayak (Expert class only)
10.56 (17 km)
Mini Run & Kayak
1.5 miles (3 km)
Off Road Cycle
24.85 miles (40 km)
13 miles (21 km)
Hill Trek / Trail Run
14.29 miles (23 km)
Flat Water Kayak
1 mile (1.5 km)
Imagine a route that traverses one of the most famous mountain landscapes in the world by bike, foot and boat; a journey that covers just over 100 miles, including a marathon-worth on foot; a journey that takes in some of the most iconic locations and amazing views in the Scottish Highlands: Loch Ness, the Great Glen, Ben Nevis and Glen Coe.
This is a challenge open to all adventurers. Some will come to win; some purely to finish; many just to take part. All will leave having enjoyed being active with friends in this spectacular setting. Nokia Coast to Coast is a truly defining journey through the mystery and lore of this ancient landscape.
THE CHALLENGE IS SET. CAN YOU CROSS SCOTLAND IN A WEEKEND?
Nokia Adventure Race Categories
There are three adventure racing categories, which are Challenger, Racer and Expert.
The Challenger event takes place over two days. It is for pairs or solos and aimed at anyone with a reasonable fitness level, whether or not they have previously taken part in an adventure race.
Racers must cover the 109 mile coast to coast route in a single day (13 hours to be precise!) For pairs or solos, Racers must be confident at on and off-road cycling and a tough runner, although no advanced skills in kayaking are required.
Experts must also complete the coast to coast course in one day. The Expert category is for solos only. It includes an extra dose of kayaking in Loch Ness and participants must be experienced kayakers. You will need to bring your own support team with a vehicle too.
Challengers and Racers must use the same bike for both on and off-road cycling events. Mountain bikes or hybrids are most suitable, but road bikes are not recommended. Experts can use more than one bike, but must also have their own kayak.
Adventure racing requires a high level of fitness and good ability across a range of disciplines. Getting out and training for these events is essential. Having a goal to work towards definitely helps but if you are having trouble motivating yourself take a look at our mountain marathon training tips.
If our tips don’t help you could consult the world’s most successful adventure racer. For inspiration, advice and to find out what it takes to become a six times world champion adventure racer, have a read of our interview with Ian Adamson. As well as winning the Raid Gauloises, Primal Quest and Eco-Challenge adventure races, among others, Ian Adamson is also three times world champion endurance kayaker, paddling 262 miles in 24 hours!
Nokia Coast to Coast Adventure Race passes through Scotland's famous Loch Ness. Source Flickr by conner395.
During a recent conversation about dystopian novels, the George Orwell classic 1984 was inevitably mentioned. In the novel, Big Brother wants to reduce number of words in the language in order to control people, for example, to stop people having ideas about ousting the authorities. This led us to thinking about how useful a minimal language might be. Due to our interest in adventure and world travel, we thought that it would be beneficial if everyone on the planet could learn a world language containing a minimal number of words, i.e. an essential vocabulary. That way speaking abroad would be easier. Wherever you travel you can also be assured that people can help you with your basic needs. Conversely, you can always help or assist a foreigner who is visiting or travelling through your country. A widely spoken second language is sometimes referred to as an auxiliary language.
The idea of a universal, constructed language is not a new one. Esperanto is fully fledged language developed in the 1870s and early 1880s by Dr. Ludovic Lazarus Zamenhof. It has as many as 2 million speakers in about 115 countries. Esperanto is phonetic language with simple pronunciation, largely consisting of root words that can be expanded into tens of thousands of words with prefixes, suffixes and compound words. Whilst many people would consider it beneficial for the world to share a single language, Esperanto is unlikely to be adopted as our universal language in the foreseeable future. Even if it was taught universally to all school children, it would be a long time before enough people could speak Esperanto for it to be really useful on a worldwide scale.
There are also condensed, constructed languages, such as Toki Pona which was published in 2001 by linguist Sonja Elen Kisa. Toki Pona has small vocabulary based upon 125 root words and was apparently designed to shape the thought processes of its users.
An alternative way to enhance communication for travellers could be for everyone to learn the crucial vocabulary in four the most widely spoken languages, i.e. English, Chinese, Arabic and Spanish. However, this would require four times the amount of effort and would inevitably offend speakers of other languages.
The 100 Word, World Language
We decided to lay down a template for the construction an auxiliary language that would benefit anyone travelling to a foreign country. In order to develop an indispensable travel language we asked ourselves:
What is the smallest possible lexicon?
How many words are needed and how many words can everyone possibly be expected to learn?
The answer that we decided upon in both cases was a convenient 100 words. Before we could decide upon which words are crucial for communication and therefore should be included in our vocabulary, we needed to create a few basic rules.
Essential Minimum Language Rules
In order to create an auxiliary language with a minimum workable word list a few rules were established, as follows:
Proper nouns, i.e. place names and people’s names, would not need to be included in the vocabulary.
Anything that must be spoken is a “word”, so numbers and punctuation may need to be included as words.
Many languages use tones and inflexions. Tones can be used to give the same word multiple meanings. This could effectively increase the number of “words” available, however tones may be too difficult for some people to pronounce. It would also make the simple language more complicated with more word meanings to learn and more chance for confusion. Besides, a compound word is still a new word which must be learnt and would effectively increase the vocabulary. Another example of this is raising your voice at end of sentence to imply a question, however it is clearer if a “question word” is used instead.
Some words have more than one meaning in one languages, but they probably will not in another language or they have different other meanings, so each word in the vocabulary must have only one meaning.
The number of compound words contained in the lexicon must be minimal. People think in different ways, so combining two words to make one may result in logical word for some people but it might be meaningless or absurd to other people.
The language needs to be kept it as simple as possible, with as few grammatical or other rules as possible. Conversation would largely be related to asking for information, help or things. Therefore with regards to grammar and sentence structure, little will really be needed other than to bear in mind that in different languages word orders can be reversed. Therefore if the person you are speaking to does not understand, try reversing the order of words in the sentence.
Essential Travel Words Vocabulary
Ideally, to create a 100 word world language, a brand new set of universally pronounceable words should be created for this vocabulary. Creating new words is outside of the scope of this article, so English words have been used to create the essential travel words vocabulary. In some cases there is not a direct English equivalent word. In these cases, the word “word” has been added to another word to convey the overall meaning, e.g. polite word and insult word.
plus – meaning “yes”, as well as being a positive word to express something good, something large or something that you want something. So “plus cost” would mean expensive, “plus object” would mean a large object and “plus coffee” would mean that I want to have coffee.
minus – meaning “no”, as well as negative word to express something bad, something small or that you do NOT want. So “minus cost” would mean cheap, “minus object” would mean a small object and “minus coffee” would mean that I do not want to have coffee.
question word (this word is added on the end of a sentence to make it question)
“we you” could be used for they and “we I” for us.
hello / goodbye word
polite word (meaning both please and thank you)
sorry / apologies word
repeat (to ask someone repeat the phrase – they should know the language of course, but they may well have a strong accent!)
In order to count higher than two, numbers would be created as follows:
“two one” = three
“two two” = four
“two two one” = five etc.
So that it is possible to express large numbers, there must be a word to say that you are dictating number the digit by digit
Alternatively Roman Numerals could be used, since there are relatively few “words” needed, i.e. I, V , X, L, C and M. You would still need “zero” however.
Time and date
Days and months can be referred to using the counting system:
“day one” is Monday
“day two” is Tuesday
“day two one” is Wednesday
“day two two” is Thursday
drug ( “plus drug” would be a medicinal drug and “minus drug” would be a narcotic)
worship / meditate
See plus and minus above.
cost (to ask how much just say “cost” and the “question word” and point to object.)
validation ( “plus validation” means valid, “minus validation” means invalid)
underground train / metro
ticket (for a return ticket you would need to say name of starting point, destination and starting point)
make a booking word
The station would be “train place” and airport would be “plane place” etc.
For up and down, “plus” and “minus” can be used.
nausea / diarrhoea
You can point to body parts to show the doctor where the pain or problem is.
If you have a serious health condition or allergy it would be wise to get multi-language translation containing details of any health risk.
weather (“plus weather” for good weather, “minus weather” for bad weather)
It is only the British who go on about the “bloody weather” all the time, so there is no need for any other terms relating to weather!
Camping, Walking and Climbing Words
Since this is an outdoor gear blog, we obviously need some words to help ensure that we can participate in outdoor sports.
footpath / trail
Words that didn’t make it
It is quite tricky to limit the number of words required for effective communication. Here are some that did not make our vocabulary: it, heavy, light, want, give, have, gender, work, meet, animal and dog.
Try having a conversation!
We have tried to have some basic conversations, for example asking to book a hotel room for 2 adults for 3 nights, which was possible. However asking whether the price of the room included breakfast tested the language to it limits!
What do you think? Are there any words that we should have included or that we should omit from our lexicon? Let us know, click on “comments” below.
Phrases that didn’t make it
An additional idea for the creation of an auxiliary travel language is that phrases could be condensed into single words. Below are a few phrases that we could have included, but thought better of it. Just for fun!
The last phrase is obviously of the utmost importance, particularly if you’ve already had answers to the first three.
Just for Fun! Below are some YouTube clips relating to language mix ups.
Fawlty Towers – The Germans
At 3 minutes 55 seconds into this YouTube video, hopeless hotel owner Basil Fawlty thinks he can speak German. Unfortunately when his guests tell him that they wish to hire a car “Wir wollen ein Auto mieten”, Basil thinks that they are offering to go and get some meat.
Monty Python – Dirty Hungarian Phrase Book
A scheming publisher has deliberately mistranslated phrases in a English – Hungarian phrase book.