Tuesday Tunes‬ #244 – vale Chris Cornell, 1964-2017

Vale Chris Cornell, 1964-2017
Chris Cornell was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He is best known as lead vocalist for the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave. He had seemingly survived the demons that had taken so many of his Seattle Grunge contemporaries.

❝ Chris Cornell died early Thursday morning. His band Soundgarden played a show on Wednesday night at the Fox Theater in Detroit. Two hours after the show ended, he was gone. …
But Chris Cornell died of suicide on May 17, 2017, at the age of 52. He was a dad. He was a philanthropist. He was becoming an elder statesman of rock. He was a grown up. Cornell was aging gracefully, even doing that thing where some guys get better looking as they get older. He got Soundgarden back together, and they made a great new album a couple years ago. His voice still had all the power and strength it had displayed in his youth. Much like the rest of us, the world had kicked his ass a couple times, and he survived.❞

It’s not what you think (2017-May-20) [The First Ten Words by Rich Larson]

You can call Lifeline on 13 11 14, Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800, Mensline Australia on 1300 789 978 or the Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

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This weeks links (2017-05-22)

The Three Sisters, Katoomba

In brief:

* Mount Everest’s Hillary Step has collapsed, mountaineer confirms (2017-May-22) [Guardian]
A British mountaineer has confirmed that a famous rocky outcrop near the peak of Mount Everest has collapsed, potentially making the climb more dangerous.
The Hillary Step, named after Sir Edmund Hillary who, along with the sherpa Tenzing Norgay, was the first person to climb the mountain in 1953, may have been destroyed during the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

* Has Everest’s iconic Hillary Step really collapsed? Here’s the science (2017-May-26) [The Conversation]
The Hillary Step, a rocky outcrop at 8,770m, just beneath the summit of Everest (8,850m), has finally succumbed to gravity and partially collapsed. At least it has according to mountaineer Tim Mosedale, who climbed the mountain this year. His claim has been refuted by the chair of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, however, sparking a debate which looks set to rage for some time yet. The definitive answer, after all, is located only a few metres short of the top of the world.

Running:

* Kilian Jornet’s Ascent of Everest (2017-May-22) [Summits of My Life Blog]
Alone, in a single climb and without oxygen or fixed ropes, Jornet has reached the summit of the world’s highest mountain (8,484 m)
The climb, which forms part of the Summits of My Life project, sets a new “Fastest Known Time” of 26 hours from the Everest Base Camo (5,100 m) to the summit at 8,484 m
Due to stomach problems Jornet didn’t complete the descent to the Everest Base Camp and is currently recovering at the Advanced Base Camp (6,400 m)

* Mexican Tarahumara woman wins 50km race wearing only sandals (2017-May-22) [BBC]
A 22-year-old woman from Mexico’s Tarahumara indigenous community has won a 50km (31 miles) ultramarathon wearing only sandals.
María Lorena Ramírez defeated 500 other runners from 12 countries in the female category of the Ultra Trail Cerro Rojo in Puebla, in central Mexico.
She ran without any professional gear, and her pair of sandals was reportedly made from recycled tyre rubber.

* A big day at the office

Cycling:

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Some reading/listening:

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Something from Bandcamp:
In A World Of Fear by Scale The Summit

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Tuesday Tunes‬ #243 – Running won’t kill you, you’ll pass out first

I see hills in the near future
We searched the country for the best place to build what would be Australia’s most challenging, stunning and prestigious 100km trail running event. The breathtaking trails located in the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park of Australia was the obvious choice. Starting in 2008 as The North Face 100 and Marathon Pairs, the 50km was introduced in 2013. Ultra-Trail Australia has captivated runners locally and internationally and It has quickly grown to become one of the most talked about endurance events in Australian history.

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Mother’s Day Classic 2017

Event: Mother’s Day Classic – Melbourne
Distance: 8km
Date: Sunday 14th May 2017
Location: Alexandra Gardens / The Tan
Organised by: Mother’s Day Classic

2017 sees the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Mother’s Day Classic. Since 1998, the Mother’s Day Classic has raised an incredible $30 million and funded more than 30 breast cancer research projects in Australia.
The Mother’s Day Classic fun run and walk has provided communities with a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day and raise funds for breast cancer research. The Melbourne MDC for 2017 will be at Alexandra Gardens and involves a 4km and 8km walk and run around the Tan Track, Melbourne.


We are lining up for an 8km run, we are wearing pink, and it is not raining! 👚💕

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This weeks links (2017-05-15)

In brief:

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Running:

* Ultra-Trail Australia
Next weekend is Ultra-Trail Australia

* UTA100km Men’s Preview (2017-May-16) [Ultra168]

* UTA100km Ladies Preview (2017-May-15) [Ultra168]

* U-TA’s New Race – The Pace 22! (2015-Oct-07) [The Long Run]

* Ultra-Trail Australia 100 – Race Day Planner (2017-Apr-26) [The Long Run]

Cycling:

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Some reading/listening:

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Something from Bandcamp:
Yam Yam by No Vacation

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J-8/D-8 UTA 2017


In just one week we will all be together in Katoomba. This time next week the UTA 22 will be well and truly underway, and it will be the day before the UTA 100 and UTA 50.

Ultra-Trail Australia 2017

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Wednesday WIN (2017-May-10)

the INDIAN PACIFIC WHEEL RACE – Film
The full documentary now on SBS Cycling Central’s website. Anthony Gordon’s Indian Pacific Wheel Race (EXPIRES ON 17 May 2018) [SBS On Demand].
Also on VIMEO from Anthony Gordon, A$7.91 Stream + download anytime.

What if you temporarily took leave from the safety of everyday life to battle through a challenge that scares you? What if your only worries were riding, finding food and water and a place to sneak a few hours of sleep? What if you forgot your self-imposed limits just to see what you were truly capable of for once? What if you were a racer at heart? Why wouldn’t you want to take on the toughest races on the planet? Do you have a deep respect for the pioneers of endurance cycling and the big names of bikepacking; the sort of respect that is hard to put into words? Do you wonder if maybe, just maybe, you could be one of them?

By the 1890s the modern bicycle design had settled and this new machine spread like a virus around the world. The bicycle was then fastest way to travel long distances overland. Intrepid young Australians with an appetite for adventure strapped what they needed to their bikes and headed into the outback in an effort to be the first, or the fastest, to cover the vast distances between Australia’s major centres. With no roads, few known food or water sources, no reliable maps and rudimentary equipment, these early “Overlanders” were lauded by the media and worshipped by the public. Entire towns lined their streets to greet the Overlanders as they rode through. Stories of adventure and survival in exotic places captivated the public. These were the first bikepackers. Their history has been lost.

The Overlanders were not professional athletes. Like the first grand tour riders, they sought an escape from the drudgery of everyday life. They were determined to satisfy their hunger for adventure and test their limits against other Overlanders in long distance showdowns over thousands of miles.

Are you an Overlander?

Come watch them …..

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