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

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

Video Fridays: Buildering to the Extreme

Every climber can relate to walking around town or driving through scenic areas and imagining themselves scaling the sides of a local building or the spires just off the Freeway. In surfing, they have a term to describe this: ‘mind surfing,’ visualizing yourself riding a perfect wave that you see in a picture or while … 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

“In Your Dreams”

Alex Huber - La Rambla

“In your Dreams” – Defined by Urban dictionary as sarcastic way of responding to – or interrupting – someone who is busy telling you about their master plan and all the unrealistically fantastic things they think will happen to them. By using this expression you are suggesting the only place their desired outcome is likely to … Continue reading

Milk Brains at Vertical Heaven

“Is there something you can do on Friday with the guys?” This is one of the greatest questions a married man can ever be asked, even more so when that man is also a Daddy. When I heard this question come out of my wife’s mouth this week, my first thought was “heck yeah, I am going … Continue reading

What I Accomplished and Learned in 2011

It is almost the end of 2011, which means that it is 10 months from the day I decided to get back into climbing. This year has been one of ups and downs, plateaus and some amazing climbing. The biggest event of this year was the birth of my son Ryder on October 28th. Since … Continue reading

Day 51; With the Determination of an Eagle – V4 Boulder Traverse Project Completed

We did it! It took long enough and required our mental stability to be tested at times, but Tom and I have vanquished the once confounding V4 Boulder Traverse , “Fight the Devil and Pray” at the Westmont College Boulder – seen in the video below. Motivated by the fact that my wife (9 months pregnant at the time) … 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