Over the years, there have been many things I never thought I would do with climbing. When I was a gym climber, I never thought I would climb outside. Next, I swore I would never lead trad. Then, I never thought I would ice climb, mixed climb, get into winter alpine climbing, and so on… Despite The Eiger Sanction being my favorite movie of all time, I never thought I would climb The Eiger. In fact, as recently as last year when I saw footage of Steck’s speed ascent of The North Face, I thought about how stunning its summit ridge is but how I would never see it in person. You read things like The White Spider and the story of Kurz saying “I can do no more,” then slumping over dead, swinging just feet away from rescuers in the tunnel, and just assume it’s beyond your abilities. I was wrong, again. More »
In August of 2012, my friend Brian Spiewak and I ventured to Bridgeport to check out the Incredible Hulk. Our goal was to backpack in and climb the route Positive Vibrations; a 1200’ 5.11a. This route was a big deal to me because it was my first difficult route in the High Sierra. Positive Vibes takes an amazing line up the left-center of the Hulk. Directly to the right of Positive Vibes lies the route Venturi Effect. While Brian and I were fighting our way up Positive Vibes, there was a team on Venturi Effect. Watching these two cruise up Venturi was inspiring to say the least. I was able to talk to the leader while he was at belays, and he said that the route was amazing and safe enough for the grade. This resonated with me and I began to think that maybe someday I would try to climb Venturi Effect. More »
Edit: RACE STARTS AT 8AM, BUT WE NEED PEOPLE HERE AT 7:30 FOR SIGNUP! THANKS!
Do you want some motivation to get fit? Lose a couple of pounds? Shed a couple tears? Get drunk with amazing friends? Jump fire, and rocket down a slip and slide of glory at the end of a beautiful race course? If that appeals to you in any way, or even if it doesn’t, sign up for the 4th annual Pull Harder Marathon, hosted by the Men of Menkar (M.o.M.)! We’d love to share some smiles, tears, and drunken staggering with another amazing crowd this year.
My alarm went off at 3:58 AM, beating Josh’s by 2 minutes and preventing a repeat of the previous morning’s wake-up: a barrage of small pebbles. I was so stoked for the day’s adventure that I skipped coffee, but not my typical camping breakfast of orange juice and Pop-Tarts. We topped off our Nalgene bottles, jumped in the car, and by 5:10 AM we were cruising down the Cathedral Lakes Trail. More »
February 10th, nearly 100 climbers descended on the Santee boulder field in East County San Diego for a major paint removal. I had managed to pull together help from Mesa Rim Climbing and Fitness Center, the Allied Climbers of San Diego, the University of San Diego, the city of Santee, and most importantly scores of community volunteers to eradicate as much graffiti as possible in a single day. More »