It has been an incredibly long time since I've posted on here. In fact so long that you may of wondered if I'd quit blogging. Nope. I am still here, its just that the glorious life exploring stone got put on hold for a little bit. Rewind back to the winter... I wont get into details but I was very sick for months and it has taken me a long time to get back to even thinking about training/climbing hard. I was born with a chronic illness that came out of remission in February and life got put on hold. As much of a bummer as this all was, I am happy it happened as I am now blessed with a totally refreshed outlook on life and appreciation for just being alive.
|Life Exploring Stone may of been on pause, but we still enjoyed plenty of nice sunny days this winter in the desert with Trilly (our trailer).|
|Thornbury sunsets. There's no place like home.|
|Just another day at "work" teaching Dian Xiang and Egor Larinov how to trad climb|
|Team Boulderz, always a blast working with this amazing youth team :)|
|Had a stellar time running some clinics and putting on a slideshow at ARC in Sudbury. What an awesome gym and climbing community :)|
Summer kicked off with a bang. Within being home for just a couple weeks I already snagged a first ascent off of Dave Zuly, so what more can you ask for ;) Jokes aside, it was a perfect day out at Metcalfe Rock.... I was guiding the awesome True North Climbing Youth Team all day, while Dave and Kyle Thomas were busy bolting a line that we had all talked about for a while. As they battled it out for the first ascent, I watched and haggled about how they should continue to chalk it up and suss the beta for my FA flash after work. Just as I hiked the kids out from the cliff, Chris Pegelo (another local who had eyed up this route) sprinted in after catching wind that they were bolting the line. As his warm up, Chris came incredible close to flashing it but gassed out. My time had come, and despite their best efforts to pull me off the rock, I flashed "Showered With Gifts" 5.11+ for the FA. What a perfect day with buddies.
|Chris Pegelo goes for the FA of 'Showered With Gifts' at Metcalfe Rock|
|Dave Zieleniewski on an FA attempt of Showered With Gifts 5.11d. Dave and Kyle Thomas equipped the line and put in the real hard work.|
|Typical gallivanting around town. When Ryan Brown's in town there will surely be an adventure.|
A couple weeks later Kyle and I went back up to Lions Head to finish bolting a route we had started the year prior. With access issues being a constant battle at the cliff, we stopped bolting for the time being and had to leave the route unfinished. This year we went back with new eyes and re-routed the climb entirely, turning it into a classic rather than a piece of crap 5.10 with a V11 stopper crux. After days of cleaning, beta sussing and bolting, I sent this beauty of a line end of June, and called it "Arrested Development" 5.13a. Very unique movement for the area, and definitely worth checking out.
|Kyle Thomas moving the bolts on Arrested Development|
|That look you get when you just sent your project :)|
|Focus for the final moves on the first ascent of 'Arrested Development' 5.13|
|Strongman Colin Lipowitz leads out 'Lord of the Flies' 5.11c with a loaded pack. Siiick.|
|Gotta love the epic adventure to be had at Lion's Head. Just trying to keep up with Colin!|
|There's so much more than just rock climbing at Lion's Head. Epic photographer Colin Field shot some amazing stuff this day.|
|Paul Ko stretches between perfect pockets on Dandilion Wine 5.11c|
|Lion's Head Salute.|
|Running a lap on Kyle and I's new route at Metcalfe Rock, 'Decade' 5.10d|
|Continuing with the 'Rejuvenation Tour', I cleaned up this forgotten trad route 'Zuit Soot' 5.11 and it turned out to be pretty classy.|
|Zuit Soot 5.11 trad, a Dave Smart classic.|
|Another fun Dave Smart route I cleaned up on the 'Rejuvenation Tour': 'How Elevators Changed Paris' 5.11 is a historical and incredibly sandbagged 5.11a mixed route at DG. SO classic.|
Send of the summer was definitely hearing that Jonathan Shen made the second ascent and first male ascent (FMA) of Above the Clouds, a dauntingly steep 40m 5.13b trad/mixed line at Lions Head. Huge congrats to Jon for inspiring men everywhere that they too can climb as hard as women ;)
|Me standing beneath 'Above the Clouds' 5.13, after getting the first ascent back in September 2013. It has taken 3 years for it to finally see a second ascent.|
These truly are the days I tell ya. Life is good. And though summer isn't quite over yet, I feel the change of seasons on the horizon and my feet are starting to itch for the road. We just bought a new truck with 4 wheel drive!! YAYAYA. We named it "Gandalf the Grey", it is obviously grey and wizard like.
I hope everyone else is getting after those sweet summer days too!
|Dan Sivret onsights another 5.11 at The Swamp|
|Dan Sivret sends his first 5.12b 'Pump and Dump' at The Swamp|
|Joe Skopec attempting the heinous looking "Waterfall Project'|
|Jany Mitges stares down the crux deadpoint on 'Jet' 5.12+ at Devils Glen|
|At 50 years old, Jany Mitges is such an inspiration, crushing 5.12's and projecting 5.13's at DG.|
|Matt McCormick casually onsights Bio Terror 5.11d at the Al Qaeda Wall.|
Huge thanks to my two newest sponsors, Arc'teryx and The Yoak. I still can't believe that Arc'teryx asked me to be on their team, I'm in shock and it is truly an honour to work with them. Also really excited about my partnership with The Yoak too. This incredibly versatile training tool has kept me so psyched as I can do a climbing specific after work training session that is easy on the fingers. It has also helped me get closer to my goals of holding a front lever and doing a one arm pull up. The improvements in my lock off strength are huge!
|Arc'teryx lovin', feeling pretty fly in the new gear I tell ya|
|Yoak ladders, my fav :)|
|SUP'n on Georgian Bay|