Travis Shears

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weekend in frankenjura -- 05.07.2020

Finally we escaped the Munich area! Corona lockdown have not been easy and weekend in Frankenjura was perfect distraction. Great place for climbing and SUP adventures. Climbing The amount of climbing on Frankenjura is incredible. Multiple 1000s of routes spaced out in approx 2000 square km and two thick guide books. It is primarily single pitch bolted sports routes ranging from 15m to 40m. When selecting an area for my partner and I went for:...

personal site walk through -- 01.06.2020

Trying something new here. I’m documenting how I do my personal site via screen cast. Got the workflow figured out for creating tutorial videos. Thought, might as well do some videos for myself. Topics covered: hugo static site generator s3 buckets cloud front distrbutions travisshears-deploytool plugin architecture svelte webring Screen Cast: *I’m also considering doing a video tutorial series on crating static sites with hugo + aws...
\- [ tech, aws, hugo, video ]

first svelte app -- 02.05.2020

Corona Quarantine has been hard on all of us. To fight the boredom I started collecting online events. Now I’m sharing them via an app I built, /corona_cal. Take a look. The events mostly centre around my interest in art, gaming, and technology. Tech I’m in the process of learning Python and Svelte currently in my side projects. Corona Cal fits fits this stack perfectly. I did the backend layer in python and the frontend in Svelte....

teaching javascript -- 01.05.2020

This semester I’ve started teaching JavaScript as part of REDI School. What was an in person class went online in wake of the corona pandemic. We meet with students in twice weekly video call lectures + small group session calls. Through this great community of teachers and students I’ve learned a great deal myself from teaching. Teaching programming online is challenging stuff. All the concepts, tools, and practices we use everyday are not so easy to teach absolute beginners....
\- [ redi, javascript ]

project sunrise -- 30.04.2020

Project Name: Sunrise Goal: Provide a sunrise via synchronised iot lights What we achieved: Controlling a single light via secure webapp Repo: https://gitlab.com/BTBTravis/sunrise Sunrise, a really fun project to control IOT lights. Teamed up after several years once again Steven and I united powers to make something for this the April 2020 Rokkin Cat Hank and Tell. We learned a good deal along the way and ended up with something half way functional....
\- [ tech, python, react ]

galtenberg ski tour -- 17.03.2020

Last ski tour of the season. Last last weekend before the Germany coronavirus border closure. Route: outdooractive guide 1900 meters. Got to get high for decent snow. Talking with a guide at the Deutscher Alpenverein Library he recommend Kitzbühel range so off we went. Goal, summit Galtenberg. salomon kit Setting off from Inneralpbach we had a thin layer of snow over mud. We followed a shaded cross country track for a kilometre before heading up hill....

first climb kochel -- 16.03.2020

Last weekend I was ski touring in the Kitzbühel range and this weekend sport climbing in Kochel. Can’t get this everywhere. Bavaria makes for a good home. The alps a playground. With snow still visible on the summits, the lower elevations are starting to warm up. Thanks to a very mild winter the south-facing walls are in prime condition. Ready to climb. The season has begun. Not bad timing either, with Coronavirus quarantine the gyms are closed....
\- [ alpinism, climbing ]

cross-country skiing -- 02.03.2020

Location: Bayrischzell, Deutschland Ski poles, the worthy opponent. They struck first but not last. And so goes the tail of how I broke my hand and got revenge. one in my hand, one in the pack Skiing on the flat ground for a change. 40deg, 30deg, 20deg, now 0deg. First time cross country since I was a school child. Once upon a gym class we marched around the sports fields in skis....
\- [ alpinism, skiing ]

rofanspitze ski tour -- 19.02.2020

Get out of the car, take the skis off the roof, beacon partner check, and head up the gondola. A day of touring starts. Location: Achensee, Tirol, Österreich Goal: Von der Erfurter Hütte auf die Rofanspitz Was taken aback by expansive sun bathed rock faces skinning near Erfurter Hütte. True high alpine environment. Leaving the ski resort we passed an automated beacon checker. Austria keeps its skiers safe. What looks very steep from the resort, up close was passable....

lenggries avalanche course -- 07.02.2020

assessing fresh avalanches Last weekend Masha and I took a crew of eight friends down to Lenggries for an avalanche safety course. Besides learning about avalanches and ski touring we got to put our skills to the test. The basic itinerary was: tour up to Florianshütte in the morning of the first day, spend the rest of the day learning theory at the hütte, then do a demo tour the second day....
\- [ alpinism, skiing ]