Thursday, February 11

that time of year... winter

Colorado to Las Vegas.

I trip that I've made now every winter for the last 6 years. Vegas represents so many things to me. Friends, training, new routes, long nights, ambition, sunlight, blue sky. My attitude and experience of this place has changed over the years but my enthusiasm for Vegas remains strong.

I've truly lived here more than anywhere since 2010, so in many ways it does feel like home. I have many friends here, I know my way around, I have my favorite restaurants and my favorite parks. I know the weather and the crags, I know my little spots and my favorite things to do and see. Every year as my stoke shifts, I still find things to explore and excite me here. It's a very dynamic place.

I'm really stoked to be back. Maybe this year I will learn a thing or two about the bouldering that everyone keeps talking about. Since my bouldering month back in Rocky Mountain I have been looking forward to diving in again. I think it did help improve my route climbing in Oliana which was the real goal. The side-effects include me actually enjoying bouldering though which was awesome. The conditions here are incredibly dry which can be super tough for me on slippery boulders (I have very very dry skin) but the lines are beautiful and the tough-guy-crew has been establishing hard rigs like crazy over the past few years. I'm pretty fired up to check them out. First though, there's a bouldering spot in California that I've never been too... might be time for a visit...

Tara Reynvaan photo. 

For now training is the priority but soon I'll shift to bouldering mode and I'm really looking forward to it... in the meantime, check out this video from the super talented Tara Reynvaan of my 'Power Inverter' 15a send back in December. It was super cool to work with Tara, she has been a friend for many years and her photography has always been super inspiring to me (check out her instagram page) but just recently she decided to quit her real job and go 100 for a career in film and photos. I'm really excited to see her work over the next few years and I think you will be too!... cheers everyone!