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Sh*t We Can’t Live Without: The Foam Roller

I have a love/hate relationship with things (but who doesn’t?!). I gave up the majority of my belongings to move into our 10-foot home. Spenser did too, but let’s be honest- he had way less crap to begin with! Not that it made it made it any easier. Back on topic-

Even though we’ve purged most of the extra weight, there are still material objects we can’t live without. They just have to fit in a 10×7 box!

THE FOAM ROLLER

Mine is plain black, but you can color-coordinate if you're into that sorta thing. ;) Also known as 'the log roller' (coined by Miss Rachel Belschner). Rachel & I foam rolled nearly every day in Squamish. No, it wasn't that weird foam rolling next to someone else! It's nice to have the company, you just have to accept the occasional grunt/groan.

Mine is plain black, but you can color-coordinate if you’re into that sorta thing. 😉 Also known as ‘the log roller’ (coined by Miss Rachel Belschner). Rachel & I foam rolled nearly every day in Squamish. No, it wasn’t that weird foam rolling next to someone else! It’s nice to have the company, you just have to accept the occasional grunt/groan.

I hope most of you know what this is. If you don’t, you will likely benefit from making it’s acquaintance. This is my single favorite piece of physical therapy equipment out there. I’ll need it because of what climbing does to my body. That sounded too dramatic. Let’s try again. The foam roller is the best at getting out my post-climbing kinks and tightness. A consistent foam roller and yoga/stretching routine were my main shoulder saviors when getting back into climbing this summer (post finger pulley popping), so I guess I’m in a bind of sorts. If I want to continue to climb (and I do)- I gotta keep it up.

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Sewing Seeds of Change

Our new home.

We’ve relocated from one magical forest to another. Hello, Portland. Thank you to the lovely Ashley for housing us while I make some much-needed cash before heading to the Southeast! Read: Canada is expensive.

Every time we get to a new destination, I am reminded how awesome the climbing community truly is.

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Settling Joe’s

Spenser and I have been in a back-and-forth injury competition for months. I guess I have the heads up right now, though this is one competition I want both of us to lose. Currently, Spenser is back in action and gaining strength back rapidly. His progress has been raising my spirits and giving me something to look forward to when my pulley injury fully heals.

Spenser cruising Vendetta.

Spenser cruising Vendetta.

It’s been exactly two weeks since the pop and my finger is feeling much better, although not close to 100% yet. I just received my Acupressure Massage Rings in the mail yesterday, so I’m hoping a daily rub-down with these babies will speed up the healing process. If you are a climber (or someone who works with their hands frequently), these rings are a must! The rings range from giving you gentle to greater pressure, depending on your needs and finger size. I ended up buying a pack of 3 from Amazon since I wasn’t sure what I would prefer (I think I like them all, depending on my mood for massage). From my research, it seems like you can use them as frequently as you would like to increase circulation while breaking up scar tissue. You won’t believe how good your tired fingers will feel…

Trio of rings. Gold provides the most relaxed massage, while Black is the most tightest & most intense.

Trio of rings. Gold provides the most relaxed massage, while Black is the most intense. They can also be worn as a fashion statement.

Me playing around with the new macro lens on my Android phone.

Me playing around with the new macro lens on my phone.

I tried climbing for the first time a couple days ago. Sadly, my finger is not ready to hold onto anything except for a sloper (no jugs, no crimps, no flat edges). I taped my finger for support while climbing and it was throbbing when I took the tape off afterwards. I decided to take a couple days off again and will try to climb this evening. Just saw the problem Electric Fence for the first time last night and I can’t wait to go back and try it – all left hand slopers! Time to retrain my fingers (and mind) to enjoy open-handed holds! ::Wish me luck::

Other than my finger, life in Joe’s is really good. We’ve settled in with an amazing semi-permanent crew and have had a multitude of friends coming in and out over the past couple weeks to distract me from not climbing. Last night, we wrapped filming for our newest video project with Flannery Shay-Nemirow and Shannon Joslin. I won’t say much about it yet, except that I’ve posted a couple screenshots on Instragram and there will be more to come (#fivetenvslasportiva)! Also, the video was a blast to shoot – the ladies were just plain fun to work with. Yep, are now on Instragram, username thervproject. I’m trying hard to keep up with all the social media (a HUGE thanks to Katie from The Morning Fresh for being my social media mentor)!

Meagan on Worst Case Scenario.

Meagan Martin on Worst Case Scenario.

Flannery Shay-Nemirow sizing up Trent's Mom.

Flannery Shay-Nemirow sizing up Trent’s Mom.

Katie Peters crimping down.

Kati Peters reaching out to the crimps on Worst Case with Alex Johnson spotting (why does she look so terrified?!)

Philia, Shannon's dog, waiting patiently for us to wrap up filming.

Philia, Shannon’s dog, waiting patiently for us to wrap up filming.

28-inch pizza. 'Nuff said. Oh, and nice photobomb, Spenser.

28-inch pizza. ‘Nuff said. Oh, and nice photobomb, Spenser.

I’ve also started a yoga challenge for myself. Yoga everyday for 30 days. I’m been feeling crappy since I can’t climb, so this is my solution. I know that if I don’t create a challenge for myself, I won’t actually do yoga as frequently as I need to. Today was day #5! Only 25 to go… I’ve also just recruited Adriana Chimaras, a friend we met in Bishop this winter, to join in! It’s much nicer having someone there huffing and puffing next to you.

Adriana and her boyfriend, Steven Jeffrey, are in Joe’s Valley for the next foreseeable future working on a new bouldering guide for the area (YES YES YES YES!!!). They are not only writing the book, but also creating and fixing up trails while opening communication with the locals here so that we can keep Joe’s Valley open forever and improve amenities in the area. I can attest to all the work they have been putting it, it’s been a full time job for them and I am incredibly impressed with how seriously they are taking it. The current Joe’s guide gets you to the boulders, but is a disappointment in almost every other aspect. This new guide will not disappoint! Cannot wait– look out for it this Fall, if everything goes as planned. 🙂

Last Saturday, Spenser, Katie, Niko and I joined Steven and Adriana for the Orangeville City Cleanup. The positive response we received from the locals for participating put a huge smile on all our faces. They sent us home with hand-made Prairie Diamonds [see pics below] and more homemade food than we could eat! I would say the most memorable moment for me was when we arrived in the morning: I asked a local volunteer what the plan was and her response was, “What! You’re here to help?!” The shock was worth waking up at 7am for, no doubt. This also gave us the opportunity (especially for Steven and Adriana) to speak to a couple city council members about the upcoming guidebook. Hopefully this will give us climbers a bit of an “in” with the local community!

The Sprinter you can't miss, helping hold our clean-up tools.

The Sprinter you can’t miss, helping to hold work tools.

The boys helping get mess of the road.

Steven and Spenser helping to scoop dirt out of the road.

Our reward for helping.

Our reward for helping. Prairie Diamonds for all!

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I’ll be in Phoenix this weekend and it looks like Spenser might be joining Katie & Niko at Indian Creek during that time. While I celebrate with a college friend’s graduation from medical school, Spenser will be climbing cracks. There has to a joke in there somewhere…

The Cat that Broke the Mold

At around midnight last night, Spenser and I pulled into the familiar parking lot of the Food Ranch in Orangeville, Utah. It felt good to be back at Joe’s.

I haven’t written in a while, so I guess there’s a lot to catch up on. Since I wrote last, we’ve left Bishop, released a video, blasted through Vegas, and arrived at Joe’s. In combination with work, I’m not surprised I haven’t been amped to sit on the computer and write up a post. I guess I also haven’t felt inspired. And there’s really not point to blogging sans inspiration.

Now that we’ve returned to Joe’s, I have my inspiration. When we spent fall here last year, Spenser and I fell head over heels with a neighboring camper’s kitten (who we lovingly called ‘Kitteh’ as we did not approve of the owner’s choice of name).

Kitty the Kitten. Adorable, no?

Kitteh the Kitten. Adorable, no?

This was the first feline that I’ve ever become affectionate with. Sadly, her life was cut short by her owner’s incapability of taking care of a kitten on a road trip (she was run over by a car).

Fast forward to Bishop. When we moved our trailer into the backyard of the Zoo in the middle of February, I was looking forward to more frequent hot showers and an easy place to cook. Never did I imagine I would also meet the cat of my dreams. Let’s just start with my confession: I am no longer adamantly a dog person. I fell in love with a cat. A very specific cat…Hank.

This is Hank.

This is Hank.

This is what happens when Hank plays with a carabiner.

This is what happens when Hank plays with a carabiner.

This is what happens when Hank plays with Spenser.

This is what happens when Hank plays with Spenser.

Hank is a Maine Coon, known for loving to cuddle (being dubbed “the gentle giants” of the domestic feline world) while being independent and not clingy. Normally, I avoid cats. They know I’m allergic so they head straight my way, wanting me to pet them (just for a second) so that the allergy tsunami can be unleashed. But, I know that they know…so I stay as far away as possible.

At first, I thought Hank was just like the other cats. I thought he was just coaxing me into petting him so that he could immediately turn his soft, furry back to me and run away. …Leaving me sneezing and wheezing and wanting more… But, Hank was different.

After a single night shift with him in my lap, I was hooked. You could even call it obsessed. Hank would sneak onto my lap and softly purr as I typed away. He never asked for more attention and if I swatted him away, he would leave and not come back until he was beckoned. It was a purr-fect relationship (sorry, couldn’t help myself). Having him with me while I worked a solitary 12-hour shift made it the experience much more pleasant. I’m a bit nervous about how I’m going to cope with not having him around for those work shifts! Who else is a cat lover out there? I would love to hear more about what kinds of cats are better to own if you want a (not-too) affectionate cat who is easier on the sinuses. I’m ready to give other felines a chance, too! 🙂

LaVern, the Zoo mascot.

LaVern, the Zoo mascot.

My first stab at making gluten-free cinnamon rolls from scratch! I took full advantage of the oven at the Zoo.

My first stab at making gluten-free cinnamon rolls from scratch! I took full advantage of the oven at the Zoo.

On Wednesday, March 20th, we departed Bishop for Las Vegas. The last week in Bishop was a flurry of climbing and working. Gitta Lubke, a Red River Gorge regular, happened to be in town so we climbed every day that I wasn’t working. Having Gitta in town was great because we had to plan each day since her time in Bishop was limited, and I actually had to stick to the plan!

Some of our most memorable hits of the week would be The Rail Problem, a fantastic V3 on Roadside Boulder in the Buttermilks, and the unnamed V4 highball that has the same start. The Fang (V4) at the Sads was my most difficult day flash to date and Gitta’s first V4-in-a-day. It felt great to be able to send The Fang on my first go when I was unable to get past the first move last time I got on it in early February. I guess my easy circuiting mentality worked!? Lastly, we both managed to send Burning Rubber Necklace, a pumpy V4 traverse in the Happys. It felt really great to dial all of these problems that were “not-my-style” and to send projects in each of Bishop’s main climbing areas before leaving!

Gitta Lubke on the finishing crux of The Rail Problem in the Buttermilks.

Gitta Lubke on the finishing crux of The Rail Problem in the Buttermilks.

Gitta reaching wide on the opening move of The Fang in The Sads.

Gitta reaching wide on the opening move of The Fang at The Sads.

The sunset as we left The Sads after both sending The Fang.

The sunset as we left The Sads after both sending The Fang.

Timing could not have been better – after Gitta left I severely needed a few rest days to recover from our climbing frenzy, so I focused on packing up and preparing for our departure. We also managed to finally complete our latest video, let us know what you think!

It was especially difficult to leave Bishop this time. I know I can speak for both Spenser and myself when I say that we LOVED living at the Zoo. Although it would have been interesting to experience the Zoo during it’s infamous crazy times, the newest iteration was just what we needed. Everyone who lives there gets along and does their part to keep the communal spaces clean. The best part is that all parties involved seem to be upfront and honest. If there is an issue in the house, it gets brought up immediately instead of swept under the rug where it can fester into a bigger problem. I think we fit in quite nicely and we already miss every person (and animal) who lives there (Sandra, Elliot, Ian, Frank, Evangeline, Ryan, and Paul – we mean you!).

Well, hello, Las Vegas.

Well, hello, Las Vegas.

So…we went back to Vegas…for TWO weeks. Even though we were no longer Red Rocks virgins, we still left Vegas yesterday feeling completely wiped. A quick recap… The first weekend was a Portlandian bachelor/bachelorette celebration, which we excitedly joined in on. I successfully navigated my first bachelorette party, it was so sweet of all the ladies to let me be a part of it!

As the Portlandians departed (all except for Alana, of course), Evan and Jeff arrived, and we all moved into a condo that Will had rented half way between The Strip and Red Rocks. Spenser joined Evan for a couple of long routes, including Epinephrine and Sour Mash, while I stuck to bouldering, mostly in the late afternoons as the midday heat went into the 80s and beyond.

Welcome to Red Rocks. Can you believe this 30 minutes away from the Strip?!

Welcome to Red Rocks. Can you believe this 30 minutes away from the Strip?!

A little joke Spenser played on Daniel...

A little joke Spenser played on Daniel…

Alana and Will enjoying the sun.

Alana and Will taking a necessary siesta.

Dan focuses in on Lethal Design.

Dan focuses in on Lethal Design.

Alana toes in on the backside of the Monkey Bars Boulder.

Alana toes in on the backside of the Monkey Bars Boulder.

Will styling the full extension on UltraViolet.

Will styling the full extension on UltraViolet.

Adding to the list of recent really lame injuries, I broke my pinkie toe on my left foot. All I’ll say about it is- I’m happy Spenser is doing his physical therapy, but I’m unhappy that the 20-pound weight he uses came into a head-on collision with my toe. Walking has been fine, but putting on a climbing shoe has turned into an even more painful experience. Since it was ridiculously hot in Vegas, I decided to just take a break from climbing altogether and wait for the sandstone at Joe’s Valley.

Other highlights include Alana running a half-marathon for the first time and the surprisingly amazing off-strip restaurants that we found. The Vegas off-the-strip guide will be written up by Will in a guest blog post soon.

We started early- sunrise over Red Rocks Visitors Center parking lot.

We started early- sunrise over Red Rocks Visitors Center parking lot.

Not a bad backdrop for your first half marathon. ::Alana & Tarris keep on keepin' on::

Not a bad backdrop for your first half marathon. ::Alana & Tarris keep on keepin’ on::

Alana running strong! Who does this on their Spring Break?!

Alana running strong! Who does this on their Spring Break?!

Just like last time though, we were ready to leave Vegas when the time came.

Bosavi: Changing the Headlamp Game

I currently have, in my possession, what just might be the world’s most intelligent headlamp.

The Bosavi Headlamp

I’m Bosavi, and I’m going to light up your night.

Lamps facing you

…and blow your mind

Several months ago my friend Evan sent out an email about his friend’s project on Kickstarter. This friend of his, Dan Freschl, had a design for a headlamp that would be USB rechargeable, ultra-bright, and full of all other kinds of smart features that most other headlamp designers either never thought of or never implemented. (Also, Dan climbs at Touchstone’s Berkeley Ironworks, so he’s a gym homie).

Like most people being solicited, I was skeptical, but for $65 I was able to not only support a friend-of-a-friend, but also guarantee delivery of the first edition of the product at a lower-than-MSRP price. Hell, I thought, if it’s all he says it is, then $65 is a steal. Months ticked by, and I was steadily reassured by the over four dozen update emails Dan wrote to his backers, detailing all aspects of the design and manufacturing process.

Finally, my Bosavi arrived. How do I love it? Let me count the ways…

It’s USB-rechargeable

Virtually everyone has a half-dozen micro-USB cables laying around. The Bosavi comes with one in case you don’t, and this means that you can charge it with a laptop, car charger, or your non-Apple-smart-phone charger. When I think of the price of batteries, which always seems higher than it should be (not to mention the stress of disposing of used batteries properly), I already think of my investment as a good one. The headlamp gets 60 hours on a charge, plenty for a couple of weekend trips, or a week in the backcountry.

Bosavi Headlamp Buttons

This is the top view, with the power button on the left and the charging receptable on the right.

It’s compact

Don’t you love those headlamps with a dorsal strap and a battery pack that digs into your occipital lobe? Me neither. This thing is the size of the crappy spare headlamp at the bottom of your Subaru’s glove box. And this headlamp ain’t crappy…read on.

Bosavi is compact

Did I mention it’s compact?

It’s bright

It has an output of up to 110 lumens, which I think is Latin for bright. You’ve got a high-efficiency LED for reading, a bright white LED for signaling UFOs, and a hyper-bright “boost mode” for blinding a welder through his face shield. Okay, it’s not quite like that, but the point is you’ll have plenty of light for any situation. I would comfortably take the Bosavi along as my only night-bouldering light.

Bosavi brightness

On the left, the Bosavi in Boost mode clearly shows even against the well-lit backdrop of the lamp. That’s 110 lumens, baby!

It’s smart

I appreciate when attention is given to the little details. Clearly, Mr. Freschl thought long and hard about the user experience, and as a result, the headlamp was designed very, very well. It has 5 modes (white/blinking white, bright white, and red/blinking red), but you can “delete” the modes you don’t use. The strap is detachable and the lighting unit can be put on an optional bike mount. The packaging turns into a lantern that fits onto the headlamp. The hinge is smooth, durable, and silent. The buttons are minimal. Oh, and it has a battery guage. Does your headlamp tell you when it’s about to die in the middle of setting up your tent? Didn’t think so.

The hinge operates smoothly. The third button is for programming/utility purposes.

The hinge operates smoothly. The third button is for programming/utility purposes.

It’s rugged

Just by holding this little guy in your hand, you can tell that there isn’t much that’s fragile. In Dan’s words:

I have dropped, drowned, smashed, and stabbed a bunch of headlamps. The worst I have been able to do is damage the hinge mechanism, but the light has never failed in all of my tests.

My headlamp is water-resistant, and the Bosavi team is working on a new model (Scu-Bosavi) that will be waterproof. They are also developing many new accessories, including a pull-cord generator.

Not only is the product smart, but Dan is doing a clever thing by donating headlamps to Outward Bound and similar organizations. He will likely earn many fans of his headlamp by doing this, but he’ll also help the overarching cause of conservation by helping people get outside and experience nature for themselves.

Perhaps Bosavi isn’t as bright as some of the other headlamps out there (like the Lupine, a 900 lumen output model), but for most purposes, I have a hard time imagining a better headlamp in the $70 range.

The online storefront has just opened. If all of the above sounds good, click here to pick one up.

The Tale of the Burning Man Wall

We are still in the Bay Area. Vikki’s got more work hours this week than most 9-5 people do, and I’m almost to the point of walking without crutches, so we’ll be back on the road soon (Sunday is the new goal). Bishop awaits, and the infamous Byron Wolter will be flying in this weekend for his birthday challenge, which we’ll of course be there to support.

In the meantime, the exciting news (besides almost being able to walk again, woohoo!) is that Dead Point published a little article I wrote up about that time we took a climbing wall to Burning Man, in 2011!

Camp UP

We even made a video about it. It’s at the bottom of the above article. Click on it. Read. Watch.

Also, here’s a link to our blog when we were building that wall. Even now, two years later, it’s fun for us to look back on.

In other news, we’re still crunching away at the video of Elliot Faber doing ZAP. It promises to be a good one, just need to get some more B Roll footage when we return to Bishop, and we’ll be all set.

TTFN! (Ta Ta For Now!)

Get Ready for BishGNAR!

The past few days at Joe’s have been a whirlwind of falls, sends, laughs, and campfires. Thankfully, no tears. Our final days were rounded out with my send of Big Cheesy and Spenser crushing many of his projects: Worm Turns, Ghost King, Playmate of the Year, and Lactation Station! Still, we are leaving with many projects left unticked, but are incredibly happy to reunite with our Bishop crew for another Thanksgiving.

This year, Thanksgiving will be different. This year, BishGNAR is coming to town.

First things first, if you haven’t seen the original G.N.A.R., get on it. You can watch the trailer below, or the entire movie (highly recommended) here.

G.N.A.R. – movie trailer from UnofficialNetworks.com on Vimeo.

We are bringing the competition to Bishop. It will take place on the Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving, the exact date is TBD as of now. We have the list of rules (climbing related, if you haven’t caught on yet) and they are going to knock your socks off, literally. If you want in, let us know! The more the merrier. We will have the rules printed out by Thanksgiving Day, so come find us if you want to prepare ahead of time. We’ll either be climbing at the Buttermilks or camped in the Pit. Just look for the big red truck.

Want the title (trophy included) of GNARliest dude or dudette in Bishop? Then it’s time to sack up and prove it!

Love,

The RV Project

Reel Rock Tour 7 Review

In two words: Good Times. Two more? As Expected.

The premiere of Reel Rock 7 was held at the Chautauqua Theater in Boulder, a lovely wooden auditorium at the base of the Flatirons. The sold-out crowd of about 1,300 people struggled for seats, as many sections had large wooden support beams obstructing the view. Many ended up sitting in the aisles or standing in the back.

The crowd for opening night at Reel Rock 7

The show opened with the usual thanks to the sponsors, and with Peter Mortimer asking everyone to stand up for a Facebook photo. On another cool note, Peter also asked everyone who’s birthday it was to join him up on stage. It happened to be his daughter’s second birthday, and also Vikki’s 26th, and the entire crowd sang Happy Birthday to the dozen or so people. Pretty cool.

Then the films. The first bit was La Dura Dura, about Chris Sharma and Adam Ondra vying to establish the first 5.15c sport climb in Spain. The footage was, as per the usual, spectacular. I believe it was the Lowell brothers’ work filming, and they used a perpendicular version of the NFL’s above-the-field-on-cables camera to smoothly follow the climbers up steep terrain. The result is unbelievably smooth, and so much better than the previous generation of climbing film’s prodigious use of shaky hand-held footage shot by someone on rappel. Sasha DiGiulian and Daila Ojeda were also featured, leading the charge of female climbers knocking on the door of 5.15.

The film was as much about the route as it was a portrait of the two generational icons of sport climbing, and a snapshot of this unique moment in climbing. Though nobody sent the route (and this isn’t a spoiler…you’d have heard if 5.15c was established!), the film leaves you tingling for what the next generation is capable of.

Omitted from the film was much mention of other young climbers doing amazing things, or other older climbers doing the same. Of course it has to be limited in scope, but it presented these two as the only ones capable of pushing the limits of our sport. I think this shortchanges other equally driven and capable climbers of attention, and makes the viewer put all their eggs in a very loud Czech basket.

The next piece was The Shark’s Fin, an incredible story that nearly tells itself. Renan Ozturk, Jimmy Chin, and Conrad Anker tackle an unclimbed peak in the Himalayas 4 years after a close but unsuccessful attempt left them broken and vowing to never return. I had read the story in Rock and Ice Ascent two months ago and was eager for the film. It did not disappoint. Vikki was shaking afterward. That’s all there really is to say. Go see it. This, and Touching The Void, should be then benchmarks for the word “epic.”

After an intermission, during which Alex Honnold was swarmed with autograph seekers and Adam won 4th place in a handstand competition, they showed The Wide Boyz. We were most excited for this one since it featured our friends Brad Jackson and Adam Papilion, as well as some of our footage. To be honest, it was good but a bit disappointing. The first ascent of the Century Crack is a great story, and it’s always funny to make fun of offwidth climbing. What the film lacked was detail and specifics about the Brits’ training regimen, which to me is the most impressive and inspirational part. These guys showed that if you aim high, work hard, track your progress, and believe, then you can pull off some badass shit. I think that aspect was partially lost, as the piece was, I think, meant to be comic relief. Either way, it was cool to see our friends on screen, and as always, the footage was spectacular.

The last film was the highly anticipated Honnold 3.0. It follows Alex Honnold through a winter season in Bishop, as he establishes Too Big To Flail (V10), and conjures up his next big feat, the Yosemite Triple Crown. Thanks to 60 Minutes and Nat Geo, Honnold is now a household name even outside of climbing circles. The film attempts to portray Honnold as a goofy guy thrust into stardom (thanks in large part to Sender), but who climbs for the love of it. Having been at Sender HQ during one of the interviews, we can say that they did a pretty good job of portraying the Triple Crown as he saw it. Based on the questions Nick and Peter asked, they wanted to make it sound much more perilous, and I was glad to see that Honnold got his way.

Honnold 3.0 was awesome for the feat it depicted, the slice of his life we get to see, and of course, the footage from Bishop which made us yearn for Thanksgiving in the Pit. It was actually a bit anticlimactic, though, since we all know he made it. This feeling might’ve been due to sensory overload from all the inspiring, mind-blowing, and just plain cool stuff that had already happened on the screen prior to the last film. Either way, it’s a great film.

All in all, it was a great evening and a fitting birthday celebration for Vikki. I was struck by how much fun everyone was having, how chatty folks were during the breaks, how communal the whole event felt despite the large crowd, and how much emotion people showed during key moments. Every film had at least one “Woo!” moment, where the whole audience erupted as if they were witnessing their friend clip the chains on their project. The only thing missing was the user-generated films, but the lineup was probably the best ever for a Reel Rock, and I don’t think anyone had any complaints. Except for those stuck behind the wooden posts.

Lastly, I found that, unlike most climbing films, this is an event I would be very proud to bring non-climbers to. Our sport, in so many of its iterations, was presented in a way anyone can understand, with storylines anyone can relate to. As a climber, I was proud to see what Sender and Big UP put on the screen.

So what are you waiting for? Go get a ticket!

Reel High Psyche

It’s hard to believe that, like the long summer itself, our stay in Colorado is entering its autumn phase. As I type, Vikki is making her way to the San Francisco airport to come back home to the Front Range. That sentence right there would’ve been written backward 8 months ago…and soon we’ll be moving on, once again to join the ranks of those without mailing addresses, bathroom sinks, or rent.

Our very first full day in Colorado saw us driving up to Vedauwoo with Brad and Adam to meet up with Pete Mortimer and Nick Rosen of Sender Films. They were there to gather the last bits of footage needed for their Reel Rock segment about offwidth climbing. If we needed a reminder that we were in climbing’s Hollywood state, this was it. If we had forgotten the lesson, we were reminded later on when Sender asked us to help film a short, comical bit with Alex Honnold for the PGA tour. In between all the star-gazing, there’s been plenty of training, bits of working, and a lot of climbing outside with new and old friends.

Brad Jackson pushes through Life Without Parole, V-wtf, while Sender Films films.

And now everything is coming full circle! We cannot frickin’ wait for Thursday, September 13th, when Reel Rock 7 premieres at the Chautauqua Auditorium. As always, it promises to be an incredible show. Sharma vs. Ondra, The Shark’s Fin with Renan Ozturk and friends, and of course, Honnold defying odds and gravity. But this year’s special. Not only might (and I repeat: might) there be some footage shot by yours truly, the RV Project, but there will (and I repeat: WILL) be some sick footage of our friends Brad Jackson and Adam Papilion (We met them in Hueco Tanks, remember?). You can even catch a glimpse of them in the trailer, doing that crazy wide shit that they do. Either way, I highly, HIGHLY recommend getting a ticket to the nearest showing. They’re selling like gluten-free hotcakes in Boulder.

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