Hit up Smith Rock this last week over Spring Break. It was my third time there and I'm just starting to get use to the unique climbing style. The park is absolutely beautiful and would definitely recommend climbing there if you can. I sent Aggro Monkey, 5.13b on my third attempt...this route was really hard for me because of the powerful moves. I also flashed Vision, 5.12b, and onsighted Kings of Rap, 512d. Working on my endurance, I was able to put 3 good laps in on my previous ascent of Churning in the Wake, 5.13a.
Chinese Water Torture on Gear - This winter has been super fun here in Ouray, CO, where conditions have been great for Ice and Mixed climbing. I had the great opportunity to climb lots with my good friend Steve House and also learn about training from him. All that training has paid off, so far I'm 2 for 2 with winter projects. The first one was a M12 that is called The Grand Traverse Of the Cave a super great route in a cool cave above Ouray.
Finally! The good meteorology has arrived and with it, a lot of motivation and good routes!
Yet again, the Five Ten Arrowhead has won the honor of Editor's Choice... this time by Urban Climbing Magazine's Julie Ellison. "Shoes get better and better, and these are damn near perfect."
Me and Cédric, we were climbing about two week's in the beautiful cliff of Oliana. It was our first travel with our home made 'climb-mobile'. This was a great feeling! (After some brake down's on the border..) The time to go climbing outside was perfect because during the day it was really warm (perfect for sunbathing) and in the afternoon when the rock was in the shassow, it was really freezy and a good frictions! After three month of cold we were also so happy to be outside and to feel the sun, rock and fresh air......
Well, it's about time to share some news from the trip to Catalunya. It's almost half way of the journey and there's been a a few things happening. First of all, it seems like spring has missed us, and straight from winter we landed in summer. Therefore most of the cliffs that seemed like a good place to climb in spring are out of reach. With temperatures reaching 30 degrees in the shade we have to search only for those with northern exposure. But still it's Catalunya and there's a lot to choose from.