This years Rocktoberfest at the Red River Gorge was again a success. Great weather, great climbing, and a great event put on by the Red River Gorge Climbers Coalition. The purpose of the event is to help pay for the Pendergrass-Murry Recreational Preserve (AKA Muir Valley) which hosts some of the most aesthetic routes at the Red. Area legend and developer, Porter Jarrard once told me the climb Cell Block Six in the Muir Valley area is the best route he has climbed at the Red.
This past weekend I competed in the IFSC Lead World Cup in Boulder, CO. It was my first Lead World Cup competition and it was nice to be on home turf. The host gym, Movement Climbing & Fitness, is only a few blocks from my house, and it certainly made the whole experience far more pleasant. After competing in Arco this summer, after some heinous travel days getting there, it was nice to compete in an event of that caliber in a more comfortable environment. That's not to say the competition was easy. The...
A few weeks ago, I returned from my trip to the Rocklands; a trip of endless bouldering, delicious steaks and massive pizza's from the coveted Elephaunthous, romantic walks in acre-long flower beds, and lions devouring donkey's that had just been assassinated for our super-sketchy safari. Instead of going through every boulder problem and memory, I'll leave behind on this blog what stood out as the most poignant of them all: a post I wrote a few days after my send of The Vice.
Since three days the Ticino season started with amazing conditions. It got a bit warm jet but nothing is stopping Daniel and me from climbing everything in Brione. On my first day i could climb Vecchia Leone 8b/ General Disarray 8b and on the second day i did Salamandre 8a+ / Ganymede Takeover 8a+ / Amber 8b. And thats just the beginning...... So psyched what to come!? We will stay around Claro for the next 6 weeks. Next goal is the Dagger, From dirt and Big Paw !!!!
This past weekend I traveled to another Pennsylvania grit stone area to snag the third ascent of Minotaur. This line follows pinches, pockets, slopers and crimps to a proud mantle at roughly 18ft. Trevor (FA'd the line) was nice enough to give me the run down on beta however; I decided to use a slightly different version of moves to send. This line is an instant classic anywhere and is just another testament to the quality of Pennsylvania bouldering. Its good to be home on the east coast.
Five Ten Sales Rep Ronnie Jenkins and Athlete Chris Schulte roll across the southern reaches..