How to Make Liquid Chalk for Rock Climbing

Ratio of chalk to alcohol in liquid chalk recipe for rock climbing

What is Gym Chalk
Magnesium carbonate, a white mineral, is known as Gym Chalk or Climbing Chalk, due to its use in activities like weightlifting, rock climbing, athletics, and gymnastics.
Rock climbing is one enthralling adventure activity that requires immense strength and endurance. Climbers often have to rely on their grip and arm strength to overcome a difficult climb. Subsequently, a climber wouldn’t want sweaty palms, which might weaken his/her grip. Here, chalk comes to the rescue and acts as a drying agent to prevent hands from getting sweaty and slipping off the rock surface. Moreover, application of chalk provides a stronger grip to hold on to a crack or crevice.

The use of normal chalk creates a lot of dust and requires frequent re-chalking. Thus, the necessity of using liquid chalk was born. Buying liquid chalk every time can prove costly. So, here is a better and cheaper option of making it at home, whenever and in whatever quantities you may require.

How to Make Liquid Chalk

Chalk powder or gym chalk (blocks)
Rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl alcohol)
A bowl
A stirrer
An airtight bottle
A cup (or any measuring unit)

– Take a bowl or a container and add the fine chalk powder into the bowl.
– Pour some alcohol into the powder and start stirring it.
– Keep stirring the mixture with a stirrer and keep adding alcohol until all the powder becomes one with the liquid.
– Make sure it becomes really smooth, like the consistency of yogurt. (you can add another splash of alcohol, if needed)
– Now, once it is ready, fill it in an airtight container or bottle.
The proportion of chalk and spirit should be 2:1. So, if

What to Pack for a Surf Trip

Things to pack for a surf tip

Packing for a surf trip depends largely on whether you are a pro at it or a complete novice. If you do already know how to surf, this checklist will help you reevaluate your packing essentials, remove what you really don’t need, and add what you’ve forgotten. However, if you are going to try out surfing for the first time on this trip, this Buzzle article will help you to understand the essentials of packing for a trip with a specific purpose such as this. This article will not only help you pack, but also help you travel lighter and smarter. First, understand where you’re going; if it’s a town, you’re safer. In remote villages, you need to be extremely sure of not having forgotten anything. The climatic conditions of your destination also plays an important role in determining the must-have items. Before we move on to the checklist, we’ll take a look at some tips to help you pack appropriately.

The most obvious thing to carry on your surfing trip is the surfboard. It is advised you carry two in case you damage one beyond repair or it gets lost/stolen. If you’re not an expert, you might as well rent a surfboard for your first trip. See how much you enjoy this sport and then make further investments. If your destination is located in a remote area, you have no choice but to carry your own surfboards. Packing the surfboards properly is equally important. Don’t just get a surfboard bag, use bubble wrap for more protection.

Yes, light clothes should be your first choice. Shorts, sarongs, tubes, bikinis, etc., are the most preferred type of clothing taken on a surfing trip. However, also carry some long-sleeved shirts

Highest Mountain Peaks in the World

Highest mountain peaks in the world

All of us have big aspirations and would want to be on top of the world someday. Have you ever imagined what it would be like to actually be on top of the world – the highest point on Earth? Climbing mountains and conquering the highest points have always driven humans to challenge their endurance and determination. What is it that pushes these adventurous climbers to the limits amidst extreme conditions? I guess it is the sense of accomplishment and the feeling of nirvana that they attain, which cannot be matched, or defined.

Every continent has mountains and mountain ranges. All of them vary in sizes, some reaching heights up to 8,000 meters and more! Mountaineers love conquering these alluring and majestic behemoths. Let’s explore some of the highest mountain peaks in the world; rightly known, as terrains unknown.

Did you know?
Erik Weihenmayer of the US achieved the stunning feat of becoming the first blind person to climb Mount Everest. He has also completed the seven summits (highest mountains of each of the seven continents).
14 Highest Mountain Peaks in The World
Range: Himalayas
Location: Tibet
Height: 8,013 meters (26,289 feet)

Shishapangma (meaning crest above the grassy plains in Tibetan), is the lowest of the eight thousanders and is entirely located within China (in central Tibet). It is also called Gosainthān. Up to 2009, 24 people have died while attempting to climb this mountain.

Gasherbrum II
Range: Karakoram
Location: Pakistan/China
Height: 8,035 meters (26,362 feet)

Gasherbrum II, also known as K4, is located on the Pakistan-China border and is part of the Gasherbrum massif. It is the third highest peak in the Karakoram range. It was first climbed in 1956 by Fritz Moravec, Josef Larch and Hans Willenpart of an Austrian expedition.

Broad Peak

Most Common Surfing Mistakes Beginners Should Avoid

Surfing mistakes by beginners

While surfing, if the waves get over the surfer it is called “getting barreled”. This is because the surfer is unable to go either right or left and has to move straight ahead.
The thrill and excitement of riding a huge wave or watching someone do it is unparalleled. Surfing is a hugely popular sport especially among the young. When they watch surfers weave through the waves, people assume that surfing is just a walk in the park. As easy as veteran surfers may make it look like, surfing is a sport that requires agility, dexterity and most importantly, the correct technique.

As beginners, it is easy to forget this fact. Caught up in the excitement to ride the big waves, many beginners make some common surfing mistakes. Getting the wrong board, not paddling correctly or underestimating the size of the waves and currents are some of the common mistakes that most beginners tend to make. Unfortunately, the ocean can be a hard taskmaster, as it is unpredictable and often fraught with dangers. So, it is best to be equipped with some knowledge of how to avoid these common beginner surfing mistakes before you head out.

Surfing Mistakes by Beginners
Starting off with a Small Surfboard
One of the most common mistakes that beginners make is choosing the wrong size of surfboard. When learning to surf, you need a bigger board which needs to be as stable and buoyant as possible. This cannot be achieved with smaller and narrower surfboards that may be fast and easy-to turn but require experience to handle. As opposed to this, longboards which are 8½ feet long are easier for paddling and wave catching but often very slow.
What To Do
Funboards are a cross between the longboard and shortboards.

How to Prepare for a Trek in the Himalayas

How to prepare for a trek in the Himalayas

Trekking is an addiction. Every year, thousands of people from across the world leave their homes for days together, in order to go trekking and explore the lesser-known and difficult terrains of our planet. People are so enthusiastic about their treks that they tend to prepare for them several months in advance, and more often than not, their journeys, indeed, exceed their expectations. One such destination, which is undoubtedly a haven for trekking enthusiasts worldwide, is the Himalayas. The sheer mention of the name gets trekkers on their toes, and soon, they are on to an expedition to explore the forbidden peaks of the mighty mountains.
Preparing for a Himalayan Trek
If you wish to go on a trek to the Himalayas, it’s important to ensure you are thoroughly prepared. The most handsome mountain ranges in the world can also be most unpredictable and at times, ruthless for an unsuspecting trekker. Here is a rough guide that will help you make adequate and proper preparations for your ‘trek of a lifetime’.
Stay Fit
If you are attracted to the beauty and serenity of the Himalayas and decide to trek the mountains, it is very essential to stay extremely fit. Only the fitness of your body will help you climb the tough terrain of the Himalayan ranges, and complete the mission.
Increase Your Stamina
You can begin by doing simple things, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, climbing steep hills, preferably with a loaded backpack, walking faster than usual, and also covering long distances. These exercises will enable you to increase your stamina, and this will help you a lot during your actual trek. Other cardiovascular exercises can also help you to a great extent.
Keep Yourself Hydrated

Ice Skate Sharpening

In ice skating, a sharp blade means a good grip and easy maneuvering, while a dull blade means less friction and better speed. That, however, doesn’t mean you need to keep your blades dull to skate well. In fact, you need to do the exact opposite of that. Irrespective of whether you are an amateur skating enthusiast or a veteran of the field, you need to keep your skates sharp and in good condition; not at all difficult, if you grasp the basics.

How Often Should Skates be Sharpened?

This is an important question that needs to be taken into account beforehand, as too much of sharpening (or too less of it), can end up damaging the skates. Sharpening the blades too frequently can either damage them, or cause them to wear out quickly. How often to sharpen the skates will largely depend on how often you use them. Going by the rule of the thumb, sharpening them once a month is more than enough. Or else, you can just test the skates to find out whether they really need to be sharpened. Just run your fingernail down the blade. If the blade is sharp, it will dig into your nail, but if it is dull, your nail will just slide over, and that would imply that the blade needs to be sharpened.

How to Sharpen Ice Skates?

Your ice skate sharpening equipment will include a vise and a whetstone, along with a bottle of honing oil. The vise will act as a holding device, while you can use the whetstone to sharpen the blade. It is ideal to cover the leather portion of the ice skate with some old cloth; this will avoid any scratches on them.

You can start by placing the skate upside down in the

What Makes People Do Extreme Sports

Extreme sports cover all kinds of madcap activities like snow boarding, rock climbing, surfing, racing, skydiving, paragliding, skateboarding, and the like. There’s something about an extreme sport that attracts men and women to take that plunge and just go for it. Whether one is young, old, or on the verge of being a senior citizen, the drive to push the envelope rages.

We watch extreme sport athletes competing in reality TV shows or trying to overcome a feat that they’ve challenged themselves to see through, and immerse ourselves in the gnawing excitement and curiosity to see the outcome. Will they make it? Or will they succumb to their body’s limitations? It doesn’t matter, for it is our fodder for entertainment.

Why Do People Take Part in Extreme Sports?

Humans are an intriguing species. Many of us take precautions whether at home or outdoors to ensure that our day is unhindered by unfortunate events. Extreme sport athletes on the other hand are putting their lives on the line every time they step outside, and even if left idle, they’re busy plotting their next big risky adventure. While it is baffling how people tempt fate, it is nonetheless backed by some interesting research.

The Thrill of Risk-Taking
Ever feel that pump of adrenaline when you’re seated in a roller coaster or scurrying to meet a deadline? That’s stress released by your adrenal glands. That heightened sensation of pressure building up in your chest, to your blood coursing through your veins at top speed, is what drives extreme sport athletes. They love the adrenaline rush that comes with the act of participating in an extreme sport. That ‘high’ so to speak, is also what translates into being a daredevil that is able to put his / her life on the line,

How to Ice Skate

Whether you want to take ice skating as a game or exercise, first you have to get into the basics of it. It’s bit technical but not that difficult to learn. As a beginner you have to start from scratch. Before starting, always remember if you are not in the skating arena, practice only on thick ice. Avoid going to the thin ice surface. On thin surface, speed is the only thing that can save you from breaking the ice and in the initial stage that is you major drawback. So let’s start with the things required for ice skating.

Things Required for Skating

When you start with skating, the first thing you should have is a good pair of skates. You should go for a good fitting skate so that it does not come out while skating. Instead of buying a new pair, take them on rent or borrow them from someone. As a beginner, you have to practice a lot and so, to save your new pair from getting spoiled, start with the old ones. After getting used to it, you can switch to your new pairs.

Where ever you go for skating, the temperature will be around 50ºF to 24ºF. So, it’s very necessary to take care of your clothing. You should wear something which is warm and should also be comfortable, so that you can move your body easily. Gloves and mittens are compulsory as they not only protect your hands from cold, but also give protection from injuries if you fall. Apart from this, helmets are optional but as a beginner, wearing helmet is always the best thing o do.

Correct Posture for Skating
Proper posture, good skates and a will to learn something new are some of the important points

5 Awesome Places to Go Ice Climbing in the US

US destinations to go ice climbing - Valdez, Alaska

Ice climbing probably is the Mad Hatter among all extreme sports; anyone who’s tried it will surely vouch for this statement. Just imagine, this sport involves scaling a vertical cliff covered in slippery ice with nothing more than a couple of axes and a pair of crampons―and all of this is to be done in the biting cold.

Not many would be game for a monstrosity like ice climbing, but there are a few out-of-this-world people out there who get their kicks from it. With those people in mind, here’s a list of the most amazing places to go ice climbing in the US.

New Hampshire
New Hampshire, with its prolonged winters and short summers, is an ideal destination for ice climbing. The center of activity in this state is the Frankenstein Cliff. With its several crag-style ice routes, this remains a popular haunt for ice climbers.

If you’re looking for something that’s even scarier, look no further than Cannon Cliff, which carries quite the brutal reputation for ice climbing.

Mt. Washington is considered to be a hallowed climb within this sport. The mountain’s unpredictable weather is legendary; there are several tragedies that stand testimony of this fact. Nevertheless, the peak continues to lure both, alpine and ice climbers. NE Climbs has all the lowdown on ice climbing in the New England region.

Come winter, and Colorado’s famous rock climbing sites get inundated with ice climbers. This unfailingly happens, each year, as Colorado’s harsh winter causes most of its water bodies to freeze.

Ouray is the state capital when it comes to ice climbing. The Ouray Ice Park holds the distinction of being the world’s first ice park, with around 10,000 climbers using it annually. More than 200 routes have been

Speed Skating Rules and Regulations

The thrill of racing against a clock or against other racers in a serious competition to win, is like no other. Be it on land or on water, racing is a sport that tests your strategic skills and your physical prowess and how well they work together. Sometimes, the fastest racer is not always the winner and one sport that exhibits this speed anomaly is the sport of speed skating. With speed skating, skaters race along a track, either in pairs for the best time or a group of skaters race against each other, to see who crosses the finish line first. These two basic forms are called long track or speed skating and short track speed skating, respectively. Speed skating requires an excellent ice skating ability, physical strength and endurance, as well as mental fortitude and the brain smarts to beat the competition. For such a sport, having the right skating equipment is just one part. The right rules and principles have to be followed.

Basics and Rules of Short Track Speed Skating

Types of Races: Short track involves a pack start or a group competition. Here 4-6 skaters race to be the first person across the finish line. This type of race has a mass start, where all the skaters start from the starting line at the same time. Another type of short track skating is a relay race. A relay team of 4 members must compete in tandem, such that each skater of a team takes at least one round of the track. Instead of passing a baton, one teammate must tag the other to switch the chance. A race can be one of the following 3 distances: 500 meters (4.5 laps), 1,000 meters (9 laps) and 1,500 meters (13.5 laps).

Basic Race Rules: