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Sport

Kayakers Going Over Waterfalls

After running Lundbreck Falls in my kayak last month, the sport of running big waterfalls has been on my mind. I’m not too interested in doing anything bigger or scarier just yet, but the photos in this news story are even more awesome after having experienced my own little 30 foot drop over some falls.

Kayakers going over waterfalls

Just to be clear, that’s not me in the photo, nor anyone I know. See more here.

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Sport

Extreme Base Jumping

When these adventurous adrenaline junkies first started using the flying squirrel suits in base jumping, it was to see how far away from the cliff they could get. But then things got “boring” and now the idea is to get as close to the edges without actually touching.


[Flying Suit – Extreme Base Jumping – YouTube]

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Sport

Foothills Charity Triathlon for Kid’s Hope Ethiopia

The other day a friend asked if I would take part in the Foothills Charity Triathlon for Kid’s Hope Ethiopia. It’s actually a “mixed” triathlon in that, the three segments of the race are done by different people, so I’ll only be doing the 500m swimming section in Crystal Shores Lake (Okotoks, Alberta).

I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve never been much a distance swimmer, and though 500m isn’t exactly FAR (by most swimmers’ standards), it’s slightly out of reach for me to sprint the whole way though it wouldn’t surprise my former swim teammates if I tried.

http://www.foothillscharitytriathlon.com/

Wish me luck, and if you’re in the Calgary/Okotoks area, come and cheer for my team! The race happens Saturday, July 5th, 2008 starting at Crystal Shores Lake at 8:00am.

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life Sport

Crowsnest River Kayak Trip

Here’s some video footage of me going over Lundbreck Falls on my last kayaking trip taken by my friend Janson.

Also, check out Janson’s enthusiastic report on the trip.

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life Sport

Running Lundbreck Falls

Yesterday I went kayaking down the Crowsnest River with a bunch of friends. It was a stretch of the river that none of us had gone down before, and frankly it was a bit boring with very little white water. At the halfway point we came upon Lundbreck Falls. The plan was to portage around it, but after taking some time to study it, I decided to go for it!

The adrenaline rush totally made my day.

Jeff Milner Running Lundbreck Falls
Jeff Milner going over Lundbreck Falls.

Photo by Tom Buchanan (used on the web with permission). Here’s my Lundbreck Falls Run set on Flickr.

Update: You can see me going over in this Lundbreck Falls Drop video on Youtube, compliments of my friend Janson.

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opinion Sport

Reinventing Invention

Last month the New Yorker held it’s annual conference: Stories from the Near Future. They’ve setup a videocast for the talks. Below is the video of Malcolm Gladwell speaking about innovation, genius, and the mismatch problem in his talk, Reinventing Invention.

See Reinventing Invention in pristine MP4 format.

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friends Sport

Molly Sullivan Reports on NCAA Swimming

Molly Sullivan reports on the decision elite Canadian athletes swimming in the States have to make every four years when it comes time for Olympic trials. My friend and Olympian for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Richard Hortness, is featured in this piece that aired March 26.


[Molly Sullivan Reports on NCAA Swimming – YouTube]

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Sport

All Your Bases Are Belong to Us

The following video from ESPN is a testament to why we play sports and that there is hope for humanity. I’m not much of a baseball fan myself, but rest assured, if your heart is beating then you will enjoy this:

Hit play or watch at ESPN.

Here is the video on YouTube. It just goes to show, you can’t trust ESPN to keep their content online.

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friends Sport

Richard Hortness on KNPR

My friend and former roommate, Richard Hortness, was on an NPR affiliate the other day talking about swimming and about what it’s like knowing you get to go to the 2008 Olympics. Here’s the mp3.

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psychology Sport

Test Your Awareness

How many passes does the team in white make? An experiment in awareness.

[Test your awareness – YouTube]