Wednesday, March 31, 2010

More From Joe's

On Monday, Becky caught a plane in SLC and headed home to Oakland for another semester of school. On Tuesday, Matt and Sandy hoped into the RV and headed east back to Boulder, CO. Today, the last of the devoted (Siemay, Noah, and I) took a rest day and got showers at the Emery county pool center, who knew this gem was here the whole time?

Becky has whipped out the video for the Joe's trip and I have to say she did a great job with all the footage.

I've got a few more things I'd like to climb in the next week with "Trent's Mom" and "Kill List" chief among them, then I'll be back home in time for a little Yosemite climbing before possibly relocating for the late spring and summer months.

Joe's Valley 2010 from Becky Trafecanty on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Utah Update

We're taking another rest day tomorrow, Friday, so we've gotten a hotel room in Price for a shower and night out of the cold.

The trip has been going fantastic. Its been great hanging out with Noah, Matt and Sandy; meeting and getting to know Becky's old friends Chris and Emily and of course spending time with my ladies Becky and Turtle.

On the climbing front, the trip is going well too. I've had the chance to climb on a bunch of beautiful new (at least to me) problems. I've even managed to get to the top of a few boulders. The highlights so far have been "Dance With the Devil" a highball on perfect black rock and "The Ghost King" a challenging problem 'discovered' last year right beside one of Joe's Valley's most popular areas. Becky has also been sending. She climbed "Chips" utilizing a tricky toe hook and over the last two days she climbed "Sunshine Daydream" and "G2-07" in a single session each!

No new media from me of course, but since I forgot to post it before here's Becky's video from Red Rocks.

Red Rocks 2010 from Becky Trafecanty on Vimeo.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Look What Becky Made

We're in Price doing laundry...very exciting. I'm going to clean a project I found later today, it is very pretty. I almost never take pictures or video when Becky is around because she always has her camera out. Here is the result of her efforts with the camera and my efforts at Moe's Valley in St. George, UT.

Moe's Valley 2010 from Becky Trafecanty on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


The fantasy continues! For how long? Who knows? I'm delaying the inevitable, as any reasonable person would, by road tripping. Over the past two weeks one would have found me on the eastern side of the Sierras. I spent most of the time in Bishop climbing on only the finest lines, except when foul weather forced me to the Tablelands.

In the middle of the trip I departed Inyo county for the northern Nevada mecca of climbing, Minden! Minden has a couple of things going for it that other northern Nevada towns do not: First rate tacos, a really nice cafe with food more reminiscent of the Bay Area, and most importantly Noah and Siemay's woody!

Noah's woody with 50% real rock holds!

Staying with Noah and Siemay not only gave me the opportunity to shower, but also to check out one of Jessie Bonin's creations in Hope Valley, 'The Future Present'. This line is not exactly a winter problem, but I had brought my snow shoes and shovel so I went ahead and put them to work. The problem was well worth the effort and I'm psyched to go back for the sit, which I nearly did, only falling on the last easy move due to a wet hold that succumbed to the snow that had been falling all day long.

Minden was followed by a second visit to Bishop. This time Becky escaped from her studies to join me and enjoy Bishop for one last time this season. She climbed really well too, doing two of her long time projects quickly and dispatching another easier but steep line (not her strength) very quickly. Her send of 'The Ruckus' was the highlight for me because it really stands out as a quality rock climb with a quintessential last move dyno. Good job Honey!

Relishing the post-send double flappers

Up next for the traveling hobo adventure...Utah! Becky wants to go to Joe's Valley for her spring break so I've broken down and agreed to go too (note heavy serving of sarcasm). We may stop in Ibex for a few days too, but as long as the snow doesn't force us south to Moe's we'll spend the majority of our time on the black and tan goodness.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Hueco Video

Huceo and Wagon Wheel Ranch from Princess on Vimeo.

Finally finished the video. Its not greatest quality or anything near it, but there are a lot of cool problems and a lot of cool people in it. If I were to categorize this flick I would probably put in amongst these lowly brethren and not these elitist punks.

This season was a lot of fun for me and that was in large part due to all of the great people I was surrounded by. Here are just a few of the super sweetums that I spent my time with.

Adam and Kevin (Melissa's Picture)

Norwegians Stefan, Torstein, and Knut


Ceder and Tomasina


Let's do it again next year m'kay?