Read the story about a pair of X-SOCKS®, the exact socks Sam Langley bought from Sweatshop in Plymouth for £13.00 (X-SOCKS® Speed One for men) and what happend to him during the trail running event  ‘Tough Mudder‘: Basically, I attended the event ‘Tough Mudder’ on the weekend in which I participated. ‘Tough Mudder’ if you are unaware is a 12 mile army-style assault course set in the welsh breacon beacons national park. I wore the socks as well as some running shoes in which I bought prior to the event, knowing the event would test myself thoroughly with the terrain. Unfortunately, after only 3 and a bit miles the soles fell off both the shoes, and then within 4 and a half miles the shoes had torn so much they were impossible to wear on my feet, therefore having to make the decision to bin the shoes. Teammates and people ...

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By climbing the south face of Annapurna by direct route, Swiss climber Ueli Steck has just completed one of the greatest achievements of the past decades. It is thought impregnable by the direct route. The south face of Annapurna (8091m) is a huge wall of ice and rock 2500m high and 12km wide, stiff and a technical relentless, exposed to winds. It is the deadliest Himalayan peak after K2. The biggest climbers failed there. This mythical wall, never climbed alone. Ueli Steck, speed climber, 37, has climbed in 28h between 8th and 9th last October. Solo and without oxygen, with a lightweight bag. Economy of means rarely achieved. For comparison, the victorious ascent led by Chris Bonington on the same south side in 1970 took two months, six high camps and 4500m of fixed rope. 43 years later, this ultra fast solo achievement, acts as a further step in himalayisme performance. And ...

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