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  • Climbing the Grand Teton (and Updates)

      2012 has been a hectic year. Here’s the quick rundown: Me and Melissa graduated from ASU in May Summer internships in WV Went on a road trip to celebrate being done with school Got engaged on top of Longs Peak CO and climbed the Grand Teton (among other stuff out west) Moved back to WV (NRG in our backyard!) Started new jobs as speech therapists. So that’s the quick rundown of the last 6 months. The highlight though was definitely climbing the Grand via the Owen Spalding route (and of course, getting engaged), which has been on my to-do list ever since I first went to the Tetons in 2000. It took me 12 years and one failed attempt Read More

  • Gear Review – Outdoor Research Stormsensor Glove

    Gloves.  I don’t think there is a more important piece of gear for winter activities than gloves.  Your gloves need to be warm and dexterous but they also need to be comfortable and dry.  The perfect glove, I have found, does not exist, but there are many good options for all around use and only a few suitable for specific activities like ice climbing or skiing.  The Outdoor Research Stormsensor glove is definitely a glove that fits in the all around category.  This glove does pretty much everything very well.  I have used it hiking, ice climbing and snowboarding and the glove performed quite well in every application.  It breathed well during the hike, but was warm enough once in Read More

  • Longs Peak Cirque Ice Climbing – 11.5.12

    Alpine climbing at its finest.  High elevation, wind, little sun, cold temperatures, it all combines to make an epic day on the mountain.  My first day out this season was up to the high alpine of Rocky Mountain National Park in the Longs Peak Cirque.  We started at the Longs Peak Trailhead parking lot at 6:20 am and didn’t return until about 4:30 that afternoon.  The hike was a pretty grueling 4.5 miles up above treeline and into the cirque that is formed by Mount Meeker, Mount Lady Washington and Longs Peak.  I had never been up to Longs Peak and so I did not know what the area was like.  Much of the time I felt like I was heading Read More

  • Gear Review – Edelrid Eagle Climbing Rope

    Edelrid has been around for about 150 years. It was founded originally by Julius Edelman and Carl Ridder, a mountaineer and sales man and a technician that worked with braiding machines. They started with braided fishing line in the late 1800′s and by 1953 they created the very first kernmantel rope. This, for obvious reasons, revolutionized the climbing industry from hemp ropes and progressed the climbing world because climbers now had the ability to climb much more difficult and committing climbs with better safety. If you fast forward to today Edelrid is one of the leading climbing companies in the world. They have mastered climbing ropes and also have divisions for adventure parks, industrial and safety. They really do lead Read More

  • Twelve 5.12′s in 2012 – And Fashion Makes it a Dozen!

    Some of you may be familiar with my quest for “Twelve 5.12′s in 2012″ this year. For those of you that aren’t, here’s the skinny…At the tail end of last year I managed to eek my way through my very first 5.12a (TKO at Crowder’s Mountain) for the “send.” (Non-climber translation: leading a route from the ground-up with no hangs or falls on the rope) With one under my belt, the next logical step was to establish myself a little more firmly within the 5.12 grade. I figured averaging one per month would be a reasonable expectation. Plus, twelve 5.12′s in 2012 kinda had a nice ring to it! I knew that some routes that catered to my strengths might Read More

  • Splitter Video!

    I made a short little video for the American Alpine Club’s “Slice O Pie” video contest.  Check out my video above and if you like it please hook me up with a vote and “sharing” it with your friends!  Thanks a ton! VOTE:  Splitter on Facebook and “like” the screenshot.  If you reaaaally like it, please “share” the screenshot on facebook as well.  Much appreciated. Read More

  • The Birthday Challenge Part 2, Training

    “Do you think there’s someday you’ll be content with just going for a hike?” Badger asks me in the midst of our training session yesterday. I reply that I hope so, but for now, I know I must climb rock for my satisfaction. No other form of physical activity provides “the fix”. We’ve been in the routine of hitting up the Golf Wall, an overhanging chunk of limestone 15 miles north of Durango, Colorado, for our “birthday challenge” training 2-3 times a week this summer. We’ve altered the rules of the game, our birthdays aren’t until the winter, but for motivation and fun we’ve allowed ourselves to do our challenge this summer, or if summer fades away, the fall. I’m Read More

  • Ice Climbing: A Scary Sport or Just Misunderstood

    I fell in love with ice climbing at the Ouray Ice Festival in January of 2007.  I had just moved out to Colorado the summer before and a friend of mine still living in Florida was interested in coming out to Colorado for the festival.  He convinced myself and a housemate of mine to go on a roadtrip to Ouray to climb and participate in the Ice Festival in Ouray.  Having no idea what I should really expect I reserved myself to hoping that it wouldn’t be too cold and that I wouldn’t get too scared.  I was amazed, when I arrived at that box canyon outside Ouray on the way up “Million Dollar Highway”, to see ice climbers young Read More