Travis Shears

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climbing grade converter tool -- 19.10.2019

Project: Climbing Grade Conversion Tool Site: climbinggrades.xyz Repo: github Pics: desktop screenshot The App After a recent trip to Arco, Italy climbing with friends I realized I’m missing a familiarly with the different grades in use throughout Europe and the world. As climbing continues to take me to new places I wanted something I could reference so I built climbinggrades.xyz. Its a little web app to convert between the difficulty grades....
\- [ tech, climbing, elm ]

arco -- 09.10.2019

Drinking red wine and enjoying the warm breeze overlooking the lights reflecting off Lake Garda, wait how did I get here? I was suppose to be in the Balkans. Well 24 hours prior to when we were set to leave Munich for Kosovo the carrier we booked, Adria airline, went bankrupt and canceled all flights, what luck. So we moved to a backup plan of a weekend climbing and doing via ferrata in the Arco area on Lake Garda....

lofoten -- 29.09.2019

The Lofoten archipelago, a Norwegian chain of islands in the arctic circle and the destination of my most ambitious backpacking trip to date. Myself along with a group of 7 friends and colleges got together and for a week to become trekking team exploring the land of breath taking views, fjords, and midnight sun. where is lofoten? trip planning near isar river bergen airport last meal in civilation, bodø...

laberdolomiten -- 24.09.2019

Update 09-24-19 Excited to proclaim success! Last weekend I summited on the route I had attempted earlier in the year with a different climbing partner. This time nothing but sunshine. We employed the swinging leads method of climbing with notable success and made the climb in just under 3.5 hours, slow but for the longest climb to date for me I’m ok with it. It was a relief to summit because the day had been a bit stressful....
\- [ alpinism, climbing ]

hacking health in zurich -- 23.09.2019

“Hacking health” in Zurich, this weekend I attended a health” in Zurich. I attended a hackathon focused on innovation in the health care sector. Getting outside Munich for reasons other than mountaineering or tourism, what a concept! The event opened me up to exploring the wonderful city if Zurich with friends, go to my first European hackathon, and learning a bit of Go lang. Zurich, similar to Munich, feels like a really big village....
\- [ tech, switzerland ]

iceland -- 02.09.2019

Originally wrote this post in German in an interview form. So here is the translation back to English by hand. moon walk Q: Welcome back, where did you go? A: Today I’m returning from an Iceland round trip. During my Iceland tour I saw black beaches, picturesque mountains, breathtaking nature. Dyrhólaey rock arch Q: This is your second trip to the Nordic region. Why do you enjoy traveling in Iceland and Norway?...

frauenwasserl -- 19.08.2019

Frauenwasserl is a great beginner friendly crag just outside Oberammergau. I’ve been there a few times now and with groups, five to seven, usually including some first time climbers. With fifteen routes there are plenty of 4-5 UIAA routes to start off with and then some more challenging ones to hone skills. Its a great place to start climbing outside then expand into other crags in the area. my mentor...
\- [ alpinism, climbing ]

karwendelspitze -- 21.07.2019

Hiking Mittenwald—Karwendelspitze Route: https://www.komoot.com/tour/63845277?ref=wtd Parking: Mittenwald Bahnof Primary photo source: https://www.instagram.com/antonpkazakov/ This weekend I had the good fortune to visit Mittenwald for summit hike with friends. It was another step in furthering my integration into Bavarian traditions where a summer weekend is not complete without mountains and a beer garden. The hike proved a good workout featuring views into Austrian Alps and after Mittenwald was more exciting then expected. tree line...
\- [ alpinism, climbing ]

scanning for meaning -- 14.07.2019

Project: Scanning for Meaning Site: scanning-for-meaning.travisshears.xyz Repo: gitlab Pics: menus collapsed menus expanded full-screen Revive Excited to bring my little over a year old art project, Scanning for Meaning, back to life today. The project comes out of this cyberpunk dream of living with these pixel waterfalls. Putting this project on a large screen and just letting the colors wash over the room excites me. It’s also an experiments in the “web app” as an medium for artistic expression leveraging the frontend development I was doing at the time....
\- [ tech, react ]

canada -- 12.07.2019

Trip overview Recently my mother was doing a tour up the east coast in her small RV and I made my way out to join for the Nova Scotia portion. Having completed other trips prior I relied on her for most of the planning and she delivered a nice adventure for us. I flew Munich, Montreal, Halifax from which we imminently headed north to Green Oaks for some tidal bore rafting....