• Rob And Rob

    Besides sharing the same first name Rob Robinson and myself both share a passion for climbing that has driven, shaped, and defined our lives. I spent a day with Rob at his home crag ( The Tennessee Wall ) climbing routes that he had been the first one to ascend many years ago. This posting will tell the story of my Easter Weekend in 2013, It will not be a short one and will include  pictures, an interview with Rob, and a perspective into my controversial world of  ” just fucking going for it “. The weekend started with me making plans to climb with Charlotte, NC local Joe Disciullo. Joe is a very experienced traditional climber with many years under Read More

  • Leaping Lizards!

    Friday evening I was preparing myself for a bouldering trip to Moore’s when I received a text message from Javier Licon telling me that he had all weekend to climb. Javier lives in Asheville, so this would mean a trip to Rumbling Bald to send ” Pumping In Rhythm ” and get on some new stuff as well with one of my favorite partners. I threw what few belongings I would need in a bag and headed west on I – 40 to Asheville late Friday night. 4 hours of facebooking, coffee, and avoiding speeding tickets brought me into town around 1:30 A.M. ” Shredded Wheat ” 5.11a An early morning wake up to several cups of coffee compliments of Julie Read More

  • The Holidays Are Here!

    It’s Christmas Eve and its cold all over the east.  Yesterday Joy and I made our way  to Cook’s Wall for me to attempt my redpoint of “The Theater Of Pain”. I have been training overtime lately with a series of weighted hangs, endurance workouts, and boulder problems to prepare for the send. I was pretty sure yesterday was the day it would go down until we finally reached the cliff line… My hands were numb  from the 45 minute hike into the cook book. I tried to keep up motivation, flaked the rope, threw the old harness on, and struggled to get my fingers to work enough to force my feet into my shoes.  It was miserable from go, by the Read More

  • The Traditional Mindset

    Commitment, patience, and consequence are all crucial parts of the  many elements required from a climber. From the beginning of your journey into this life changing world it is imperative  to accept  that climbing is inherently dangerous and is in its simplest form a series of calculated risks with a very formulated outcome. Traditional climbing and ideas are becoming less practiced in today’s methods. Having to build a gear anchor and belay your second up to you and then scramble down a gully to get back to the base of the cliff is just how things are done sometimes. I find appeal in this because its how the climbs are done, always been done, and keeping an area as pure in nature to its true from Read More

  • “The Plan” Version Beta ( Day 2 )

    *Long exhale*… Alright let me just start by establishing that this post will read a little different than what I anticipate most too.  I had to think long and hard about what I was going to say and include when writing this. I am going to leave locations and some names out to protect areas and people. This is only being done to keep unfinished routes from having FA’s ( first accents ) stolen, or people climbing in finished routes. Trying to keep the pump down on “Spiritual Warfare” 5.12 I awoke at Sean Barbs house early Sunday morning to coffee and pancakes, once again I can’t stress how crucial coffee is to my climbing performance. “The Plan” was to go to Read More

  • “The Plan”

    The Plan” was to go to cooks wall with a partner Saturday and work on a project ” The theater of pain ” 5.13B. Then link up with Sean Barb on Sunday and do some maintenance around the crag to include cutting down a fixed rope and trying a new line of an unknown grade. After having my partner cancel  at 12:15 a.m. the morning of I could not help but rolling around awake in bed for about an hour pondering what to do. After getting up, working on my blog and eating some greek yogurt I finally fell asleep around 3 a.m. Waking up at 6:50 a.m. after going to bed at 3 is about as much fun as it Read More