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