Mount Kenya briefing
Sirimon route is the most gentle ascend route to Mount Kenya and has a lot of Wildlife. The route also offers spectacular view of the Batian and Nelion the highest peaks of Mount Kenya. The route has a steep ascend from Shipton camp to lenana which is abit strenuous. Descend from Point Lenana is the on the edge of the Lewis glacier. The descend from Mackinder camp to met station is along the famous vertical bog.
Porters, Guides, and Cooks
We will provide one porter per person to carry all the mountain gears. 3 cooks, 3 guides: ratio of three clients 01 guides. Clients are expected to carry a day pack with a warm layer, water, and camera, waterproof. Please make sure your daypack is light as much as possible. Porters always walk either behind or ahead, in that case make sure you have all your requirement.
We expect you to drink 3-4 litre of water per day. We have stream and piped water on all camps. Carry water purification kit with you though the water up the mountain is safe for drinking.
We provide three meals per day. We have picnic lunch of sandwich. Food is rich in carbohydrates proteins, and vitamins. We ensure a balanced diet always.
The food is composed of vegetables, fruits, cereals and hot drinks; chocolate, coffee and tea are served. Kindly let us know the vegetarians and vegans in advance.
Old Moses, Shipton camp, Mackinders and Met station bunk house. These houses have are bunk houses with bunk beds thus you need to bring warm sleeping bag. Inside, they have a shared dinning hall and fire is provided at an extra fee to the care taker.
This is not mandatory, but at the end of the trip, the porters, cook and the guide expect an appreciation gesture from you in form of Tips/gratuities. If you are satisfied with their service tip them. We only recommend but again it’s not a must.
1500 – 200 per porter
2500 – 3000 for the cooks
3500- 4000 for the guides
We expect that all of you are medically fit. We recommend however that you have a small medical kit with you. The guide will carry your medical kits for you.
Safety and emergencies
Though the Kenya Wildlife Service has Trained Rescue Team at Mackinders and Austrian Hut with radio Communication at the KWS Mount Kenya headquarters, we recommend that every hazard measure should be taken into account to avert any harm or emergency. The Guide and a lead porter have communication radio and mobile phones which they will use to get in touch with the manned station.. A 4×4 vehicle is always on a standby at Narumoru park headquarter base in case of any emergencies.
Porters are also trained on basic first aid basic and all visitors should follow and adhere to the guide guidance on evacuation of an emergency case. Please carry your insurance cover contact. So that they can be contacted by us in case of anything.
Hazards do exist on the mountain. They include:
Animals such as buffalo and elephant in the forest zone.
Exposure – warm days can turn very cold very quickly
Dehydration – Very common at altitude where people don’t realize how Much water they are losing.
Altitude Sickness – Very common on the mountain at high altitude and during periods of dry weather.
Here is a brief list of things you will need for the trek
Climbing Gears and equipment
Pants, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
Short-sleeved or t-shirts
Long-sleeved shirts, for hiking and for lounging in the evenings
Fleece jacket or wool sweater
Down jacket or ski parka (for temperatures well below freezing plus wind)
Rain jacket, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
Rain pants, needed in hot rainforest and cold snow
Sport bras, for women
Cold Heights Accessories
Mittens and/or gloves (waterproof, one thin pair, one thick pair that can be layered)
Wool or pile hat
Balaclava or neck gaiters
Hand and foot warmers (chemical activated)
Trekking shoes for hiking during the day, preferably warm, waterproof, and with ankle-support — not too light and not too heavy
Tennis shoes or sandals for lounging in the evening
Gaiters- to keep off the gravel and mud.
Hiking socks for warmer conditions
Wool socks for colder conditions
Sock liners to wick away moisture
Climbing: Sleep Gear
– Sleeping bag (Rated -10 degrees F/-25 degrees C or colder is recommended)
– Sleeping pad and repair kit
If you are a rider and you’ve been used to hauling your gear for long trips on side-bags and inside bunjee-jumped bags hitched to the back of your seat, you might want to rethink the possibilities.
Trailers for motorcycles are coming in all shapes, sizes and colors and they are making it possible for riders to hit the open road with ease.
We’ve all see it: driving behind a motorcycle out on the highway, somewhere between nowheresville and the next gas stop, with large bags hanging from both sides of its back end. Not only does the extra baggage add weight to the motorcycle itself, they also just look plain clunky.
Rethink the travel trailer and imagine a sleek, shiny black egg-shaped trailer that hitches quickly and easily to the back of your motorcycle. Pull-behind motorcycle trailers are making it possible for riders to hit the highway for days at a time, carrying everything from camping gear to work tools and other items behind them, rather than on the back of their seat.
You can virtually tow your luggage or gear behind any Harley, Goldwyng, Can Am Spider or Victory or any motor bike, trike or tricycle. Many pull-behind motorcycle trailers can be customized to match the color of your bike, trike or tricycle and come with accessories, including spare tires, covers, chrome trim and packaging and more.
These beautiful new pull-behind travel trailers for motorcycles are not your old-school side-car looking numbers in any way. They are hitched to your trailer hauler and the back of your bike and come in stunning colors and materials, including fiberglass and aluminum.
Your travel trailer hauler can also come with top racks for extra storage space or designed with platforms for putting other items on, such as ice chests, tool boxes, camping gear, photography equipment and more.
Why are pull behind motorcycle travel trailers and storage units so popular? Simply put, they make the art of road travel by motorcycle fun and convenient. They help take the hassle out of travel altogether because, as is the case with a trailer behind a car, for example, there is no constant un-packing and untying of bags to get to what you need as you make your stops along the way.
With pull-behind motorcycle trailers, you simply pull over and open up your travel hauler to get to what you need, fast and efficiently. Close it up and hit the highway!
There are even travel trailers being manufactured for motorcycles today that have top-rack capability for storing a bicycle! That means you can take you motorcycle out on the road, find a camping spot and then enjoy your other favorite sport: mountain biking or city touring by bike!
Motorcycle pull-behind trailers and storage units are redefining what it means to be a “biker.” There are no special requirements for licensing involved in operating a trailer for your bike, but of course you may want to make sure you practice driving with it, parking and maneuvering before you hit the road. Because they add length to your motorcycle, you want to know how the trailer feels and how much room you need to put it into a parking space, park it curbside and also how to safely make those lane changes on the freeways and highways.
Save the back seat of your wonderful touring bike for a passenger and consider using a trailer for pulling all your gear and food behind your motorcycle instead.
Learning to ride
‘It’s as easy as riding a bike’… but as any parent who has watched their little one struggle to balance, steer, pedal and navigate their first bike along the footpath, riding a bike is really not that easy at all. Not only does your excitable toddler have to curb their enthusiasm long enough to concentrate, they also have to deal with the inevitable ‘crash’. You are left wiping down grazed hands and knees, trying to pick up the pieces and convince a rather frightened and much less brave Princess to try again. All too often it results in the bike being carried home by Mummy or Daddy and a tearful toddler trudging behind.
However, if you are a master in the art of manipulation and you’ve managed to coax the little one back on the bike, you are more often than not confronted by uneven paths, and the most dreaded of all – hills! At best, this results in the intrepid Pirate Jack getting off his bike to push it up the hill, only to have his courage rebuffed by those nasty pedals hitting his calves with every other step. All of this is not a brilliant way to promote the pleasures of riding a bike.
So, how do you get around this? The answer is the Early Rider Pedaless bike, or balance bike. The idea is simple; by removing the pedals, balance bikes allow the little ones to concentrate on learning to balance and steer without needing to worry about pedalling. With their feet either firmly on the ground, or when confidence grows, stretched out in front of them for maximum downhill enjoyment, they are perfectly equipped to handle even the most challenging of suburban ‘ mountains ‘.
The innovative design is based on ancient principles of balance and motion, taking away the need for stabilisers and really allowing the child to focus on learning to balance. The Early Rider balance bikes have been designed for ages 20 months and up and they come in 3 ranges; Lite, which is a lightweight bike for ages pre 2 – 4 years; Classic, a slightly heavier, more robust bike designed for ages 2 – 5 and the recently launched Evolution, aimed at children 3 and half years to 6 years, still using the same beautiful design and light weight modelling of the other two bikes. It provides the perfect transition bike and the ultimate in street style.
Safety and Control
As the Pedaless bikes are carrying your most treasured possession, safety and control will be uppermost in your mind when considering a bike. The Pedaless bikes allow your child to have instant control by using their feet and a restricted steering setting prevents most over-enthusiastic daredevils from suddenly veering off to the nearest prickly bush. This setting can be easily adjusted once confidence is gained and tight turning circles are needed by the more experienced stunt rider. Every Early Rider Balance Bike passes all relevant US and European safety standards.
Coolest bike on the block
If you are in the market for your little adventurers first bike and want something that is both beautiful in design and will help build confidence and motor skills, the Early Rider balance bike could be the ideal bike for you. If shopping online, try Strawberry Children’s Toys; they stock a range of Early Rider Pedaless bikes, have a full refund money back guarantee and will send the bike directly to your door (UK only), saving you time and money no queues, no petrol or parking expenses and the added benefit of the kids not seeing their Christmas presents early.
Since the movie, “The Hunger Games” was released there has been an increased interest in bow hunting and archery amongst young women around the world. Archery clubs have been over run with girls wanting to be Katniss Everdeen. I daresay the most popular Halloween costume this year for girls will be Katniss with a bow and quiver full of arrows. Bow hunting has been around ten thousand years but just in the past century (and a bit) has it become a sport that women participate in. In the 1900 Olympic Game’s in Paris archery appeared for the first time for men. In 1904 in St. Louis it became an Olympic sport for women. Archery is one of the first sports to include female athletes.
There are very few resources geared toward bow hunting for women specifically. This usually is the case in sports that are dominated by men. Archery technique is basically the same for men and women. The big difference is upper body strength. Women genetically do not have the same upper body strength as men have and will never be able to out lift or out swim the top men competitors in their sports. The muscles used in archery are the same you would use for rowing and mountain climbing. Upper body strength makes a difference only in the distance and speed of your shot. In archery competition it is all about accuracy. For the men and the women the target is placed at the same distance 70 meters, which is 229.5 feet. To give you perspective that is just over two-thirds of a football field. This levels the playing field. What I found interesting is that even though the distance is the same the men and women shoot bows with different draw weights. On average the men shoot 50 pound draw weight and the women shoot 35. The men’s arrows will be flying faster than the women’s because of the physics involved but because the competition is based on accuracy they all are equal. The competition comes down to technique and the ability to relax under duress.
I see women’s archery and bow hunting for women becoming two of the fastest growing sports in the United States, if not the world, due mainly to the popularity of Katniss Everdeen. The actress Jennifer Lawrence was trained to shoot her bow in the movie by Khatuna Lorig a US Olympic archer. The other two women Olympic archers for the USA, Jennifer Nichols and Miranda Leek have been shooting since they were children. Women’s archery gained attention around the world when Amy Oliver and 12 members of Great Britain’s archery team were featured in the June of 2012 issue of Vogue magazine. It is a little known fact that actress Geena Davis, known for her roles in “Beetlejuice”, “The Fly”and “Thelma and Louise”, reached the semifinals of the USA Olympic archery trials for the Sydney 2000 Olympic games.
Finally in 2012 one of the first Olympic sports to include women is receiving the recognition it deserves. Hopefully it’s popularity among young women in the United States will “shoot” our women’s Olympic archery teams to the top of the charts.
Do you start pulling out your gear several months before you take a hunting trip? If your anything like me, the day after you schedule a hunt, you start preparing for the trip. I spend so much time researching and preparing for a trip, by the time it finally arrives, it’s almost a little depressing. If you haven’t experienced this part of the hunt your missing a lot of fun and below are some tips to living the hunt, not just while your there, but for months beforehand.
Let’s use my trip to New Zealand with Craigieburn Alpine Safaris as an example to illustrate the process I go through when planning for a hunt. My father and brother-in-law had booked the trip in my absence at a hunting convention. I didn’t know the outfitter, the location, or the animals available, not to mention the terrain, the type of hunting or anything else for that matter.
My first step was to track down the outfitter’s website. I studied it thoroughly learning about the location of the hunt, the species available, pondering what I wanted to hunt and learning about what was available. There were beautiful pictures of mountain summits and massive red stags with crowned antlers. I could almost smell the mountain air.
I next called on a few friends that had hunted for stag or had been to New Zealand hunting for chamois, stag, and tahr. It’s always best in my opinion to speak to someone you know first, to learn what to ask. I learned many hunts in New Zealand are fenced rather than free range. The chamois and tahr are often hunted with helicopters, and the stags are classified by bronze, silver, or gold medal depending on the size and whether they were taken free range or not. I definitely wanted to hunt free range and I wanted to take a chamois by the power of my two legs rather than a helicopter.
Next I studied the internet to learn all I could about New Zealand and New Zealand hunting. I read about the country and learned about the animals and how they are hunted. I discovered their are two islands, the South and the North and the terrain is extremely different as well as the type of hunting. I was happy to know we would be hunting the South Island.
I bought a book on hunting New Zealand a relived another hunter’s experiences. I also bought a few hunting videos featuring New Zealand hunts. It amazing how much more real the hunt becomes when you see the terrain and watch other hunters taking trophies. There is nothing that compares to this experience and it helps with any type of hunt you are taking. This is also one of my favorite hunt preparation routines. Nothing like a great hunting video to pass those long evenings.
My next step was to contact the outfitter. By this point I had gathered enough information to ask about pricing, hunting gear lists, exact location, how we would be hunting and what kind of physical condition I needed to be in. I soon learned it was time to get in shape. I also searched the internet for additional gear lists and began paging through Cabela’s to fill out my missing gear. I can spend hours in a large outdoor store checking out gear and choosing what I want. Most I can’t afford, but if you don’t enjoy this part of the preparation, you need your head checked.
Once I learned the location, it was time to pull up Google Maps. This software is truly amazing and allows you to literally scout the terrain from your computer. I can’t think of how many times someone has told me about a special hunting spot that I then checked out on my laptop. You can cruise down the roads, set on top of a hill and view the surrounding, see all the nooks and crannie that hide critters, mark your favorites spots, and more. If you haven’t tried it, your missing the boat! Just remember, those mountains are a lot bigger in real life.
Now it was time to start pulling out my hunting gear. I always pull out twice as much gear as I need several months before the hunt and start whittling it down as the hunt draws near. I pack up my backpack and carry it around as part of my exercise routine (minus the rifle) just to see how it fits. I also start making trips to the range to knock the dust off the old rifle and make sure that once in a lifetime shot counts.
The closer the time came for the hunt, the more I dreamed of big stags and shaggy tahr. It was tough to sleep at all the last couple weeks before the trip. I had gone over my gear a hundred times, honed my rifle skills, beat my body into shape, and all that was left was to relax and let the guide do the work.
Like I said, the hunt starts long before the day of the trip and I enjoy every minute of it.
Tux, Austira is a 365 days a year vacation paradise located in the Austrian Alps. Little known outside of Europe, it is one of the newest and most diverse nature and sport resort areas in Europe. With year round glacier skiing at over 10,000 feet, and hundreds of miles of marked hiking trails, Tux appeals to almost any nature and sport lover.
Tux is a municipality consisting of five villages, Tux-Vorderlanersbach, Tux-Lanersbach, Juns, Madseit, and Hintertux, which stretches 5 miles through the Zillertal (Ziller Valley) and dead ends in the Hintertux Glacier. The villages of Tux start out at a height of 4,260 feet and peak at the top of the Hintertux Glacier at 10,660 feet.
Tux is best known for its skiing, and the belongs to the Ski and Glacier World 3000 which includes the Hintertux Glacier, Eggalm, Rastkogel, Finkenberg, and Mayrhofen. This conglomerate of ski areas has over 140 miles of trails, served by 62 lifts capable of moving around 107,000 people per hour! This is all available under a unified lift ticket which costs around $30 a day.
In Tux itself, the center of skiing is the village of Hintertux, situated at 4,920 feet above sea level directly at the bottom of the Hintertux Glacier. It is the home of the gondolas which take you to the top, and thus the base station for skiing and all other glacier activities. Hintertux, like the other Tux villages, is built in the traditional Tiroler style and has numerous hotels, some located just feet from the gondolas, ski-shops, and a few bars and a disco.
The Hintertux Glacier itself is 10,660 feet above sea level at the peak and has over 53 miles of trails and 21 lifts. In winter, you can ski down to 4,920 meters, giving you over a half hour of ski time if you ski at a moderate pace. In summer however, only the top third of the mountain is open to skiing, allowing you to ski down to 6,900 feet. In addition to the miles of groomed trails, Hintertux also allows and encourages off piste skiing. In winter, as in summer, there is a good amount of powder, often waist deep, and a literally endless supply of off piste opportunities. For those less experienced with the glacier, there are guides available who can accompany and guide you when skiing off piste to help you avoid crevices and dangerous areas.
The lifts bringing you to the peak of the Hintertux Glacier are a series of three high speed 6-16 person gondolas. They make the journey from 4,920 feet to 10,660 feet in about 25 minutes and are capable of moving 35,000 people per hour, thus almost completely eliminating wait times even during the most crowded times of the year. Once on the glacier itself, there are numerous chair lifts and t-lifts which are responsible for moving you from one section to another, or taking you back to the top.
In addition to skiing, Tux offers numerous other activities so that even a non skier won’t get bored. Activities such as hiking in and around the glacier, paragliding, and spelunking are available year round. Additionally, in winter, you can ice skate, sleigh ride, sled, and cross country ski. In summer, you can mountain bike, swim, and climb. For all of these activities, there are local guides available.
Hiking in Hintertux is an experience you will never forget. Whether you go in summer or winter, spring or fall, there are over 155 miles of hiking trails to try out, 24 of which are maintained in winter. In winter, as in summer, one can hike to the top of the glacier, and enjoy a break at one of the many lakes or restaurants, or take the gondola to the top, and hike down.
For those looking for peace and quiet, Tux is the place to go. You can relax in the thermal baths located in Hintertux, or enjoy one of the numerous spa hotels. In fact, one of the most attractive qualities of Tux is its relative isolation and lack of main-line tourism. Because Tux is relatively new and located over 10 miles from the nearest Autobahn, it doesn’t get the same volume of traffic that the big name resorts like Kitzbühel and Solden do. In fact, in contrast to the big name resorts, the majority of visitors to Hintertux are Europeans, not Americans or British! This, in and of itself, makes Hintertux attractive, as it provides American tourists with a true European experience. But don’t worry, the people in Hintertux speak good English!
Another factor which makes Tux so attractive is its friendliness to families. There are numerous activities offered year round for children of all ages. For example, in winter, children can go to ski school, or in summer attend the Kraxel-Maxel outdoor camp!
Overall, Tux, Austria is a sport resort area with enough different options to please any one. Those looking for peace and quiet will enjoy Tux as much as those looking for a nerve wracking extreme sport experience!
Snow and skiing may not be the first images that comes to mind when thinking of Greece; however, Delphi, Greece is home to the largest winter sports center in Greece. The Parnassos Center is located on the Parnassos Mountains. It has two sites, Fterolakka, located at an altitude 1600 meters, and Kelaria, located at 1750 meters. They both end in Toumborachi. The location has seventeen skiing sites with eight skiing routes and two mini skiing routes for beginners. it has thirteen lifts: six each of aerial and tow lifts and one four seat telecabin. It is open each year between December and May. There are schools available as well such as Pappos-Baloumis, Mpoumpa and the Pro Shop. There are several equipment stores available as well. Also available to visitors are snowmobile and sleigh rentals,and ice skating.
Though the winter season in Greece is rather short, there are many Winter sport centers to choose from for your enjoyment.
The Velouchi Resort in Karpenisi is located on Mount Tymfristos, in Central Greece. The ski center has eleven sites with six lifts, in addition to a lift leading to the skiing site for beginners. Other amenities include a restaurant, a cafeteria, a snack bar, and a equipment shop. The resort is open from December to March.
The Elatochori resort is located on the Pieria Mountains of Mount Olympus. The ski center has six ski trails. There are also a tracks for snowboards and sleds. Other amenities include a chalet, two schools, shops selling and a Snowboard Fun Park.
The Kalavryta Center in Peloponnese is located on Helmos Mountain.
The resort has eight ski lifts and thirteen ski runs with different levels of difficulty.
The ski center offers night skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and paragliding. There are three ski schools available as well as ski equipment. It is open between December and April.
The Profitis Ilias Resort is located on the Politsies plateau of the Mavrovouni mountains. The center has five ski slopes and one ski run. There are also three lifts. Other amenities include a school and a shop where visitors can rent ski equipment and snowmobiles. There is also a chalet with a restaurant and cafeteria available. It is open between December and March.
The Pisoderi Resort is located on Mount Verno in western Macedonia. The ski center has twelve runs and five lifts. It has a chalet where visitors can rent ski equipment or receive ski instructions. There is also a medical center on the grounds.
The Tria Pente Pigadia is located on the Vermion Mountains in Northern Greece. It has seven lifts including two for beginners. Ski instructors are available at the resort. It is open each year from October to April. There is a chalet with a beautiful view. The chalet offers night accommodations.
The Vasilitsa is located on the Pindos Mountains. The ski center stretches over two mountains and has sixteen ski runs that have every imaginable kind of terrain. The ski center is known as one of the best places in southeastern Europe for snowboarding. Other amenities include a small snowboard shop, two chalets that have overnight accommodations and a small bar.
The Kaimaktsalan is located on the Voras Mountains in Central Macedonia. The resort has fourteen skiing sites and four lifts. The ski center also has a snowmobiling course. Other amenities include two schools, and a chalet with a restaurant and a cafeteria. The cafeteria has a playground. The chalet also has seven luxurious mini suites available.
The Thessaly Pelion is located near Chania. The ski center has seven skiing sites and five lifts including a lift for beginners. The site offers night skiing on the weekends. Other amenities include a school that also rents out ski equipment.
The Seli is located on the Vermion Mountains of Northern Greece. The center has eighteen trails ranging in difficulty to meet the needs of all skiers, and six lifts.
The Seli village is located at the bottom of the ski center. The village has ski schools and shops available. The village also has hotels and coffee shops to welcome visitors.
The Falakros is located on the Falakros Mountains in Northern Greece.
The ski center has over twenty skiing sites. There are four lifts in addition to three beginner lifts. The ski center has four ski schools and the Tsakiris shop available to skiers. Other activities include trekking, cycling, riding, and jeep safaris. Other amenities include three chalets and a medical center. There are also accommodations available in Drama.
These festivals tend to be arranged not just to recognize a significant icon or even historical event within the location, yet this is also a method to get people to leave their homes along with their hectic agendas for an pleasurable meet up with other people as well. It is like having the capacity to celebrate some thing exceptional, not just with the family but along with your whole community too!
Fresh acquaintances can be seen as well as previous friends could be met once again! Activities like large events happen mainly annually, so they are always well-prepared for. Anybody can be expecting that the best of the best is done for the activities & that a lot of work has been put to all of them to ensure they are absolutely exciting and unforgettable for all!
The Pomona King of the Mountain is just one of the entertaining events which is celebrated Within Noosa every twenty fifth of July. Basing from the name this specific event is to test out whether or not there exists someone who has what it takes to be named as being the subsequent
This particular event is also cited as the “most excruciating
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Laze in Noosa’s excellent seaside resorts while hearing excellent shows by the likes of Bob Barnard, James Morrison, George Golla and Vince Jones, that happen to be just a few of the names that wowed the audience and also set the best atmosphere for a unforgettable occasion at beach.
And talking about beaches with accommodation, Noosa has its exquisite selection of fantastic beaches that you would like to check out and stay while enjoying all of the fun filled adventures of the location. Take a break from going to those corporate hotel and motel chains.
Noosa accommodation is a family operated resort complex situated strategically in James Street Noosaville only fifty meters from the pristine Noosa River and Sandy Pelican Beach where you are able to go swimming, ride the boat, fish, sail, ski, kayak or just leisurely spend your time on the beach. In addition you could also catch a ferry going to the famous Hastings Street! The actual beach is well patrolled, lifesavers working throughout the year!
Finally and not the least, here’s an additional event you might get pleasure from while staying in Noosa, the Noosa Triathlon on the 27th to 31st of Oct. The Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival is a 5 day event of nothing but world-class sport and entertainment which celebrates the Australian sporting way of life.
The very best sports athletes are often attracted by the occasion which usually come from a variety of sport backgrounds and also contend with other sports lovers in most abilities and ages! Being the highlight of the festival, the Noosa Triathlon is the high light of the festival and it is accepted as one of Queensland’s famous events, Australia’s largest, oldest and highest profile triathlon and the second biggest triathlon event on the globe.
One perfect Noosa accommodation place to stay is certainly Pelican Resort Noosa, that is located in the actual center of these fun-filled activities and is also excellent for accommodation in Noosa all year round.
There are so many things you can find out about sports, there being a lot of curiosities which can stir anyone’s interest. You should look into this kind of things whenever you have the chance because not only do they enrich your general knowledge, but these details are also very interesting.
First of all, you should know that football is the most beloved sport in the whole world. There is no other sport which has achieved the same performances when it comes to the number of amateurs of a particular sport. Then, you might want to know that boxing used to be an illegal sport, but it was legalized in 1901. Then, another interesting thing is that Jean Genevieve Garnerin was the first woman who preferred parachuting, being the first one to jump from a hot air balloon in 1799.
975 was the year when the first woman reached the top of the Everest Mountain, this woman being Junko Tabei from Japan. Larissa Latynina is the female gymnast who won the largest number of medals. She was a Russian gymnast who won eighteen Olympic medals in only three editions of the Olympic Games. The three editions were organized between 1956 and 1964.
The first edition of the ancient Olympic Games was won by Corubus and the first modern edition was held in Athens in 1896. Three hundred eleven men took part into the games and there was no woman involved. As for the modern ages, you might be curious about how many tennis balls the organizers of the Wimbledon Grand Slam Tournament change. If you are, you might be surprised to know that they change forty-two thousand balls in one edition. Last but not least, it is very interesting to know that golf was the first sport which was played on the Moon.
At first glance, Martial Arts and Yoga seem like opposing forces and philosophies, but these two health maintenance systems have more in common than meets the eye. For a moment, consider the similarities between Tai Chi and Hatha Yoga. Within the warm up, you notice very similar movement, philosophy, and principles.
Why does “climb the mountain ” stance look so much like Warrior I posture? Is it coincidence, luck, or a common link? Why does Kundalini have movements that resemble punching, kicking, and martial arts foot work? Are Kung Fu forms an extension of Vinyasa? Each has been referred to as meditation in motion.
The place of origin, for most Asian martial arts, is agreed to be the Shaolin Temple. Apparently, the monks at the Shaolin temple had become very proficient at meditation, but had not developed a health maintenance system to sufficiently train their bodies.
In the sixth century A.D., Bhoddidharma, a visiting Buddhist monk, from India, began to teach the monks at the Shaolin temple, a form of physical health maintenance, which is believed to be Yoga. It is also said that Boddidharma was a member of the Warrior caste. Therefore, he should also have had working knowledge of Kalarippayat; an indigenous Indian Martial art.
Boddidharma is said to have reached a level of meditation that was very advanced. The body can be trained to a point, but the mind should also be trained as well. This is a cornerstone to all martial arts training. How often have we heard about the three conflicts of mind, body, and spirit?
This is why each martial arts school should encourage a Yoga class. The healing aspect of Yoga is very beneficial to all martial artists – regardless of their style. Some karate and kung fu centers have incorporated Yoga as part of the class schedule. The reason was to attract mothers, who were hanging around the waiting area, to pick up their kids.
While there is a demand for Yoga classes among women, some martial artists, both male and female, will join in to feel the healing benefits, meditate, increase flexibility, and much more. The fact is, much like martial arts, there are many styles of Yoga.
Some are very physical and demand a lot of endurance. So, there is no end to the possibilities of where the need for Yoga can fit within a karate or kung fu studio. After all these years, it looks like Yoga and martial arts will be together again.