Outdoor Research Scotty Hawker’s UTMB Journey

Outdoor Research Scotty Hawker’s UTMB Journey

Outdoor Research in it’s element at UTMB, words from Scotty Hawker OR brand ambassador.

OR Helium II Jacket – The Perfect Light Weight Answer

First and foremost the Helium II Jacket was in it’s element in the severe weather conditions at race. I had a back up jacket with my crew just incase the Helium soaked through with all the snow and rain that we had, but I never had to change over jackets throughout the 21hr 55mins I was travelling around Mont Blanc. I knew it was a great piece of kit but this even surprised me! My crew were also loving the bright lemongrass colour as they were able to easily pick me out within the pack of runners early on at checkpoints. This is the go to rain jacket for ultra running, and I would recommend the Helium to all that venture into the sport. Its not the lightest jacket out there, but only a few extra grams of tape sealing and more durable fabrics it does the job and more…

Outdoor Research Sensor 150 Gloves – A Must Have

A big concern for me was cold hands! So alternating throughout the race between the PL 150 Sensor and the PL Base Sensor gloves enabled me to help regulate my body temp and stay warm. Through the night the PL150 were more than up to the job and then through the day the Base Sensor kept things comfortable and also prevented any rubbing from wet hiking pole straps! I’m not a big user of gloves when running as the cool temps both ready phase me normally, but the extreme conditions at this year’s UTMB I wasn’t going to leave the start without a set of the perfect gloves!

Echo Ubertube

The final item that was part of my kit was the Echo Ubertube. Like the Echo Tee the material is a dream to wear and the Ubertube is such a versatile and comfortable piece of kit to have. It was instrumental in helping me keep warm and also cool off where the outside temps ranged from -10 up to 12 deg. I will not be leaving home without the Ubertube no matter the weather conditions….

There’s not really a better test for trail running equipment than at the worlds most competitive trail ultramarathon and I can’t speak highly enough of how the gear performed!

 

Scotty Hawker OR brand ambassador. finished 11th place at this year’s UTMB in 21hrs 55mins! The 2017 edition was the most competitive ultramarathon in the history of the sport…..

Read Scotty journey around Monte Blanc here

New Product – Sterling WorkPro Static Rope

New Product – Sterling WorkPro Static Rope

For the WorkPro, Sterling have developed an entirely new approach to rope construction—one that makes for balanced elongation in the core and sheath so they share the load evenly. This makes the WorkPro Series stronger than other ropes of similar construction while retaining a small but important amount of elongation.

Sterling’s newest static rope is the direct result of a rigorous in-use testing and evaluation process with rope access professionals working in variable and harsh conditions. The final design incorporates their feedback and benefits from Sterling’s extensive experience working with nylon/ polyester mixed material ropes.

  • Polyester Sheath gives great durability including abrasion and UV
  • Nylon Core gives suppleness for good handling and tying knots etc.
  • All diameters are EN 1891 Type A & ANSI Z133 Certified
  • 10mm & 11mm are NFPA 1983: Technical while 12.5mm is NFPA 1983: General Use

11mm is now available from stock and the 10mm & 12.5mm diameters are available to order.

WorkPro has a great range of applications in Industrial, Rescue and Arbor settings. For a quick overview in this video Matt Hunt, Sterling Work Market Manager tells us about the features and benefits of the WorkPro static rope series that are ideal for rope access technicians.

There is a video for Rescue Technicians available HERE and for Aborists HERE

10 mm WorkPro

Specifications – 67g/m, MBS Rating 29.0kN

The 10mm (3/8″) WorkPro is ideal for Mountain and Backcountry Rescue Teams.

This rope is dual-certified, compatible with recreational climbing gear, light and packable. Uses: Rappelling, Anchoring, Light-Duty Rigging.

11 mm WorkPro

Specifications – 83g/m, MBS Rating 36.0kN

11mm covers all the bases very well indeed. Sterling’s newest static rope is the direct result of a rigorous in-use testing and evaluation process with rope access professionals working in variable and harsh conditions. The final design incorporates their feedback and benefits from Sterling’s extensive experience working with nylon/ polyester mixed material ropes.

12.5mm WorkPro

Specifications – 110g/m, MBS Rating 47.0kN

The 12.5mm (1/2″) WorkPro is ideal for Arborists, Window Washers, and Rescue Teams.

Arbor: This kernmantle rope is certified to ANSI Z133 and EN 1891. Compatible with popular hardware for climbing and descent systems, this rope is also easier to grip. Uses: Climbing line for SRS and MRS.

Industrial: This rope is strong and durable for Industrial rescue and safety applications, and is dual-certified to EN 1891 Type A and NFPA 1983 General Use. Uses: Tower Climbing, Window Cleaning, Stand-by Rescue Teams and Confined Space.

Rescue: This rope is certified to NFPA 1983 General Use, and compatible with most standard rescue devices and equipment. Uses: Standard Main and Belay System, Twin-Tensioned System.

 

La Sportiva Gore-Tex®

La Sportiva Gore-Tex®

NEW Core High & Primer Low GTX

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Gore-Tex® Surround™ Technology allows 360 degree breathability

CORE HIGH GTX

An over the ankle, all synthetic trail assault vehicle with highly breathable Gore-Tex Surround designed for moving fast on all types of hiking terrain. The shoe adopts solutions that are part of La Sportiva’s mountain DNA combining them to technology and features deriving from the world of mountain running, approach and mountaineering.

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  • Innovative Nano-Cell™ Technology upper wraps the foot in protection while allowing maximum breathability and waterproof protection
  • Gore-Tex® Surround™ Technology allows 360 degree breathability
  • STB™ Technology stabilizes the foot by wrapping the midsole and unifying the midsole with the upper for the perfect locked-down fit
WEIGHT: (M) 830g (W) 720g
LAST: Tempo
UPPER: AirMesh / Nano-Cell™ direct injection /PU Leather
LINING: Gore-Tex® Surround™
MIDSOLE: Compression Molded EVA / TPU Inserts
SOLE:  Vibram® Nano with Impact Brake System™
SIZES: (M) 38 - 47.5 (W) 36-43 (half sizes)
COLOR:  (M) Grey/Green (W) Grey/Ice Blue
RRP: $279.95

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PRIMER LOW GTX

The Primer GTX is the low cut shoe dedicated to the world of mountain/fast hiking: fast hiking with light packs off road and is fully waterproof with the new Gore-Tex Surround. The shoe adopts solutions that are part of La Sportiva’s mountain DNA combining them to technology and features deriving from the world of mountain running, approach and mountaineering.

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  • Innovative Nano-Cell™ Technology upper wraps the foot in protection while allowing maximum breathability and waterproof protection
  • Gore-Tex® Surround™ Technology allows 360 degree breathability
  • STB™ Technology stabilizes the foot by wrapping the midsole and unifying the midsole with the upper for the perfect locked-down fit
WEIGHT: (M) 780g (W) 600g
LAST: Tempo
UPPER: AirMesh / Nano-Cell™ direct injection /PU Leather
LINING: Gore-Tex® Surround™
MIDSOLE: Compression Molded EVA / TPU Inserts
SOLE:  Vibram® Nano with Impact Brake System™
SIZES: (M) 38 - 47.5 (W) 36-43 (half sizes)
COLOR:  (M) Grey/Green (W) Grey/Yellow
RRP: $249.95

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La Sportiva – Genius

La Sportiva – Genius

The Genius climbing shoe uses the innovative No-Edge technology by La Sportiva and features a lace-up closure system.

It uniquely combines the sensitivity and performance of the “no-edge” technology to the comfort, precision and volume adaptability of lace-up models. This particular construction method allows for the perfect adaptation to different types of rock deriving from the larger surface area in contact with the holds, while comfort is guaranteed by the lacing system that allows for perfect regulation of inner volumes and wraps the foot snugly and precisely, providing even greater support. The Laspoflex midsole combined to the P3 Patent System in fact, provides support for the climber even if the shoe is not worn excessively tightly. This construction feature united to the lacing system makes the shoe adaptable to all types of foot, both narrow and wide fit. It is the ideal choice for use on rock walls, it can be worn for long periods thanks to the enhanced comfort features but it is also ideal for use on the boulders thanks to the grippy heel. Genius is the natural evolution of the climbing species.


Upper: Suede leather combined with microfiber. Slip lasted.

Lining: None.

Fit: Medium.

Midsole: Laspoflex 1,1 combined to P3 System.

Sole: Vibram® XSGrip2 – 3 mm.

Patents: P3 System (Permanente Power Platform)

Sizes: 32 – 46 (including half sizes)

Weight: 440 g (pair, size 39)

Reel Rock “Valley Uprising”

Reel Rock “Valley Uprising”

If you missed the Australian Reel Rock Tour in 2014reelrock-logo

The Valley Uprising digital download +bonus features is available now!

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Check out the half century of wild vertical hijinks, including this scene of Warren Harding topping out on the Dawn Wall in 1970!

Reel Rock 2017

Reel Rock 2017

REEL ROCK 12 – LANDING NOVEMBER 2017

This November, get ready for climbing’s greatest stories, stars, and sends. REEL ROCK 12 premieres five new short films that will deliver heart-thumping action, big laughs, and pure inspiration.

Featuring Margo Hayes, the first woman to climb 5.15; Brad Gobright, an up-and-coming free soloist with a donut addiction; and more.

 

BREAK ON THROUGH

In high-end modern rock climbing, 5.15 is the top of the difficulty scale, a grade achieved by only a few men and never by a woman. Margo Hayes, a little known 19-year-old from Boulder, Colorado, is determined to change that. To be closer to the world’s hardest routes, she moved to Europe, where she trains and climbs with the single-minded goal of succeeding on one of the famous 5.15s in France and Spain. But pushing her body and mind to the absolute limit, she risks injury and burnout in her quest to be the first.

MARGO HAYES

When 18-year-old Margo Hayes clipped the chains on the 5.15 La Rambla route in Spain, it was the hardest route ever climbed by a woman. Trained as a gymnast, Margo made the leap to climbing when she was ten years old and never looked back. In 2016 she became the U.S. lead climbing champ, and also excelled on hard routes outside, climbing fourteen 5.14s in a single year. RR12 documents her under-the-radar rise and looks ahead to what’s next.

 

ABOVE THE SEA

Off the peak of his legendary climbing career, Chris Sharma remains the world’s greatest practitioner of deep water soloing — climbing ropeless above the sea. Ten years after his generation-defining ascent of a majestic arch, legendary climber Chris Sharma returns to the Mediterranean island of Mallorca where he discovers a beautiful, sweeping wall with small holds running up its face. If he can link the moves, and endure the numerous heart-stopping plunges into the sea, he will establish what may be the world’s hardest deep water solo climb to date.

CHRIS SHARMA

Back during REEL ROCK 5’s iconic King Lines film, Chris Sharma was already a legend. Wonder-kid prodigy. Globe-trotting hardman. The author of the world’s first 5.15. But once he scaled the underbelly of a whimsical arch in the Mediterranean Sea, ropeless, he without a doubt reserved his place on climbing’s theoretical Mt Rushmore. In his return to RR12, Chris revisits Mallorca and reminds us the king of climbing is still spelled S-H-A-R-M-A.

 

SAFETY THIRD

For most climbers, it’s safety first. But Brad Gobright is definitely not most climbers. Fueled by day-old donuts and unhindered by a fear of falling, this young talent is pushing the limits of scary trad and free solo ropeless climbing in his backyard playground of Eldorado Canyon. Having survived a few big scares, Brad is determined to make his boldest ascent yet — a first-ever free solo of one of Eldo’s most exposed and difficult routes.

BRAD GOBRIGHT

Nightshift busboy. Honda Civic devotee. Donut connoisseur. But starting this fall REEL ROCK audiences will know Brad Gobright as something much more: climbing’s wildest free soloist. Brad has mastered his craft in sketchy Eldorado Springs Canyon, a scruffy climbing area where slippery rock and small holds don’t exactly inspire confidence. Join us for big laughs and bold ascents as Brad shakes up the wall, while shaking up the climbing scene.

 

STUMPED

Maureen Beck is not here to be your inspiration. “People say, ‘look a one-armed climber, now I have no excuses.’ I’m like dude, you never had any excuses in the first place.” And she is not making excuses for herself. Beck may have been born missing her lower left arm, but that hasn’t stopped her from going hard. She pushes her “stump” to the limit, takes whippers on 5.12, and crushes overhanging boulders, while shotgunning beers between burns. ”I don’t want to just be a good one armed climber,” says Beck. “I want to be a good climber.”

MAUREEN BECK

Maureen Beck, a lifelong climber, is poised to take down her latest project — without the use of her lower left arm, which has been missing since birth. An ambassador for adaptive sports, she’s not here to strictly inspire you — she’s also here to crush your project and then drink all your beer.

 

Stay tuned here and to the Reel Rock Australia Facebook Page for more information!

 

 

Recovery- Its a Strange Beast – Caine Warburton

Recovery- Its a Strange Beast – Caine Warburton

Well the last 3 weeks since the Kokoda challenge have been pretty busy, it would seem that lots of things got put on hold in the lead up the race and now with the dust finally settled there has been lots of work to do catching up, both professionally at work and also emotionally at home with my wife.

 

My recovery post Kokoda was an interesting beast, I had Sunday off completely content to catch up with Dave and Ben over breakfast and debrief the race. It still is a bit mind boggling that while we were having breakfast on Sunday there were still teams out there trudging through the course! I can barely get my head around it and in my eyes these people have much more courage, motivation and perseverance then we will ever have, to push through countless hours in the cold and see the day break must have been both punishing and (hopefully) rewarding for them.

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Anyway the Monday afterwards was to be my first run, on the advice on Andy I went out for a very very easy 20min on the beach. I don’t usually run so soon after a big race but keen to trust Andy’s guidance I laced up and went out. Surprisingly it wasn’t too bad, no major pain anywhere but on the flip side my legs felt like they were full of concrete! The next couple of days were hit and miss as the swelling reduced in my legs and the little niggles came out. To my surprise my hamstring was no worse than before the race which was a real positive, it still needed some attention but it wasn’t destroyed that’s for sure. A few visits to Robbie at Insight massage later and it was starting to free right up.

 

It wasn’t really until the next week that my running started to get back on track and I managed to get out a decent speed session of 5x 1km reps (@ 10km pace) on the Tuesday. I had planned to go to the Ipswich Park to Park Half marathon on the Sunday 28th just 2 weeks after the Kokoda race. My key “indicator” session that was to determine if I would race the Park Half was a Thursday 20min Tempo at Half marathon race pace – with the idea being that if It felt great and I had no lingering hammy issues I would go to the half. As it turned out the session felt great, no worries at all but my hammy pulled up just a bit tight afterwards…..so playing on the safe side we canned the Ipswich half and replaced it with a hit out in the Race 3 of the Soleus 6km Series held in Nerang on the Saturday 27th followed by a 3hour long run the next day.

 

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Now I had previously won Race 2 of the 6km series a few weeks before Kokoda setting a new course record of 23.54 in the process, it was a solid result as I was chased all the way to the line Danny Carr (who as a 5km Pb around 14min I think). So going into race 3 I wasn’t expecting much, my legs still had a bit of fatigue in them from Kokoda a mere 15 days prior, I still needed to nurse my hammy through the ups and downs and I had heard Danny wasn’t to race this time around…bummer!.

 

So I did a warm up of about 5km with my speedy whippet (who god forbid couldn’t miss out on running) then settled in to the start line and waited for the fun to begin. In true Ian Cornelious style there was no starters gun but more a relaxed … ready….GO! Straight away the likes of Brad Must and a few others shot to the front and duelled it out to the gate, high jumping the gate I sat in behind Brad and a young kid in cross country spikes for the first 50m of the single track. At the first chance I shot by the boys and opened up in what I think is the best part of the course. The trail in the first 1.5 km is all singletrack and is reasonably technical , rutted out, rocky, a creek crossing and lots of roots.

 

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Lucky for me the boys are yet to get their head around running fast on the technical stuff so by the time I hit the fire road I couldn’t see anyone behind and trust me I needed the gap, I instantly noticed my legs were full of lactic and strangely my right quad more than anywhere else. I settled into a more comfortable pace as I climbed up the last part of the rise on the fire road, once at the top I thought to myself – “just take it easy no need to trash yourself…long run tomorrow”. So I backed it off to about 25km race pace effort and cruised my way down to the turn around at 3.5 km.

 

At the turn I noticed I hit it at 13min 30sec…..slow – too slow ….I had gone pretty easy down to the turn and thought to myself that I didn’t want to run a 26min race…. So I picked it back up again and started to work hard on the climb back out, passing all those coming in the other direction was great…I made sure I gave everyone a few words of encouragement as it helped me as much as them.

 

Tr-4-Re

 

Hitting the intersection at the top of the long decent to the finish I was working pretty hard, I let my legs go on the decent bouncing off rocks and striding out ,thanks mainly to the plush but fast Helios I chose to wear. I blasted through the final single track at break neck speed (I think about 2.50-3min/km pace) and was spat back out on to the fire road for the final push to the line. Seeing Steve from SOK Images waiting for a picture I made sure I quick stepped and got in a trail jump before pushing all the way to the line. In the end I ran a 23.41…a 13sec PB, I was stoked and could hardly believe I did it, with Kokoda in the legs and massive negative split under my belt I felt pretty darn happy.

 

Since the race my training has been going pretty good, I did the 3 hours the next day no worries and have been even getting in a few road tempo’s done in the lead up to my next race the Alice Springs 60km. The Alice race is a road event and it pretty much flat, its on the 18th of August and it has come around very quickly so fingers crossed I can pull out something decent for it. It too will be an indicator race for me and gauge whether or not I will join team mate Ben Duffus at the Surf Coast Century 100km in September.

 

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On other news after the successful (albeit last minute) implementation of an all liquid nutritional plan featuring Endura Optimizer and Endura Gels during the Kokoda Challenge, I was so impressed with the result that I have decided to stick with Endura for my future training, racing and recovery nutrition needs. Being an Australian company who prides themselves on quality without compromise the decision to switch has been an easy one. The next Endura test will be Alice where I will use a concentrated Optimiser mix in gel flasks (thanks for the tip Dave) coupled with standard gels and water.

 

Until next time keep any eye out on Team KSR as we are pencilling in our next 12 months of events and will have lots of exciting news to share.

 

Happy Running

Caine Warburton