Nov 192014

Climbing and I have been on an extended break. At this point, it’s been years since I qualified as what I’d consider a “serious climber.” For a long time I’ve been feeling guilty about not being so “serious” anymore. At my sending peak in 2009-2010, I redpointed and onsighted several 5.12 trad climbs, accomplishments that […]

Oct 082014
Finding the drive - CCC 2014

On Saturday, 30 August, I finished the 102 km CCC (Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix) race in 24 hours and 9 minutes. It was an extremely emotional moment, one I had not dared to let myself dream would actually happen. It all started in January of this year when Julie suggested we put ourselves in the lottery for CCC. […]

Oct 052014
A summer escaped

The leaves are now turning in Seattle, but it’s hard for me to admit that summer is over. It’s been a while since we have posted and the adventures have been plentiful. July started with a great trip to the Hulk and much time spent out in King’s Canyon. Lizzy and I spent August in […]

Jul 042014
Samurai Warrior on Bubbs Creek Wall

As I trolled the internet for a topo I came across an old post of mine from three years earlier. Had I really been wondering about this route for that long? Luckily I’ve come a long way since then and now readily recognize the yellow lined paper that provides  a background for most if not […]

Jun 192014
Cloud Tower Direct and Rainbow Country

Las Vegas often spills over in to Red Rocks and you see the strangest things: Million dollar cars, lifted trucks that never go off road and on one particular morning people wearing t-shirts smoking cigarettes waiting for the loop road to open at 6am. Climbers are always jockeying for position, wanting to be first on […]

Jun 102014
Texas Tower Direct, Texas Hold'em and Lone Star

Out of the two weeks I spent in Red Rock this spring four of the first five days were spent in Black Velvet Canyon. I wanted to splurge  and indulge in all of the routes I’d been reading about looking at pictures of and dreaming about. On the wall to the right of Epinephrine lies […]

Jun 042014
Mental Stimulation at Whiskey Peak and Challenger Wall, Red Rocks

The black varnish flowed over my head in a wave. The last bolt was far below my feet but I chuckled and wiggled in a small cam. I stared at crest of standstone still above me. My eyes focused on the small flakes crusted in a layer of inviting chalk. Would they lead me to […]

May 302014
Party Wall on The Warrior in Red Rocks

“Insane Vertical Bushwacking” “A more formidable challenge than Cloud Tower” “What a F*@&ing epic” Perhaps most people would read these Mountain Project quotes with intimidation but our team of Alix, Jim, Vitaliy and myself felt the exact opposite. We wanted an adventure, party style. It’s an easy cruise in from the road past Wilson’s Pimple and we made great […]