2015年1月30日星期五

家中的老婆近來抱怨我在假日只會去攀石/抱石,於是我們便在去年冬天的某假日走上了九龍坑山了。我這時也想起我應該要把心愛的哈蘇拿出來曬太陽了(技術上,203FE的快門要間中使用才能確保正常運作)。

要去九龍坑山不難,所以這是我和POLLY第一次登上這個山的...(平常只顧去行澗/攀石的我)。在太和站出發,轉走大埔頭村,便會去到登山的樓梯(最討厭的水泥路)。路上風光明眉,但即是也毫無挑戰性的路,沿路不斷爬升便會到達山頂的雷達站。

路上有很多晨運阿伯興建/改造的地點,例如有山坡開墾,種樹,引體上升架等等....最後我們由流水響的方向走回粉嶺平原一帶。總括來說,需約4-5小時就可走畢全程,不失為一家大細行山的好去處。
























遊走九龍坑山
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遊走九龍坑山



Carl Zeiss T* Planar 100mm F3.5這支銘鏡,除了CFI我還沒有機會把玩外,其他也擁有過了。Carl Zeiss T* Planar C100mm F3.5是在1968年發布,焦距為100mm,也因為是100mm 比起傳統的80mm較為特別,拍攝出來的照片,可說上是零失真也沒扭曲。(見下圖)

此外,在數碼相機大行其道的年代,若要入手此鏡,可算是非常容易而且價錢也十分相宜。在香港,外觀及鏡片比較好的,約HKD5,000 - 6,000 便有交易。要注意的是100/3.5 C 有3個不同年代的產品,鏡片附有T* 塗層的差不多要貴上HKD1,000 (若要在數碼機上使用,應有買T*的,如沒有T*因為紫邊真的很嚴重!)。銀邊SILVER RIM又要比黑鏡貴少許(?!)

在陽光普照的日子,它必定會取代了110/F2 的角色(真的很重),成為我的相機蓋。買入它後,不久我便把80/2.8打入冷宮了。100/3.5拍出來的照片真的令人很滿意,非常強的立體感及極少的扭曲變形,可算是所有CZ鏡中的第一。



Hasselblad 501CM Carl Zeiss T *100mm F3.5; F5.6 1/250 E100VS
SONY NEX 5N Carl Zeiss T *100mm F3.5; F3.5 1/250 ISO 800
SONY NEX 5N Carl Zeiss T *100mm F3.5; F3.5 1/160 ISO 100
淺談哈蘇名鏡「一』Carl Zeiss T* Planar C/CFi 100mm F3.5
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淺談哈蘇名鏡「一』Carl Zeiss T* Planar C/CFi 100mm F3.5



By Eric J. Hörst

I'm commonly asked what is the best training program or exercise for climbers, and I'm usually quick to answer 「it depends.」 This always leads me into a deeper conversation, but the executive summary is usually that 「the best training program for you is likely one you aren't doing!」
While many climbers I work with believe whole-heartedly that they are already on track with their training, a short Q & A with them usually reveals a less-than-perfect program and, in some cases, training that is largely a waste of time. Don't get me wrong, I meet a lot of hard-working climbers who really do take their training seriously—many pride themselves on always leaving the gym in a physically destroyed state. However, just because your training yields a crazy pump or makes you feel like a power-mongering bad ass, doesn't mean that it's effective. (For example, doing a CrossFit 「workout of the day」 would destroy most climbers, but it's not an effective training program for sport climbing.)
Enter sports science and the principles of overload and periodization, which state that an effective training program must be progressive and variable in nature. Equally important is the principle of individualization—a commandment that dictates the importance of training in a way that targets your limiting constraints relative to your current project or goal.
While I can't detail a personalized program in this short article—there is no one-program-fits-all for climbers—I will provide some general guidelines, tips, and a few exercises that will empower you to train more effectively. If you are really serious about getting it right, I encourage you to hire a veteran climbing coach or educate yourself so that you can embark on an intelligent self-directed program. (Tip: The three must-read books to study are Gimme Kraft, the Anderson brother's Rock Climber's Training Manual, and Training for Climbing, by yours truly.)
Is your Training On-route or Off-route?
Okay then, let's first suss out the effectiveness of your current training program. Your energy is being somewhat wasted with 「off-route」 training if you are: 1.) going to the gym and doing the same workout as previous months,  2.) training by way of another climber's program (copying what they are doing), 3.) training inconsistently (missing workouts or entire weeks of training), or 4.) going to the gym and 「climbing until you get a sick pump and can't climb anymore」 (I hear this one all the time).

How to Accurately Target Your Training
Sharpening your training aim begins by identifying your near-term climbing goal (is it bouldering, sport climbing, or multipitch related) and then correctly assessing your limiting constraints with regard to this goal. What's really holding you back? Is it maximum grip strength, pulling power, or forearm strength-endurance? Or, is it something more covert like poor climbing economy, fear, or perhaps core strength?
Something else to consider is your injury history and whether there are any underlying muscle imbalances or behaviors (i.e. under-resting, over-drinking, poor nutrition or sleep habits, etc.) that are holding you back. In designing a program, strive to improve on all things that affect your climbing, not just the time spent physically training. Peak performers in sport get all the puzzle pieces in the right place.
Having identified your climbing goal and related limiting constraints, cast-off on a dedicated 4- to 6-week training program that stays on-route (targeting your weaknesses) with every single workout. Do this consistently, three days per week, and you will soon break through your performance plateau.
What if you can't identify any glaring weakness or limiting constraint? The default training focus, then, is simply to 「get stronger.」 While improving grip strength is always paramount, you will most benefit from more comprehensive strength gains that includes your lock-off, shoulders, core, and posterior chain muscles (overlooked by most climbers).

With this goal in mind, I'll leave you with five important strength-training exercises. Don't just do one or two of these—coach Hörst instructs you to do all five!

1.      Weighted Fingerboard Hangs – The hangboard is the single most effective training tool, yet so many climbers fail to properly use it (a few fingertip hangs at the end of your climbing session will have little benefit). Conversely, doing two or three hangboard sessions per week will gift most climbers with a noticeable bump in crimp strength in as little as two to four weeks. Here's how to increase your maximum crimp strength. Using an edge (depth between ½」 - ¾」) do three 7- to 10-second hangs each followed by just 50 to 53 seconds of rest (i.e. each hang-rest couplet is exactly one minute). These hangs must be near-maximal intensity, so you'll likely need to wear a weight belt (or hang weights from your harness) in order to limit each hang to just 10 grueling seconds. Use only the half-crimp grip (no thumb lock) and do three sets of three hangs with a three-minute rest between each set.

2.      Weight Pull-ups (with top lock-off) – Doing high-rep sets of pull-ups will build endurance, but beyond a point it won't make you stronger. If you can do 15 solid bodyweight pull-ups, you should begin adding weight. Hang weights from a dip belt or harness, or use a weight vest. Add enough weight to limit you to just 5 to 8 reps, and be sure to hold a two-second lock-off at the top of each pull-up. Do three to five sets with weight, always beginning with at least one bodyweight warm-up set.

3.      Dip – My favorite push muscle exercise, and a must-do for climbers. Begin by doing them on parallel bars and graduate to dipping on rings (much harder). Do 3 sets of 8 to 15 reps—a full rep begins at a 90-degree elbow bend (no lower) and ends in the straight-arm position. Strong climbers will need to add weight to maintain the proper rep range.

4.      Windshield Wipers (aka. Ice Cream Makers) – Climbers do all kinds of crunches and planks in the name of anterior core and oblique training. If you are strong at these, it's time to add Windshield Wipers to your routine—these will hammer your entire core, as well as work the shoulders and arms in a very good way. Here's how to do them: Grabbing a bar palms away, pull-up to a 90-degree elbow bend, then lean your head and shoulders back while lifting your legs and bending at the hips to gain a 「V」-shaped body position (with your ankles a foot or two beyond the bar). Now hold this position and rotate your hips left and right (swinging your legs like a windshield wiper) about 45-degrees each side of the starting position. Do three sets of 6 to 12 reps (hard) with a three-minute rest between sets.

5.      Pistol Squat (or free weight squat or deadlift) – You may be surprised to learn that the muscles of the posterior chain (hamstrings, glutes, spinal erectors, among others) are crucial for creating core stiffness as well as powering the hip extension and kipping motions that are fundamental to hard climbing. If you have a good strength coach to instruct you, consider adding two brief squatting and/or deadlifting sessions per week. (We're not talking a body building or powerlifting program—don't go there!) For those who are self-coaching, I recommend training with single-legged Pistol Squats, which you can perform during rest breaks at the climbing gym. An ass-to-grass pistol squat is the long term-goal, however, lack of strength, flexibility, and balance prevent most climbers from being able to do this. So instead, I recommend doing the pistol squat with a bench, box, or chair (~ 18 inches high) positioned behind you. Squat down until your rear end touches the box, then press back up. Extend your arms and free leg in front of you for balance, and concentrate on tracking your knee out over your foot (don't let it collapse inward). Do two or three sets of 10 reps each side. Lower/raise the bench height to increase/decrease difficulty.

Eric Hörst (pronounced 「hurst」), a former world-class climber, is a renowned coach and author of best-selling books such as Training for Climbing and Maximum Climbing. Learn more atwww.TrainingForClimbing.com. 
Smashing Plateaus: The Best Training Program for You Is One You Aren't Doing
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Smashing Plateaus: The Best Training Program for You Is One You Aren't Doing

IKEA 賣場退役飛機老佛爺百貨……Airbnb 正在將自家業務伸入各個不可思議的角落,而最近的一項新活動,便是讓旅客們到阿爾卑斯山上的纜車中住上一晚。在這個懸掛近 3 千米高的纜車上,Airbnb 提供了一個豪華酒店套房,有簡單的休息區域和鋪著柔軟寢具的臥室,提供紅酒和餐點,允許最多四人入住。最重要的是,你可以在高空中一覽白雪皚皚的阿爾卑斯山脈風景,與自然融為一體。









想要去住上一晚試試?Airbnb 目前正在官網徵集住客,你只需要提交一個 100 字的說明,告訴 Airbnb 你為何應該入住這間纜車套房,即有機會享受到。詳細的信息不妨點擊這裡去看看吧。
坐擁阿爾卑斯山脈,Airbnb 推出高空纜車套房業務
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坐擁阿爾卑斯山脈,Airbnb 推出高空纜車套房業務

哆啦 A 夢最新一部劇場版《Stand by Me(伴我同行)》電影將於二月在香港地區公映。此次除了為紀念藤子‧F‧不二雄誕辰 80 週年首次推出 3D 電影版外,片方還將在香港開設一家快閃店,帶來限量版的電影特典套裝以及限定商品。當中不僅包括紀念 T 恤、藍胖子布偶、扭蛋、明細片等常規動漫周邊,同時還有藏在小鈴鐺裡的購物袋、哆啦 A 夢雨傘、角色搪瓷杯等特別商品,其可愛程度一定會讓藍胖子的粉絲們愛不釋手。



▲《哆啦 A 夢:Stand by Me》電影換票證和特典套裝,限量 1923 套,售價 230 港元(約合人民幣 190 元)。

▲電影紀念 T 恤,分為 L 和 S 號,售價 300 元港幣(約合人民幣 245 元)。

▲電影扭蛋,共有五款角色造型徽章,其中還包括一枚隱藏版扭蛋。價格未知。

▲手機殼及屏幕保護貼套裝,售價 230 元港幣(約合人民幣 190 元)。

▲哆啦 A 夢布偶,腳底縫有「Stand by Me」字樣,售價 260 元港幣(約合人民幣 210 元)。


▲裝在鈴鐺裡的哆啦 A 夢購物袋,藍白兩色,售價 280 元港幣(約合人民幣 230 元)。

▲搪瓷杯,售價 180 元港幣(約合人民幣 145 元)。

▲立體眼鏡,售價 50 元港幣(約合人民幣 40 元)。

▲可愛又實用的哆啦 A 夢雨傘,售價 300 元港幣(約合人民幣 245 元)。
這間哆啦 A 夢 Stand by Me 快閃店店將從 2 月 3 日一直持續到 22 日。如果在此期間你有機會去到香港,不妨去感受下 3D 版的哆啦 A 夢電影以及可愛的周邊產品吧。
店舖地址:香港軒尼詩道 500 號希慎廣場
營業時間:11:00-21:00 / 11:00-21:00(週一到週五 / 週末及公眾假期)
《哆啦 A 夢》3D 電影香港上映,周邊商品限定上市
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《哆啦 A 夢》3D 電影香港上映,周邊商品限定上市

2015年1月27日星期二



Needless to introduce, here is the link I found of the internet. What a wonderful collection with an index pages so you can go through one by one. Enjoy climbers!

http://topfreeclimb.tv/best-of-2014/
Introducing "The Best Climbing Videos of 2014"
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Introducing "The Best Climbing Videos of 2014"

2015年1月20日星期二

作為中國最重要的戶外展會之一,2015年北京ISPO將於1月28日在北京國家會議中心拉開帷幕。藍峪商貿(上海)有限公司和上海飛蛙商貿有限公司將攜法國頂級攀登裝備品牌PETZL,著名意大利戶外鞋履品牌CRISPI和AKU,以及美國極限運動品牌FIVETEN共同亮相B1.211展位,令為期四天的戶外盛會錦上添花。

全球最知名的攀登和工業器材品牌PETZL將在ISPO上展示2015年頭燈、安全帶、冰鎬、動力繩等的全新產品,並邀請PETZL頭燈產品市場總監Olivier Petzl及全球銷售總監Patrick Werle親臨現場,PETZL品牌的忠實粉絲們千萬不可錯過與PETZL產品專家近距離溝通交流的機會。
時值CRISPI品牌成立四十週年,CRISPI特別推出了四十週年旗艦產品——MONACO系列紀念版MONACO ANNIVERSARY GTX,此款由意大利製鞋大師完全手工製作,每一條車線都延續CRISPI品牌四十年來的製鞋傳統。採用南歐優質小牛皮,配合特殊鞣製工藝,細膩柔軟,帶來極致的舒適體驗。多層復合結構,堅韌耐用,同時提供良好的支撐,保護雙腳。GORE-TEX防水透氣材料與VIBRAM MEGAGRIP大底提供更強悍的戶外功能。
在此次展會上,您還將有機會一睹AKU SLOPE三十週年復刻版SLOPE 30 GTX的風采。三十年前,AKU SLOPE鞋橫空出世,以極其出眾的舒適性、保護性和別緻的外觀成為市場的明星,作為AKU最受歡迎的徒步鞋,如今的SLOPE更加透氣,更輕便、更耐用,依然極其舒適,復刻的設計讓你回歸更純粹的戶外生活。此外AKU還將展示2015年新品,採用突破性設計的全功能超輕徒步鞋ALPINA LIGHT MID GTX,亮點多多,目不暇接。
「BRANDOFTHEBRAVE」貼切地表達了美國極限運動品牌FIVETEN的品牌精神。作為高防滑鞋裡的領軍品牌,從速降山地車攀岩,從飛翼滑翔皮划艇,FIVETEN為世界上最危險的運動製造鞋子。Redlands加州公司已經設計和製造獨有STEALTH橡膠近30年了。得到了世界頂尖運動員,嚮導的幫助並結合最先進的橡膠測試,FIVETEN已經成為世界頂級運動員鞋牌選擇。此次展會上FIVETEN將展示2015年全新設計的不同系列產品,包含採用STEALTHMi6橡膠技術的攀岩鞋TEAMVXI,優勝美地(YOSEMITE)系列徒步鞋CAMPFOURGTX,溯溪鞋CANYONEER3,採用BOAlacing繫帶系統的AllMountain系列鎖鞋TEAMBLACK,全新採用帆布材質鞋面的SLEUTH鞋亦適合平日穿著。
2015 ISPO:PETZL/ CRISPI/ AKU/ FIVE TEN 新品上市
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2015 ISPO:PETZL/ CRISPI/ AKU/ FIVE TEN 新品上市