Here’s a trailer of the upcoming movie about Buddy’s wilderness travels.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
A story of two climbers doing the Regular Northwest Face route on Half Dome. Quite a story of how they were slowed up by other groups, passed by Alex Honnold and then met Royal Robbins (the first ascensionist) eating lunch in a hotel at Yosemite.
I liked this quote:
“After getting settled in it only took a few minutes to string some glow stick party lights through the anchor system for ambiance. A couple of stogies were fired up and we reflected on how great this spot was compared to one of the pay campsites far below in the valley. Soon the cigar smoke began to mask the dried urine stank that had accumulated here during the climbing season.”
When we flew to Vegas, I checked all of my gear because I didn’t want to hassle with security. Pete brought a few pieces of hardware on his carryon and the TSA agent at the X ray machine asked “Were you climbing?” Of course that was in Vegas on the flight home.
This couple took all of their climbing gear on the plane from MSP (I think) to Vegas and had no problem.
I think I would still hesitate to carry on all my gear. I just think it’s less of a worry. (But then, I get one checked bag for free.)
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Some old footage of women climbers with a great quote at the 53 second mark:
Yep, get back into the kitchen and off those mountains. They are way too crowded.
“Because mountaineering meant an excess of freedom that men were not willing to give away.”
Apparently women can do adventurous travel all on their own. (I thought without men along, they’d need one of those aqua bikes that the fish use.)
I suppose the next fad will be women climbing with other women. Nah, that’ll never happen.
“Hey, girlfriends, there's a place for us. On second thought, make that thousands of places. Thousands of experiences too. From gap-year gals to empty-nesters, women are setting off on travel adventures in greater numbers just with the girls.”
Saturday, March 24, 2012
An informative article here about climbing in Mexico’s El Potrero Chico. I talked to Levi last night about his experience down there this last winter. He had a great time, did not feel unsafe at all. Inexpensive lodging and great climbing. (He did the 23 pitch climb and simul-climbed several pitches to get up and down quickly.)
I recently talked to a climber in the gym who spent a month there this winter. He and his buddy drove down to Monterrey from MN, stayed there and climbed for a month, and spent about $440 each for all expenses. (Including the gas!)
The same woman who wrote the article linked above, has a series of 4 reports on her climbs at EPC. The first report is here.
Who hasn’t done a dyno to a sloper protected by a Black Diamond 000 cam? Here’s a report from a recent first ascent of a 5.14 at Indian Creek with just that type of movement. A description of this route:
“The feature you are climbing runs out, and you have to do an all-points-off sideways jump to a sloper on an arête.’ He said on numerous attempts, he would overshoot the sloper and whip around the corner, getting flipped upside down. ‘When you are pumped and looking out left at that sloper, you are definitely thinking about that BD 000 in sandstone, and about not wanting to flip,’ he said.”
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Then start up on this climb:
“Our online movie series continues here on March 22 between 6 and 9 P.M. MST with three of Sender Films’s hit climbing flicks: watch Ueli Steck race up the 13,000-foot Eiger in the Swiss Machine, Alex Honnold free-solo Yosemite’s Half Dome in Alone on the Wall, and Dean Potter freeBASE from cliffs high in the Swiss Alps in Fly or Die.”
Hey, there’s scientific evidence that stress is a good thing.
“We’ve become addicted to enhanced recovery, obsessed with erasing as quickly as possible the pain, fatigue, and inflammation that come from a hard workout…stress is a
good thing, because it forces the body to adapt, repair itself, and come back stronger.
…. For example, trainers have long viewed exercise-induced inflammation as an enemy that should be eliminated. But it’s actually a crucial part of the recovery process. Exercise stresses and sometimes damages tissue, and the inflammation afterwards is caused, in part, by white blood cells rushing to the area to help begin healing. So while ibuprofen or ice baths might reduce swelling in the short term, they could also inhibit your long-term adaptation, says Jonathan Leeder, a physiologist at the English Institute of Sport. ‘You need that damage and inflammation for the body to repair itself.’”
So maybe the old way is the best way. Got sore muscles? “Suck it up buttercup” and keep on working out.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Here’s one way to get close to your roots (or at least close to tree roots) - live in a cave. If 30 million people do it, it can’t be all bad. It is energy efficient, I guess, especially since the only heat source is a fire. I liked this quote about their sewage “treatment” system:
“ it was hooked up to the national grid some time ago, but there’s still no running water or sewage system, meaning locals are as reliant as ever on the raging muddy waters of the nearby Yellow River.”
I wonder what the color of the Yellow River was before they used it for sewage.
And I liked this quote. Who doesn’t want to be told they’re burning hot in bed?
“Inside, their owners sleep on large stone beds, known as kang; cool in the summer, but with cavities underneath so that fires can be lit inside them during the winter months.”
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
Mother Earth has a lot of intestinal rumblings; there were more than 9,000 earthquakes in 2011 alone. This video shows:
“. 9323 earthquakes equal to or greater than 4.5 magnitude that occurred during 2011 on a global map in sequence from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, with magnitude indicated by circle size and louder volume for higher magnitude quakes.”
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Warrior's Way author talks about keeping your attention on processes not fears. Focus on your movement, your breathing, not the fact you’re hanging upside down just about to fall. Sounds like a good idea, only problem is you need to practice hanging upside down in order to get good at it. I liked this quote:
“Finally, having a coach that isn’t stressed, such as my belayer, can help. She can remind me to stay open to possibilities, to breathe, relax, and “make the next move.” Her coaching can help me notice when my attention contracts my thinking and actions. I notice my doubts more easily and redirect my attention to possibilities. I notice my body tense and redirect my attention to relaxing, breathing, and making the next move.”
"I should have recognized the ﬁrst sign of a longer-than-expected trip when, ten minutes after leaving camp, what looked like an easy thirty minutes on the map turned into a two hour slugfest ending on a precarious perch three hundred feet above the glacier. This was the ﬁrst of several encounters with heinous bushwacking (HB) en route to the southwestern arm of the Exploradores Glacier. The climbing beta for such routes will surely be enhanced by inclusion of this new classiﬁcation: HB."
Saturday, March 17, 2012
What a great idea – watch people hiking national parks on your computer and skip the arduous walking with the bugs and bad weather. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at a new project to film the national parks from a hiker’s perspective. The first three park tours are here.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Ali Rainey writes about her new-found love of climbing steep and overhanging routes on her trip to Spain.
“I want to be screaming with effort and flinging my hands at holds more often than not…For the first time since arriving in Spain a month and a half ago, I actually tried hard enough on a climb to yell with effort – for three moves in a row, before I whipped off, laughing as I fell with utter joy and delight. At last! I finally felt okay enough to push it hard enough to try – and it was so much fun! Explosive climbing, powerful climbing, steep climbing – yes!”
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Lots of great tips here from a trainer. I liked these:
“Justen is a big proponent of breathing audibly on the route to hear yourself. Getting me to
breathe more audibly while climbing—not in a weird, forced way … but rather naturally—was really helpful.
Warming up: Two routes, each climbed back to back. If you can’t climb a route twice in a row, it’s not a warm up. On the first time up, notice things that you do wrong and on the second time up, eliminate them. Take care of whatever it is that’s going badly on that day, right away on the warm up.
Warm up the eyes, too. Look around and try to get your focus going. Focus on particular things and notice them. Get your focus working so it’s very precise.”
Monday, March 12, 2012
When you move a 21 foot high boulder 106 miles, it becomes art. I wonder if we moved it all the way to Minnesota. And put 15 different boulder problems on it. That would really be artistic. This same guy dug a trench in the Nevada desert a few years ago as another art project.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Saturday, March 10, 2012
If you don’t get up offa that thing, how are you ever going to get to the top?
The house we rented was called “The Oasis.” The name didn’t make any sense to us until we saw the neighbors’ yards.
Here’s the back yard of our rental house:
Here are what the neighbors’ back yards looked like:
One nice touch, which I haven’t seen elsewhere, was the ready availability of shopping carts. Many of the front yards in our neighborhood had grocery shopping carts parked right on their front gravel pads. That’s a nice feature when you want to spend the night under a bridge.
The biggest attraction of our house was the hot tub. Here we are celebrating its use with our good friend Jimmy.
What happens in Vegas, doesn’t always stay in Vegas. This video demonstrates why women are always waiting for the men to get ready. It’s tough to be a girl!
Friday, March 9, 2012
Miriam, Pete and I went to the Calico Basin today and Miriam did her first trad lead. She killed it.
Here she is belaying Pete up the route she just led. Look at that rope management!
Here are shots of her gear placements.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
40-45 mph gusts all day. Warm temps – 76 – but windy enough to make it hard to climb. Here’s Killer leading a pitch on “Man’s Best Friend.” You can hear the wind and see her clothes flapping.
And here’s a shot of Pete, at the summit of that route, with his hair blown straight up.
To escape the wind, some of us went to the California Crag. And found a rock that looks exactly like a silhouette of the state of Minnesota. Here’s Dawson climbing it and holding onto the MN/Canadian border.
We climbed in the Black Corridor for most of Monday. Overhanging, big heuco climbs and delicate, balancy face climbs. Dawson and Eric
were on fire. The Killer onsighted several routes as well as Natalie and Anika. While Pete and I wandered around looking at different walls, the others met Wolfgang, a local 72-year-old climber, who showed them some smooth moves racing up several 5.11s at “Sweet Pain Wall.”
Monday, March 5, 2012
Here are Killer,Pete, Eric and Natalie finishing off a short, fun trad lead near the “Panty Wall.”
This is “Chris Sharma” Eric leading a very hard 11.D near the “Panty Wall” called “Viagra Falls.” (I call him “Chris” because he flashed this climb so easily. And because he’s wearing Chris Sharma’s shirt. Of course, Eric has not been climbing in three weeks because of his shoulder. So he is “weak.”) Dawson led this climb first, which is hard, not only because of the moves, but because of the fall potential. Dawson, Eric and Pete got to the top.
Here are Anika and Siu-on leading on “Panty Wall.”