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Author: Arthur

My name is Arthur Page and I live in Portland Maine. I've been climbing on and off for about 8 years. This year I've decided to up my climbing game and have been training to move past the gym and start out-door lead climbing this summer. I'm currently bouldering between V2 and V3 and climbing top rope at the gym between 5.8 and 5.9. I started this site because of how difficult it is to find climbing resources. Most videos lack production quality and getting any reliable information involves dropping hundreds on a class at a gym. To me this is counter to what I believe to principles of climbing. It is a sport centered around personal challenge, community, and sharing. I hope you feel the same way and I hope you enjoy figure8!

Why Podcasts?

In the last few years, online video has become omni present. YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Vimeo are the primary channels but there are a host of others all fighting for your video. Apple Podcasts has been traditionally an audio experience so we’re often asked why we opted to use this format. There are a few advantages to Apple Podcasts that locked our decision to use them for our content delivery.

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We’re going to need a bigger boat

When this podcast first started, it became immediately clear that storage was going to be an issue. The podcast was captured on a GoPro Hero3 Black and being a purist, each episode was released in stunning 1080p HD quality. The resulting file sizes were 1gb to 4gb which nearly broke everything but we made it work with a few tweaks.
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Welcome to Approach

Here at figure8 we’re equal parts climber and media enthusiasts. We get just as excited about crushing a new route as posting the video to the podcast. Since the figure8 project started, we had to overcome some obstacles for sure but we appreciate the challenge because the project is always better off in the long run. In the spirit of transparency, this section was created to share those lessons, the underlying problems, and solutions with you.

Social Update

Just a heads up that we have made a few small changes to our social services to streamline our accounts. Now facebook, twitter, and instagram are all climbfigure8.

The change away from con_figure8 were two fold; to align to our instagram account and because we realized that con_figure8 doesn’t actually mean anything.

At the time, con_figure8 was a loose play on the word ‘configured’ and a distant nod to Apple’s Configurator program but we ultimately decided that the phonetics didnt justify the weird syntax so we have abandoned the naming convention.

If you haven’t spent a lot of time working on websites and social media, its hard to see the clutter of our modern world. With so many people on earth, finding new wordplay is pretty daunting. You end up adding hyphens and trying to tap memonics burried deep in the mind of your audience. Anyways, it’s taco Tuesday so have a taco!