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

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

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

Day 50 (only a guess); The endless supply of satisfaction when you climb

Falling at Fire Crags - Who gets a shot like this?

Ok, this may not be exactly true, there are definitely things in life much more satisfying than climbing. For example, last week when I was thinking about the happiest day of my life, right after I had just redpointed my first 5.11a, everything paled in comparison to the day I got married. Now with the expectation that I will … Continue reading

Day 37 or Maybe 43?; Bringing the Millions Who I Hope will Read My Blog up to Speed On My Climbing (Mis) Adventures

First Multi-Pitch Trad Climb

My “Brilliant Plan” for Letting you Know What I have Been Climbing Lately When I started this blog, one of my goals was to have it include a Climbing Journal to reflect the progress I have made in my climbing since I got back into the sport in February. Unfortunately, balancing a busy schedule in addition to … 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

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

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