Dreams of My Father – A Garage Wall is Born

LIFE IN TAHOE A few months after my mom found out she was pregnant with me, my father stopped climbing. The “un”-official story is that my mom thought it was unsafe for him to continue trad climbing 5.11’s at Lover Leap with a baby on the way. While this may be part of the reason, … Continue reading

Beginners Guide to Training for Climbing: Build a Base – Become a Mutant!

WELCOME TO CLIMBING! Your mind rivals with instinct as you top out on that first boulder problem. It is an experience that brings back to memory the times when you were busted climbing onto the counters to dip you hand cookie jar before mom and pops woke up. There is much more than a sense … Continue reading

My Favorite Video for Climbing Technique

In this 15 minute video, Climbing Coach Neil Gresham covers  three(3) climbing specific movements that are essential if you want to improve your abilities as a climber: Outside Edge (AKA: Twist Lock) Flag/ Flagging Drop Knee Neil Gresham Climbing Techniques Masterclass is also featured on the videos page of this blog Climbing Techniques – Neil Gresham Climbing … Continue reading

Circuit Training Explained

“Circuit Training!” The words I hear uttered out of the mouth of the author of this article every time I ask him how to become a better climber. “Will that allow me to climb more V5’s?” I say, to his reply, “well, that V5 you just did is really a V4.” Geesh, I cannot get … Continue reading

Breaking in another pair of climbing shoes! How small is too small?

A little over 2 weeks ago, I received a new pair of climbing shoes in the mail that only cost me $7.93 thanks to a $100 credit I had from TheClymb. After climbing in them for these past couple weeks, I can say, they are crushers! It was almost exactly two years ago that I … Continue reading

Game Changers in the Shadows of Sharma

Chris Sharma has dominated the climbing world for the past 15 years. He began the 21st century by establishing a route heralded as the first 5.15a in the world.  At 21, Sharma’s ascent of Realization was neither the pinnacle of, nor the beginning of his climbing career. He had taken the top seat of the climbing world at … Continue reading

Little Pine Mountain:19 Miles; 3300′ elevation gain; 12 Mile Climb; 7 Mile Descent; 4 MPH Average Speed

This weekend, my neighbor Seth and I went for my second ever Mountain Bike Ride in the Santa Ynez Recreation Area. We started in the Upper Oso Campground at 1,093 feet and made our 12 mile climb 3,300 feet to the peak of Little Pine Mountain. There was nothing Little about this ride, the climb … Continue reading

Pulling Plastic for Life

After a few weeks of climbing primarily in the gym, I finally had the chance to head outdoors this weekend for an evening bouldering session with the Shank. We projected a couple of high ball V3’s including Heavy Traffic where I chickened out on the top out – but seriously, when the guide-book says “difficult climbing to a … Continue reading

Happy Valentine’s Day Adventurer

Valentine’s Day, hummmmm, I have never really completely understood what is is all about.  I mean, do we really need to set aside a day every year where we are supposed to share the love? Isnt that something we should be doing everyday? We’ll, I guess it is another Holiday where we get to eat junk and … Continue reading

When family comes first

Climbing Partners Daughter just hanging out

Will I ever be able to climb again? AHHHHHHHHHHHH! Before my son was born, this question was haunting my mind with increasing trepidation the closer we got to his birth date. I knew I was ready to be a father, but I did not completely understand what that would be like. A fear of the unknown was propelled … Continue reading