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.
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 »
With the recent Thanksgiving holiday and the impending winter holidays, the time for reflection on the prior year is upon us. I’ve been wanting to write this for a few weeks now but have had mixed emotions since this has been simultaneously the most memorable and volatile year of my life. This year I bagged my dream job, met a wonderful woman, and finally graduated school before I turned 30, probably the most significant thing I will do with my life. Sadly, this year we also lost our friends Ben and Gil to their passion while in Peru. I miss them and think about them often, although I am even more saddened to say I never got to know Gil as well I could have. This year I also was diagnosed with bladder cancer. On my 30th birthday. I was rather shocked and disappointed.
This post is an update about the forthcoming Pullharder.org marathon. As you may, or may not, know this year’s race will be held in memory of our friends Ben Horne and Gil Weiss. In this post I am including two things, first is a video of with images sampled from the internet as a tribute to Ben and Gil; Second, is all the pertinent information that you will need for this race. More »