TRAD IS RAD 🤪
When climbing “Göttner Südwand” V+ we took some cams, nuts and friends up the mountain. To be honest I didn’t think we need so much gear but as only the belays were bolted (and not even all of them) I was quite happy to have enough gear to keep me and my partner safe. •
It took us a little longer than expected and we just topped out of the route around half past 4 pm. With the sunset around 5 pm at this time in Europe it took us a while to descend - but we made it down safe to the village at 9 in the evening. What an adventure! 😍😍😍
The “Creation Station” pictured here, is the heart of @staywildnevermild ‘s world headquarters facility. Check out my last post over there for a cool little time lapse of a display I’m working on. #MakeScrapBookingGreatAgain
Owen heads up the 4th pitch of souls awakening.
The neat looking honeycomb rock is a controversial topic among scientists. It’s origins are rather ambiguous, but some believe it’s the evaporation of salt water that degrades the rock.
There comes a time every year where you either accept winter or make plans to hang out in warmer climates. I usually choose the latter. This year I’m trying to embrace winter. Maybe @xander.bianchi will convince me to come swing some ice tools in the park. #winter#ice
<#sponsored > More often than not, I’m the one that avoids posting on social media. In the past, I’ve felt a strange intimidation that has kept me off of platforms.
However, I’ve been more inspired lately because I’ve discovered communities and organizations that look like me that are doing the things I enjoy doing - getting outside, promoting diversity in the outdoors, talking about power and privilege and how we can use those things for good. I wouldn’t have known many of those people or organizations existed if it wasn’t for technology and the social media platforms I once avoided. They’ve motivated me to climb more, to explore more and to post more about my experiences, my wins and opportunities to improve. I can only hope that someone else is as inspired by my posts as I’ve been. Community is life ❤️ I opted outside this week to explore Dome Rock in the Sequoia National Forest! I’ve been traditional climbing a lot lately and getting more familiar with different styles of crack. This is such a beautiful area, a really wonderful climb, and a perfect reason to #optoutside ! - Sasha Mcghee @nibblekit 📸 @ben.pingilley
📍 Southern Paiute Territory
@gabrieltaywy on Via Del Drago. Making a great first run up the crack! 2 days of gear placements, anchor building and general climbing stuff! Glad to be able to share something with you! #qxadventures#tradisrad
Super fun climb! New Divertions starts with a crack as big as your knees getting thinner all the way into hands, then you get to a bolt and start this freaky traverse on a blank wall, managing strange mantels thru just a couple of huge chicken heads to reach a piton. And start going up in a finger crack! Such a beautiful and aesthetic line!! #yosemiteclimbing#tradisrad#needmorecrack#newdeviations#outdoors#nature#sunset
The challenge:climb all the pitches on unwanted wall in a single day. We barely had enough daylight, but we all accomplished the goal. It was a different style of climbing than I’m used to but super fun.
Doing me a broad shoulders. I hate my skeleton and I’ll never forgive my parents for what they did to me - but at least I can lead the fuck out of trad climbs? Me looking good in (1) and looking GOOD in (2) it was a fun trip but I still hate myself. Must. Keep. Working. Harder. 📸: @calliehikes
Run. The fuck. Out. I look back on Utah telling myself I have a LONG way to go to advance as an exploratory trad climber rocking 200’ pitches. Placing hokey gear every 30 feet wondering what in the fuck I’m doing with my life. Thanks for the belay @calliehikes although unsure what good it would do if I am decking out at 60’ because I still haven’t protected the wall. Life is good.
I love multipitch trad in Utah because this is a “belay”. Placing nuts and leaving the cams/friends on my belt. Even was able to get a hex into the wall. Fight me. No seriously - who else puts passive gear in these days? The hex was kind of a last minute WTF move - we didn’t whip on it. CC: @calliehikes
The Pros and Cons of climbing:
Pro: You spend lots of time with your partner
Con: most of that time is stuck in traffic and driving
pro: You get to see sunsets in the most unique places
con: You get whipped by 35ft of falling rope while rappelling in the dark
Pro: you feel like a badass
Con: you feel like a ninny when soap stings all the cuts on your body
Pro: you get to say ‘Alpine Start’
Con: you wake up early and it’s freezing
Pro: you get to say this kinda shit on Instagram
Con: I say this kinda shit on Instagram #everythinghurts rockclimbing #yosemite#optoutside#tradisrad