Thank you universe for the wondeful people that acquiesce to being photographed 🙏🏽 İ don't normally think İ do well with portraiture but İ'm extremely happy with how this shot turned out with the old school and peaches&cream feel. One of the first new favorites out of my new toy, the Sony A7iii. Been enamoured with this camera since İ unboxed it ^_^
Though not the main objective of the weekend, this was a short and sweet boulder problem that İ enjoyed more than İ thought İ would. "Detached" (V8) at the Medlicott Boulders in Tuolumne. Psyched to go back to check out the Battle Tanks Boulder soon! Thinking of going not this weekend but next weekend; is anyone interested in making the trek out??
Of the actual hundreds of times İ've looked out at these oil platforms from precisely this perspective on the drive to santa barbara, İ'm glad İ decided to shoot it once. There comes a point along the 101 where these oil platforms appear to glide across that bridge as if they were one big caravan. Keep an eye out for it, it's fun to look at ^_^
Finger strength has always been, and likely always will be, an exceptionally difficult struggle for me; but, lately İ'm feeling some growth and slightly less lacking in that aspect. Been challenging myself to take a step back and work on being more well-rounded as a climber. This climb İ did yesterday, "Captain America" (V8) at Black Mountain, which revolves around a trio of thin crimps, is an example of the type of climbing İ typically found particularly difficult. Thanks to @iceeiceebailey for the photo!
Missing the majesty of the eastern sierra backdrop. While recent weather here in greater LA area has brought with it some pretty clouds (as well as some irritating traffic on my morning commutes), it doesn't even come close to filling the void. Also sad to be missing some friends there this weekend, but sooner or later climbing always arranges a reunion. Going to have to get outside again soon before İ go bonkers.
Been doing a lot of training indoors the past month.. Actually, İ don't think İ've been outside in about a month 😢
Just switched from volume climbing to strength/power and on suggestion from session buddy @instagreham İ figured İ ought to work up to doing a muscle up... Then discovered İ could already do them haha.. A little (or a lot) shaky but cut me some slack; it's the second.
Decided to pick the Druid Stones for this weekend's day one. İt'd been a long time since İ last hopped up there for a circuit and figured İ'd go back. Spent a little over half the day exploring further uphill too to see if anything amazing would jump out but alas İ found mostly choss as one would expect. Bishop rock is often pretty chossy once you leave the classics that have been cleaned by decades of consistent traffic. Still enjoyed the short little circuit afterwards and this is still the best boulder up there 👌
Not quite my backyard, but nearly so. İ'd neglected these areas till now so i picked up the new LA County Bouldering guidebook and set out to explore my local crags. The rock is a little sandier than the sandstone in Santa Barbara but there are certainly some quality blocs. İ'd seen pictures of this rad boulder before and it was definitely last night's highlight. Super fun 👌👍
The Holiday Bishop trip has come and gone. İ'm back home now but, as always, it leaves me with a rejuvenated focus. Tomorrow will be the start of training in this new year. Likely will be back soon, but for now it's time to bump that bar up a little higher.
Not at all your typical Bishop winter this year (or even winter for that matter); but while temperatures of up to 22°C certainly aren't helping, İ can only blame so much on conditions. Between my embarrasing performance and the heat, there has been no integral progress made on the "Buttermilker" in the two sessions İ've put in on it this trip. Going to try again tomorrow at night in pursuit of better conditions and hopes of cleaning up my act. Still, failure is part of the process and psyched to be out here with friends from all over that İ haven't seen in months and years.
Shot by Pete Henze