• Joshua Tree and a Season in Review

    Joshua Tree and a Season in Review

    After three amazing weekends in a row in Joshua Tree, I was feeling a little bummed.  I met Joey at the gym, like usual, and we climbed some random routes without much motivation or enthusiasm.  We weren’t really training, the outdoor fun had come to an end, and I felt like shedding a tear with […]

  • Joshua Tree: One More Climb

    Joshua Tree: One More Climb

    Finally, a trip outdoors.  It’s been much too long since we’ve been on real rock.  The season began, and it quickly came to an end when Joey sublexed his shoulder on a climb at Holcomb.  And then, just as he was wrapping up PT on his shoulder, he broke his ankle while bouldering at Mesa […]

  • Joshua Tree

    Joshua Tree

    Followers of this blog may recall that our last climbing trip was determined by a coin flip; heads for Holcomb. The alternative, Joshua Tree, would wait a few weeks, which leads me to tonight’s write-up. This trip was designed to be on the mellower side, since we brought the girls along and Joey is still […]

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  • The Season Begins

    The Season Begins

    Fall is here.  It arrives a bit later in San Diego than other places, and the tell-tale signs aren’t quite as obvious.  No spectacular fall color or early morning frosts, but I’m able to leave the windows open, and I no longer need a fan while I sleep.  The first northwest swells are starting to […]

  • Cathedral Peak (SE Buttress)

    Cathedral Peak (SE Buttress)

    For most climbers, a trip to Yosemite is something of a pilgrimage.  It’s the birthplace of rock climbing in North America, after all. The first time I laid eyes on Cathedral Peak was during my 2009 trip along the John Muir Trail.  I remember dropping down from Cathedral Pass, about halfway through a 20 mile […]

  • John Muir Trail III

    John Muir Trail III

    It’s been nearly a year since we returned from this trip. I guess it must have slipped through the cracks and I never got around to writing a trip report.  These things happen.  Last August, we met Steve & Nadia on the final day of their JMT thru-hike (Nadia’s first, Steve’s third).  Just in time, […]

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  • “28 for 28″

    “28 for 28″

    A few months ago, Joey brought up the idea of climbing 28 routes on his 28th birthday on June 28th.  I am, of course, a fan of ill-advised physical challenges like this.  Followers of this blog may remember the Banff Burger Dash (run 400 meters, eat 5 hamburgers, run 400 meters) and the “no-train” marathon […]

  • A Tribute

    A Tribute

    The music is my time machine.  I am 17 and I feel alive.  And then my world seems to be slipping, crumbling away and all I know for sure is that it hurts and the black is consuming me. I am angry and sad and ready for a fresh start.  It’s the summer of ‘93 […]

  • Tahquitz: Left Ski Track

    Tahquitz: Left Ski Track

    Another fun day of climbing at Tahquitz, with Ryan.  We left San Diego at 5:30 am and were standing at the base of Left Ski Track (5.6) by 8:30.  It was cool in the shade, and I prayed that it would stay reasonable for at least a couple more hours. The last time I climbed […]

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