Dear reader,

Did you get here by following a series of links? Or was it the result of a search? Or, could it be that you had this site bookmarked? No matter how, you are welcome here. Please feel free to drop me a note to let me know you’ve been here. Or if any post interests you, please leave your comments below the post.

This is a massive world. I treasure every slight chance when my life path brushes by, no matter how briefly, another human being’s.

Take care,



“Please leave me a message after the beep.”


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40 Responses

  1. Stan Hamptonon 13 Feb 2008 at 8:14 am

    Hey Mei,

    The security code is hard to read so I’m leaving a shorter response this time. Hope this one gets through and hope you are doing good. Congrats on getting married. Seems like forever since I last saw you.


  2. mudwormon 13 Feb 2008 at 9:49 am

    Hi Stan,

    Glad to hear from you!!! You are the first one to comment on my new website, which makes you very special! 🙂

    It sounded like you’ve lost some edits due to the hard-to-read security graph. I’m sorry about that. For now, I’ve disabled it. Will put it back if I start getting spams.

    You are right it seems like forever since we last saw each other. Hope you are doing well. I’m still telling people up till this day about your truck that has a massaging passenger’s seat 🙂

    Take care,

  3. Ninaon 12 May 2008 at 6:08 am

    Hey Mei!

    Discovered your website while googling some route info. Great website and you have so much diverse interests and still manage to climb well. Saw from the previous comment that you got married -congrats!

    Hope to see you at the crags or in the gym someday,

    Take care


  4. mudwormon 12 May 2008 at 8:37 pm

    Dear Nina! It was good to hear from you!!! Thanks for the best wishes. All the diverse interests are definitely keeping us busy, but it feels really good to be back at climbing. I heard that you are leading very hard routes these days. You go girl!

  5. Bobon 19 Apr 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Hi Mei and Erik,

    Great fun to meet you guys tonight! It IS a small world.

    You guys are an inspiration to us less talented cyclists. And your web site is very interesting as well.

    Hope to meet up with you again! Maybe practicing Bohlmann!


  6. mudwormon 20 Apr 2009 at 10:12 am

    Hi Bob, thanks for the kind words! Talk about inspiration, you just inspired me to get back on my road bike soon. I have to, now that I know someone is watching me. Yes, let’s hook up and ride Bohlman someday. With all the endurance rides you do (wow, Furnace Creek 508 in Oct), I’m sure you’ll be in such a good shape that you’ll smoke up the hill! Good luck with all your races!

  7. Libo Songon 10 Dec 2009 at 11:11 am

    Hi Xi Xuemei,

    Tried to contact you in phone and email. Seems that you have changed all of them. Luckily I found your web, hope I can reach you.


  8. Arton 04 Jan 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Hey Mei,

    Sorry to be out of touch after our wonderful ride but the holidays cuaght up to me and then it was off to oregon. I really enjoyed meeting you and thank you for the kind words on your blog. I am always here to show you guys around and hopefully get abeer next time! i got a call from Tom and responded to him via text as I was in the SD airport when I got the message. Unfortunately, i did not jot down his #. Can you forward his info to me as he has my map and I was hoping he could just stick it in the mail for me.

    I hope we can ride together soon and maybe see your neck of the woods one day… Tell Erik hello for me and let him know how much I enjoyed riding with you guys. Maybe we’ll come out for Sea Otter!!

  9. Robert Waltonon 11 Jan 2010 at 6:22 pm

    I’m not able to log in to the Pinnacles climbing forum. The site does not recognize my user name. I haven’t logged in in some months. Has something changed?

    Robert Walton

  10. Scotton 18 Jan 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Hi Mei,

    I stumbled across this when the California Condor’s link was sent to me. Had a nice trip down memory lane looking at pictures of us on Royal Arches and then playing around on Camp Four Wall, then to Moby Dick (I was done for the day, but you powered up Ahab to cap off a great day). Did we have a camera on EB El Cap about a year later? I don’t think so… I just remember some spanish speaking guys on our butts while we were on someone else’s butts and we all made pretty good time.

    I hope all is well with you, I’m still out there having fun as an occasional weekend warrior.


  11. mudwormon 19 Jan 2010 at 11:20 am

    Hi Scott, I’m glad to hear from you. Will be sending you an email to chat up a bit.

  12. mhon 10 Aug 2010 at 11:52 pm

    搜索到你的blog。那里还看见了Craig的照片。有机会来北京攀岩…back water of the climbing world. but still..千江有水千江月

  13. mudwormon 12 Aug 2010 at 10:30 am


  14. Taraon 20 Apr 2012 at 5:23 am

    Hello Mudworm,

    I’m coming into the SF area for a conference June 27-29 and am planning on extending my stay so I can ride! It looks like Skeggs has some great riding opportunities. Can you point me in a good direction for bike rental (I ride full suspension) and possible groups that may be out riding that I could hook up with for a ride or two? Any info is MUCH appreciated!

    Happy trails!

    Tara 😉

  15. Xu Shiruion 20 Sep 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Hi Xuemei,
    I was searching about rock climbing rope knots today. Then wondering if you are still climbing. Read all articles and photos, you are still very active!
    Just say hi to you.

    Xu Shirui

  16. mudwormon 20 Sep 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Shirui! Glad to hear from you and hear that you took up climbing! How fun!

  17. Xu Shiruion 21 Sep 2012 at 9:43 am

    I crashed my rc plane in a tree on bluff. I got a 70 ft rock climbing rope to go down and rescue it. It took me several days to prepare. It should be a piece a cake for you!I moved my family to Osceola, MO last Dec. We lived on bluff and it is a great place for rock climbing. I hope I could pick up climbing someday.

  18. Leslie Ochinangon 29 Sep 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Hi there,

    Love the new website! I was so sad today when I pulled up my ITunes account. I was with Brad, his wife and others the day that the Condors gave us a “private viewing” at the Pinnacles several years ago. Brad’s wife had created a short video for us after that trip and it was SO AWESOME. The unfortunate thing is that I tried pulling it up today from my ITunes account and the file could not be found. Is there anyway that she can forward it to me again?????

    I am taking a Field Biology class currently and we have a trip planned for the Pinnacles in a couple of weeks. One of the things we hope to see is a Condor. I mentioned the incredible job that Brad’s wife had done on the video and I promised to share it with them before our fieldtrip.

    Please pass on this message to her. Thanks!

    Have a great day.

    Leslie 🙂

  19. mudwormon 02 Oct 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Hi Tara, not sure if you received my email reply to your comment earlier. Hope you had a chance to sample some trails in the Bay Area. If so, how did you like the riding?

  20. mudwormon 02 Oct 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Hi Leslie, I’ve forwarded your message to Vicki. I hope she’ll be able to recover the video for you. I love that one too! Cheers!

  21. Timon 05 Jun 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Hi there-

    Just happen to stumble upon your site while searching for some information on the lower half of Skeggs. Just want to say thank you for your Skeggs postings. Hope you have the time to keep this page going.


  22. mudwormon 06 Jun 2013 at 11:14 am

    Hi Tim, thanks for the kind words. Glad that you liked the Skeggs page. I figured that there are enough information and enough rides there to get a Skeggs newbie started, and once s/he has done most of those rides, s/he will be familiar enough with the trails to come up with own rides. …. Okay, I confess… the truth is I have not been riding much at all and have not had new interesting route to add. :biggrin:

  23. Claus Cancelon 11 Feb 2014 at 6:09 pm


    Thank you for your wonderful site. I downloaded two of your GPS tracks yesterday – ride 1 and 2 – and did them today. Couldn’t have found my way without you. I even raced you with my virtuel partner – you won. I think you did very fast on the final part of ride 2.

    Thanks for your good work


  24. mudwormon 15 Feb 2014 at 9:11 am

    Thank you Claus for your kind words. Glad to know that you found the information helpful. I feel exhausted now after having “raced” against you and am happy to learn that I “won!” :mrgreen:

  25. LittlePoon 07 May 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Hi mudworm, my friend in Beijing (mh) referred me to your site. He thought that since both of us speak Chinese, have fallen in love with climbing after we moved to the States, we might know each other! 😉

    Anyways, it’s nice to see you enjoying the outdoor world! and good job on Serenity Sons, uber classic in the Valley!

  26. mudwormon 25 May 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Hi LittlePo, Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your comment, and I apologize for my delayed response. Climbers’ world is pretty small, but probably not that small as your friend had imagined. Also, I feel that we are almost like two generations of climbers as I now tell people “I used to climb.” I checked out your website and am very impressed with your determination in pursuing your dream, and you appear to be living your dream at the moment. Very inspiring! Keep it up, little sister!

  27. Michaelon 13 Jul 2015 at 8:06 am


    I was lucky enough to hit on your site after a search of the best mtb trails in the SF area and its obvious that you know this forest v well indeed. There is enough detail in your information to push me to visit – its a long way for me I’m in Scotland UK. Where would I base myself for a 2 week vacation, I’d just be coming out to ride, anyway I have leave in Sept and I’m starting to research. Thanks for the solid route info, just what I wished for !

    best regards

  28. mudwormon 13 Jul 2015 at 10:04 am

    Thanks Michael for your kind words. Although we tend to go elsewhere for our road trip in the summer months, the Bay Area is really a great vacation destination for mountain biking almost all year round. Hope you make it out here. Holler if you need more information. MTBR NorCal board has a good local user base, which may be a good place for partner calls when the time is close.

  29. Vinzenzon 12 Oct 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Hey Mudworm
    I came across your site through a link on mtbr forum. I’m a visitor to Palo Alto from Switzerland, and would love to go mtb riding Oct 23/24. have you any suggestion where to rent a bike or attach to people for local guidance?

  30. mudwormon 22 Oct 2015 at 1:21 pm

    HI Vinzenz, sorry about the delayed reply. Hope you’ve gotten some information gathered. If you are in Palo Alto, my guess is Mike’s Bikes may have bike rental. If not, I know for sure that Passion Trail Bikes in Belmont has rental bikes. Bike rentals are not inexpensive here. I don’t know about group rides these days, but bike shops may provide some pointers. If you are not shy, give a shout out on MTBR: . Best of luck!

  31. Paulon 22 Mar 2017 at 9:42 am

    Hi Mei,
    Nice blog and nice to meet you and Alexei today at PG sunnyvale. See you around!

  32. mudwormon 22 Mar 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Hi Paul, thanks for saying hi this morning! Very happy for you on the progress you made on the cracks. Have fun in Yosemite this weekend!

  33. Jeffon 17 Feb 2018 at 10:01 pm

    Hi Mei,

    It was great to meet you at PGSF today. Thanks again for the help with the crack climb! Focusing more on careful foot placements and using more thumbs-up jams should help a lot as I work my way through learning all the PG crack climbs.

    If you ever plan to climb at PGSF or PGSV and are in need of a belay partner, let me know!

    (you can get in touch via email, assuming my email contact is shown in this form)

  34. mudwormon 20 Feb 2018 at 11:57 am

    Hi Jeff, thanks for connecting. Yes, I climb at PGSF or PGSV fairly regularly (on weekends when I’m in town) and look for partners last minute often (because I don’t plan ahead). I now have you on my contact list. Oh, google “peter croft thumbs up” and you’ll see that the advice came from the master. I’m still working on it myself. 🙂

  35. Johnon 01 May 2018 at 8:49 am

    I was looking specifically for your PGiaD description after hearing about it from Nolan. Looks like a fun challenge. Your name pops up a lot with my trad partners at PGSF. Fun blog.

  36. mudwormon 02 May 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Thanks for the comment, John! I climb at PGSF on some Saturdays. Hope to see you there one day.

  37. duncanon 05 Jun 2018 at 11:52 pm

    Mei, deleted my reply to your comment on supertopo. It wasn’t really helpful and, on reflection, looked like I was point-scoring which wasn’t the aim.

  38. mudwormon 06 Jun 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Thank you for the kind heads up, Duncan. I don’t even remember what you posted in response to my comment and wasn’t keeping score who agreed or disagreed with me because we were all there to voice our opinions. I personally take my posting seriously, so I appreciate you doing the same even when it means you ended up deleting your own post.

  39. Alexeyon 18 Sep 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Hi mudworm !
    exciting reading of your Astroman trip from Oct15 last year. Really well written. Wanna be like you to be able to lead every pitch on Astroman, but far from that despite my HRV is twice higher than yours.
    I think we met in the gym before ,
    cheers and respect,

  40. mudwormon 19 Sep 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Hi Alexey, I’ll make sure to say hi next time I see you in the gym.