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Mar 29, 2012
Catching Up with TCB FreeSport Athletes

It’s been a busy time around these parts, and while you all have been getting out and getting after it, so too have a number of members of Team CLIF Bar’s Free Sports roster.   In this post you’ll find some of the latest happenings across all four of our Free Sports from a handful of our fine athlete ambassadors in the field.

Get stoked and then get back out there!

Han’s “No Way” Rey Rides India - VIDEO

Hans Rey (Team CLIF Bar), Richie Schley, and Joscha Forstreuter travelled to the Indian Himalayas. Their goal: to reach the mysterious Roopkund Lake, a glacial lake in the Uttarakhand region, famous for hundreds of ancient human skeletons at its bottom, and to ride down a sheer endless technical downhill over 3,500m/ 11'000ft on trails that had previously never been ridden.

*for another great Hans Rey adventure check out this article on Hansy from a trip to the Czech singletrack paradise Pod Smerkm.


Timmy O’Neill Gives the Gift of Sight

Legendary Team CLIF Climber, comedian, drummer and human extraordinaire Timmy O’Neill checks in from the craziness of Kathmandu. Timmy is currently attending eye tech and Nepali language school in order to continue his work with Dr Geoff Tabin, a leading international ophthalmologist, who has dedicated his life to reversing world blindness through the organization he co-founded, the Himalayan Cataract Project (HCP).

Timmy’s email below paints the picture of his daily life and the recent  article (from Elevation Outdoors) shares a bit more of the incredible work that Timmy has been doing to give back to the people of our planet in a truly unique fashion.

From T.O.:
I am up late for me, 10PM, emailing after getting back from rehearsing with a jazz band - three Norwegians and an Australian. I went to rehearsal right after eye tech school from 7am to 4pm. And now it's time to study a bit more before hitting the sack.

This town is wild for sure Kathmandu instructs me to walk don't run, move don't stop, live don't die, spirit not body, heart not mind, now not later, love not war.

As I mentioned I am also playing music here and trying to stay sharp for my music gigs when I return to the States. I am planning on playing with my band at the Telluride Mountain Film at the end of May.

I just emerged from the Kathmandu Jazz Conservancy and into the polluted dusty streets and the deliberate merciless merge of man and machine, namely motorcycle taxi and micro bus.

As I stepped over trash, across a fetid sewer and into the blitz, blare and blast of the continuous near miss, I realized immediately that I had left the musical sanctuary, one that exists primarily in the pocket, mindfully creating a complex and interconnected mood of melody and rhythm. Music is my language and the world is my stage.

The streets of Kathmandu are beyond indifferent, they border on malevolence through my western eyes, ears and viscera.

I make a living through work and a life through giving and I give until I have enough.

Hope  you are crushing and loving life.

Jenn Berg- PBR’s and Lots of Mustard - VIDEO

We have no doubt about what Jenn eats during a full day on the mountain, but this savory little vid (that has been making it's way back around after last season) gives you a healthy taste of what that looks like from her perspective. After a couple pockets full of CLIF Shot Bloks and Gels, Jenn takes to the Main Chute at Alta and enjoys the rewards of an all-star après ….and lots of mustard!


Kyle Thiermann- Surfing For Change

Team CLIF Bar member Kyle Theirmann is a 21 year old pro surfer who has created some serious waves around the world. He is the creator and host of the hit YouTube series, Surfing For Change.

Combining surfing great waves with making a series of short films about current issues, Thiermann focuses on the power you have to create a better world through everyday decisions.
His first YouTube movie in the series, Claim Your Change, details how money kept in multinational banks is used to finance destructive projects all over the world. One such project, a proposed coal-fired power plant in Constitucion, Chile, home of a world-class surf spot and fishing village, is the subject of the movie. This video inspired people to move hundreds of millions of dollars out of centralized banks into local banks and credit unions, and reached people throughout North America, South America, Africa and much of Europe.
Since then, he has made movies ranging from the importance of shopping locally, to following a plastic bag to Hawaii.
Kyle has surfed his way across Indonesia, Chile, Peru, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Australia, Hawaii and throughout the US.

For the latest on Kyle, check out this link to a recent interview and be sure to drop in to Surfing for Change to get your inspirational video stoke on!

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B Cole
Winter Sports, Mountain Biking, Climbing, Surfing, Other Sports
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