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Playing In the Sand at Mickey’s

“I almost punched myself in the balls.” – Cliff Li

That was the day in a nutshell at Mickey’s. Sebs, Cliff and I were battling the greasy boulders while greasy naked old guys threw around a Frisbee, the scene reminiscent of Boulder’s Dream Canyon. Enjoy a few pics from the day’s events.

Gearing up to launch a huge dyno

Gearing up to launch a huge dyno


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WillO - O my, that looks amazing… Right on the water! Nice work man!August 11, 2014 – 11:21 pm

kris - Nice photos!August 12, 2014 – 11:51 am

Zach Willet - That bloody skin pic makes me cringe! U guys r like Spider-Man.August 13, 2014 – 9:04 am

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Photos from the American West

I hope you’re enjoying the 4th with friends & family.  When I think of America, one of the first images in my mind is the American West: red rocks, blue skies, and wide open spaces.  This spring we took the family, along with a handful of close friends, to the desert for climbing and the like.  Below are some photos from the trip (by Ron Propri, Andrew Kuklinski & Eli Powell).canyonlands-moab-1-3canyonlands-moab-2-3canyonlands-moab-5-3canyonlands-moab-3-3canyonlands-moab-1-2canyonlands-moab-2-2canyonlands-moab-3-2

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Mary Ann - Beautiful! Made my day.July 4, 2014 – 5:36 pm

kris - Awesome!! And, a post involving Andrew wouldn’t be complete without a shot demonstrating his mastery of the group selfie.July 4, 2014 – 7:04 pm

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Emaciation Weekend at The Needles

It’s day two at The Needles and the breeze is a godsend, sweeping away the heat of an intense sun. Kris and I have 12 miles of hiking and 1200 feet of tough, tenuous climbing under our belt. Though only two pitches remain to the last summit, our trip is far from over. I’ve placed a red C3 as far as my frame could stretch and am staring up the Atlantis crux, trying to convince myself to launch into a barn door tips layback sprint. The adrenaline acts as pain relief and for the first time all day my feet don’t hurt. Several times I feel out the moves, waiting for that magic moment of stability, but more than anything realizing the commitment I’ll need to muster to pull that second foot off the edge. Kris is just to my left on the belay ledge. He doesn’t say anything. He knows.

Kris nearing the top of the Atlantis crux pitch (5.11c)

Kris nearing the top of the Atlantis crux pitch (5.11c)

The arguments play out in my head but I know the winner the whole time. Finally I core up and pull on for the ride.
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Luke - Bravo! Glad you finally made it out to the Needles! Great photos!June 10, 2014 – 7:42 pm

Chris - Adventure! Sounds like you had a hell of a time. Thanks for giving us a succulent taste.June 12, 2014 – 9:38 am

Tyler - Dang… sounds spectacular. Hopefully I can join you for something similar this fall!June 12, 2014 – 11:45 pm

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Scenes of Shuteye

Think about the elements of a great climbing trip: Good friends both new and old, a spectacular setting, awesome climbing, maybe a couple big falls, if you’re lucky a proud send or two, and music, beer and stories around the campfire. Last weekend at Shuteye Ridge had all of it. If you’re looking for rad climbing photos from Shuteye, check this out. Here I wanted to capture a speck of what makes the rest of Shuteye so memorable.

The Shuteye scene: Shangri La and clouds rolling over The Sierras

Jonathan, Alania, Steven and I spent days visiting High Eagle crag where the Aerie cliff hosts some of the hardest routes in the area as well as Electric Eagle, an incredible 400 foot rainbow-striped monolith.

The flaking stairway scales of Shuteye Rock

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Eli - Sweet!June 1, 2014 – 12:04 pm

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Waterfalls and Whippers

For several years I mainly climbed trad and loved onsighting heady gear routes. The sense of unknown and the challenges of figuring out gear and beta on the fly felt like the most pure form of climbing – the kind that made the end-of-the-day PBR taste most classy. But during the last couple years I’ve bouldered much more, zoned in on bolted projects at Jailhouse and haven’t had as many partners ready or excited about pushing limits on gear. So when a 48 hour break showed up in my crazy April synchrotron schedule I was thrilled that Caroline could take the time and was stoked to dust off the rack for some Valley fun.

Caroline catching a welcome stem on the forever pitch 3 corner of The Good Book

Yosemite waterfalls are in summer form right now and an April Tuesday without a breath of the normal weekend crowds might have been one of the most amazing days I’ve seen in the Valley. Check out some photos of a few incredible Yosemite waterfalls and stories of climbing adventure.

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Laughlin - Yea buddy, sounds like a helluva weekend! Reading this made my palms clammy, and my brain look to the Sierra. Hrm…April 14, 2014 – 1:52 pm

kris - Aaaaaaahhh…April 14, 2014 – 7:38 pm

Eli - ‘We decided to live another day’ well put Adam, been there…April 14, 2014 – 8:50 pm

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A New Old Area: Visiting Malibu Creek

The LA climbing crew often makes the trek to Bishop, Joshua Tree or Yosemite. But on a local Saturday with an easy start, Malibu Creek is a gem just outside of town that offers some perfect pocket pulling.

Kris blending in with the local scenery…and sending 5.12.

I recently had a free weekend and was long overdue for a trip to see Kris, Sara, Joi, Asa, Allen and the rest of the LA group. The trip was a perfect chance to experience a new old area.
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Sara Konecky - Great post! You are welcome here whenever you want :) March 28, 2014 – 11:25 am

Tyler - That place looks pretty sweet! Is the rock more friable than Shelf with all the large pockets, or do you think that’s from more water to erode the rock?March 28, 2014 – 12:12 pm

Chris - Looks like a fun little day. And thanks for the Yosemite teaser. Can’t wait to see you guys in just under a month!April 2, 2014 – 7:24 am

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