This weekend good friends Mark and Ashley came to town. First summer day paddle session here in ATX. What’SUP Town Lake.
Here is my first bouldering edit from South Austin Rock Gym. I was finally able to send a cave route that I have been working for a while! To be honest I never used to be a fan of bouldering. My preferences heavily favored sport climbing. However, on days when you just can’t find a partner to go out to the greenbelt its a great way to get much stronger.
This is a shot of me that I found and re-edited on a recent trip.
Charlie Don’t Surf according to Austin Rock – “5.10d This is the left most route that starts under the roof below the broken tufa. Jump start to the ledge then move through nice crimpers to the third bolt. For a nice rest, move slightly left from the third bolt to relax before clipping the forth bolt, otherwise move straight in to begin the crux early.” -Scott Harris, David Cardosa 1987
This January marks the third year that I have been blogging. Since graduating school and starting a career, I have found myself posting less content. Moving forward, I plan on making more time to travel, write, and compete.
After completing my first marathon in 2012 I have found the goals I set have drastically changed. My passions have always been the outdoors, traveling, photography, and sharing these experiences with family and friends. Climbing, skiing, fishing, and golf have a new addition. Competition. After leaving high school and going to college my competitive athletic drive was channeled into mainly golf. While golf will remain a lifetime passion and love of mine, I have found that really and truly pushing your own limits can be the most rewarding experience on many levels. I continue to run after 26.2, and don’t believe that I will ever stop. Physically, I think I am starting 2013 in the best shape of my life, I have to wonder what the year will bring. I plan on running in an assortment of 5k and 10k races, but my goals are set towards moving into triathlon. Specifically events like: Capital of Texas Triathlon, Tri Rock Austin, and the culmination of 2013 Ironman 70.3 Austin.
I couldn’t be happier living in Austin, the city offers an ideal balance for what I love about life. Climbing, running, and training keep me busy when I need my outdoors fix. The thing I am most grateful for after such a great 2012 are the friendships that I have made after moving. I have good old friends, and met the new ones who I can tell will remain a rock for me here in Austin. After a year I couldn’t be more thankful for these amazing people to share experiences with, and learn from. I’m very blessed.
Professionally, I am blessed with the flexibility to travel and there are several trips that I have planned for 2013. Most notably, I am hoping to travel to Yosemite to climb Half Dome, and then back to the Tetons to bag the Grand. During 2012 I wasn’t able to spend as much time in the mountains as I’d hoped, and this year I am going to dust of the pack and get back. Surprisingly, while I was in Utah my climbing experience was limited to scrambling, and the Greenbelt (Pics) has really helped me improve my knowledge of true technical climbing. Climbing at my limit currently is around 5.10b and I hope to move into the 5.11 range in 2013.
My next adventure in the short term will be a trip back home to see my family in Utah. Storm cycles have been sweeping through the Wasatch, and I need to get some turns in! I will have to try out the new GoPro 3 and see if I can get any footy worthy of blogging about. Little Cottonwood anyone? Speaking of family, I have to include this picture of my brother, sister, and I at Stephanie’s wedding! Here’s to a happy and healthy 2013 for my family.