Thursday, June 19, 2008

Monday, April 14, 2008

riverbed rolson

now, i'm not sure why the video quality looks so crappy condensed. the original footage is very nice. hopefully you will still enjoy the clip.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

make that heel will not

My apologies for the lack. I attempted to post many times while in Fontainebleau, the connection would always get interrupted while uploading photos.
I hope you enjoy the following images.

dw and the dagger in cresciano.

a nice view and moderate in ticino

les nombrilistes in boissy-aux-cailles

les beaux quartiers

fata morgana

les beaux quartiers

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The future realm

Well, as you might expect, or already know, Switzerland continues to amaze us. We have been here in the heart of this bouldering paradise for one month now. Our daily routine is out the door by 10, and rarely home before dark. Magic Wood is now added to the mix, and it is sometimes difficult to choose which amazing area to visit. We have not taken very many rest days in switzerland. Hard days and easy days, and the easy days become our rest days. The weather continues to be great, and when it does rain, we drive up some random valley and look at more amazing boulders. seriously, it is crazy. Boulders and faces everywhere. Today while driving around, jamie said hey olson, are there boulders over there on that hillside? olson replied, "yeah, but aren't there boulders on every hillside in switzerland?" umm yeah. the group is psyched to say the least.

Magic Wood

new baseline


coup de grace

arete with pocket

arete with pocket


ganymede takeover

marilyn monroe

As for my climbing, so far, the highlight for me is sending this beautiful boulder. Molonk is perfect for me. Such beautiful movement, at my limit. I am lucky to have been able to climb on it. So PSYCHED...

Sunday, March 2, 2008

another day in chironico

Today was warm, and everyone rested. tomorrow we go to brione. below are a few photos i took in chironico. je is climbing schule des lebens and ang is on that goes left.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

we have boulders

Last Tuesday, Jamie, Angie, Rolson and myself started this amazing dream. The travel day was one of the longest days recorded in modern times. Once we finally landed in Paris, we drove our Peugot rentals 8 or 9 hours to our temporary home here in Claro,CH. Our friends Herman and Brian are staying one building over, and greeted us nicely by giving us a quick midnight tour of cresciano. and of course the Dreamtime boulder. The next morning we woke to stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the surreal life that the village "peasants" acted out. Now, each morning, we watch the neighbor and his son sift dirt, and tend to their garden.
The first climbing area we visted has super amazing rock. Apparently it is not cool to talk about on the web, but the area had several problems featured in the 'dosages'. frogger, black arete, vechia lione, cellar door, black mirror, etc.. wow! Also, in this same area lives molunk. "the best 7c boulder in the world" the physical beauty of this boulder is matched only by its beauty in movement. I have now done all the moves and hope to link it up soon.
Our first day in chironico, we met up with daniel. He continues to destroy difficult boulders with ease. I realize i am lucky to be a witness, and i gain much motivation from this. The rock at chironico is still very good, but more coarse and sometimes with crystals. it is ridiculous to be nit-picky, but for now, i prefer cresc and the other area. In a couple of weeks, the snow will melt, and magic wood will be in season.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

totally blown away.

This past week, i had my first ever trip to the south east. Good friend, Ryan Brazell provided the means to make this trip happen for me. thank you ryan. anyways. holy crap. I had heard from others, but it doesn't set in until you see it for yourself. the south is amazing. We climbed in rocktown and hp40. The quality of the rock could not be any better. unfortunately, it rained, and we were able to climb for only 3 days. I guess thats the beef with the south. But the dry days were some of the most fun climbing i have ever had. I have some travel plans for the rest of this season, but next winter i will be most psyched to go back.

good times

adam, olson, kevin, david and melissa


Saturday, January 12, 2008

more... finally

Last week I made my first trip of the season down to hueco tanks. with most of my friends either already there, or traveling else where, i headed down alone. The weather was great, and my modest goals for re-gaining some real rock fitness and just being outside with my friends came to fruition.
i was able to witness paul destroy a few very difficult boulder problems; including a rare, proud ascent of evangalion. i also witnessed kevin jorgeson make a first ascent of a very cool and intimidating roof with big holds and big moves. he cleaned an even more intimidating iron rock face earlier the same day. he went back a couple days later and sent the boulder now named the duel. I am sure we will see some of charles' footage and andy's photos of this impressive rock climb. My camera stayed in my pack these days.
One evening, a meeting was held in the barn with several officials from the park service. The discussion revolved around the closure of the mushroom boulder, and the question of future closures. The barn was packed full of climbers, and for the most part, i think as a group we represented well. Unfortunately, the mushroom boulder will remain closed. apparently, ground erosion resulted from foot traffic breaking the protective crust top layer. concerns to protect artifacts near, under or around the boulder will keep it closed. Also, an archeologist from the park expressed the value of rock shelters (i.e. roofs) for artifact preservation. They informed us that more monitoring would take place, but no further closures were expected at this time.
A few pics below may or may not entertain you. I only have the fish-eye lens right now. so that explains the set back perspective. I am heading back this week, so i should have more fresh images when i return.