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

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

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: Jonathan Siegrist First Ascent of Le Reve – 5.15a

I am constantly impressed by the lines that are going up in the 5.15 range. As Chris Sharma and Adam Ondra receive the most attention for pushing the sport to it’s limits. In 2011 alone, there were 19 redpoint ascents at 5.15a/b and although a majority of these were climbed by Sharma and Ondra, they … 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

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

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 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

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