BMC: Mountaineering on the up and “This Girl Can”

The British Mountain Club (=equivalent to German Alpine Club DAV) reports that »Mountaineering is among the sports showing an increase in participation, according to the latest figures published by Sport England in its annual survey of the nation’s sporting habits.«

They say that in England, according to the “Active People Survey“, 93,000 people go mountaineering on a weekly basis. Also disabled people show an increase in mountaineering activity. Remarkably about that is a BMC Paraclimbing series.

However, numbers of women in mountaineering declined. And the gender gap in sports activities is reported to remain big.

But regarding the latter, industry, sports lobbies and the state are not passive. Sport England (which is probably an alloy of the three) have set up a campaign to do something about the declining numbers of women in sports. It’s called “This Girl Can” and with images of shaking fat pads and slogans like “I jiggle, therefore I am” aims on encouraging (more) women to do sports.

Encourage women to do sports? Don’t they do so already? Should they, at all? Or do they even have to?

And the most important question: WHY???

This Girl Can is here to inspire women to
wiggle, jiggle, move and prove that judgement
is a barrier that can be overcome.

Meet the stars of our campaign
who are doing what they do,
and letting nothing (not even sweat)
stand in their way.

I am still wondering if I should take this serious while I already hear me saying: Oh. My. God.

But let’s think about it for a second. It’s about judgment…

No, it seems I can’t think any longer. Immediately more questions raise inside me. I am also wondering: When will finally the long-desired stately campagin that encourages seniors to engage more in ceramics follow? And a campaign that rewards youngsters who start acting, a stately campaign to encourage coal mine workers to learn playing wind instruments, high-school teachers to occupy themselves more with whole-grain flours and disabled people to go to contemporary art museums and the one that gives incentives to bloggers to include more comparising literature analysis into their articles. And most importantly, a campaign that helps people quitting their sports, by basically telling them: »You’re okay – even when you don’t exercise!« and which of course could not only rely on fancy videos but necessarily would have to include psychological support?

This is soooooo…. let me just think of a word…..

It’s not that I am against empowerment of women. The Opposite! But why can’t girls – no, why can’t people – decide on their own, whether they want to do sports or not? Do they really have to be pushed to doing sports?

Also check out: “This Girl Can Climb”





Remarkable Videos

Found on “The Adventure Blog”:

No need for too much description.

First, an advertisement video of the modern sort, stimulating almost all desires that drive us into nature or resp., adventures.


The next one contrasts in a somewhat rough but nonetheless true and vivid way unsatisfying all-day life, especially work life, with its opposite, leisure time filled up with adventure activites that appear somehow satisfying or even as means for reaching happiness.


Without any comment, a flying eagles point of view over the Mer de Glace area.


Hiphop in da hood of Nanga Parbat

Wand-Blogger hat Oswald Oelz solche Leute genannt…  Zwei Ideal-Typen von ihnen aus Polen, die sich an der Rupal-Wand am Nanga Parbat versucht haben – leider erfolglos – lassen sich jetzt in einem Hiphop-Video bewundern, das sie aus den Helm- & Teleskoparm-Kamera-Aufnahmen ihrer Begehung geschnitten haben. Es steht wohl zu befürchten, dass sie dafür eigens ein Netbook mit hoch geschleppt haben, um noch vor Ort die Bilder schneiden und möglichst zeitnah ihren “Appetizer” präsentieren zu können. Aber ich ahne ohnehin, diese Typen haben auch in der Todeszone mit 20kilo-Rucksäcken im Winter noch ihren Spaß!

Ihr Freaks!!!!

Das Video gehört aber hier auf jeden Fall her: