Saturday, October 23, 2010

Inspiration Post: Action Directe

Maybe I missed the boat by a year, but I just found this awesome, inspirational video of Rich Simpson on the world's most famous sport climb, Action Directe, in the Frankenjura, Germany. It's kind of long at 26 minutes, but worth the watch, and does a great job communicating the level of obsession we climbers tend go through with our personal projects.

Watch it at Chris Doyle's vimeo page here:

UPDATE: Apparently, many of Simpson's accomplishments have come under scrutiny lately.
He certainly looks strong enough to send in the Vid. I for one hope he sent. The video is super inspiring. We may never know the truth.

Some iconic images of the famous line:

Wolfgang Gullich

Rich Simpson

Gabriele Moroni

Adam Ondra

Killian Fishhuber

Monday, October 18, 2010

SIBL Round 1

Yesterday was the first round of the Southern Indoor Bouldering League (SIBL) competition series at the Mile End Climbing Wall, the local gym I've started to train at. I helped set for the comp two mornings last week and took photos during the day of. Spending the day at a friendly competition (mixed youth and adult open) reminded me of when I used to do JCCA/USCCA/USAC junior comps back in the day. Like back before you'd even HEARD of Daniel Woods. (I jest, but seriously.) Here are just a few snaps of the action.