The last time I saw you, you were so excited to start this new chapter of your life in Bozeman with your girlfriend, Inge. You were recovering from shoulder surgery, but that didn’t get you down. You spoke with enthusiasm about living in a new place, going to EMT school

La Sportiva Kataki Review

This is what they look like new. Before this summer, it had been several years since my last visit to City of Rocks. And even though it had been awhile, I can still vividly remember how much my feet hurt on that trip. At that time all my shoes were sized

The Overwhelming Gravity of the Black

Lynn Sanson following the second pitch of King Me, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, CO. What is it about this place that gets under my skin, that so thoroughly permeates my being like nowhere else I’ve ever been? The buzzing, anxious energy on the descent, the grandeur of being surrounded by

The Joy of the Off Season

A beautiful evening in the City, and not a climber in sight. As climbers, we can be a pretty picky bunch. Maybe it’s just the company I keep, but we have our ideas about what makes for good conditions, acceptable approaches, manageable crowd sizes and so on. Anything that falls outside

Be Nice to Yourself

Staying relaxed and having fun on steep Saint George sandstone. I couldn’t seem to face up to the facts, I was tense and nervous, I couldn’t relax. I needed to chill out and just climb, or I was going to get injured again. The irony about coming back from an injury is

No Friends on Rehab Days

Sure is lonely around here… I recently read this hilarious article written by Kevin Corrigan at Climbing Mag about how one of the worst parts about being injured is that you stop seeing all your climbing friends, which is sometimes the majority of your friend group. This really hit home for

Adidas Summer Apparel Spotlight

When most people think of Adidas, images of soccer cleats, running shoes or hip street kicks pop into their awareness. But, thanks to an excellent clothing and approach shoe offering, strong sponsorship of North American rock climbers, and the 2012 purchase of climbing shoe company 5.10, attitudes are slowly starting to