My life has been pretty chaotic these last couple months! I really can’t believe how much time as flown by. I’ve been incredibly busy and consumed with activities; it’s going to be hard to adequately sum it all up! Since I’ve last blogged I’ve been to quite a few comps and have been engaged in a number of adventures. IT HAS BEEN A WIRHLWIND!!!! But now that I’m on spring break, I have time to catch my breath, relax and reflect. It’s so wonderful to finely have some free time!
This past spring break I got to go back to Hueco Tanks for only four climbing days, which made me a bit nervous. So far this semester has been crazy busy, I became the Texas A&M climbing coach, my leadership organization is really active, and tests pretty much isolate me from everything for about a week and a half every four weeks. Basically this means that my climbing has been the thing to suffer. Since January, I had climbed maybe 6 times before leaving for El Paso, so roughly twice a month…..
Growing up to pass time at the hockey rink while Charlie played, I could be found up in the rafters. I would climb the scaffolding, and when my parents went to look for me, they just had to look up. Well, Red Bull and I chose to take this scaffolding idea to a bigger arena: Quite literally. Red Bull owns The New York Red Bulls and the old Giant’s Stadium in Harrison, NJ, just outside of NYC. With the help and support of both Red Bull and Petzl, we had an incredibly savvy crew at the arena...
Five Ten, the leader in high-friction, technical bike, climbing and outdoor footwear, announces the addition of Mirko Caballero to the Five Ten Elite Team. Mirko will be joining Five Ten's world class athletes such as Dean Potter, JT Holmes, Sasha DiGiulian and Greg Minnaar in representing The Brand of The Brave.
I’m always amazed at the time I spend preparing for a BASE trip in comparison to the time I’ll actually spend in flight for it. It’s not uncommon I spend over twenty hours planning a trip that only yields about three-minutes of flight time. Hours are spent on logistical preparation, travel time, location and exit-point scouting and hiking. On paper, the time spent planning for a flight vs. flight time doesn’t seem to add up, yet time and time again those few seconds in flight are so potent it makes it’s all worth it.
Feeling small, that’s what we crave. Nearly every soloist I talked to mentioned seeking this feeling while paddling the Grand Canyon of the Colorado. The comforts of the modern world protect us; cushion against challenges, so we return to the natural world to experience forces far greater than us. It’s difficult not to feel like an insignificant blip in the timeline when you’re surrounded by over a billion years of geologic history, but the beauty is intoxicating, the rapids have personality, and I was ready for the Canyon to teach me.