Thursday, February 19, 2009
1. Jumping (3 or 4 points off) and catching a one-handed hold. Please refer to my lack of success on 'Dogwood' as a demonstration of this deficiency.
2. Climbing with just the middle three fingers. This is meat and potatoes stuff for a lot of people. I knew I wasn't great in this regard but a few minutes ago I realized how bad I really am at this. Here's how I came to this conclusion: I've been working out on the campus board doing some hard-for-me stuff with four fingers per hand on the small Metolius rungs when I decide I should try some three finger stuff. I CAN BARELY LADDER MY WAY UP ONE RUNG AT A TIME!!!! Fucking warm-up shit with four fingers. Good Christ.
I could probably fill in 3 and 4 but I'd actually prefer constructive criticism from my peers. One thing I miss from my soccer days is having a coach to point out where I could improve. Sooo, have at it. I want to know how I can improve my climbing, where to focus my attention. If you have any suggestions please feel free to comment.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
An iron lung, surprisingly not that comfortable looking inside
These herpes awareness posters were informative
This was the best part. BSL4 suits! This is what people working with Ebola and other nasties have to wear in the labs. Kevin was tempted to make a run for the door with his suit on. It would have made quite the souvenir. We settled for training Kevin for his new career as an ultimate fighter. Check out the video below of Kevin trying to extricate himself from the "hazmat suit"
Monday, February 16, 2009
Today was our last day bouldering on this trip. We both had several goals for the day and we'd give'm our best shot. Kevin, however, was secretly hoping he wouldn't meet his goal because of the resulting consequences it would have on a bet he had with Robyn. Let's just says it revolved around some video he'd rather not have surface. I mostly just wanted to try 'The Shield'. This is a contender for the most beautiful problem I've ever seen. I know this goal sounds incredibly easy to achieve, but in actuality, on this short of a trip its not. Fortunately I had the chance to try it out and I wasn't disappointed. The problem climbs as nicely as it looks. I could seriously consider making a trip here for just this problem. Hmmm....
Yesterday was Robyn and Kevin's Birthday. We spent the day back at Rocktown and we were blessed with cool dry weather. Robyn hasn't been climbing much lately and was psyched just to be out, even still, she looked like she'd been climbing more than she'd let on and I think she'll be back in top form in no time. Kevin was planning on having a "chill" day, opting to save himself for Monday at LRC. This didn't quite work out. Here's a video of his exploits.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
"I am dedicating my training and my climb to some special women who have impressed me with their courage while being treated for breast cancer & their energy as survivors. Margie Mikels, a strong spirited woman, who along with Susy & me shares the joys of being a grandparent to Logan & Wyatt. Margie, her mother and 2 sisters are all breast cancer survivors. As a mother of three daughters, she clearly does not want them to inherit this family trait. My cousin, Tina Tafoya, got her diagnosis 6 years ago as a young wife & mother. Today she is healthy & treasures every day with her sons & husband. I also am dedicating my efforts to a group of amazing women that I call The Sisterhood of EDD Survivors; the sisterhood is huge but I especially want to acknowledge Alison, Flo, Leslie, Melinda and Vicki. Ladies – your strength amazes me. Prayer flags will be taken with me to the summit of Mt. Shasta in your honor."
If you are interested in donating please visit Gil's Breast Cancer Fund web page.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Here's a video of a few problems from our first day.
The beautiful Jigsaw Wall
Tomorrow we go to Rocktown!
Monday, February 9, 2009
Back but only for a few minutes. Actually, I've been in the my home state since Friday afternoon but it feels like a just a few minutes.
I left Hueco after another low energy day with a few more problems in the bag but without any of my BIG goals achieved. I tried just about every trick in the book (including dropknee-heelhooks and climbing with no pants) but 'El Chupacabra' will have to wait till next time. Kevin and Wick both had very impressive last days. Kevin managed his fourth hard problem in a very busy two weeks and Wick returned to his early trip form with sends of 'Full Monty' and 'Platonique'.
Here's a video that more or less captures the essence of my last day in Hueco. Thanks to James for suggesting the positive thinking inspired twist.
Less than 24 hours later Turtle and I found ourselves back in California, on the beach in San Diego. While I was there I got to visit with Sarah and eat tons of yummy food.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Mike's dog Bran, on the other hand, has a much more pressing medical need. Apparently he's ruptured his other knee (he's done it to both rear legs now). The surgery will be VERY expensive and his recovery process will take at least six months. Mike will soon see his 'occupation' turn from climbing bum into a stay at home nurse for a while.