Here's some older footage of me climbing my first 8a. Good times!
As summer comes to an end and fall begins it’s a good time to reminisce on the past accomplishments of a short Alaskan summer. Here in Juneau it rains over 220 days a year so when I say short I mean really short. This past summer has been possibly the most productive summer of climbing that Juneau has ever seen. In all there were probably 70 new boulder problems added to the small number of already existing problems.
Last Monday morning a box covered by squares of many languages was delivered to my door. Unable to wait, I parted with my oatmeal to slip on the new Anasazis. While ‘slipping’ might have been a bit of an understatement, quickdraws did the trick leaving my feet snugly surrounded by problem crushing performance.
Rock & Ice reviews the Five Ten® Newton for the 'Field Tested' section of the October 2010 issue. "The Newton looks old school, and is billed as an all-dayer for cracks and slabs, but when the rubber hits the rock it performs...I never felt shorted, except on foot pain...the padded tongue, stretch-resistant uppers and "S-lacing" system on the Newton allowed me to pack my foot into the shoe and resulted in a secure fit that has lasted for months...This is a good choice for climbers looking for a shoe that will get you up everything from multi-pitch...
Five Ten® sponsored climbers Nicolas Favresse, Sean Villanueva and Olivier Favresse are sailing on the West Coast of Greenland along with Ben Ditto and Bob Shepton looking for virgin big walls to explore. Check out their journey at xpedition.be
The Nordic countries are awesome, and the people are always super nice. I was invited to the Norwegian Rock Masters competition and just had to go for the crack, not really for the comp. As it turned out the comp was great too, I ended up 2nd.