Rock climbing event HandiCamp VII. 2013
Rock climbing event HandiCamp VI. 2012
The sixth year of the rock climbing event Handicamp, organized by the Teiresias Centre in traditional cooperation with the Matahari climbing club and the company Singing Rock, took place at the weekend of 14-16 September 2012 on the Rabtejn rocks in the Jeseniky mountains. For more information, look at the photos by Borek Nechanický from the Singing Rock or the article published on the website www.lezec.cz, which you can access here.
Rock climbing event HandiCamp V. 2011
During the weekend of May 13-15 2011 a rock climbing event called Handicamp 2011 was held in the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands in the climbing area of Drátník. The event, focused on outdoor rock climbing, was a result of cooperative efforts of the Teiresiás Center, the climbing club Matahari and the company SINGING ROCK. It was designated for climbers with disabilities; however, only a few students of MU participated, although the overall attendance was quite good – 40 people showed up (truth be told, 5 of them were children). The first climbers, mainly from Brno, started arriving at the Grunt hotel on Friday. A few of them eagerly rushed to the rocks in Drátník and climbed two routes despite the unfavorable weather. The whole Saturday was filled with climbing and other activities in Drátník. After revising the proper use of climbing equipment, knot tying and belaying as well as going over the safety rules, the climbers were ready to start moving up. Some of them were top roping, the more advanced tried out lead climbing, rappling was practiced too. There were also a presentation and demonstration of various belaying devices and climbing equipment. The weather was nice the whole day and in the afternoon a lot of the folks were so tired, that it took a little effort to motivate them into another, perhaps easier, route. At the end of the physically demanding day, sitting by the campfire or by the hearth at the Grunt was a pleasurable relaxation. The Sunday morning greeted us with bleak weather, though some welcomed the more relaxing program that followed – watching a movie about climbing and a discussion. In the afternoon the rain slowly stopped, which invited some to go for a stroll. After that they all started leaving and headed back home.
Hiking across the Pavlovské vrchy (Pálava / Pollauer Berge)
A small single-day tourist event took place on Wednesday, 17th November 2011 – a hike across the Pavlovské vrchy. Twenty participants – students with hearing and visual impairments, assistants and instructors from the Teiresiás Center along with some of their friends – gathered at the main station in Brno. From Šakvice the group continued by bus to Dolní Věstonice, where the hike began. The weather wasn't very kind to us, although the atmosphere of the autumn forest shrouded in fog through which we climbed to the top of Děvičky (Maidberg) was truly magical. After we passed the shelter Soutěska, our group split into two and our ways parted. One group went straight to Klentnice (Klentnitz), the other headed towards the same place by a different, longer route, which took them under the rock wall Martinka. During the ascent from Klentnice to the ruins of Sirotčí hrádek (Waisenstein) and up to Stolová hora (The Table Mountain) the clouds broke and we had a clear view of Mušov (Muschau) lakes and the landscape further in the direction of Austria. The faster group had more time to see the town of Mikulov (Nikolsburg) and satisfy their taste buds in the local restaurant; at the end we all met at the bus that took us back to Brno.
Inline event "Through the valley of Tichá Orlice"
A small number of hearing impaired inline skaters from MU and their friends met in April to go on a skating tour in the valley along the Tichá Orlice river. The route started in Letohrad and took them along the river, offering beautiful sights of the river and of the surrounding forests with spectacular rock formations. The rollerblading tracks were of high quality and enabled a great sport experience. Only a few sections, mainly in Ústí nad Orlicí, had rough surfaces that made for a wobbly ride. Mostly the tracks were easily manageable with smooth asphalt surface and several uphills and downhills, but they didn't really cause any problem to most people. Admittedly, there were a couple of cases where the braking ended in landing on the behinds on the grass or hugging the nearest railings, but fortunately no injury occurred in these mishaps. The skaters were gliding quickly through the beautiful sunlit landscape with spring green meadows and trees; everybody was really working those little wheels and moving at a swift pace. It was a little hard on the paws of Sára, the dog that kept us company. Her running must have totaled much more than our 31 km, as she was examining every other detail in the surroundings, greeting other dogs and also chasing a hen, which really drove the numbers up a notch! It was a pleasant event for everybody (even the hen managed to get away unharmed); it ended in Choceň, where we got on a train back to Brno.
Video from the event
Teiresiás Center Badminton tournament
On Wednesday, 28th October the Teiresiás Center held a badminton tournament for hearing impaired students and employees of Masaryk University. Sixteen players participated in what was almost three-hour tournament. The prizes in the women's category were scooped up by the following players: 1st Lucie Zvonková, 2nd Nikola Novotná, 3rd Linda Kebzová. The best players among men were the following: 1st Lukáš Murín, 2nd Tomáš Sklenák, 3rd Zdeněk Zavrtal.
In the footsteps of Napoleon
The one-off cycling event called "In the footsteps of Napoleon", which took place on 8th May 2009, attracted both fans of cycling and history. After crossing the ridge of the Žďánický les near Nesovice the group visited the site of the Battle of Austerlitz and made a stop at the monument "The Cairn of Peace" and at the Žurán hill. The seventy-kilometer tour ended in Brno.#
Rock climbing event in the river Jihlava valley
After a long preparation, the weekend of May 15-17 2009 was chosen for Handicamp III, a rock climbing event arranged by the members of the climbing club Matahari (led by Honza Říha) and a bunch of people from SINGING ROCK for students of MU in the Tisá climbing area. Unfortunately, due to unforeseeable complications the event was canceled. Instead, the students and employees of MU went for a day to the climbing area in the river Jihlava valley. After going through the climbing basics, the students top roped or lead climbed on the rock towers Velká Baba and Malá Baba.