When you’re out enjoying a day of sport climbing and a gaggle of climbers walk up to the cliff with stick-on mustaches affixed to their upper lip, cheek and forehead, you might be a little concerned. You may even decide to leave the cliff and remove yourself from this clearly annoying situation with obviously deficient [...]
Skiers have long had “Turns All Year,” in which they attempt to ski every month of the year. Jeff Cole and his wife Samantha made a New Year’s resolution to get out of their hometown of Boise and go on at least one climbing trip every month in 2013, or “Trips All Year.” This is [...]
It’s been a cold winter. There have been climbable days here and there, but for whatever reason, my schedule hasn’t lined up for me to take advantage of them, so I’ve been spending most of my time in the gym. It’s been great to focus on training, and getting better at climbing, but I didn’t [...]
Hmm, it’s quite a bit later than I was hoping. Is this still a good idea? It’s only six pitches, that should go quick, right? It IS the Black… How long does it take to get to the base? I don’t know, it’s been awhile, maybe 30 minutes? That should leave us enough time. OK, [...]
I prayed to Allah for the first time on top of a 500 foot cliff in the United Arab Emirates.
Red Rocks holds a special place in our hearts, with its soaring walls of featured stone and incredibly beautiful canyons filled with secrets waiting for the intrepid explorer to find. It was also a place where Tracy and I, early in our dating, had some incredible experiences which formed bonds that led to us getting married. It feels like a second home, and we’ve been fortunate to spend a week each spring on the sunny sandstone ever since we tied the knot.
Despite the lack of snow, the ice in Redstone is actually pretty good right now.
We were fortunate to chase summer south last week, spending much of it in Red Rocks, and the weekend in Indian Creek. As rock climbers we long for the good weather to last year round, but reality dictates most of us stay grounded in one spot year round.
There was a recent article on Climbing.com called Crazy Eights, hyping the best 5.8 trad climbs around the country. There were some great routes on there, and it got me thinking what a wonderful grade 5.8 truly is.
We’re back from a couple of days in Southern Idaho with some great friends. More posts coming this week!
Paradise Forks had always been on my list of places to go, but sat just far enough away to keep a trip from becoming reality with so many other places to visit.
Maybe the best part of year round climbing, aside from the fact that the fun never stops, is that the end of the season at one venue is merely the beginning at another.
Some random musings on climbing from a week in Red Rocks.
Busy right now catching up on life from being gone for awhile. Our trip to the Gunks was excellent in every way. Great weather, good climbs and good friends, both old and new. While we get our feet under us, here are some great clips I found online showing some exciting footage from the Gunks. [...]
…then this should just about cover today’s post.