It is definitely a great summer when the hardest part of the day is deciding...
Where should we climb today?
I was living the good life being a professional non-professional, traveling to the North West's premiere climbing destinations.
Some call us dirt bags, but we consider ourselves Dharma Bums on a quest to live the vision that pops up while not getting after it.
Most other climbers drool over blogs and wonder, how do they make that happen for themselves? We have known all along...
Don't work that much.
Move into your car.
Don't take extravagant vacations.
Eat lots of cliff bars and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Don't be attached to the outcome.
Visit your friends who live in cool places.
Where your at, is where its at!
|Outer Space 5.9- Snowcreek Wall|
|Gae starting up the run-out Dreamer|
Green Giant Buttress, Darrington, WA
|Climbing out of the jungle in Darrington, WA|
|Flake pitch 6 on Green Giant Buttress|
|Angel Crack 5.10c|
Angels Crest Squamish, BC
|Top of pitch 12 on Angels Crest|
|Mt. Tupper |
Rogers Pass, Glacier National Park, BC
|Lots of scrambling on MT. Tupper|
|Ropeless 4,000 feet above the road on Mt. Tupper|
|Pitch 10 on Squamish Buttress 5.10c|
|Hai Lin Peak Canmore, AB|
|14 pitches of 5.6 on solid limestone|
|Happy to be moving fast to beat the heat!|
|Great corner on Hai LIn|
|Mt. Gimli- Valhalla Mts, AB|
|Southeast Buttress of Mt. Gimli|
|Impeccable Gneiss on Mt. Gimli|
|Whats in a Dharma Bums pack?|
|Gonaa miss you guys!|
After running out of money we went to California for a couple of weeks and scored some work! It also gave us some time to reflect on what we had accomplished so far this summer. Getting back on the road we were excited to drive down into the Sierra mountains and meet up with our friends Justin and Olivia. We pulled onto Tioga Road, sussed some camping outside the park, and planned out the next few days. The next day we got backcountry permits and backpacked out to climb Mathes Crest and Cathedral peak. Both of these routes are moderate ratings and the rock and views are as good as they get anywhere!
After the Tuolumne warm up we hiked into the Incredible Hulk outside of Bridgeport, CA. Peter Croft calls it the best alpine cliff in north America. We had to go. We climbed the Red Dihedral 5.10c in twelve pitches, taking ten hours on the route.
|Hiking into Cathedral Peak|
The south east face is rated 5.7
|Mathes Crest |
We simu climbed this mile long ridge
|Gae leading the first pitch of Cathedral Peak|
|Fun with ropes on the long exposed ridge of Mathe Crest|
|The Incredible Hulk|
|Gae leading the first pitch of Red Dihedral|
|Fraser on our heels the entire day!|
|Memorable pitch after Memorable pitch for twelve rope lengths|
|Fraser jamming the crux 5.10c pitch of Red Dihedral|
|Panthers on the top of the SIerra|