Thursday, November 26, 2015

I Still Rock Climb

Oh it has been so long since I updated this blog. Not that too many people read it, but for those few that do they probably think I went to the dark side. But nope, I'm still the same ol' same ol'. A quick recap. ( Real quick) I worked through the summer til October, spent a bit of time on West shore developing the next major area with Dave Hatchett. I put up another 20 plus problems in the Tahoe area. Visited the Doyle boulders north of Reno. Returned to Bishop after a two year hiatus. Sent the problem Mad Hatter, maybe best compression problem in Bishop IMO. Dodged cheaters, liars, manipulators, shit talking downgraders, lunatics, and dogs. Kept mostly to myself. Fired up old passions. Did an ascent of Redbull Challenge. Rode a bike more than ever before. And found out just how much beer a short person can really drink. All these things occupied me enough to neglect typing out a blog post. A quick recap indeed.
         I'm a to the point kinda fellow this year. As of now, I'm in the southeast once again. Visiting family, friends and of course doing some saaaaanding. I love the sandstone out here. It is some of the best around. I plan on doing my usual routine of projecting one desirable project at a time. Most of which will be in the roof at Dayton Pocket. I hope that one day I tick every single line in this thing. So far, I've got 4 out of maybe 20. It seems like there's more than enough to keep me busy for a while. Even the link ups interest me. I love that feeling of getting past a section that is so hard that the juggy finish feels like a melt fest. Safe, challenging , and full on 3D. All of this will help prepare me for my next adventure; Winter in Vegas. There are so many lines that I want to try. I plan on spending a few months there with good friends as we work our way through all of our lines of choice. After seeing all the videos and reading the amazing guidebook, I have an enormous list of climbs to try there. No matter how old I get, the psyche continues to just grow and grow. For me climbing and time go hand and hand. They just keep on going with no end in sight. I don't plan on slowing down anytime soon. At 35 years old, I'm still riding that same high that drives me from one great experience to the next. Pointless, yes but ordinary, never. True passion is eternal. I will likely follow this one all the way to the grave.

                                           Solo day at Sugar Pine 1. Sending Extra Jolt v9