Monday, January 3, 2011

Vegas Baby!

Been having a killer time here in Las Vegas with great climbing, great friends and the best girlfriend in the world! We have had some great weather until today. The new Southern Nevada Bouldering guide is amazingly detailed, offering up great beta on beautiful areas. Could not imagine spending my vacation any other way. As the weather has turn crappy we are heading home a little early, but with we leave Vegas, each with a few sends and great memories!

Sunday, August 22, 2010


So, I did not post for almost an entire year and between three weeks of silence Kevin is clamoring for more, Becky and Shannon are giving me shit, pretending not to know who I even am. As if anyone could forget a 6'4 spas whose nickname is the ZEBRA!

Well, a lot has gone down in the last couple of weeks. The Giants are playing like the Giants of old, BADLY!! I have purchased a dream, yes you can do that apparently, god bless a America! A van that is slowly taking steps forward to becoming my ideal road-trip vehicle. The main reason I got it, of course, was to avoid being yelled at by Kevin for making a mess in his trailer. School has started again and I am soooo excited about my new class, iWorld.

However, these only serve to distract me from my elbow. Which at the moment is starting to feel better and slowly recover from its tendonitis. To say it was a setback would be an understatement. I was so psyched to be climbing, training, and seeing friends again. I really was starting to feel strong and even confident, but it was a little too much too quick. The good news is I have started to climb lightly again without much pain. I even had a chance to go climbing again with Vicki and Julie, showing them around some areas they had yet to checkout. Although, I was only hanging out and acting as tour guide. I was overwhelmed by Vicki on one particular problem, where upon reaching the top she expressed such joy. In that moment I wanted to be her. She was feeling what I think all climbers look for, the euphoric feeling of accomplishment.

Here is that moment...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Dead Mosquito is a Good Mosquito

Did a little climbing this week with Justin up in at the pass on highway 88. We had hoped to time our sessions with the cool temps of sunset, but we failed to take into consideration the booming population of mosquitoes. Needless to say we ‘bugged-out’ earlier than expected.

However, we did get to sample and see new areas (at least to us) up in the Tahoe area. The Crater Lake boulder is amazing rock. Lactose Intolerance: a fantastic line going up the center of the perfect face. The next evening was spent right off the road at three new problems. Gideon: awesome, slightly overhanging face, to a taller top-out both has a sit and a stand, and allows for awesome climbing either way. Denny’s: a short, but amazing compression problem on the opposite side of the road has amazing rock and really cool moves! Justin also did the line behind Denny’s that was cleaned by Noah Kaufman and was said to be a project on a June 8th blog post,

Needless to say it was awesome climbing and hanging with my good friend Justin and our dogs Turtle and Gus. But the uninvited mosquitoes truly did put a damper on the trip. Those of you headed to Tahoe make sure to take a bath in DEET before heading up anytime soon.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Back From the Edge of the Earth

First off. I am alive. I have not fallen of the edge of the earth. I have just been laying low and tending to things that I have been neglecting for some time. I have taken my recent hiatus from climbing as an opportunity to reflect on what I really love about the ultimately silly endeavor of trying to wrestle boulders: friends, the challenge, and the exploring. The funny thing is the one thing I could not get away from was being consumed by climbing, thinking about, dreaming about, scanning climbing porn site after climbing porn site, watching videos, and trying to follow others' great accomplishments. So thank you to those that helped to keep me psyched!

Here is my first attempt at a climbing film with some good friends of mine!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Sending in South Africa

zxHere is some video (my first on the blog, so I hope that it works) of Mike climbing in South Africa. Had a great time there and hope to do a slide show real soon, to share my adventure!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Andre and His Big Cats

A couple of weeks ago Mike and I escaped the clutches of Clanwilliam and ventured out to the farm land  surrounding.  There we met Andre, owner and operator of a game preserve. Andre raises game such as Springbok and Orax for people to come and hunt with only bow and arrow for sport.  In addition,  Andre has raised money to save the lives of 5 lions and 2 cheetahs who escaped the less sporting "cannned" hunts here in Africa for fat, rich and boring men.  Andre has created a sanctuary for these big cats to live out the rest of their days in bliss and under his protection.  Mike and I had such an awesome time that we decided to go back with more friends, look for boulders and Brie. The two experiences were unforgettable!

On another note I recently have received news that a dear friend, colleague, and mentor will be moving on to bigger and better things.  Kris Williams will be leaving Sacramento New Technology High School, in order to work for the New Technology Foundation.  Since the birth of the school Kris has been the heart of our efforts, he epitomizes what it means to be a teacher. We are lucky as a society to now have Kris where he belongs, at the foreground of an important educational movement, leading the way!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Update from Rocklands

After a little rain delay we have decided to take a break from the music video and get back to climbing.  Lyn, Paul and Cam have arrived and brought fresh perspective to the domino games and cold evenings.  

The first day post rain we hauled ourselves up the Fortress, a V13 compacted area.  Since I have done all the 13's up there ;), I showed Wick and Justin the beta on the aesthetic Vice problem and they set to work piecing it together. Since I did not climb, the next day Kevin, Wick and I toured around the Plateau with Lyn, Paul and Cam.  There I did Bullet-Proof and Running Out Of... both fun climbs on really good rock.  Yesterday, the hard men of our crew with their tick list from the movie PURE wanted to check out the Amphitheater, an awesome looking line that neither the movie, nor my photos could do justice. It is beautiful! 

We spent the afternoon at Roadside where I have found this awesome 30 foot jug haul.  It was the perfect thing for me to do multiple times on an active recovery day.  Tomorrow I am heading back to the Sassie Boulders for Petite Hueco and Springbok to hopefully put them to bed.  However, this morning I woke to a story from our friend Walker who was at the Sassies and had a close encounter with a Cobra. As a snake lover...NOT...I am really excited!