Friday, June 26, 2009

Cave 9 DIY Space Documentary

Proof that an ethic of"people before profits" still lives and breathes in the underground in 2009.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Needles Trip: 6/13-21/09

One of the greatest parts of teaching is having summers off to reflect on the year and refresh your batteries. Over the last eight years my most solid climbing partner has been Mitch Ross from Santa Cruz. We met as teachers in Pajaro Valley and as it turns out, grew up in the same hometown. We don't get out to climb as much as we'd like but I always know that when the time comes to get feral in the mountains he's ready to get after it. This year we made our first sojourn in to the Needles of the Southern Sierra.


Mitch found this remarkable moth on our approach the first day.


The daunting 'Pyromania' on the Fire Wall, Sorcerer Needle.

Sorcerer Storm

Heavy weather atop the Charlatan. These climbers pulled off 'Thin Ice' and 'Fancy Free' before the storm rolled in. The 1938 fire lookout is in the background.

Fire Steps

Stairway to the lookout.

White Punks_Cracks

Steep cracks and knobs on 'White Punks on Dope', Voodoo Dome.

White Punks_M_M

After doing two off-route 5.8+X pitches of no-mistake-or-big-pancake slab climbing we were psyched to reach the top of Voodoo Dome. The Warlock is in the background.


The best parts of summer...


Slow mornings, triple threat coffee, and tall hair.

Fantastic Voyage

Mitch at the higher belay on 'Imaginary Voyage', Warlock Needle.


A beautiful tanninger at Dome Rock. Spring was in full effect and bugs were hatching after a late winter snow dump gave way to June's rising temps.

Storm Self Portrait

Last light atop Dome Rock.

East Buttress of Whitney





I'd soloed each of the routes on Whitney in the past--once each for their own sake then both back to back in a long, hot push--but this was the first time to do the East Buttress roped up and with a partner. Despite the clouds, we climbed in t-shirts and were back to the Portal in 13 hours. Not a bad start to the season!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Highline Freesolos

Lost Arrow Point, Yosemite

Taft Point, Yosemite

Chuckwalla Nation

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One Flag Project

"We invite you to create a flag – free from language and well-worn clich├ęs – that embodies the idea of global citizenship" Adbusters

Fundamental Equality by Anna Logan Napoli, New Orleans

All For One by Bizhan Khodabandeh, Richmond

Cultivation by Jennifer White-Torres, Baltimore

260=1 by Rory Brady, London