My competition season started six weeks ago in Edinburgh, Scotland. The first competition of the European Youth Cup-circuit started there, and that was also my international comeback after my injury last fall. After that I’ve been to Russia, Switzerland, France and in the northern Norway where the sun never hides. The last six weeks has been filled with training, travelling, competitions and school. But school is finally finished, and now I can focus on the things I love the most; training and competitions.
I have been in Australia for five weeks now, climbing, rampaging the bush, and exploring the never-ending ins and outs of the Grampians National Park. Its the 17th of June today, which feels radical; time has swept by on this trip like a flash flood, leaving us wondering what really just did happen, questioning how time, space, and good climbing actually work. It's 4:00 pm here, and I find myself writing this sitting in our pimp 4x4 rental at the Hollow Mountain parking lot, on a pseudo rest day.
So, I have been in Colorado for the last couple of weeks, sampling the diverse climbing here.There is so much to do, so much amazing and diverse climbing to be had and I am constantly overwhelmed by how little time I have. The first thing I did on arriving was onsight the Naked Edge... And yes, it does not only live up to, but it exceeds it's reputation!
It's official. I am no longer a resident of the US of A. In the first week of June I packed some things in storage, moved out of Boulder, drove my car to California (to be sold), and jumped on a plane Cape Town, South Africa. A new chapter of my life has begun and the theme is travel and climbing...on a global scale. Along for the ride is my wonderful girlfriend Mary Mecklenburg and we will be shooting lots photos and videos along the way so keep an eye out!
Much of this past month was filled with training in the gym, since I was finishing up all of my school stuff before graduation. I graduated Saturday, June 9th, and it was all very exciting but somewhat depressing at the same time to know that I wouldn’t be returning to school with all of my friends next fall. However, graduation did mean that I’m now on summer vacation. And as a result, I went on a short family trip to Yosemite this week. I hadn’t been to Yosemite before, but I found, as all others have, that it’s a...