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EP 100: Ben Moon — How Ben Moon Uses the MoonBoard, and the Evolution of Sport Climbing

The Nugget Climbing Podcast

Ben Moon is a famous rock climber from the UK. He was the first person to climb 5.14c (8c+) with his route ‘Hubble’. He is also the inventor of the MoonBoard. We talked about his early climbing experiences as a kid, his first road trip to Buoux in France in 1984, how training and sport climbing have changed, how Ben uses the MoonBoard, and much more.Check out PhysiVantage:physivantage.com (link includes 15% off coupon)Use code "NUGGET15" at checkout for 15% off your next order!Check out Chalk Cartel:chalkcartel.comUse code "NUGGET" at checkout for 20% off your next order!We are supported by these amazing BIG GIVERS:Bryan Fast, Leo Franchi, Michael Roy, David Lahaie, and Robert FreehillBecome a Patron:patreon.com/thenuggetclimbingShow Notes:  thenuggetclimbing.com/episodes/ben-moonNuggets:6:02 – Putting a face to the voice, Ben’s travels in the US back in the day, and feeling like he missed out on traveling9:17 – A dry November in the UK, and Will Bosi doing the first repeat of ‘Mutation’11:14 – How Ben first started to climb at age 714:38 – Being “bitten right away” by climbing, and breaking his wrist skateboarding16:17 – Flopping out of school and living off the dole and climbing full time18:57 – Hunter House Road22:16 – Standards and climbing styles in the early 80s, and training on a brick wall26:16 – Climbing equipment in 198427:53 – Buoux, meeting Jerry Moffatt, and Ben’s first-ever road trip35:38 – Doing the FA of ‘Statement of Youth’ 37:54 – Friendly competition39:08 – Dreadlocks and punk rock40:10 – Shifting to bouldering for its own sake42:32 – From 8a to 8c+ (or 9a) in 6 years… what was happening?45:28 – The School Room46:36 – How Ben and Jerry were training in the School Room, how it compares to how people train now, and Ben’s thoughts on deadhanging (hangboarding) and campus boarding51:00 – How the Moonboard first came to be56:56 – Moon Climbing as a company 1:00:42 – Patron question from Griffin: Favorite Moonboard hold set? Best for training? 1:02:06 – Patron question from Rebecca: New hold sets coming? Have you thought about circuits?  1:03:28 – Patron question from Karl: Looking back, what would you change about the Moonboard holds or design?1:05:22 – Why the Moonboard is a vastly more powerful training tool than Ben’s old cellar board1:07:37 – Patron question from Will: How does Ben use the Moonboard, and what are some of his go-to session formats?1:12:35 – Bouldering as Ben’s top training priority, and why he thinks variety is key1:14:11 – How Ben structures his training throughout the year, and within a week 1:17:10 – What Ben and I would each change about our training if we could go back in time1:21:21 – FA of ‘Voyager Sit’ 8B+ (V14)1:24:07 – Quitting climbing after ‘Voyager Sit’, and coming back and climbing ‘Rainshadow’ 9a (5.14d)1:27:59 – Training fitness on the route, and gaining fitness with age, but fighting to maintain strength1:31:17 – Circuit training at the climbing gym1:34:30 – Question from Steve McClure: Does Ben feel the age thing yet?1:38:24 – Ben’s ongoing battle with ‘Northern Lights’, and thoughts on kneebars1:45:38 – Patron question from Markham: Background on the Mini MoonBoard? Future plans for it?1:47:07 – Ben’s thoughts on the MoonBoard gades (he thinks they’re hard!)1:49:24 – How hard Ben climbs on the MoonBoard1:50:11 – Patron question from Florian: Is the Mini MoonBoard the most relevant board for training for rock? 1:51:41 – Recommendations for people who train on a MoonBoard at home, and future tools that will help1:54:29 – Patron question from PogoStickJoe: What is the definition of Dowsy Fuck? (turns out it was “Dozy Fuck”), and what it feels like for Ben to watch his old movies1:56:45 – Patron question from Oskar: Where can I watch The Real Thing online? (It’s in the show notes!)1:57:45 – Patron question from Andreson: Any expedition stories?1:58:34 – Starting a clothing brand, and getting inspiration from Christian Griffith2:00:28 – What is Ben’s legacy?2:02:20 – Which of Ben’s climbing achievements stand out to him2:02:37 – What’s next for Ben, and unfinished goals 2:03:40 – Where you can find Ben (@moonclimbing on Instagram)2:03:59 – “Train hard, climb harder.”

2hr 7mins

3 Jan 2022

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5. Ben Moon: Is Your Story Worth Telling?

Hope Still Wins with Ben Higgins

This week Ben sits down with the wildly creative, adventure-lifestyle photographer and author Ben Moon. You may know Ben best from his viral short film, Denali where he vulnerably shared his story of surviving colorectal cancer and the heartfelt relationship that grew from having his dog by his side every step of the way.  In this episode the Bens discuss:  - How pets can crack us open to life and Ben Moon's personal story about how his dog, Denali, stayed by his side during his fight with colon cancer - When our “knowns” in life are stripped away - The magic that is available to us in life's in-between moments - The beauty of showing up as our unpolished selves - How when we share our own story we make hope accessible to others Join the community on Instagram instagram.com/hopestillwins/ to "share and tell" a piece of your story. We'd love to hear!  Connect with Ben Moon:  - Instagram: instagram.com/ben_moon/ -Personal website: benmoon.com -WATCH his short film, Denali:  youtu.be/P2zQbsEGh_Q -Purchase his new book, Denali: A Man, a Dog, and the Friendship of a Lifetime: bit.ly/3qsat9f Connect with Ben Higgins:  - Instagram: instagram.com/higgins.ben/ - Twitter: twitter.com/benhiggi - Generous Coffee: https://generouscoffee.com/ Thank you to our sponsors!  - Better Help - Join over 1 million people who have taken charge of their mental health. Get 10% off your first month by visiting betterhelp.com/hopestillwins. - Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. http://anchor.fm/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

43mins

29 Jun 2021

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EP 42 | The Importance Of Networks & Relationships, Battling Cancer, Patagonia & More with Creative Ben Moon

Pitched Industries Podcast

I hope you all have had a good last few weeks and I am stoked to be sharing a conversation I had with the amazingly talented photographer, filmmaker and author Ben Moon. If you are at all interested in rock climbing, surfing or portrait photography there's a pretty good chance you have come across some of Ben's work before. Ben's ability and approach to storytelling and photography has led his work to feature in the highly regarded Patagonia catalogs for the last 17 years as well all over the world in various editorials and screens showing the beauty and authenticity of people challenging themselves in the outdoors. Recently Ben has released his first book titled Denali - A man, a dog and a friendship of a lifetime. The book at its core is a story of growth, resilience, love and connection that shares Ben's own deeply personal journey with colon cancer and his special friendship with his dog Denali. This book is easily one of the best I have read in the last two years for sure. In this episode Ben and I talk about how he first got into photography and filmmaking, his book Denali and the reason behind why he wrote it, his approach to storytelling, how surviving cancer has impacted his outlook on life, advice for photographers and filmmakers starting out today and so so much more. Links to things spoken about in this episode: Ben's Book Denali: bit.ly/denalibookBen's Book AUS / NZ: https://www.simonandschuster.com.au/books/Denali/Ben-Moon/9781925791013Ben's Website: https://benmoon.com/Ben's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ben_moon/

1hr 25mins

8 Jun 2020

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The Greatness of Dogs with Ben Moon

Wild Ideas Worth Living

Having a dog during the COVID-19 pandemic seems like a blessing: they provide an excuse to get outside (safely!), they are always up for some quality time and pets, and they can provide some entertainment and maybe even a little laughter. No one knows the joys and comforts of being a dog owner more than photographer and author Ben Moon. His recent book, Denali, is all about how his pup helped him through his battle with colorectal cancer in his 20s. On today’s show, Ben shares how pets can help relieve stress and shares the story of adopting Denali.Episodes of Wild Ideas Worth Living to listen to:Tate MacDowellConnect with Ben Moon:WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagramResources:Denali bookDenali short filmThe Lucky Ones short film

33mins

27 May 2020

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#214 Patagonia Photographer & Van Lifer - Ben Moon

The Kyle Thiermann Show

Ben Moon (@BenMoon) is an adventure, lifestyle, and portrait photographer whose vibrant images have graced the pages of Patagonia catalogues for the past 18 years. In recent years, he has shifted his focus to filmmaking. In 2015, he founded his production company, Moonhouse as a platform for collaboration with friends and creatives to bring a wide range of thought-provoking, impactful and cinematically beautiful stories to life on-screen. Benmoon.com If you dig this podcast, would you be please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts? It’s takes less than 60 seconds and makes a difference when I drop to my knees and beg hard-to-get guests to come on the show. Brought to you by the Nell Newman Foundation, Santa Cruz Medicinals, and “My Weekly Stories.” This month we are highlighting the work done by The Ron Finely Project. If you’re a builder and want to help Ron with his garden project, connect with him here. People talk about this episode here Santa Cruz Medicinals CBD has supported this podcast from day one. Their founder actually convinced me to start the podcast! They make a range of potent CBD products and my personal favorite is the Peppermint Tincture, which I use most nights before before I go to bed. Use the code KYLE10 at checkout, and get 10% off any order. Sore muscles, be gone! The Nell Newman Foundation is dedicated to humanitarian, scientific and environmental action that foster a resilient and restorative planetary ecology. They support the small, visionary, and perhaps untested organizations. They fund the underdogs and unpopular ideas Paul Newman championed. I write weekly short stories, sometimes they’re funny. Sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss them. Please consider supporting my work on Patreon. If you are financially strapped, just keep listening and give lots of high-fives. That’s all the payment I need. Connect with Kyle on Instagram | Twitter | YouTube Contact: info@kyle.surf The Motherfucker Awards Intro music by Nashe Howe “Life moves pretty fast ... if you don't look around once and a while, you could miss it.” - Ferris Buller

1hr 39mins

9 May 2020

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#214 Patagonia Photographer & Van Lifer - Ben Moon

The Kyle Thiermann Show

Ben Moon (@BenMoon) is an adventure, lifestyle, and portrait photographer whose vibrant images have graced the pages of Patagonia catalogues for the past 18 years. In recent years, he has shifted his focus to filmmaking. In 2015, he founded his production company, Moonhouse as a platform for collaboration with friends and creatives to bring a wide range of thought-provoking, impactful and cinematically beautiful stories to life on-screen. Benmoon.com If you dig this podcast, would you be please leave a short review on Apple Podcasts? It’s takes less than 60 seconds and makes a difference when I drop to my knees and beg hard-to-get guests to come on the show. Brought to you by the Nell Newman Foundation, Santa Cruz Medicinals, and “My Weekly Stories.” This month we are highlighting the work done by The Ron Finely Project. If you’re a builder and want to help Ron with his garden project, connect with him here. People talk about this episode here Santa Cruz Medicinals CBD has supported this podcast from day one. Their founder actually convinced me to start the podcast! They make a range of potent CBD products and my personal favorite is the Peppermint Tincture, which I use most nights before before I go to bed. Use the code KYLE10 at checkout, and get 10% off any order. Sore muscles, be gone! The Nell Newman Foundation is dedicated to humanitarian, scientific and environmental action that foster a resilient and restorative planetary ecology. They support the small, visionary, and perhaps untested organizations. They fund the underdogs and unpopular ideas Paul Newman championed. I write weekly short stories, sometimes they’re funny. Sign up for my newsletter so you don’t miss them. Please consider supporting my work on Patreon. If you are financially strapped, just keep listening and give lots of high-fives. That’s all the payment I need. Connect with Kyle on Instagram | Twitter | YouTube Contact: info@kyle.surf The Motherfucker Awards Intro music by Nashe Howe “Life moves pretty fast ... if you don't look around once and a while, you could miss it.” - Ferris Buller Get full access to Writing by Kyle Thiermann at thiermann.substack.com/subscribe

1hr 39mins

9 May 2020

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Guest Host Chris Orwig Talks With Ben Moon About Taking Your Path In Your Career | Alpha Universe Podcast

Alpha Universe Podcast

On today’s show, guest host Chris Orwig continues his series of conversations with creative colleagues, friends and mentors. Chris is joined by the ever thoughtful adventure photographer and filmmaker Ben Moon. Chris and Ben talk about getting to where you’re going by pointing your compass at what’s important to you and discovering the sometimes hidden opportunities that lay upon that path and about dealing with the unique challenges presented by the coronavirus.   See more about Chris Orwig and Benn Moon at alphauniverse.com

1hr 17mins

15 Apr 2020

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Ben Moon: Surf, Survival, and Life on the Road

The Chase Jarvis LIVE Show

You might know Ben from his adventure and lifestyle photography or his beautiful films. Surviving cancer in his 20s gradually shifted his artistic focus from capturing the pursuit of adventure to telling nuanced human stories that have inspired and impacted millions. Most notably, his personal story battling colorectal cancer and his special relationship with his dog Denali, which he shares in his beautiful viral short film, now turned book, Denali. ABOUT BEN Ben Moon is an adventure, lifestyle, and portrait photographer whose vibrant images have graced the pages of Patagonia catalogues for the past 18 years.  In recent years, he has shifted his focus to filmmaking. In 2015, he founded his production company, Moonhouse as a platform for collaboration with friends and creatives to bring a wide range of thought-provoking, impactful and cinematically beautiful stories to life on-screen. As a director, Ben’s unique ability to connect with his subjects paired with the talent and experience for visual storytelling allow him to bring a high level of emotional and visual depth to his films.   Surviving colorectal cancer in his 20s inspired Ben to develop a deeper connection to others and the natural world and gradually shifted his artistic focus from capturing the pursuit of adventure to telling nuanced human stories that have inspired and impacted millions worldwide.  Most notably, he told his own story about his journey with colorectal cancer and his special relationship with his dog, Denali in the viral short film, Denali.  Ben currently resides on the Oregon coast where, in addition to his film and photo work, he is building a house and just published a personal memoir called "Denali: A Man, a Dog, and the Friendship of a Lifetime" on Penguin Books about his journey with cancer and his life with Denali. Enjoy! Today's episode is brought to you by CreativeLive. CreativeLive is the world's largest hub for online creative education in photo/video, art/design, music/audio, craft/maker and the ability to make a living in any of those disciplines. They are high quality, highly curated classes taught by the world’s top experts -- Pulitzer, Oscar, Grammy Award winners, New York Times best selling authors and the best entrepreneurs of our times.

1hr 11mins

15 Apr 2020

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VR Shorts #17: Ben Moon / Photographer, Filmmaker, Author

Visual Revolutionary

Photographer, Filmmaker, and now Author Ben Moon returns to the show to talk about his beautifully written book Denali that recently came out, what he's been up to since we last spoke, and how he's filling his time during the quarantine.  Make sure to check out his story on the full length episode he originally did with me back on Episode #48, and read an even more detailed account of his experiences in his new book by visiting the link below and purchasing a copy.  During our conversation we catch up on what went into writing a book at the same time he was trying to build his home, how he balanced his photo/video work in the midst of all of it, and what might be next on his creative to-do list.   Buy Ben's Book Denali Here: bit.ly/denalibook To Learn More About Ben Moon Visit: https://benmoon.com And Follow Him on Instagram At: https://www.instagram.com/ben_moon/ To Learn More About Visual Revolutionary Visit: http://www.visualrevolutionary.com And Follow On Instagram At: https://www.instagram.com/visualrevolutionary/

49mins

3 Apr 2020

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Planet Service Announcement S02 E08: Ben Moon

Planet Service Announcement

Ben Moon is a climber, surfer, photographer, filmmaker, and, now, writer. His first book, Denali, released on January 14,2020, and has already garnered lots of attention, including a writeup in the New York Times. Ben and James catch up on what it takes to hunker down and write a book, realizing everyone - from famous artists and adventurers to normal folks - have the same fears and worries, how Ben's surviving colorectal cancer (with his dog, Denali, at his side) helped inspire his book, and more.

27mins

24 Jan 2020

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