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Discussion: Vertical running

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Jan 28, 2020 1:59 PM # 
Saw this article on the Wall Street Journal recently, about a subcategory in the running discipline, called vertical running or tower running
Jan 28, 2020 2:44 PM # 
Saw a short film about it recently Very impressive.
However it doesn't involve any navigation since all the walls are identical. The climbers all followed the same route everytime they did it.
Maybe vertical climbing is to rock climbing as the 100 metre sprint is to long course orienteering.
Jan 28, 2020 3:04 PM # 
Are you two talking about the same thing?
Jan 28, 2020 3:12 PM # 
My bad. I had just seen an impressive film about competitions on the speed climbing wall. Duh
Jan 28, 2020 3:36 PM # 
Than's OK. One of the Tower runs bills itself as a Skyrun which is a whole other thing. I guess up is up :-)
Jan 28, 2020 6:27 PM # 
Can't read the article but I have a habit of entering tower races in Aus and doing somewhat well at them (against local competition mind you but that sometimes includes Mark Bourne, who's listed in the top ten world rankings in the second link, though he's miles ahead of the competition).
Jan 28, 2020 6:35 PM # 
Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania) has a old Gothic-style tower in the University off Pittsburgh campus, called Cathedral of Learning, and it's stairways are used by some folks for vertical ascent training
Jan 28, 2020 9:14 PM # 
Terje Mathisen:
Back when I worked for Hydro I would sometimes do winter intervals up the stair from the lowest garage level to the top office floor, then take the elevator down again. The trick was to hit the button for the top floor while starting the next interval, so I could race it up again. :-)
Jan 28, 2020 9:35 PM # 
When running up stairs I'd always prefer to do it outdoors. The views and air quality are usually better. This one is pretty popular with the locals here (English info at the bottom of the page).
Jan 28, 2020 9:37 PM # 
Ah, the Cathedral of Learning...

Great name, and neat building. My immediate impression on walking in: "Welcome to Hogwarts!"
Jan 28, 2020 10:12 PM # 
I did stair training a time or two in the old building where I used to work, late at night. The elevator was much too slow to ride down (I was significantly faster than it was going up), so I ran down as well as up. Down was crazy parkour!
Jan 29, 2020 12:57 AM # 
I always do both up and down when stair training. Our local outdoor stair training area (Kings Park, Perth) has only 242 stairs and gets very busy outside of work times so not good training for climb races inside buildings that tend to have in excess of 1000 stairs but access to those areas is pretty limited unless you happen to work inside one (which I did for a short time back in 2015/2016).

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