Monday, December 14, 2009

More Morristone

Sunday finally brought around some weather warm and dry enough to go pull down a bit outside!!!

Obviously all the time spent indoors has warped my fragile little brain (as seen below).
Diggs, Fiona and I spent some time messing around on old and new projects and just getting some burns in.

Diggs is getting VERY close on Cytogrinder (V8) leaving us to joke that she is going to follow in mercedes footsteps and skip V7 all together.

I enjoyed getting back on Pop Goes the Weasel which I had been working a bit in prior weeks. I'm very proud (at least as proud as you can be about an eliminate / variation) to have finally sent with some Pavol beta and some nonsense mixed in. I also enjoyed repeating old stuff and trying more on CJMD. The thing is a kick in the pants for me, but I love it. Good temps, good folks, and good pulling make any Sunday noteworthy!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Activity Update

Ahh yes. It has been a couple weeks since my last update.

Well, it's been mostly work, Morrison's black hole, and resting since then, but I have older and newer news for updating purposes...

Before my trip to New Mex. as documented below, I had the pleasure of joining some old Paradise crewmembers for a sweet session at Scott's place down here in Colorado springs.
Scott got ahold of some of the old paradise gym's wall panels and holds when it was taken apart and built a rad 13 foot wall in his garage that is more than enough to get a good session in on. He held a BBQ to get some of the old crew together, and (as expected) fun and shenanigans were enjoyed by all in attendance.
The "rock climbing" eventually turned to "rock-screwing around" and dynos were going off like mad. This one was my favorite...mattress jump to super-jug! RAD!!!
Scott eventually sent some stuff that caused some trouble for most of us. Above, Tammy is questioning how he could possibly have missed a hold that she could almost grab from the ground. Well... it's a big jump.
Yes, that picture is oriented correctly. It is also a big swing. Scott and Ross both stuck it, in good style and especially good fun.
I also had the good fortune of a weather window to rope up with some people from work in the Garden of the Gods recently.
Above is one of the only known photos of me in a harness. I can't tell if my facial expression is one of sport route on chossy goodness, or total disgust.
When noobs grab the camera from out of your bag, you are forced into "i'm climbing up this by walking" waving shots. Good times!
Me lowering. I can honestly say that I prefer to downclimb or jump to the pads.

All in all, not a lot going on. I'm looking forward to Hueco in February BIG TIME!!!!! I just hope this doesn't fall through for any reason.

Hope everyone is enjoying their offseason as much as I am!!!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Andrew vs Water (Frozen edition)

Last weekend, Andrew was kind enough to show me the boulders at East Draw, at the base of Eldorado Canyon. It was really sweet to find dry rock baking in the sun on a day where most of the front range areas were just beginning to melt out. It ended up being pretty amazing with 35 degree temps and tons of sun. I really liked the problems at this area.
Below is a picture of myself on The Infinite.

Andrew on the very classy Pig Dog

Though it was a great day, it wasn't all Lions and Turkish Delights. We noticed huge icicles hanging at the top of the cliff. They weren't going to keep any climbs from going down, but after a while the icicles in some spots started melting enough that the fell from up above. This seemed scary to everyone.

This gave Andrew a chance to test his theory that you can solve any problem by throwing rocks at it... It also gave both of us a chance to really freak out a friendly Boulder local named Chad.

Below you can see Andrew sizing up the target, 4' long icicles at the top of the cliff.

Andrew lets loose. I love how you can see the rock flying towards the ice...

And we have contact. Just be sure you run away before you catch any of the raining ice that follows.

Very stick send Andrew...