Apr 032014
What in the world happened to Lizzy?

Hi readers, You may have noticed that I haven’t posted anything for a while – Luke has been holding up the adventure quota for the Dream in Vertical crew as I have been devoting pretty much all my energy to finishing my PhD. I still have a lot of work to do, but the end [...]

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Feb 172014
Big Routes, Big Questions

Success has been a leaf blowing in the breeze. I see it dancing around in the air, and I jump like a child trying to catch it.  Failure is the ground that I return to after each try. Each time I do catch a piece of success it is fleeting. Completing one challenge just makes [...]

Feb 072014
Stanford Alpine Club Slideshow - First Ascents by Luke Stefurak

At the end of the month, Febuary 24th,  I will be giving a slideshow for the Stanford Alpine Club I will mainly be talking about the process of doing First Ascents. Mainly I’ll be showing photos and will have a few stories from routes I’ve put up or help out with. There will also be [...]

Jan 272014
Statistics and Goals from 2013

In 2013 I hit a huge milestone by climbing outside over 100 days. This wasn’t a specific goal for 2013 but something that I have been chasing for the last five years.  This wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my amazing wife and my semi-flexible work schedule. I work a 9×80 schedule which equates [...]

Jan 202014
On Balance

Balance is an issue that I return to a lot. I wrote this post on balance in late fall of my senior year of college. At the time, I was trying to balance school, research, spending time with Luke, climbing, ultimate frisbee, applying to grad school, etc. I knew my life would be changing in [...]

Jan 142014
2013 in Photos

Getting to recap all the months of the year is a great way to remember all the fun we had. Here are some photos and videos from 2013! We also have photos from the past two years: 2011,  2012 Enjoy! January – Red Rocks, Running February – Yosemite, Liberty Cap March –  Liberty Cap,  Indian [...]

Nov 192013
First Free Ascent of Scarface on Liberty Cap

It is almost impossible for me to understand how we prepare and execute in moments of doubt and uncertainty. But when all the pieces fell into place instead of being concerned, or even confident I was empty. This was the feeling I needed. Not the feedback loop from the pump in my forearms, not the [...]

Nov 072013
Revisiting Romantic Warrior

Ben was passed out in the front seat as Blue Thunder whipped around yet another bend on the road to the Needles. Alix, in the back seat, was queezy from motion sickness and Cory was regaling us with another story from his most recent trip abroad.  With the Government Shutdown in effect Yosemite was closed [...]

Nov 042013
Sweet Gear from the #ORInsightLab

Earlier this year I was asked by Outdoor Research to take part in the #ORInsightLab. Many of the other participants have pretty nice explanations of the concept of the  #ORInsightLab  so click through to learn about this cool opportunity. I like to spend a good amount of time testing gear so this review ended up being posted [...]