Archive for August, 2012

Nice Post on Isildur1 (Viktor Blom) by Phil Galfond

http://www.philgalfond.com/viktor-blom-the-man-the-myth-the-legend/

This is an excellent write up from Phil Galfond, one of the best poker players in the world, on Isildur1. Such an interesting story and an interesting guy. It amazes me that he does not use a HUD or any poker software. I also doubt he talks game theory discussion with his friends as well. Much like Phil Ivey, Blom has enough raw poker talent to keep up with the best in the world.

During the durrrr death matches, I wrote a post about Isildur1-

http://www.orange87.com/2009/11/some-thoughts-on-styles-durrrr-hu-match-etc/

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Palisades, South Dakota Climbing Trip

I went on a short climbing trip (only two days- August 18th-19th, 2012) to Palisades state park in SD. The park itself is quite small and a really nice place for beginners to learn how to climb outdoors (though, that being said, building anchors off natural surroundings such as trees and such might not be the easiest thing in the world). The primary areas to climb mostly have areas to build anchors on top (mostly natural) and stairs to walk down and climb. Most of the crags are maybe 40-60 feet and we set up top ropes on all of our climbs.

Anyways, the first day, we decided to go to the South Wall. There were a few 5.7s-5.10s.

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I did a fun sporty 5.10+ that had a few lay backs while finishing with two big moves on two sloppers (big move->match->big move up to second slopper). There was still a ton of vegetation on that climb and it was wet from the morning dew, so you had to chalk like a mother in order to get anything going on those last two moves.

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This one was a crimpy 5.10+ or maybe a 5.11-. It was all technical for the most part and was full of crimps/balance moves. Overall, it was pretty fun and difficult all around.

So we moved over to the King and Queen rock area. There are these 60 foot spires over water in the Palisades, and you can scramble up them and set up anchors/top ropes. You get lowered down right above the water and then climb up (if you can’t do the climb, you’re forced to get hauled up lol).

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All of these were pretty fun. Climbing above the water was an interesting experience.

Day 2:

We went back to the area on day 1. There were permanent anchors for maybe 10 different climbs atop a crag…the problem was that you had to go up a 5.3 with awful gear spots all around. I brought up some gear but a) had relatively little experience doing trad to begin with and b) not as much gear as I would have liked (didn’t have a full rack). So I ended up scrambling/soloing it with the rope (it was only a 5.3 and I never felt in danger at all). Maybe not the brightest thing in the world, but whatever…I doubt that will be the last time I have to do something like that either.

Said climb after we set up top rope on it:

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There were chains around a tree set up by climbers, so we felt pretty secure. We had some directional gear for the rope and moved them around for various climbs.

Rapping down:

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We only did 3 climbs that day before we had to leave. We did a 5.9 called ‘the Bitch’, a 5.10 ‘Son of a Bitch’, and this tough 5.10+ ‘Scream’ after.

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That’s about it. Nice climbing area about 3 hours away. Cheap trip too…I’ll hopefully go back one day. Thanks for reading.

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New Strategy Articles

http://www.texasholdemonline.com/strategy/

I’ve been writing more articles for TexasHoldemOnline, you can check them out at the above link.

I’ve decided that I’m going to pursue poker staking/affiliate work for a little bit. I realize that I’m probably a few years too late and that the market is saturated…but I need to try this and see if I can make it work.

I’ll continue to update as I learn more about the business. Going to head to South Dakota next week to climb for the weekend, it should be fun. I’ll try to post a TR after.

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