|Smooth sailing, Georgian bay sunset cruise|
|Kayaking to the cliff with Zuly, sweet summer dayz.|
|The Monument, one of the most beautiful/imposing/surreal/humbling/inspiring roof cracks I have ever seen/touched.|
|John Michalenko rocks the Gripped strength contest at the On the Rocks booth @ the Beaver Valley Climbing Festival|
|Psychotech 5.12c, just a little taste of that classic Beaver Valley mixed style.|
|After another regular guiding day at Metcalfe, I stuck around to teach a few local guides how to bolt. We put up a fun new 5.10a called 'Sleeping Husky' and Matt Simpson nabbed the first first ascent.|
|Pete Kamitses dances between the streaks of Titan 5.14a, Lion's Head classic|
|Loving the La Sportiva climbing apparel. The Kalymnos pants are the bomb.|
Coming back from a finger injury on tweaky limestone is no easy task, but I found so much inspiration to stick with it from my climbing friends, and from giving Lion's Head tours to all the cool peeps that came to visit from the far away land of America. When I started to be able to pull on pockets again, I stepped it up a bit and made quick work of some routes I hadn't done before in the 12a-13b range. My favourite was undoubtedly "The Mentor" 5.13b, a Lion's Head classic put up by local legend Greg Williamson.
|Greg Williamson, local legend, FA's "The Mentor" 5.13b waay back when|
|Visiting American badass climber Pete Kamitses, experiences that Lion's Head high that leaves a mark on your soul.|
|Gary Posey and I dance up The Roaming Gypsies 5.10+|
|Pete on Titan|
|Allistar Johnstone tries to unlock the definitive crux of The Monument 5.12d +++|
His right hand is on the hold that I can't stick. Why don't you love me back Monument...WHY??
It was then too late in the season to fall in love with a proj at Lion's Head but I was finally starting to feel like I could try something hard again, so I treated the rest of the season as "training". I found out that Sabrina Chapman had been working on 'Man in Me' 5.13d and was getting close. I had climbed with Sabrina once before and was super inspired. She approaches climbing so much differently than me and really focuses in on sport projecting, while I dapple with a little bit of everything (trad, boulder, sport) and stuff that I can do quickish. I may also have a case of Projectphobia.
I asked Sabrina about the route and was answered with play by play beta and the best sportsmanship anyone could of asked for. We climbed on the route together shortly after and it was cool to watch someone that had the moves so dialed, she made it look like a beautiful dance and got me stoked!!!
Man in Me is a true test piece. If you can send Man in Me, you are a damn good rock climber, FACT. It demands flawless technique and shout out to Sabrina for such an inspiring send :)
|Sabrina Chapman takes down her first 5.13d, and a stout one at that, "The Man in Me"|
|Team Boulderz! Always a blast taking out their youth team www.boulderzclimbing.com|
|Field courses with MEC Burlington staffers :)|
|On the Rocks Guide extraordinaire Mark Toma, helps me out with an advanced multi-pitch course for the Alpine Club Toronto Section.|
|Teaching trad, so so rad.|
|All smiles everyday at "work" :)|
Currently concocting winter plans but talks of New River Gorge for a few weeks, Costa Rica in November and perhaps a little Spain mission in the new year. 100% chance of rock climbing.
Going with the flow, but going balls out when I'm going. Life is good. Much love to all yeeooo