A couple weeks ago, Tracy and I went and did a “short” and “easy” climb in the Black Canyon. It was one we had done before, something we knew would be fun and we could take our time on, enjoying a perfect fall day. After a year of mostly sport climbing, several things really stood […]
“There are some secrets you will never learn, there are some joys you will never feel, there are heart thrills you can never experience, till… you leave the world, your recognized world, and plunge into the vast unknown” ~ Mary Warren We found ourselves perched on the third pitch of the East Buttress of Lower […]
“You came all the way from Carbondale for this? Have you heard of a little place down the road called Yosemite Valley?” Alex Honnold was giving me a hard time, as he casually waltzed his way up the first pitch of The Line, in approach shoes. I was making small talk at the base, and mentioned […]
Falling asleep, I still see the great orange spark and feel the dull, reverberating thud of the huge boulder striking the ledge below me in the dark. Hours before I sent that boulder crashing down, I was turning a question over in my mind. “How much risk is a climb worth?” I wondered as I […]
Getting out of town is the hardest part of leaving, they say. This was certainly the case this past week. School ended on Sunday, and we had ambitious plans of packing everything up and heading to Maple Canyon Monday night and then off to California on Thursday. And then reality sunk in, and all the […]
Editor’s Note: Today’s post is from guest contributor Alexa Flower. She recounts the story of her first trad climb, which happened to be on the Diamond of Longs Peak, in Rocky Mountain Park, Colorado. At the time she had only been climbing outdoors for three months. The night was silent apart from our winded breath […]
Hey there, welcome back to Indian Creek! It’s been awhile since we’ve seen you last, but that’s not a problem, you’ve been doing this for a long time, and your body knows what to do (once you can get your mind out of the way). In case you forgot, here’s what you can expect: Day […]
After the Outdoor Retailer summer show, we were invited to a press trip at City of Rocks, hosted by Scarpa, Outdoor Research and Edelrid. Going into it, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, as I only knew a handful of the 18 or so folks who would be there. What we found was that […]
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 […]
Yeah, I know. Boulder (or Seattle, or Salt Lake City) is the best climbing town in the US of A. Any day of the week, I could climb classics of any grade, in any discipline of the sport. The best in the world come to climb and train there, and have for the past forty […]
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.