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

Lost at The Playground with The Shop Girl

Yesterday was the first day in nearly a year that I was able to climb outside. Thankfully, the Santa Barbara Rock Gym has allowed me to maintain some semblance of sanity while I weather the storm of a sweet little baby boy asking for his ‘daddoo’ and the fragrant reminders when his ‘poo poo’ needs changing. Oh, the wonderful … Continue reading

All’s New on the Western Front – The baby, the nine to five and more climbing!

So 2012 has been a huge year for my family. My son just turned 1 year old and I am climbing more than ever, reminiscent of my miseries when my climbing took the back seat to my family, which it still technically does. Back in May I left my positions with AppleOne Employment Services and joined a … Continue reading

Mt. Whitney and Bishop in a Weekend!

At 14,494 Mt Whitney is the tallest Mountain in the continental US – whatever that means – and I have wanted to return since I first climbed the mountain in 1994. At the time, I did not look at the mountain and truly understand its magnificence or grandeur. I generally felt like it was something that most 9 … Continue reading

I’ll be Home for Christmas – Climbing at Mount Diablo

My hands clutch the steering wheel as we make the grueling seven hour drive to my parents house. The 101 flowed like a snake before us, as the traffic glides North on this Christmas Eve. We were delayed on our normally five and a half hour drive because of the two stops we made to feed my … Continue reading

Emerson Boulder – Westmont University

Westmont College Boulder The Boulder on the Campus at Westmont College in Montecito, CA  has received some solid quality time with me over the past few months and was also the subject of my first day of getting back into climbing. This Boulder is at the heart of the University near the Emerson Hall Dormitory (hence the name) and … Continue reading

UCSB Climbing Wall

He was nice enough to let me take a picture of him

Good ole’ UC Santa Barbara. The University that brings the Gaucho to the central coast and draws 20,000 students per year to the shores of Del Playa in Isla Vista. As a UCSB Alumni, I am proud of being able to call this campus my Alma Madder, what is equally as exciting was the completion of the … Continue reading

Day 12; Bouldering At Painted Cave Road

The Painted Cave Road Bouldering Area So, I just had a new neighbor move into the apartment above mine and it worked out perfectly that he so happened to be a rock climber. SO STOKED. My whole dilemma of finding partners in Santa Barbara has now turned into a fiesta of people I can go … Continue reading

Day 11; Gear Placement Clinic and Lead Climbing at the Sespe Gorge

Last Saturday, I spent the morning driving 2 hours back to the Sespe Gorge with a few climbing partners – Bruce, Trevor, Tim and Leta- for a meetup.com Gear Placement Clinic. Sespe Gorge Location The Black Wall at Sespe Gorge is one of the best multi-pitch crack climbs in the Tri-County Area. It is located about … Continue reading

Day 10; Big Bear Trip report

Some people hear Big Bear, plus 2 feet of recent snowfall, sunshine and a five hours break between meetings and think of a nice little powder day. However, I saw the weather report for clear sky’s, the schedule for Saturday as an opportunity. This weekend, I attended a Men’s Retreat through my church up at the Calvary Chapel … Continue reading