Friday, August 22, 2008

Susanica took these monster images of me on her iphone. I couldn't resist posting them.
tied in and shoeing up under The Equalizer at Mt Charleston

Attacking the sweet mango sticky rice that we got for dessert at Pin Kaow.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

.I have tried to update this thing a few times this summer, as I have traveled far and wide, taken thousands of photos, and done a fair amount of climbing. Every time I try to post, it seems that uploading large photos makes blogger crash on my slow connection, so I then get frustrated and don't post. But inasmuch as it has been like four months since I posted, I figured I should.

Here's what I've been up to:

May: Finished the semester on the 4th. I started the summer with a week-long trip to the Grand Canyon and Zion with my close friend and fraternity brother Zac Feltoon. Here are some photos (of the hundreds I took).

roadside bouldering

Upon returning from that trip with Zac, I headed to Israel on a Taglit Birthright trip. I saw a ton of the country with a great group of now close friends. Check out some of the pics:

Yes climbers, that limestone is of very good quality.

And THIS is why Israel can never give up the Golan.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert

June: After our Birthright trip ended in early June, I extended my stay for an additional ten days and spent the time in Tel Aviv and doing even more traveling around Israel. Here are a couple pics from that leg of the trip.

After returning to New York I headed to Vegas, spent a few days in LA, and then close to a week in Bakersfield with my grandfather. Almost as soon as I got back to Vegas Maya joined me (after working in New York for a bit) and after just a couple of days I drove her to LA and spent a few more days there.

July: That's right, more traveling. Waaaaah? After chilling in Vegas and climbing at Mt Charleston for a little bit, Maya and I met up in Idyllwild, California and visited the summer camp for the arts where we met years ago and hung with our old teachers, John Brosio and Richard Godfrey. I even got in a couple short afternoon bouldering sessions in the Idyllwild area:

After returning to Vegas from Idyllwild I only had a couple days to play around with ... er carefully babysit my brother's 2006 Subaru WRX wagon (someone else's) before heading to Richmond, VA for a Kappa Sigma leadership conference. by the end of that I was certainly ready to do some rock climbing for a bit

August: After Leadership Conference Maya came to Vegas for a few days and I only had a little time to climb before heading up to the Outdoor Retailer Trade Show in Salt Lake City, UT (august 7 - 11), where I spent much of the time fielding questions at the Evolv booth and got to see a bunch of climbing friends from far and wide that I hadn't seen in a while: Susanica Tam, Brett Ashton, Buck, Fish, Paul, Daniel, Laura, and many others, as well as meet some new people in the industry/community, many of whom I would now call friends. Bouldered one afternoon with the entire Evolv posse at Little Cottonwood Canyon, and had a generally great time staying with this guy Mike Imperiale at his home in SLC. Since then I have sent a 13a at Charleston called the Energizer, spent a few days in LA to return my brother's car to my dad's garage, broken down in my 88 Sentra on the side of the I-15, and climbed a little with Susanica up at Mt Charleston.

I fly back to New York on the 26th and I guess I'm psyched to get back to school, and back to climbing on plastic once a week and scrounging for rides up to the Gunks. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.