Wednesday, April 27

exit Nevada

Vegas in the rear view. It was my sixth winter there and just like the other five it was tough to say goodbye, emotional even. Just when I think my enthusiasm for this lonely place has dissolved I dig into a new, motivating project. Several of my hardest routes have been in and around Vegas, and now that trend continues.

I learned a lot this winter. It would be a lie to say that I loved my time in Las Vegas. I struggled at times both personally and in my climbing. Sometimes the battle is swift and easy, but sometimes there's simply no way to win. Damn it. Climbing has taught me countless things about life, helped me through rough times and lifted me up when everything else seemed to crumble. Climbing has given me a space to develop my sense of self, and a backwards reminder that ups or downs, send or no send, life is good.

Trying something at your physical limit will rip your heart wide open. My victories on this one must be counted very carefully (read: they're small). I am a stubborn bastard though and once I feel I want something - be it that fickle, one star 12d that I can't seem to freaking send - or a dream route, I will keep trying until it kills me. I really look forward to my next campaign in Sin City and I've already made plans for it. There's a long route there that I'd really like to climb and a Casino or two that I'd like to get even with.

Looking ahead -> I'll be on my way to Switzerland soon. A few months living in Interlaken, exploring many crags that I've dreamt about for years. Solo mission. Zippy little german car winding through the luscious Alps. Beautiful cows. Nice people. Snowy peaks. Ive got a fat list of projects and ideas - just praying for some stable weather and to meet some good friends along the way.

Tuesday, April 5

a few photos...

Long days at the crag. A night or two on the town. Family, friends, dogs. Enjoy a few photos and keep your eyes open for a proper blog update here soon.

Wednesday, March 16

one last session.

So much garage time... well... to be fair it's been laundry room time. We moved the hang board set up to the laundry room and installed a window A/C unit that makes the 50 Sq/ft torture chamber icy like a walk in beer cooler. My room mates come in wearing sweaters to load the washer. The silly things we do, I suppose. Me, not them.

Why is this at all necessary? Summer has arrived earlier than planned in the Vegas Desert. My bouldering motivation was cut short by the unusual heat, and my attention shifted to my route climbing goals - and a few weeks of preparation. Thus, many many days of baltic laundry room sessions.

While I do love the grind of training and it is in a weird way very centering for me, I am ready to be outside everyday again, exploring new routes and climbing until I'm utterly destroyed. Beers back at the truck by headlamp, dreaming about beta, supporting friends on their mission and being out and under the vast blue desert sky. Ready for the real thing again!

And luckily for me, tomorrow is my final session. One more opportunity to bust my ass with several months of climbing ahead of me. New areas, different countries, different partners, all new ambition. I can't wait!

Wish me luck finishing out this training cycle and in the meantime enjoy a couple videos below!

I will be returning to the Arcteryx Academy this summer in Chamonix Mont Blanc and I can't wait. What a perfect setting for no doubt the highest quality mountaineering and climbing event in the world. Arcteryx events have every bit as much attention to detail and precision as you would expect from the brand. If you're around Europe this summer come and say hi!

This will be my second year as an official Epic TV athlete. It's another year of opportunity to bring in some rad new climbing footage and I'm really pleased to be involved with them again. The team for this year is massive (in talent) and quite honestly I'm not entirely sure that I belong along side these crushers but regardless I'm honored. Adam Ondra, Stefano Ghisolfi and Magnus Midtbo... Watch this rad little clip above.

Lastly a little behind the scenes action from our Nikon mission in the Verdon. Hardly shows how incredibly hard working Keith is, but you do get an idea of how he puts together all the craziness behind the lens.