Mark and Janelle Smiley are well on their way to completing their dream of climbing the 50 Classic Climbs of North America. Check out these images of their recent summit of Slesse in Canada.
2010 SCS Youth National Championships...dang. Months of hard work came down to this four day event. The competition format was changed this year into two days of qualifiers (one route on both Thursday and Friday), semi-finals on Saturday, and finals on Friday. I really have to say, that this is the first time that I haven't ever actually been all that nervous for a competition.
I just got back from the SCS youth national championship at Stone Summit in Atlanta GA, I had a great time at nationals. I competed in sport only, in male youth A. At nationals there is a three round format with a flash format qualifier and an onsite format semifinal and final. The comp is spread out over 4 days so, on Thursday I had my first qualifying route and then my second on Friday. I tied for third place for the qualifying round, moving on to semifinals. On Saturday the semifinal round took place and then I placed...
Tucked away in the middle of Vancouver Island is an incredible limestone amphitheater with dozes of steep, classic sport climbs. Several times a year, my girlfriend Vikki and I shell out the $143 ferry fare and make the Journey to Horne Lake. Its an expensive weekend trip, but the climbing is well worth it. The wall is littered with tuffas, pods, and gigantic huecos, making for excellent 3-d climbing.
Rock and Ice does a video review of the Five Ten Newton. Check it out.
I hate the part of a trip when the end starts to come into sight. My tick-list has too many routes unmarked, and “necessary” rest-days feel too long. I begin to wish I had energizer batteries to keep me fully charged for the next week and half, because only by climbing full strength every minute of every day would I have enough time to send all the lines I’d like to.