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It ain’t spring yet

I got out to Boulder Canyon briefly today to try Candelaria’s Crack, a 5.11+/5.12- fingers roof crack. It was super windy (my pad blew 100 yards away–into the creek), and the climb was shady. It felt pretty cold for 60 deg. F.

After pretending a Thermarest and my pad wouldn’t blow away, and would catch a 15-20 footer, I bailed. I need another crash pad.

Andrew - :-) I love the way you started that video!!! Was that water cold? Looking good on that problem! Did you top it out or are you going to wait for a spotter or two and some warm weather?February 8, 2009 – 9:27 pm

Eli Powell - I couldn’t top it out. I’ll go back with a spotter and another pad next weekend.February 8, 2009 – 9:36 pm

kris - Interesting use of a Thermarest, however maybe you should consider investing in an air mattress… 😉 That problem looks fun! Good video.February 9, 2009 – 1:11 pm

Adaminium - That’s hilarious! The problem looks tough – and pretty committing.February 10, 2009 – 1:04 pm

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The Hypocrite

I wear my Access Fund T-shirt(~the real AF~not Abercrombie and Fitch). I’ll tell you how Shelf Road*, Castleton Tower, Indian Creek, Unaweep canyon, etc. have DIRECTLY benefited from the Access Fund. Truth be told, my membership dues ran out about 6 months ago.

Yes, I was 1 of about 190,000 dedicated US climbers that did not support the AF. This is the only national organization advocating for us daily. I just paid my dues ($37 dollars, or a dime a day). Don’t wait another day. Join or Renew today.

Here’s a couple (1, 2) interesting articles on the past, present, and future of the Access Fund.

*To all those that climb at the Shelf Road (bi)annual trip- Much of Shelf (Cactus Cliff) would be closed or not have legal access if the Access Fund wasn’t around. Think about all your good times there. You owe them. Join Now.

kris - Right on, Eli. Plus, as members you get discounts on various items. Such as great discounts on your fav climbing mags.

Just go here and enter your info:
Access Fund MemberSHOPFebruary 9, 2009 – 2:35 pm

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Adam in Red Rocks

Here’s a little clip of Adam climbing at Sunny Side crag in Red Rocks. The route was really good, with a bouldery crux and some run outs. The music is File 713 by Sofo.

If you like what you see- Adam is newly single and has a full rack. If you like what you hear- buy Sofo’s album.

Andrew - Eli the video doesnt work! Does tommy have a new CD or is that just a different cover for the one he has out now?February 4, 2009 – 8:29 am

Eli Powell - Try again latter today. I just uploaded it, so therte might be a delay.

That’s just a different picture from Sofo. Their debut album Nothing Will Please Til I Reach the Seas is the current album.February 4, 2009 – 9:09 am

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Vegas Climbing

I just got back from Las Vegas. I’ll update this post with photos, etc. tonight. In the mean time, here were the highlights

Friday- Climbing in Ice Box Canyon- Sunny side crag. The was *no* sun (thanks Andrew!)

(click for whole album)

Saturday- Finally finished Black Orpheus. 1370 ft. of roped climbing to 5.9+. Big run outs on soft rock. Sketchy descent. 13 hours car to car.

Sunday- Bouldering at the Kraft Boulders. Kris floated problems we couldn’t even start.

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A Man with a Plan

I have great news. Andrew Kuklinski is going to start writing for Climbing House. Many of you know Andrew as the most stoked guy around. My mom calls him “no shoes Andrew” because of a couple weeks where he refused to where shoes.

Last weekend on Black Orpheus, Andrew had a couple “Do not fall no matter what” sketchy leads. He is a electrical engineer who is great at dreaming up and planning amazing trips. I look forward to his future posts.
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Vegas Bound

Heading out to Las Vegas this weekend for climbing with friends. We’ll be staying with Andrew. If you’ve climbed much with him, you’ve probably tried Andrew’s trail mix.

Here’s the recipe…

– Roasted and Salted Cashews (1 cup)
– Raisens (the big juicy ones that you get in the bulk section of Whole Foods. Not sure of the sepcific name) (1 cup)
– Newmans Own Organic Pretzels (2.5 cup)
– M&M’s (3/4 cup)
– Organic Blueberry Hemp Granola (2.5 cup)

This will make about 1/2 a gallon. Proportions are approximate.

Click the photo above for some shots of Vegas climbing, and other favorites from my library.


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