Monday, September 21, 2009

Went to Black Mountain on Friday and Saturday for A-ron and Buck's annual birthday bash. I could only camp Friday night, which means I missed the big party on Saturday night, but I got lots of good pics and had a BLAST climbing the two days I was there. Recently I purchased a fisheye lens and I played around with it a lot on this trip. Some results were better than others. Here are some photos for your enjoyment.

View of the summit block from Boulder Basin

Ben and A.ron on a nice arete/crack warmup.

Ben on "Transmaniacon"

A.ron on "Big Greenie"

A.ron on "Soul Snatch"

A.ron on "Velvet Revolver" and the boulder fields beyond.

Bridget and Ian on "Vegan Shoveler"

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Yes, I know it has been over three months since my last post, but there's only so much to report. The summer has been nice in Vegas. I got a job working at the climbing gym and have been creating art and climbing a ton. "Climbing in Vegas during the summer?" you ask. well no, actually on Mt Charleston, up at a little over 8000 feet. Here are two photos of me up in one of the caves for reference.

Also, here is one of 13-year-old badass Richard Boyle on an "easier," yet scary route. The pink lines indicate potential new hard (at least 5.14) lines that have yet to be bolted. Curious.

Yesterday my buddy and boss Bill and I, along with our friend Pete headed out to Black Velvet Canyon in Red Rock super early for a morning bouldering session. We met at the trailhead at 6:30 am, so you can imagine the heinousness of the alpine start to get out there by then (4:45 alarm). We worked a couple of hard established problems, one of which (last photo below) Pete established previously, and one that Ethan Pringle established a few years ago. We also tried a shorter hard line with a vicious one-finger-pocket pull, that I'd like to go back and actually do. I will leave you with some photos of that brilliant early morning session. I can't wait for the weather to turn and to get back out there. Stay tuned to this blog for more periodic updates and hopefully soon for a link to my professional website. Until then, feel free to peruse the archives if you're here looking for art or photography.

Bill smacking the first move of Wet Dream.

Pete Lowe working Wet Dream. The holds on this thing are amazing.

Pete trying the Woods/Cardwell approved beta on his problem, Abbadon.

Roscoe dog napping.