(Belated) 420 Twofer – Mountain Khaki Blogging and a Time Lapse Mountain Video

Oh yes, today’s post is a double whammy of mountainous treats. First on your plate, enjoy a short write-up posted on Mountain Khaki’s ‘Built For The Mountain Life‘ blog about Tally Rock Gym’s March 19 ‘Save the South’ bouldering competition. Check out a snippet of the article, written by yours truly.

RECAP: Tally Rock Gym “Save the South” – “Each year, as the damp Tallahassee winter blooms into a sultry springtime, the Tallahassee Rock Gym in Florida’s panhandle hosts an annual fundraiser bouldering competition to benefit the Southeastern Climbers Coalition. This year’s event, entitled “Save the South,” was a major success for Talahassee’s sole rock-climbing facility.

Thanks to the support of sponsors like Mountain Khakis, the fundraiser collected morethan $1,600 through donations, raffle ticket sales and entry fees to directly benefit the SCC. In addition to raising money for one of Tally Rock Gym’s most beloved organizations, the event presented a great day of bouldering and community bonding for climbers of the panhandle.”

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Additionally, I wanted to post a time lapse video that has gone viral this week. Shot by Terje Sorgjerd, the 3 minute video captures beautiful scenery from a peak in Spain, and shows off wonderful images of the Milky Way. If you need a relaxing break from work, or just want to get amped up on earth, watch this:

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The video got me all hot and heavy with anticipation for my (and Niko’s) upcoming road trip to Denver/Moab/Yosemite. I cannot wait to ditch my normal routine and live on the road for the entire month of May. It’s going to be beautiful, and naturally, you’ll get to relive it all on The Morning Fresh!

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Video of the Day: Stickin’ The Vagina (V8) in Rocktown, GA

This weekend, the Climbing Club at Florida State University will be heading out on our semester trip — this time it’s a return visit to Rocktown. Located near La Fayette, Georgia, the Rocktown crag sits near the top of Pigeon Mountain. It’s going to be a beautiful few days of sandstone.

‘The Vagina’ is a V8 boulder problem that Niko has been projecting for a few seasons. It’s really his muse right now, and I’m confident I’ll return to Tallahassee with video footage of his first send — so you better climb hard, buddy! Here’s a sweet, short video of Kris Hampton climbing The Vagina. Enjoy.

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Need a musical pick-me-up? Take two of these, and call me in the morning.

Yes, I’m still alive. Life has become a hurricane of writing gig applications, endless work with the Caribbean guide sites, a million creative projects, loads of LivingSocial copy and trying to remember to climb in between it all. Yesterday, I was feeling overwhelmed by all the unchecked to-dos on my list — and then this song came on my iPod.

You may have heard it before when I’ve gushed about Lea Kram, but have at it again. This originally composed song makes my insides swell and erases any mental naysaying. After you fall in love with this song, check out Lea Kram’s YouTube channel to continue the flow of musical sunshine.



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Video of the Day: Sweet Wakeboarding in a Cranberry Bog

Why didn’t someone think of this sooner? Wakeboarding in a giant lake of plump, floating berries – the visuals are phenomenal. It really brings the beauty of a wakeboarder’s ability to manipulate water to a new level of aesthetic vision. Red Bull, I’m impressed – how artsy of you!


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Adventurers, explorers and wild hearts – 180° South will change your life.

This morning, I woke up to a text from Niko proclaiming that he had “just watched the best movie, it’s what I want to with my life!” Silly me – I thought it was some documentary from one of his biology classes, but of course, it was a film about adventure.


Friend have been recommending this film for months, but I haven’t had the chance to sit down and enjoy it. While I’m not keen on the idea of eating porcupines, I am captivated by the message conveyed through the trailer for this movie.

180° South follows a young adventurer as he retraces the 1968 journey trekked by Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins to the legendary Patagonia. It combines surfing, climbing and a passion for adventure. From shipwrecks to being abandoned at a whore house, it illustrates a very important element of the adventurer’s lifestyle – it’s not a real adventure until something goes wrong.

There’s an official trailer – which is very much worth viewing! – but this version has Animal Collective in it, so it automatically wins in my book. You should also check out the 180° South website, particularly the ‘Journey’ section where you can watch original footage from the 1968 trip.

The hardest thing in the world is to simplify your life
– it’s so easy to make it complex.
” – Yvon Chouinard

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Video of the Day: Slopers, crimpers and sticking the rail in Squamish.

There are a collection of climbs throughout the world that simply cannot be ignored – Dreamcatcher (5.14d) is one of those legendary routes. Every self-respecting climber kid has seen this video a thousand times, so I felt it was my duty to spread the glory of Chris Sharma’s beautiful first ascent of this route in Squamish, BC.


Feel free to skip ahead to the 2:19 mark, where the music speeds up into this groovy, jazzy goodness that I wish I could have playing in the background every time I climb. Seriously, I will give $10 to whoever can tell me the name of that song.

The beautiful line, Sharma’s seemingly effortless climbing and damn, that song! These three ingredients blend together to create an excellent video for climbers and non-climbers alike. Enjoy.

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Video of the Day: Highlining California

A close sibling of climbing, slack-lining is a precise art that requires the most of your balance and concentration. Personally, I’m not so great at it, but I can make it about half way down a line before my legs get wobbly, my arms start flailing and my tiny frame flops to the ground.

This video showcases some of the most extreme slack-lining, and has a couple scenes overlooking the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge in one of my favorite cities, San Francisco, California. Check out this excellent trailer for Highlining California.

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Pretty sweet – kinda makes me itch for a nice slack-lining photoshoot this weekend.

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Video of the Day: Climbing ‘The Orb’ (V8) at Rocktown

Well, I have already blown my New Years resolution of posting every day, oops. To compensate for my lack of posting, here’s a sweet video of Mike McClure sending ‘The Orb’ V8 in Rocktown. I’ll be heading out to Rocktown for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday next weekend, so there will be plenty of photographs and videos to get your blood flowing and your fingertips sweating.

This route is a favorite amongst my climber buddies, who have all projected this beautiful route. Niko is dying to get his paws on The Orb, as well as his ultimate project, The Vagina (V8). Personally, I’m looking forward to sending Police Brutality (V4). I worked it briefly during a trip last spring, but lacked the motivation to finish the route. That’s all changing this trip, baby! Enjoy the video, readers.


Tomorrow afternoon, I’ll be heading out with a few friends to do some outdoor climbing around Tallahassee. There are a few buildings with routes on them, and apparently a park near a friend’s house that has a handful of sweet problems. Pictures, and possibly videos, shall be posted shortly after my adventure!

Keep exploring, readers.

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Mud, Beards, Fire and Beer – Warrior Dash 2010

I recently happened upon an insane video with costumed people diving through mud pits, jumping over rows of fire and drinking a truckload of beer. This wild ruckus was footage from a competition called Warrior Dash. I’m talking men in viking suits, scantily-clad women drenched in mud – it’s glorious. Check out the video:


The event has dates throughout 2010-2011 all over the country. Floridians, our Warrior Dash is going to be held on January 29, 2011 in Lake Wales. Personally, I think it’s going to be absolutely miserable during the winter months. I’m holding out until the May 14-15 event held in Mountain City, Georgia. I’ll be freshly graduated, ready to get dirty and drunk. If anyone wants to join in, let’s form a caravan of insanity. I thought about camping near the event site, but realized that I’m going to need a real bed and shower after the race, so hotel it is!

Warrior Dash promises to be the wildest competition of your life – are you up for the challenge?

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VIDEO: Dark Side of the Lens

Today’s video is a stunning showcase of what is it to be driven by an insatiable passion. For this man, inspiration comes from photographing waves and surfing. The video gives an excellent perspective into what it’s like to be wholly dedicated to capturing the almighty power of the earth. Although the narrator’s heart beats for the ocean, I found that for me, the video spoke to my untapped yearning to document the art and lifestyle that accompanies climbing. Whether you’re an artist, filmmaker, photographer, outdoor lover or any style of creative mind – check out this video.


“There’s no sugary cliche, most folk don’t even know who we are, what we do, or how we do it – let alone want to pay us for it. I never want to take this for granted, so I try to keep motivation simple, real, positive. If I only scrape a living, at least it’s a living worth scraping. If there’s no future in it, at least there’s a present worth remembering. The fires of happiness, the waves of gratitude. For everything that brought us to that point in life, at that moment in time. To do something worth remembering, or a photograph, or a scar. I feel genuinely lucky to say hand on heart that I love doing what I do and I may never be a rich man. If I live long enough, I’ll certainly have a tale or two.”

This felt like one of those ‘if you’re looking for a sign, this is it‘ moments. Over the past few years, I’ve begun to grow comfortable with the prospect that not everyone ends up swimming in endless pools of money, and furthermore, that money doesn’t amount to happiness or measure success. It’s about experiences, perspectives, accomplishments and being content. – And although I think there’s a lot more success to be had in my future, I’m pretty damn content with the present. Time to invest in that Canon Rebel T2i.

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