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.
Well I have to get to work, but wanted to upload my best edit yet! This was shot entirely on a GoPro and edited by yours truly. I hope you enjoy!
Filming is hard. It takes hours and hours of different shots, frames and perspectives to create something that is visually appealing. To this point I haven’t done any filming with my 60D. I forgot my tripod, my focusing technique isn’t that great, and I know what I need to work on, but this first edit was still fun.
Make sure to watch in 720p!
Recently my experiences with climbing have opened my eyes to a world of new possibilities. In life it is never too late to learn something new. The videos below will speak for themselves.
“I’m way more proud of every single day I’ve spent some time sucking oxygen hard than I am of the times I drank too much, slept in, wasted time sending useless but somehow important emails or whatever. Because as I look back at those wasted days there was almost always an hour or two I could have sliced out to get out and breathe. I hate those wasted days; I have never regretted working out, going for a walk, getting on a plane stinking, not once. In fact, I’ve loved every single experience. But we all try to be busy instead of being alive, be busy instead of getting out and breathing, be busy instead of being productive, be busy sending useless texts instead of walking in the woods with our kids or running there with our friends…. I do it too, but I’m missing the point of life when I let “busy” replace “breathing.” – Will Gadd
WOW. That is all that I can say after the climbing this weekend. Witnessing tons of impressive sends, and strengthening my ankle after being sidelined for two weeks, was time very well spent. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I climbed on the after effects of the nastiest sprain of my life. Strength wise, it is definitely weaker, but lateral support is still there. No tears! Being able to climb on it pain free was a relief.
Saturday was spent at Seismic with Eliot. I took it easy with some warm up laps on the various 5.easy to 5.9’s right of Over Easy. I sported a GoPro for a lap on Over Easy and the video is at the bottom of this post. The entire time I was waiting to edge a little too hard on my left ankle and for it to explode on me again… but it just didn’t happen. Yes. Total relief.
Today I traveled out to Reimers Ranch with a friend John. Having never been to Reimers, my mind was completely blown. There are hundreds of routes. So. Many. Routes. Everything from beginner sport routes to nasty, gnarly, 5.12 ceilings. There is no doubt in my mind that this is the climbing mecca of Texas.
I still haven’t made the jump to 5.11 grades but am getting there. I was able to send My Name is Mud 5.9, Reimerama 5.10a, Water Ballet 5.10b, Unnamed 5.9, and almost got Hello Kitty 5.10a.
We stayed on a mostly vertical area called Dead Cats Wall for the majority of the day. On the hike out some more crazy members of our party decided to commence a full on send fest. These routes are on a complete cave ceiling that requires power, endurance and rhythm. The catches for the belayer are also pretty hard. Here are some shots of a ceiling traverse-to-top-out route called Liposuction. It is rated 5.12a. Serious.