I’ve been on the road for about eight months now. It’s been an amazing trip. If I wanted to I could bore you with every detail, but I don’t want to so I’ll keep it brief. Here are the highlights (good and bad/memorable).
The massive Zion linkup with Scott Bennett that I talked about in my last report.
Doing the Nose in a day with Nik Berry and then deciding to do Half Dome while hanging out in the meadow after getting down. We got lost on Half Dome and topped out in the dark. We then proceeded to get super lost going down the death slabs but somehow survived and got to watch the sunrise as we got back to the car. A 24 hour day.
Trying to climb Mikey Schaefer’s Father Time route on Middle Cathedral with Eric Bissell. What an amazing climb! We slept for two nights in this old crappy portal ledge that sagged in the middle. Probably the worst two nights of sleep I ever had. The climbing was hard and we failed but it was a memorable experience and I’m glad I tried it.
One day I woke up and had a spectacular time wandering around the Tuolumne High Country soloing stuff. I climbed On the Lamb, OZ, Hobbit Book, Matthes Crest, Cathedral Peak, Eichorn Pinnacle and the Regular Route on Fairview Dome. It was one of the best days of the trip.
There wasn’t any climb that stood out from the others for the two months I was in Squamish. Doing the Grand Wall at night without headlamps with Drew Marshall was neat. My time in Squamish blurred together into a summer of fun.
All the vertical face climbing at Smith was awesome. If there was anything that really stood out it was probably feeling like a total hero while walking the Monkey Face High Line in pounding rain with gear on my harness and a rope on my back. No one was there to watch it but that kind of made the experience even better.
I was only in Yosemite for a week before getting kicked out but it was such an awesome week. I was trying to figure out what to do one night in Camp 4 when I randomly had the Idea of soloing Half Dome the next day. I thought I would end up bailing on myself, but instead of turning my alarm off and going back to sleep, I found myself getting up and going for it. Like total idiot I went up there in a t-shirt and ended up suffering through brutal cold winds while trying to figure out how to rope solo on Zig Zags. These poor girls who had been on the wall for three days got their bags stuck while trying to get through the Thank God Ledge. Instead of being a manly man and helping them out I quickly climbed past. Sorry girls, too cold.
I snuck back into The Valley a week later and involuntarily paid $175 to climb the Nose with Keenan Waeschle.
Hanging out with Dave Allfrey in Red Rocks for a week. One day I went and soloed Epinephrine and it only took an hour. By far the best moderate climb I’ve ever done. 2000 feet of vertical 5.9!
Climbing Levitation 29 with Taleen Kennedy and wandering the desert for hours after the climb because we forgot to bring headlamps. Cactus, cactus and more cactus.
Spending a week sport climbing on limestone in St. George and sleeping in Nik Berry’s dad’s office.
The spectacular calm sunsets of Indian Creek.
All the amazing people I got to hang out with!
This concludes my 2013 adventures.
I didn’t get many pictures of my travels but I managed to snap a few in the later part of the trip.
Sport Climbing at The Cathedral
Great Fall colors at The Creek
The North Six peaks out of the clouds for a moment on a cold foggy morning.
Amir takes the ride on Disco Machine Gun and comes a few feet from decking
Grease fire at Creek Pasture(yeah I know it's sideways)
The last day at the Creek