For The Love Of Climbing

Why do you climb? Is it experiencing the outdoors, exploring nature and challenging yourself, or are you motivated by conquest. Neither way is really inherently wrong; however,  I tend to get overly caught up in overtraining, number-chasing, ego driven mentality and end up taking my climbing too seriously. I know that we all have seasons for … Continue reading

Shamrocked

Happy Saint Patrick’s day! Today is not just a day when millions of people don green and celebrate the Irish with parades, green rivers and perhaps a pint of Guinness. It also commemorates the exploits of St. Patrick’s who is remembered for spreading Christianity throughout Ireland. However, St. Patrick’s is also a reminder that we have officially transitioned … Continue reading

Day 9; V3 Project Completed

Completing a Project at the Westmont Boulder in Santa Barbara I know, V3 is small beans, but three years ago, I briefly got back into climbing after a couple years hiatus. During this time, I was working on a V3 boulder problem at the Westmont Boulder called Shoes of the Fisherman. The problem starts off crimpy, moves … Continue reading

The Climbing Purist

I have always been intrigued by the purist climbers who are avidly anti- plastic. Recently, I invited a few people to crank on some plastic with me at a local indoor climbing gym while the weather was bad. I was surprised at how many people responded by saying things like, “no thanks, I really don’t … Continue reading

Day 8; Sport Climbing at Fire Crags-Painted Cave Road Santa Barbara

Uncovering the Conspiracy to Hide Rock Climbing Locations in California Why does it always seem like finding the trail to go climbing is so much more difficult than finding a trail for a hike. This can be easily attributed to the fact that the majority of hiking trails are labeled while the trails leading to the … Continue reading

Breaking in a New Pair of Climbing Shoes

Breaking in a New Pair of Climbing Shoes For those of you who found this article because you are breaking a new pair of climbing shoes, that sucks. This is because you probably purchased you climbing shoes 1 to 2 sizes smaller than your street shoe expecting that the shoe will stretch to fit like a … Continue reading