Feeling those Pacific Northwest feels yesterday in the fog at Castle Rock. Amazingly the rain stayed at bay and I led my first climb, @returaclaar’s second — a corner crack called degeneration. Really great day. #tradisrad
Day 45 on our expedition to the North Pole, just passing by Qikiqtarjuaq, Greenland. We forged ahead in temps below zero, luckily we had a peaceful morning with fair winds and calm waters. Jk this is at Lake Tahoe 😆But the scenery was incredibly beautiful, and the waters were so clear you could see down to the bottom up to 50-60 feet! #laketahoe#kayakingadventures
Had a blast in Squamish revisiting some of our favourite pitches, and getting on a few new routes. The wet weather earlier in the week conspired against any long multi-pitches, but we still found spots to climb for a few days! Wet cracks are alpine training right?
@tploughman coming up Exasperator on our last (but dry) day.
Massive congratulations to @adamhocking for sending the first ascent of Blood Eagle E9 6c.
First met Adam on my stag do on the Honister Via Ferrata whilst my mates had dressed me up as spider man (First photo). It was a bit of a bus man's holiday for a bunch of rope access dopes on ropes. But we had a cracking time.
I know only too well what working a project is like. I am still getting spat off of a 5c problem at Carrock Fell... a 5c of all things!
I imagine my strifes are on a par with an E9 6c right adam? Hehe
Over the last month and a half, we here @theboltlineproject (@ylime010 and @mikemarcacci ) have been working out lots of bugs in our web app and adding TONS of content! Over the next few weeks we will be reaching out to climbers across the country to find or add their #homecrag on Boltline. So check it out (Boltline.org) on your laptop/desktop (since Instagram doesn’t allow landscape mode 🙄) Our mobile app is on the way!
It's been a weekend of firsts up in the Peak District, lead my first trad route (didn't die!), seconded my first multipitch climb and finally my first HS - Damascus Crack - which also incorporated my first ever hand jam (definitely thought I was gonna die).
Can't wait to go back and sink some more gear soon.
Thanks to @sophieklm for the pic, I got stuck in this bear hug position for a long time... #tradisrad
On The Lamb 5.9 was indeed fun. Forget that my partner went way past the first pitch. It was all @alexhonnold fault tho (more on this story later). Due to the nature of the climb (must have sufficient pros for the follower) I would probably bring more finger sizes next time to maximize the lenght of the rope.
Tom and I wanted to play with our trad gear, so we just headed over to Crowder’s yesterday. I was so excited just thinking about touching any real rock, but I was quickly reminded how much I hate the STEEP hike up to the top, especially in the heat. When we were nearly at the top, Tom remembered that we left out chalk bags in the car. So, he went all the way down to the parking lot to get them (a total champ). .
Anyway, I literally watched the chalk melting away in my palms. 😑 There were also a lot of bees, wasps, and other creatures around that just wanted to eat me. I don’t mind bugs as long as they don’t want to bite me... why can we all coexist in peace?! Lmao. .
I sweated out like a gallon of water, and we played on an easy crack (mock trad lead). I am still scared to lead anything on trad... doesn’t matter how easy the grade is. If it’s trad, it just seems so daunting, and all I can think about is how I might die. 🤪 But, trad is what made me fall in love with climbing, and I started climbing last year because I wanted to be a trad climber. So, I’m not gonna give up on it yet. If I can lead ANYTHING on trad this year, I’ll be so happy. .
I’m not even asking for a lot... I just want to be able to lead up to 5.7’s on trad in a year. That’s like 5 graded below what I want to do on sport, so hopefully it’s more doable...? 🤷🏻♀️😛
It used to be that having good cellphone reception and a stable connection to the Internet was a luxury. The luxury now is having the freedom to turn it all off.
And what's better than being afforded the luxury of switching into "airplane mode?" Finding yourself remote enough that airplane mode doesn't change anything.
A place with peaks and valleys so far removed from cell towers that there's simply no reception, no matter how hard you try or how high you reach.
A place where the only thing on your phone aside from pictures of your adventures are the clear letters at the top: "No Service."
Here in the Northeast we need not go far to experience such wild places. World-class wilderness mixes with world-class climbing to create perspective-shifting experiences. A mere four miles can mean the difference between the anxious pull of the world and the freedom to grow and explore. Without reception one is free even of the temptation to look outside oneself. The desire to distract. It narrows one's focus to the moment, while ironically broadening one's perspective. It forces us to connect and attend to that which really matters.
All it takes are those nine little letters on a phone.
Pictured: Visible Rob aka Hot Flash warming up on a hot day with some mellow crack in the Adirondacks.
This is some old footage of an attempt at the infamous route called “The Dangler”. An easy 2 pitch hike to its starting point which immediately turns into an over hanging roof about 200+ feet up, such an intimidating starting point and the exposure definitely right there. Although I failed at sending this it took some serious mental preparation to even attempt it. This was also my first Trad fall. Looking back, this video really helps me when I’m scared to try something, it helps me to go for it even if you’re going to fail. The ability to get back to square one and try again will soon turn into a success, that can apply to many aspects of life as well. So go out and get after it. 👍🏻
Climbed Peek-a-boo and white lighting with @houndsgrin and Drew on Friday. Peek-a-boo was one of the earliest routes I followed on trad and was a huge mental barrier to break through. I remember being super scared as a new climber, but that day I lead pitch 2 clean with only a little mental baggage. Great climbs! The first picture is Frank belaying Drew on White Lighting, the rest are Peek-a-boo.
Up up we go! Just did my first Grade V route in the High Sierra. @mtngangsta and I moseyed up a 1,700-foot wall “The Streets of the Mountains” (5.10 A0) on the south face of Lone Pine Peak, possibly the second ascent of the route. We were able to find a free variation (5.10+) to the aid pitch. The climbing overall was mediocre but the setting was incredible and I can’t wait to return for bigger and better! Thanks V for lighting the way!!
Ef einhver spá er svo bjartsýn þessa dagana að lofa þurru, þá er farið í Stardal. Og okkur var lofað þurru fyrir hádegi á þjóðhátíðardaginn sjálfan, svo við fögnuðum með að klifra nokkrar leiðir í Vesturhamri (m.a. Lísu í Undralandi, sem kemur á óvart), og kálhreinsa fallega sprunguleið á sama stað.