spacer
The Vacuum Issue 2 spacer Issue 2
The quest of the golden fleeced
by Daniel Shipsides
spacer
Observe, waiting for a taxi on Malone Heights, Lynceus, the far seeing, eyes keener than the gods, fastens his Gelert Pegasus Jacket with Bryntechology microfibre, checks his Silva Multinav GPS one last time before stepping out into the extreme mild Belfast evening. Strapped into the rear seat he takes a moment to compose himself, then reaches and draws the Spartan Swiss-Army knife from its' utility housing. In the half-light his fingers immediately feel out the appropriate tool, the hook-retriever. Attaching his Mini-Maglite to the blade he is able to zero in and remove grime from under his smallest fingernail. Unaware, the driver speeds through the city towards Lynceus' destination.
spacer
The quest of the golden fleeced
spacer
Taking a short cut from Glengormley, Idas, he who dared to wrestle with Apollo, arrives above the massive cliffs of Cave Hill. Across the glistening lights of the metropolis, aided by the use of Sunlitx20NightVision Monocular he picks out, the twin tepees of where, gods willing his quest ends. Camming a Black Diamond Camalot3 into a diverging horizontal crack and clipping the Mammut-Infinity rope through the Wild Country Titan 10mm-Screwgate, the hero hitches on his Metolius 3D-Freedom harness, loops the rope through the DMN8-descender and launches backwards off the cliff face down towards the lower plateau and the no.61 bus stop.
spacer
The quest of the golden fleeced
spacer
spacer
Meleager, who no weapon or disease could harm, gearshifts his Mongoose Zero-G3 into top gear as he negotiates his way down the Lisburn Road. His Helly Hansen Lifa base-layer wicks the sweat from between his shoulder blades and passing the hospital his Avocet-25-Cyclocomputer clocks a near record 17mph. Reaching the Sandy Row he zooms through the junction and aided by Bollé Vigilante-SES sunglasses' takes great care to aviod eye contact with the locals. His Altimeter watch showing 18.37hrs allows him time for Lucozade re-hydration at the 7-11. Leaping over dog turd he makes a composed landing at the shop door thanks to his Hi-Tec Impala mountain shoe fitted with Sorbothane Shockstopper insoles.
spacer
Sliding through the slick waters of Belfast Lough we observe Tiphys', helmsman of the Argus. His arduous PiranhaI3 play-boat passage from Holywood is nearly over. As he approaches the Alexandra Dock a great clashing sound breaks the evening stillness. To Tiphys' amazement the two side-walls of the basin seem to be dashing against each other making passing impossible. Unzipping his Aries5 Drysuit he removes an Orion non-distress flare and fires it through the misty night. The harbour master sees the light and the dock gates are re-opened. Pumping speed with his Freeride-Kayak Blades he sprints into the gap, fighting against eddying tide and river current to eventually win through into the basin where he is becalmed by the tranquillity of a journeys' end.
spacer
The quest of the golden fleeced
spacer
Finally we see Admetus, he who yoked a lion and wild boar to a chariot, gunning the 4.7 litre engine of a Toyota Land Cruiser. As he navigates curves of the Kings Road on his journey from Cherry Valley his body swings violently when the vehicle gently leans into a bend. His grip saves him thanks to the adhesion of his ACT (Advanced Cut Technology) gloves on the steering wheel and as he finally steps down from the vehicle his Burnt Orange MountainHW fleece illuminates in the magnificent glow of the Odyssey.
spacer
They have made it.
spacer
Technical gear available from:
Surf mountain
Jackson Sports
Tiso
Millets
The Scout Shop
spacer
spacer
home | information | issues | artists & writers | columns | reviews
spacer