Expedition report 4 comes from team photographer and fairly handy climber, Tim Kemple... There are two types of thugs in this world. Those that will knife you and those that threaten to knife you. Fortunately these were the later. Its been one of those days for me really. The harshness of the desert has begun to set in --every step calculated, as snakes, spiders, insects, and flesh eating grass seem to be lurking everywhere. Making things more stressful, we’ve broken enough camera gear to keep B&H in business for another year… its almost like our video equipment...
I had a really nice and exhausting shooting together with Frank Kretschmann in Ticino. Our locations have been Brione and Valle Maggia. We got some nice Pics from some of my F.Ascent i did the year before which most of them are still unrepeated.
As many of you know, this weekend was the last leg of the Dark Horse Series held at Metro Rock in Everett, MA. The field for both the men and women was stacked making New England’s premier bouldering series finale an even more exciting event than originally anticipated.
After the first month of 2011, it seems that this year could be eventually better than the last! Hopefully! With -10 degrees and so much snow it wasn’t hard to make a decision: Driving to Ticino as often as possible. Two shorter trips in January, more or less in preparation for the main Trip during February until March. So I tried to figure out the sequences of my main goals for the next visit and get used to the granite by climbing a few remained “easier” ones.
It was Sonnie's idea. Something fresh, something new, something apart from tradeshow beers and backslaps. So we were off in the purple soccer mom van to the Utah desert, a place where there's always something new to be found. Moab, and the red desert surrounding it, has new routes to last forever. After every last splitter has been climbed, there will always be aretes, bulges, and subtle beauties between the obvious lines.