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October 2011

jeandar.netPosted by Jean Dar Sun, October 02, 2011 15:03:42

The autumn 2011 banner

I picked the leaves for this banner in October last year, and saved then in order to take pictures of them today and make this banner. (I know, it should have been in place the other day, on October 1).

Last time I went climbing was over a year ago, and I'm dreaming ever wilder than before because of that. At this point, I do not know when I'll be able to go climbing again. But in order to keep that adrenaline flowing, I'll post some inspiring films from one of planet earth's best speed climber this month, here on Ad Astra.

- I'll try my best to make you too dream of those big mountains this month! smiley

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jeandar.netPosted by Jean Dar Tue, May 31, 2011 23:22:42
What a stressful month it has been!

With only 38 minutes left of May 2011, I must say this month has been one of the more stressful ones in recent years! Plenty of things to do and deadlines to keep. I'm glad to say that things are cooling down now..

For these reasons, I haven't had the time to write interesting posts here on Ad Astra. But that will be done in June!

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May 2011

jeandar.netPosted by Jean Dar Sun, May 01, 2011 21:19:43
The Goshawk banner

This month's banner pictures my new neighbour, a Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), who recently has taken residence in the trees outside my kitchen window! On this photo, the Goshawk was no more than twenty meters away, me getting only two fairly good pictures of it.

The Northern Goshawk is considered a secretive bird of pray and rarely observed even in areas where nesting sites are common. Nevertheless, I've seen it several times during April, and heard it's call almost on a daily basis!

The surroundings are ideal for a Goshawk or any other bird of pray. Featuring a large number of habitats, two lakes and meadows where pray is never far away. Pigeons, doves, pheasants, black-headed seagulls, tree squirrels and hares are abundant here.

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March 2011

jeandar.netPosted by Jean Dar Tue, March 01, 2011 00:15:52
It's already March!

A new month means it's time for the March 2011 banned on Ad Astra! As mentioned before, I've got a stock full of beautiful banners for this year - here's one of them.

March is the month when winter usually ends and spring starts in Stockholm, and I'm looking forward for that to happen.

At the moment it looks like I'm going to take a break from climbing or other adventurous activities this year. I'll instead be focusing on strengthening those old injuries of mine, that have been bothering me since the end of last year.

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February 2011

jeandar.netPosted by Jean Dar Tue, February 01, 2011 20:22:05
The February banner 2011

The February banner has been up and running since this morning, displaying the winter skies over Stockholm. Since winter solstice, days are getting longer and nights shorter.

Each day gets 4 minutes longer than the previous one here in Stockholm. Above the arctic circle, where there's hardly been any daylight at all around winter solstice, the differance is even more obvious! This continues until Midsummer, after that each day gets shorter again.

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January 2011

jeandar.netPosted by Jean Dar Sat, January 01, 2011 14:16:08
Happy New Year!

1 January 2011. New day, new month, new year. And of course a new Ad Astra banner. Several banners for this year are already made, with different and interesting motifs.

At the moment no climbing/adventure trips are scheduled, but I'm looking into a few highly interesting ones as always.

I never did get to compose some new music as I intended to (besides the pieces on the vidoes and photos from Peru). I simply needed to stress off after a year of hard work. We'll see what might happen this year.

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Merry Christmas!

jeandar.netPosted by Jean Dar Fri, December 24, 2010 16:31:29
Merry Christmas folks!

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Banners of 2010

jeandar.netPosted by Jean Dar Tue, December 21, 2010 09:42:16
All the Ad Astra banners of 2010

With ten days remaining of 2010, it's time to present all banners for this year. The first one was posted on January 1, showing the frosty trees outside my kitchen window. The last banner of Ad Astra 2010 will be the current one, the "fire in the sky" photo from Cordillera Blanca, Peru, this summer.

Enlarge the Ad Astra banners of 2010 by clicking on them.

But this year is not all over quite yet! Some more posts will appear on Ad Astra before 2011 begins. A clue of what some of them might contain can be read on the music page on .

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Broadband problems

jeandar.netPosted by Jean Dar Sat, December 11, 2010 19:30:35

Broadband problems stops me from updating & Ad Astra

I just want to inform you guys that my Swedish broadband supplier, Bredbandsbolaget, has had major problems with my connection (internet & telephone) for the past 12 days, and have promised to have it all fixed by Thursday at latest. The normal time-frame for managing a problem such as this, is 3-5 working days...

I'll make sure they're going to compensate me heavily for the slowest and most unproffessional handling of this matter. I cannot recommend Bredbandsbolaget to anyone!

When all is back to normal, I'll upload photos from Alpamayo on the photo page on , Ad Astra will also be updated as planned etc.

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Tocllaraju photos

jeandar.netPosted by Jean Dar Mon, November 29, 2010 22:58:51

Tocllaraju photos are now uploaded!

Photos from my successful Tocllaraju climb in July this year are now uploaded. I was hoping to have them up and running last weekend, but my computer crashed, luckily all the photos/data was unharmed by this event.

The music that comes along with the photos, is only 30 minutes old! You can both see the photos and listen to the music, on the photo page on

- Enjoy!

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Ishinca photos

jeandar.netPosted by Jean Dar Thu, November 11, 2010 23:58:47
Ishinca photos are now uploaded!

Here you go guys, four and a half minutes of photos from the Ishinca climb in Peru, in early July this year. The music is only an hour old, and is another of mine ambient/down tempo compositions, that I think goes with the photos and videos quite well. You can both see the photos and listen to the music, on the photo page on

The climbing photos are from 9 July 2010. This climb was a traverse, ascending the northwest slopes of Ishinca and descending the southwest slopes.

- That's all for now, ciao!

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Carpa - Chavin photos

jeandar.netPosted by Jean Dar Mon, November 01, 2010 14:45:32
Carpa-Chavin photos now uploaded!

I have only minutes ago uploaded seven minutes worth of photos, from my Carpa to Chavin expedition earlier this year. It took six days to trekk through these unspoiled parts of the Cordillera Blanca in Peru. In the future it might take one day less, since a new road is being constructed from the Chavin direction. I might add that this felt more like an adventure in itself, than an acclimatisation trekk for the peaks that followed. Covering flora, fauna, history, culture and beautiful mountain scenery amongst other things, it was enriching to say the least.

While looking into this trekk in January-February, I did my best to persuade some people to join in. They thought of it as too hard, considering the altitude profile and no paths, or too costly. To them I can only say: -Watch these photos, see what you missed out on!

These photos were ready to upload last night. But since I'm not a fan of doing things half-hearted, I waited until the music (I made an hour ago) was done. And now you can both see the photos and listen to the music, on the photo page on

- Check it out! smiley

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November 2010

jeandar.netPosted by Jean Dar Mon, November 01, 2010 01:10:27
The November 2010 banner

The new banner for November has been uploaded only minutes ago.

I will also upload photos from the Carpa-Chavin expedition later today!

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October 2010

jeandar.netPosted by Jean Dar Fri, October 01, 2010 14:55:05
The autumn banner 2010

The new banner was uploaded before midnight and shows the typical colours of an autumn is the southern half of Sweden. Only for a few weeks each autumn, the leafs of trees and bushes will turn from green to red, yellow and orange, displaying an even more colourful season than spring!

This month I'm aiming to start uploading photos from my trip to Peru in June-July this year. I'll also post something under the Health & Fitness categorie here on Ad Astra.

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Alpamayo video

jeandar.netPosted by Jean Dar Mon, September 13, 2010 22:12:29
The Alpamayo video is now uploaded

The Alpamayo video has been uploaded 29 minutes ago on the video page on . This 5 minutes long video does not include photage from the final summit push, since I stayed at high camp due to an illness on summit day. The French Direct Route was what I was saving space on the memory card for, hoping for some spectacular video clips and photos. The video clips are from 14-18 July 2010.

I might be back at Alpamayo high camp in 2012 or 2013 for either Alpamayo, 5947m, or Quitaraju, 6036m. Or both!

The music on the Carpa-Chavin video has been replaced by a new "sound composition".

Check 'em out!

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