Archive for the 'Climbing' Category




December 12th, 2017

Made this video for a friend who was asking for pointers how to climb this finger crack in the Icebox at the gym. He shot the video of me climbing it at the end of my 45 minute block session. I try to annotate the nuances that made the differences (from not being able to do to being able to do it at ease). …more…

November 7th, 2017

My favorite form of climbing is following multipitch climbs. The emphasis is on following. I love how I can be completely lost in the art of climbing, solving the puzzles that each climb presents, without needing to worry about the consequences of a leader fall. …more…

October 20th, 2017

The reward after a special day, a day I finally set aside my fear, anxiety, and self doubt, and led every pitch (linked all in 8 pitches) of Astroman. At the summit, while I took in the mystic view of the valley created by the special effect of smoke (wish my camera had captured the tens of those …more…

September 23rd, 2017
June 5th, 2017

I'm putting the articles and discussions here to read at my own slow pace, and I hope that some of these links may be of interest to someone searching…
Most recent updates:
Climbing, by James Lucas: Behind the Scenes of Alex Honnold's Freerider Free Solo
…narrowly avoiding the plummet to …more…

February 3rd, 2017
July 23rd, 2016

Today is going to be special. I am on my way to Yosemite to climb the Regular Northwest Face on Half Dome. It will be my first big wall. And, I will be climbing it with a total stranger.

(Half Dome, viewed from Washington Column.)
I have left the Bay Area early this morning and now parked outside …more…

June 19th, 2016

No Mountains too high, for you to climb
All you have to do is have some climbing faith…

My expectations for Yosemite are low, very low. I'm talking about my up coming vacation.
Remember E, my once life partner and now best friend, a key non-player in my recent off-topic Astroman trip report? …more…

April 30th, 2016

Postscript: After a month, I posted a modified version of this same report to SuperTopo (link). To my relief, the comments have been positive.
  
Ever since I came back to outdoor climbing in October last year,  I’ve been dreaming about returning to Astroman, one of the crown jewels of Yosemite free …more…

March 20th, 2016

Please add me to the list of men and women who onsighted Twilight Zone.
 
I took a leap. After all, I am a gym climber and here is the apparent evidence.
 
I don't know what got into me — when it comes to leaping over anything, I'm usually like this:
 

 
No, no leap please. …more…

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