Hola mi Amigos, My god it feels good to lie down. After 6 hours on the road, preceded by many days of cold, hard climbing and too little sleep, I am pooped (to put it politely). We left Francia on Monday for the (slightly) warmer climate of Spain and the plentiful, painful pockets of Margalef.
It’s been a long few weeks. I guess I’ve been recovering a bit? Getting back into the flow. We decided that we probably have enough footage for a “feature” length film. So, the process has begun. Expect a trailer soon. In the meantime, here is a really nice video from another pair of Americans who happened to be in Ticino around the same time. Only wish we could have climbed with them more.
Last year, I was invited to write a piece for the "On Belay" section of The Alpinist. As one can imagine, I was thrilled for the opportunity!!! And they even used one of my photos, so double thrill! For a previous issue that ran a feature on various women (#27: http://www.alpinist.com/doc/ALP27/feature-beautiful-beast) and why we climb, with a lovely photo essay by James Q. Martin, I had numerous email conversations and a phone interview with the editor, Katie. Following that she proposed I write about my experiences "growing up" at Mill Creek.
The Bend Climbing Team wrapped up the last of the local comps for the ABS 12 season this past weekend at Clubsport over in Tigard Oregon.
My friend, Tom, got a bit of a tip off about a new crag that had potential for some new routes down the Churnet Valley, we were warned about overgrowth so went prepared with bow saws and psyche!
Ranging in age from 9-19, Urban Climber featured inspirational athletes from the climbing community. Both Alex Fritz, a fellow 5.10 team member, and I were selected to tell our stories and represent the Pacific Northwest. All of the “young guns” in the article have become strong athletes and I’m excited to see what we accomplish in the future!