American team announced for Snowboard World Championships 2007

Duration: Jan. 14-20
The team includes:
Seth Wescott (Carrabassett Valley, ME)
Lindsey Jacobellis (Stratton Mountain, VT),
Olympic medalists Gretchen Bleiler (halfpipe, Aspen, CO) and
Chris Klug (PGS, Aspen, CO)
U.S. Snowboarding Program Director Jeremy Forster said:

We have a super strong team for Worlds in every event, including defending World Champions in snowboardcross, Plus we’ve got a lot of young riders on this team including X Game medalists Scotty Lago and Steve Fisher as well as Junior Worlds medalists Clair Bidez and Ellery Hollingsworth. All of them could crack the podium, so we’re looking for good things to happen in Arosa.

An event definitely not to be missed by Snowboard lovers.I’l definitely keep you clued in! To know the full team in different categories check out Skipressworld.

Plan your Kern River rafting trip now!

Are you planning to roll on the Lower Kern this summer? If you are, then it’s time for you to act quickly, the rafting trips are expected to end by Aug 20. Usually the rafting season runs till the end of September but this year the amount of water is little below the normal so the rafting trips will not run till September.

Whitewater rafting is a popular pastime throughout the Kern River. There are many companies that offer rafting trips. The majority of trips along the river range between Class III and Class V rapids. Also, there are some Class II rapids that provide exciting adventures for younger and inexperienced rafters. Choose the class level you are comfortable with.

Lickety Split is the easiest of the trips. This takes rafters through Class II-III rapids just upriver from Kernville and offers beautiful views of the river banks and surrounding forests. The Pictor is another Class II-III trip which runs south of Lake Isabella Dam and offers stunning views of Kern River Canyon in all of its glory. The Sampler is a Class III-IV run on the Upper Kern, a half-day trip that offers an idea of what rafting the river is like.

Keep in mind your level of experience and how much time you have for rafting. There are a number of companies that provide equipment and guides for trips along the rapids. It’s best to take a guide with you when rafting the river, especially if it’s your first time whitewater rafting. Be safe and enjoy your Lower Kern rafting trip!

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Sponsored abseil to raise charity

CHEKA (Care, Health and Education for Kids in Africa) is a charity set up by Bonnie Argo who is a former Cardiff Psychology student. To raise thousands of pounds for charity, Cardiff University Mountaineering Club, one of the most active sports clubs put on a subsidized abseil down the north side of the 55-meter tall psychology building last Friday.

Dressed in fancy dress costumes 23 club members abseiled down the building one after the other between 10am and 4pm.

To participate, each abseiler was given the task of raising &pound,100, so the expected total for the event will be between &pound,2300 and &pound,2500.

Mountaineering Club Vice-President Joe Hobson said:

The event will be good publicity for the club and hopefully stir up some excitement for possible members next academic year.

It’s good to show that the University clubs can use their skills and resources to raise money and awareness for important causes both home and abroad. And if that has to be done in a prostitute costume, then so be it.

It is anticipated that the event could become a yearly fixture in the Mountaineering Club’s calendar, using a different building each year.

Scare Dare Destination # 6: Land of Dracula, Romania

In reality Dracula’s castle was a fortress created for refuge. When the Turkish army surrounded him, he is said to have escaped through a tunnel and disappeared into the mountains.

His young son was strapped to the side of his horse but slipped off and was left for dead. His wife threw herself to death from a tower window.
Add to this the idea of ‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker and you will feel the shivers down your back. The area is so remote and impenetrable that no major road crossed this often stormy mountain pass until 1974.

Via: Haunted America Tours

Surfing Turns Healer

Boarding House Mentors have found a unique way to save kids living a life of risk through surfing. The process sure is helping a lot of kids.

The concept is to take the kids away from the negative influences and show them a new positive side of life which they have never seen.

The program runs its surfing and snowboard programs through out the year and soon will unveil a skateboarding program. The essence of the program is pairing up kids and mentors.

Via: Global Surfing News

The MTB Hercules Challenge 2006

The first of its kind Mountain Biking challenge through trails of the hill state of Himachal Pradesh over the seven districts of Shimla, Mandi, Kullu, Hamirpur, Bilaspur and Kangra has kicked off. The event has been organized by HASTPA (Himalayan adventure sports and tourism promotion association)

All the participants are struggling hard with just three days of the race left. At present Norbert Szenthihlosi is in the lead.