Day 7; Climbing Progression and the Vertical Heaven Climbing Gym

Climbing Progression and Training for Climbing Climbing is definitely not a sport for the weak of heart. Although it is a great sport for everyone, progression in this sport is challenging and takes a lot of patience and effort. Not that I am expecting to be climbing like the burly mutant Chris Sharma, but I have been spending as … Continue reading

Day 6; Bad Weather and Pictures from Climbing at Gibraltar Rock

Forecast for Climbing this weekend- Not Good! After a week of surfing the Climbing Forums on and purchasing a few new pieces of climbing gear, I am getting anxious to get back out rock climbing in Santa Barbara. Some of the more notable spots I would like to get out too are The Playground … Continue reading

Suffering from a mild form of Bloggers Block

What is Bloggers Block I think that everyone who writes or suffers from the scourge of blogging eventually has a day where they do not know what to write. In the traditional sense of the term, they have called this vexing tormentor “Writers Block.” However, this term does not apply in the world of online … Continue reading

Day 5; Indoor Climbing when there is Rain and Snow in Paradise

Stormy Weather makes for an indoor Climbing Opportunity in Santa Barbara With the weather forecast telling us to expect somewhere around 6 inches of rain in Santa Barbara, any hopes of climbing outdoors this weekend were put on hold. Even with a forecast for the coming week predicting a few days of sunshine, it is … Continue reading

How to get rid of that “Climbing Shoe Smell”

How do your climbing shoes become stinky This article is an adaptation of a previous article I wrote  about cleaning the Odor Eating Powder out of my old climbing shoes. Many of you reading this have probably found this site because at one time or another you have been embarrassed by a friend commenting on how bad your car … Continue reading

Day 4; Part 2 Rock Climbing Gibraltar Rock in Santa Barbara

Amazing Views, Perfect Temperature and Great Company There is something to be said about rock climbing in Santa Barbara – The American Riviera. This amazing place has not been given this name haphazardly, but it really has earned the right to be one of the premier destinations in California. With the beach less than 10 … Continue reading

Day 4; Part 1: A Failed Rand Repair and Success with my La Sportiva Venoms

The Bad News – climbing shoe and rand repair So, with a little help from my fellow climbers at’s Gear Heads Forum I was able to put some ideas to the test in regards to repairing the Rand on my 5.10 Newtons. I was told some ideas for repairing my climbing shoes that included: 1. A … Continue reading

Day 3; Impatience and Ooh That Smell

Why is this taking so long? As I went home after work yesterday, I was disappointed by how long this whole process is taking and I am growing antsy about starting to climb. My problem is not that I am still waiting for my shoes to break in, I have an extra pair of shoes to wear, but I … Continue reading

DAY 2; Breaking in my shoes and other worthless nonsense

Breaking in the Venoms Today I spent much of the morning and some of the afternoon heating up my La Sportiva Venoms in the sun hoping that the heat would allow the rubber to become more pliable. After going back and fourth from the sun to my taped feet, the Venoms still felt tight although at … Continue reading

Britt Merrick bringing the Gospel Message on Sunday

Thank you Britt Merrick for bringing the Gospel Message today at Reality Carpinteria Church The Gospel is the answer! • To the Christian who thinks too highly of himself or herself, the gospel says, You are a sinner. You are wicked and bad. You have done nothing to earn anything of any value before God. Your … Continue reading