Spain, Day 1- Star-struck, Awe-struck.

Siurana-at-Sunset

Day 0- Awake at dawn; an empty international terminal at SFO; some hours to Newark; some more to Barcelona. We’re damn good at road tripping, but flying internationally is a whole ‘nother story. Spain, we’re coming for your limestone!!! Eventually!! A video posted by @thervproject on Feb 20, 2015 at 4:06pm PST Somewhere in there…

Fighting the Fear, Part Deux

Taking it all in. Thank you for the incredible support and photos, Georgie!

I have so many emotions when it comes to Bishop. It was one of the first places I ever climbed outdoors and it hooked me. I had been climbing for less than a year and Bishop made me truly fall in love with bouldering. The boulders are tall and scary, but the landings are flat and the approaches short….

Planning the Training Plan

Ken Murphy reaches for the type of hold that I can't use very well. Streaked (V6), Joe's Valley, UT

This is a piece I wrote for Mojagear.com (original here). Check them out if you need some gear, or just something to read to get you psyched to use the gear you already have. Last time, I mentioned that we are training for some fairly big goals. I’m going to gun for my first 5.14,…

Fighting the Fear

The instant we walked up to Slashface, I wanted to climb it. But I was too nervous. We had two pads, it was tall, it was getting dark. I had plenty of excuses to fall back on. I want to be intelligent about what I climb, but I don't want "no" to be my default.

“Discomfort is a common barrier to hard work. Usually, hard work is unpleasant. In addition to the obvious aversion to pain and suffering that tempts climbers to give less than their best, athletes are also encouraged to “listen to their body” or “back off at the first sign of injury.” These pieces of advice, while…

Setting Goals

razor's edge

Wow, where to start? I sat down to write a blog post about what we’ve been up to lately, but there’s hardly any way to begin it because everything I want to address is linked forward and backward and sideways and it’s all exciting but still up in the air. Right now I’m sitting in…

Behind the Name “I Don’t Know Jack”

My favorite 4th class scramble in the Milks

Just over 2 years ago, I broke my heel by falling off of a tall boulder problem in Bishop, CA. Several weeks later, ambulatory but avoiding bouldering, I wandered up the hill from the Fly Boy boulder and toward the small dome that overlooks the rest of the main Buttermilks area. The guidebook indicates that there isn’t any climbing in…