This never gets old.
I swear I reblog this every time…. But it’s so true.
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums (via thatkindofwoman)
Always my favorite. Always reblog.
I’m one lucky climber; I went out to the mountains Friday for a nice hot day in the sun, to learn tons of anchor varieties and trad placement. nothing like a good day of learning with good friends!
I’m getting excited for another trip out to North Carolina to climb Appalachian granite! Home sweet home. Love for the exotic Sierras, but love still for the little mountains of my youth.
I’m training hard in the arches. I sent a 12.b with only 2 takes this week, so feel like I’m getting stronger. Sitting around working websites all day is not helping, but there’s nothing better to top off an office day than to climb for a few hours.
Was listening to an interesting podcast about the mental angles of climbing: http://enormocast.com/episode-61-don-mcgrath-and-the-vertical-mind/
photos by tim kemple (previously featured), rocker wang and carsten peter (first photo by brandon anderica) of climber emily harrington on china’s moon hill, an arch that remains from a collapsed cave (note the remaining stalagmites). (see also: previous climbing posts)
the climb of a lifetime
Kind of amazed how quickly the fingers go when you take two weeks off climbing. I came back to the crag last week and shed a tear over the super down grading. Fortunately last night we went really hard on the lead walls pushing through a grizzly 12b that left me lying on the mats like roadkill. Then my partner showed off on a 12d in the arch, while I continued to cry on a 11a also in the arch.
Little slice of summer back in North Carolina and Virginia
Girls climbing trip to Alabama Hills. Cant wait to go back.
I’m getting kind of down, all of my friends that I climb with are cooling off on their excitement for the rocks. Everyone’s struggling with injuries, always the fingers. I’m the only one who has a clean bill of health so far, rock on wood. I actually surprised myself by being able to do some pull ups on the method wall mini ledges last night. I cant lift any weight, my fingers are most definitely the strongest thing on me. They say that the tendons strengthen slower than the muscles, so they are easier to injure. Maybe that’s what’s happening to us all. Regardless, it’s been a real bummer. No one wants to climb and when they do it’s usually non legitimate projects.
On the plus side, (I know I’m really behind on my outdoor technique) I can now completely lead a climb on my own. I can set it up, lead it, multi-pitch, and rappel. Just need to learn a little bit more in the anchor department. I’m happy now, I can go back to Virginia this spring and take my brother and some old friend and out to the walls at Stone Mountain.
Ice Climbing @June Lake and Lee Vining