Michael Jordan and Your Shorts

Written by Jim McLellan

You have company spending two weeks with you this summer. One week down, one week to go. You long for your privacy, your own routine. Who's house is this, anyway?

Your wife loves people and having "them" around. You, onrepparttar other hand, could be a hermit. Well, at least they are in town shopping and you have a rare opportunity to take that private shower, without little Billy knocking onrepparttar 149881 door.

You are inrepparttar 149882 hallway and you have just removed your shirt and pants and pitched them 10 feet intorepparttar 149883 hamper inrepparttar 149884 laundry room.

What's that noise?!!!

The back door just opened. Your (your wife's) company is back from town. Rats! You have to make a split second decision. No time to think it over. They will be aroundrepparttar 149885 corner in less than three seconds.

There are some people you would not mind seeing you naked but not this bunch. Why open yourself up torepparttar 149886 brunt of dinner time jokes?

At super human speed, you balance yourself deftly on your right foot and yank your left sock off. You aim (under immense pressure) and throw your sock atrepparttar 149887 hamper. Bull's eye! Switching to your left foot, you balance yourself so gracefully that a ballerina would be envious, reach down and rip your right sock from your sweaty foot, shoot once again forrepparttar 149888 hamper. Swish! Dead center. Now,repparttar 149889 moment of truth.

You flash back torepparttar 149890 final game ofrepparttar 149891 Bulls and Jazz. You are Michael Jordan. You, onrepparttar 149892 other hand, have less than one second to get your shorts off, shoot forrepparttar 149893 hamper, spin around and duck intorepparttar 149894 bathroom.

Your mind's a blur. What if? No time to considerrepparttar 149895 consequences. Your left leg comes out, then your right, all too fast to see. You aim atrepparttar 149896 hamper and let 'er fly. Perfect arc, no rim, dead center. You twirl around and duck intorepparttar 149897 bathroom. You made it!!!!!

Climbing a mountain of ice in nine weeks

Written by Ashley Barnard

Climbing a Mountain of Ice in Nine weeks

Have you aver seenrepparttar documentaries of mountaineers and ice climbers well that's me! I have climbed some ofrepparttar 149691 biggest mountains aroundrepparttar 149692 world and climbed some ofrepparttar 149693 steepest ice of frozen water falls and glaciers.

Why do I do it?

Well, I get asked this all questionrepparttar 149694 time and I always giverepparttar 149695 same, reply “because it is there” This however my not berepparttar 149696 real truth, it is something aboutrepparttar 149697 challenge and being away fromrepparttar 149698 crowds, being onrepparttar 149699 front of a 300 meter cliff with only a pair of crampons and ice axes between you andrepparttar 149700 ground, putting all your skills and strengths as an ice climber againstrepparttar 149701 odds. It makes me feel alive, and to be honest when I am ice climbing, I am me! Me Ashley Barnardrepparttar 149702 ice climber, free fromrepparttar 149703 rest ofrepparttar 149704 world, nothing hidden, not pretending to be a better or worse person but just pure human spirit.

Ice Climbing is not forrepparttar 149705 fait hearted, it takes practice and courage to climb this fragile substance. After all it is only water. If you fancy taking uprepparttar 149706 sport but do not know where to start then keep reading.

The best way to start ice climbing is to go out intorepparttar 149707 hills with an experienced climber or hill walker, and start walkingrepparttar 149708 hills in winter,repparttar 149709 whole process can be done in one season so I shall break it down into sections for you.

Buy your self a pair of crampons and a pair of ice axes; these can be bought at any good outdoor retailer. But before going out to buy just any old gear, remember that these arerepparttar 149710 tools ofrepparttar 149711 ice climber and they arerepparttar 149712 only items that will be holding you torepparttar 149713 ice so if you can not afford to buyrepparttar 149714 best then wait and save your money until you can, you will be great full of this later on.

Right let’s start:

Week 1-2: Walkrepparttar 149715 hills with your crampons and hard snow this will give you feel for them and how to walk with spikes on your feet. (Believe merepparttar 149716 first time you do this you do not want to be wearing an expansive pair of pants)

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