I've Moved

In January 2014, I've moved to a whole new site!

Happy Reading :)

Monday, January 20, 2014

New website and home

I've moved!

You'll find me now at what-should-have-been-done-all-along website of www.nealmcquaid.com.

Two blogs:

  • Personal: all things related to travels, climbing, life, etc.
  • Tech and Education: Everything else. I have a passion for technology, trends so this facilitates this.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Funky Moves

Funky Moves - Sisu Masters 2013 from Blue Kangoo Films on Vimeo.

With the Irish Lead Climbing Championships on today which I organised and ran for the previous two years (Before handing off to Damo), good luck to all!

Ace video of the recent Finnish competition to inspire everyone else :)

Monday, November 18, 2013

Climbing Competitions

With all the competitions that have been on, and are coming (deadline for the ILCC's is tomorrow.....) up, saw this and thought it was a great promotion of the 'fun' of competitions. Competitions have a bit of a reputation amongst many climbers of not being cool, interesting, not-real-climbing, etc - but having had my own perspective opened up over the years, even the National events are fantastic fun..... are you competing?

"The Competitor's Spirit" with Sierra Blair-Coyle from Cedar Wright on Vimeo.

* p.s unfortunately I'm on a course for the Irish Coaching Awards (email me if you want more details) so won't be doing the ILCC's myself. After running them for a few years, I was hoping to join in as a competitor this year which wasn't meant to be. Just means I'll have no excuses for next year :)

Monday, November 11, 2013

Light humour: Jellybabies climb in Ceuse

Light humour for a Monday. Some old footage messing around with a set of earphones, some jellies, and finger-tape. Myself, Naomi, Hazel and Oli organised this major first jelly ascent in Ceuse.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

More Training Video insights from Daniel Woods

Louder Than Eleven continues to produce excellent videos - a live broadcast (video below) last night of a sample training session with Daniel Woods. Impressive. Also, anyone attending the Reel Rock 8 tomorrow night in Dublin, prepare to have a good laugh with the same individual :) With my own memories of early trips and naive mishaps and errors (although not on the same par as this!), I could only smile fondly. I just ended up thinking that I hope everyone has some of these amusing experiences.......

Updated: I've only managed to watch half of this myself. I'm amused to see Woods crushed after the initial exercises - my own experience with a Personal Trainer last year left me in the same condition (at one point, I had to sit down after the session for an hour before making the 15 minute cycle home!). It may sound grim, but I do know after only 5-6 weeks with this Trainer I was climbing the hardest boulder problems I'd ever done......