Wednesday, March 16

one last session.

So much garage time... well... to be fair it's been laundry room time. We moved the hang board set up to the laundry room and installed a window A/C unit that makes the 50 Sq/ft torture chamber icy like a walk in beer cooler. My room mates come in wearing sweaters to load the washer. The silly things we do, I suppose. Me, not them.

Why is this at all necessary? Summer has arrived earlier than planned in the Vegas Desert. My bouldering motivation was cut short by the unusual heat, and my attention shifted to my route climbing goals - and a few weeks of preparation. Thus, many many days of baltic laundry room sessions.

While I do love the grind of training and it is in a weird way very centering for me, I am ready to be outside everyday again, exploring new routes and climbing until I'm utterly destroyed. Beers back at the truck by headlamp, dreaming about beta, supporting friends on their mission and being out and under the vast blue desert sky. Ready for the real thing again!

And luckily for me, tomorrow is my final session. One more opportunity to bust my ass with several months of climbing ahead of me. New areas, different countries, different partners, all new ambition. I can't wait!

Wish me luck finishing out this training cycle and in the meantime enjoy a couple videos below!

I will be returning to the Arcteryx Academy this summer in Chamonix Mont Blanc and I can't wait. What a perfect setting for no doubt the highest quality mountaineering and climbing event in the world. Arcteryx events have every bit as much attention to detail and precision as you would expect from the brand. If you're around Europe this summer come and say hi!

This will be my second year as an official Epic TV athlete. It's another year of opportunity to bring in some rad new climbing footage and I'm really pleased to be involved with them again. The team for this year is massive (in talent) and quite honestly I'm not entirely sure that I belong along side these crushers but regardless I'm honored. Adam Ondra, Stefano Ghisolfi and Magnus Midtbo... Watch this rad little clip above.

Lastly a little behind the scenes action from our Nikon mission in the Verdon. Hardly shows how incredibly hard working Keith is, but you do get an idea of how he puts together all the craziness behind the lens.