Round 1: Training for Climbing?

  Everyone gathers around the newly set wall. Laughing and chatting among themselves.  Oh the joy that could be had if one were to actually finish the new orange route. I want to climb the orange route… Instead, I’m mouth breathing and attempting to steady my mind from recoiling as my climbing ability slowly degrades before my eyes. Climbing, for the last 20 minutes, has … Continue reading Round 1: Training for Climbing?

The Weekend

It should be no surprise that this weekend – I will be huddled in the blue-white glow of the TV to watch the world’s best competition climbers climb with each other in Vail Colorado for the IFSC Bouldering World cup 2016.   While the men’s competition is great, I am far more excited about the women’s show down between Alex Puccio, Megan Mascarenas, and Shauna Coxsey. Wanna … Continue reading The Weekend

Running to Improve Climbing Performance

The only thing more splendid than climbing is knowing climbing made you better at more than just climbing. – Free Range Danger Using some Sense There is a debate among top trainers and coaches in the climbing industry whether running is a necessary aspect of climbing training.  Some argue that running depletes an athlete thus diminishing their climbing performance.  Others claim that running fitness harms your body’s … Continue reading Running to Improve Climbing Performance

Sexy times of Alligator mississippiensi

Two Hundred Million Years The first crocodilian was kind of lame. Spending lots of time on land, eating insects and hiding from larger predators. It wasn’t until about 144 million years ago that the alligator decided to stick to the water and become the armored death muscle you see today. Now there are 23 species of crocodilians which make up three major families: Crocodylidae, Gavialida, and … Continue reading Sexy times of Alligator mississippiensi

The Mythical Creatures of the Pacific Northwest

As you know, I’ve moved to the Pacific Northwest and let me tell you, this place is pretty magical.  The forests are a glimpse of a more bearable Dagoba, the waters are rich with life (and probably sharks), and the unknown things that lurk behind, in, up, or around every gigantic tree or moss infused log are completely  up to the imagination. It is wonderful. … Continue reading The Mythical Creatures of the Pacific Northwest

The Art of Alone

Suddenly, Sethi writes, dining out alone felt like a courageous act… – Simran Seith, from Why Eating Out Alone Doesn’t Have to be so Lonely Being alone is a gift.  It is a privilege.  It is… hard.  But rather than shy away from this challenge, embrace its inevitability.  We will be alone at some point in our lives if we are not already.  There is … Continue reading The Art of Alone

Foot Health for Bouldering

Your feet are a corner stone. They literally connect you to the ground and allow you to experience the grand privilege of walking upright.  The hallmark of our species. You will spend the rest of your life using your feet. Be it walking, running, jumping, dancing, strolling, and if you boulder, falling.  Any imbalance in the musculature in you feet will cause you problems in … Continue reading Foot Health for Bouldering

A Comestible Life

We eat. Every single human on the planet eats, or wants to eat.  With that, eating is often one of the few forms of true cultural exchange many of us will ever experience.  It is far easier (and cheaper) to pick up an order of Thai food than it is to move to Thailand.  Granted, many foods that have been successfully appropriated to the American palate … Continue reading A Comestible Life