It’s December 23rd and we got about 10 degrees in Innsbruck/Austria. Usually this is the time when we either go skiing in deep powder or move ourselves to Ticino, Bleau, Bishop or Hueco to climb in good conditions. This year however we can go back to our projects in Zillertal and find them perfectly dry in windy conditions. About a week ago I fell off the very last move of Drischiebl (V12) and unfortunately couldn’t finish it that day due to wet top holds and a massive pump. You’ve probably seen the funny little video of this poor effort...
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!