No, but seriously. My two friends, Spenser and Vikki, from The RV Project made a killer climbing video, and I’m totally in it – and all I do in my cameo is sit on a rock and stuff my face with Nutella and apples while everyone around me is cheering. Wow. But really, does this … Continue reading That Time I Made a Cameo in a Climbing Video, But All I Did Was Eat Nutella and Apples
If you really want to get to know your climbing shoes, take them on a yearlong climbing trip – at least, that’s what Niko and I did. From splitter cracks in Indian Creek to overhung bouldering at Joe’s Valley, we’ve tested our climbing shoes on gritty sandstone, polished granite, greasy limestone, and everything in between. … Continue reading A Comprehensive Guide to Climbing Shoes
On February 1, 2013, I set out in my newly acquired big, yellow Sprinter van in pursuit of spending an entire year traveling around the country while climbing with my co-pilot in adventure (and life) Niko. Looking back through the scribbled pages of my daily planner, it’s hard to believe it’s already been six months … Continue reading Happy six month van-aversary to us!
After surviving my first backpacking trip up and down the Grand Canyon to Havasu Falls wearing only last year’s Powerdrain shoes from Columbia Sportswear last summer, I feel in love with the sneakers – and wore them to death. By the time Columbia came out with their new generation of Powerdrains, my original pair had … Continue reading Gear Review: Columbia Sportswear’s Powerdrain Cool hybrid shoes with Omni-Freeze Zero technology
About 8 months ago, Niko and I made our first attempt at creating a climbing video. Armed with a homemade steady cam and as much patience as we could muster, we created this video about one of my all-time favorite boulder problems, Super Mario at Stone Fort in Tennessee. It wasn’t bad, but we quickly … Continue reading It’s finally here: a new Simply Adventure bouldering video, “Western Sandstone”
After all that oh-my-goodness-Indian-Creek hype I built last weekend, I didn’t even end up going there at all while I was in Moab – oops. I guess that’s what I get for posting previews of adventures on the blog. I did however learn some awesome tips for building a tape glove from The Alpine Hack … Continue reading So, I didn’t go to Indian Creek – but here’s what I did do in Moab (a panoramic perspective)
At this very moment, I’m holed up at the Food Ranch outside of Joe’s Valley in Utah. After two solid days of projecting my current obsession, Kill By Numbers (V5), I gave the bouldering problem just a single attempt this morning before realizing that my body was wrecked beyond the ability to send. Thus, I … Continue reading How to Make the Most of a Climbing Rest Day
Today is an anniversary of sorts: Niko and I have officially been living in our big yellow Sprinter van for two months. Officially longer than any other journey we’ve embarked on together, I’m proud of how easy has been to live on the road – and impressed that we still actually want to cuddle every … Continue reading Happy Van-aversary! Reflections from Two Months of Living in a Van