Danny Macaskill: The Ridge…and Breathe… [VIDEO]

The Cuillin Ridgeline on the Isle of Skye in Scotland is a range of craggy mountains stretching 30 rocky peaks over 12 km (7.5 miles). At their highest outcropping, they reach 992 metres (3,255 feet).

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They are a mountain climber’s paradise and some of the most challenging terrain to negotiate on foot…

But then there are those who do it differently.

Ascending these rugged peaks was the dream of Danny Macaskill, a climber of sorts: the kind on two wheels.

This professional bike rider and stunt BMX cyclist decided to push the limits of his incomparable skill by making good on his boyhood ambition: riding up and along the notoriously difficult and dangerous Cuillin Ridgeline and capturing the death-defying climb in his latest film The Ridge.

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“Growing up in Skye, the Cuillins for me had always been a very inaccessible place. There’s an incredible knife-edge ridge that runs right the way along the top and I’ve always wondered if it would be possible for me to ride my mountain bike up there.”


Danny Macaskill




The Summer Camp for Adults – Where No Technology is Allowed

Image from Camp Grounded

Image from Camp Grounded

Camp fires, friendship bracelets, sing-a-longs, hikes, s’mores  – these may sound like beautiful memories of your summer camp past, but lo and behold, this experience is being recreated for adults with a twist. Meet Camp Grounded, a place where grownups can be youngsters again, all in a technology-free zone. That means no computers, cell phones, or other gadgetry with a WIFI connection. In the spirit of digital detox – a move to disconnect from technology in order to connect to the world – Camp Grounded offers an oasis from the daily grind of adult life.
The sleep-away camp hosts a variety of activities from yoga and archery to candle making and the obligatory summer game of capture the flag. Summer 2014 registration is already under way, with four-day sessions of unbridled fun that have the potential to bring you to a carefree and joyful place, creating memories of a lifetime.

7 Steps to Planning Your Next Digital Detox


Photo by Flickr user Silvia Sala

Digital detox: A period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world.

Disconnect to connect. Unplug. Digital detox. These terms are all the rage at the moment, representing the act of stepping away from our adored electronics and reconnecting to the world around us. Even unlikely players like communications companies and app developers are getting on board. Here at Goodnet, we highly recommend taking a break – in whatever form works for you – and have broken the process down into seven easy steps for you to put into action. Good luck!


Before you begin planning, get excited! A plethora of awesome publications across the web are getting down with the digital detox – from the this infographic guide to this detailed account of one man’s 25-day hiatus from the WWW. YouTube is also a good resource to scour for creative inspiration – check out this great clip for starters.

TIP: Rather than printing out articles you’d like to read later, use an e-reader such as Pocket or Readability to enjoy them when and where it’s convenient for you.


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The first step towards a successful digital detox is choosing a feasible length of time – and sticking to it. Try to find the balance between being realistic and challenging yourself – for example, taking a month off email is unlikely to work if you need to hold down a job, while turning your phone off from midnight until 7am on the weekend probably won’t make much of a difference to your life.

TIP: If in doubt, try a weekend. It’s just long enough to really disconnect and unwind, but shouldn’t be too hard to execute.

Photo by Flickr user eflon

Photo by Flickr user eflon


Take some time to think about your e-life, and what it will mean to turn it off. Do you plan to cut yourself off from all emails or just work emails? And what about television and social media?

TIP: For your first digital detox, we recommend cutting out anything that involves a glowing screen or the Internet. In other words: computer, iPad and smartphone – out; Kindle – in.


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One of the best things about taking a digital detox is that it gets your face away from the screen, and in front of the friendly faces of your friends and family. Schedule at least one meal with loved ones (here’s some quick, healthy meal ideas) and let everyone know that it’ll be an unplugged meal. You can even make a game out of it – stack everyone’s cell phones face down on the table. First person to check their phone takes everyone out for ice cream.

TIP: Think old school – pull out your board games from the back of the cupboard and get ready for some fun.

Photo by Flickr user WanderingtheWorld (www.LostManProject.com)

Photo by Flickr user WanderingtheWorld (www.LostManProject.com)


Spending some time outdoors – whether it’s a picnic, a jog or a day at the beach – is a non-negotiable part of your digital detox. Not only does sunshine stimulate the essential nutrient Vitamin D, getting down with nature will make you calmer, happier and more focused. Better still, plan a mini-break and get out of town.

TIP: If you need to research your outdoor adventure, make sure you do it before your detox starts to avoid contaminating your chill out time staring at a screen.

Photo by Flickr user marcp_dmoz

Photo by Flickr user marcp_dmoz


In his much-quoted 2008 article in The Atlantic, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”, which he later expanded into a full-length book, American writer Nicholas Carr expounds a theory that the Internet has “chipped away” at our “capacity for concentration and contemplation.” Use your digital detox to read something long and involved – all in one go. It could be a book, a magazine article you haven’t had time to read, or even a short story.

TIP: For best results, get stuck in a good novel. Reading fiction has been found to make you more empathetic.

Photo by Flickr user by Janine

Photo by Flickr user by Janine


When your allotted digital detox time is up, take a moment to ponder – rather than running straight to your iPhone to catch up on everything you missed on Facebook. Ask yourself these three simple questions before diving back into the digital world:

1.  What have you learned from the experience?

2.  Having lived without it this long, is there any device/platform you think you can do without permanently?

3.  Would you consider setting a regular time (say, Saturday afternoon to Sunday evening every week) to repeat the experience?

TIP: Write down some notes as you go through the questions so you can refer back for next time.

Photo by Flickr user Walt Stoneburner

Photo by Flickr user Walt Stoneburner

10 Inspirational Quotes by the Dalai Lama to Brighten Your Day

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Shutterstock image

Considered one of the world’s most influential humanitarians, the 14th Dalai Lama stands as a symbol for peace and nonviolence. The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader travels the world spreading his message of compassion and peace. Here are 10 of his most beautiful quotes for his past birthday on July 6.

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.”

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

“Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.”

“We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”

“Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.”

“If a problem can be solved it will be. If it can not be solved there is no use worrying about it.”

“It is our collective and individual responsibility to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live.”

“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.”

“We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.”