#113 – High Pavement, Interviews & Some Red Chairs.

 

Flip, Zade (Me) & Sark – Portrait.

 

Today it was myself, Flip, David and Sark who were out. I hadn’t created a jam thread in the forum this week like I usually do, but people knew where and when training happened. Though when I arrived this weekend it was quiet as a mouse, no one had come out, whether that be due to an event not being made or people were busy and/or away on holiday with it being that summer time of year. So, the session was to be trained in our quartette. It felt eerie to not come across other people out training while we moved from area to area. It was like the scene had completely died and no one was training Parkour, like before we all even knew what Parkour was and people jumped and vaulted walls. We did spend a bit of time at Orange Walls to warm up on our way to Houses, Sark wanted to nail a wallspin today on a vertical wall and well, Orange Walls was the place to go. The moss like grass was perfect for taking off and landing, there was also a slightly slanted wall here too and tree too. Using a combination of the tree to build confidence before going to the wall helped Sark get used to them. Though on a vertical wall it felt very different and scarier to do. Even if Flip demonstrated and told Sark how easy it is to do one even if you bail it would be fine. Once it was accomplished it was time to move on up to Houses.

The Houses area has always been the place to use as a warm up location, what with the range of movements which can be done but we had decided we needed to expand our training areas as we have spent far too many hours, days, weeks, months and years in the same old areas! We needed new challenges, new areas to be inspired by and there should and has to be many of those hidden within Nottingham, even near places we already train at day in, day out. It was a boiling summer’s day, roasting before we had even done much at all. Across the road from Houses, we saw a few possible standing small precision jumps and went over to check it out to see what they were like and what laid behind the buildings too. We knew there was a grassy area, with a stair set from walking past the place but had never been there for training as it looked like a residential area and didn’t want to get moved on if so. After checking out the precision jumps we walked round the back of the area which was actually the back of lots of office buildings with a car park, walls to vault over of different heights and a metal staircase too.

 

Zade (Me) – Precision.

 

I got a few shots of myself and David doing a precision jump from some steps to the metal staircase, making loud clunks as we landed the jump. I felt like the noise was going to attract us some unwanted attention and then we would get moved off the area, even if it was a weekend some of the buildings seemed to be open. The main wall in the area was good to build up doing a kong over as it was quite high to the norm and you could even land on the white lines of the parking spaces if you had enough distance. While we were striding along the white parking spaces lines and doing box jumps. Sark and Flip had pointed out that looking through the fence there looked a really good training area with many walls to vault and jump between. We could only see so some of it through the gaps in the metal fence and so we stood at the top of the staircase to see more of the area and with that decided we would go and check it out as a possible new training area.

Could we have just found a hidden training gem right under our noses?! All these years of training and not once had we ever seen this area while walking past dozens of times on our way to other areas… We arrived to the area where a black metal gate was ajar, we pushed it open and went inside the area beside the pebbled area of the college building. It was amazing, like stepping into a Parkour Mecca. So many walls, ledges and possible movements to do, even if the area looked very overgrown with weeds, bushes and litter galore. It even had some of the walls broken, in piles of bricks. It was all very exciting and fresh from the onset and I couldn’t wait to document this area via masses of photos. There were some pretty big precision and catleap possibilities here, but sadly the wooden fences around the ledges seemed to be in the way of doing them. The fence was looking like it was on it’s last legs, with most of it already rotten or rotting away and some of it had already fallen apart, touching it with a gentle push made it creek like it might all collapse.

 

Sark – Catleap.

 

Sark was stood on a higher ledge (as seen above) of the wall, which didn’t have the fence in front of it, it seemed to go around that part of the platform entirely. This made the catleap feel much like the one at Auditorium, feeling like a same level cat. He said he was up for doing the jump, I wasn’t sure what to think as it looked possible but so far at the same time too and the drop wasn’t that appealing to me either. Not to mention swinging the arms was a problem too, what with the fence being in the way if you swung them back too much and so had to lean forward like a pencil before jumping. Sark did the catleap which he made look easy, even if he did slide down the landing wall. Myself and Flip looked at each other, amazed he had done it, even if it had cost him a cut his hand in the process. On another attempt he badly twisted his ankle when he jarred has ankle hard on impact to the wall before further twisting it when he fell to the floor amongst the leaves and rubbish. I blame that on Flip who was trolling Sark by singing Shnee Shna Schnappi [1] song before he did the catleap.

Speaking of which we were all filming and taking photos today, so we wasn’t short on angles or shots. Sark needed a few more clips to finish his summer video which he released a few weeks later [2]. You may notice from the 1.22 mark in the video of today’s training antics when Flip was trolling Sark by singing Shnee Shna Schnappi as mentioned above. I was eager to try the jump myself now it had been done and I knew it could be done. Luckily I had sorted out my catleap problem [3] I had a couple of days before. It must have been down to being tired, over thinking and just doing them too many of them that I had forgotten how to do the motion through overuse. I stood on the platform, seeing the jump in my mind, feeling my heart pounding away. Hoping I didn’t back out of the jump and land below in leaves and unknown litter, twisting my ankle like Sark had. The jump felt amazing, it was another great distance, catleap wise and the grip on the wall was nice too, even if it was a struggle to climb up afterwards due to the dry moss on the top of the wall, while being attacked by the bush behind it which had overgrown as you got your body over the wall.

 

Flip, Sark & Zade (Me) – Portrait.

 

We scuffed off all the dry moss so that wasn’t any longer a problem and pruned the branched of the bush. The precision back down from the wall looked horrendous, but was one to work on doing for the future. We were in this area and yet we still hadn’t come up with a name for it, Sark joked that it shouldn’t be called Orange Walls as we have so many areas named by the colours of the walls that it would be silly to call this a by a similar name. Pebbles was another possible name due to the amount of them next to the area, but after a lot of thought we decided to just call it High Pavement as that was what the college it was next too and it was simple enough to use. It was annoying that most of the walls were destroyed as they would have been great for vaulting and jumping between. It looked like two of the orange walls were fairly new though, if very slippery with zero grip when we tried to catleap them. It made me wonder if they were going to fix the other walls too in the future? We climbed up onto the roof of the building which made for plenty of photos. Flip was very serious when posing for the shots when you look through them, while myself and Sark not so much. David was a natural at taking photos and angles, he had quite the creative eye and this gave me an idea…

We took it in turn using my camera to capture different angles and shots, there were many portraits and messing around shots. Sark had climbed over to the pebbled area to take a leak and when he came back he shouted for us come over too as there are some giant red chairs been put out along with lots of other rubbish like file cabinets, tables and chairs as if the college was being refurbished for the new term. It was perfect, it gave us all the idea to use the chairs as a sort of stage for an interview for a possible Team Hex or community based video. So while we let the camera roll speaking about our own training experiences, the community and general fitness stuff David was in the background taking random photos of us. It all felt quite professional and was really funny to do, taking it in turns to speak and having more to say when someone else reminded us of other adventures and things we had done. Then near the end of filming we all ran to the background of shot, climbed up onto the crate and ran across and vaulted off the end of it. Then we ran back into shot to sit back down to use as an intro. I remember during filming I managed to miss my chair on one of the takes as Sark had pulled my chair out my way as I went to adjust it and sit back down.

 

Flip – Portrait.

 

I’m sad to say that all that footage which was going to be made into a video never saw the light of day. Why you may ask? I had so much footage to sieve through, I never got round to going through it all. That and we were all going to merge everything we had recorded together for the different angles aspect too. Though I am doubtful that any of us would have had the time to do that in retrospect. I lent Flip my camcorder DV tapes down the line so he could rip all the footage to make the video, as it was more likely he would get one done out of the three of us. Sadly his house was broken into not long afterwards and everything got taken, along with it all the digital equipment and filming we had done. Gone in an instance, forever lost. It would have been great to have shared the with you all if it had got made, but who knows how the video may have panned out if did have seen the light of day, cringe worthy at a guess. Which only would have gotten worse as each passing year went by.

This was another training session I had really enjoyed, one that I remember very well. Each training session is good, but some stand out beyond the rest of them. Whether it be due to achieving many new movements, it being a brand new discovered area like this day or just down the people out, banter and it being a good day overall. I’ve added a few shots of myself and Sark doing some precision jumps near the Ice Arena into this blog too as they don’t fall into any other blog as such and being only a few shots there was no point adding them anywhere else. It had been one long day of training and it wasn’t until we released it was past nine o’clock that we decided to call it a day. It still felt as if it was only early in the evening, it’s amazing how quickly time flies in the summer time!

 

Flip, Sark & Zade (Me) – Portrait.

 

Flip, Sark & Zade (Me) – Portrait.

 

Flip, Zade (Me) & Sark – Portrait.

 

Flip, Zade (Me) & Sark – Portrait.

 

Sark, Zade (Me) & Flip.

 

David – Precision.

 

Sark – Catleap.

 

Sark – Catleap.

 

Flip – Portrait.

 

Zade (Me) – Catleap.

 

Zade (Me) – Catleap.

 

Sark – Portrait.

 

Zade (Me) – Catleap.

 

Sark – Portrait.

 

Sark – Portrait.

 

Flip & Sark – Portrait.

 

Sark – Portrait.

 

Flip, Sark & Zade (Me) – Portrait.

 

Flip – Precision.

 

David – Portrait.

 

Sark – Portrait.

 

Zade (Me) – Portrait.

 

Flip – Spiderman.

 

Sark – Portrait.

 

Sark – Portrait.

 

Zade (Me) – Portrait.

 

Sark – Precision.

 

Zade (Me) – Precision.

 

Zade (Me) – Precision.

 

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