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Video of summer bouldering in Flagstaff

August 18th, 2018

Viewer beware: contains “song of the summer” ;-)

posted by ARR

Kids Paradise

August 17th, 2018

Upon returning to Flagstaff with Jen, Brian and family in tow, we soon learned that friends John and Mandy with their four kids were also going to meet us there. 8 kids on a climbing trip! Gah! Silas dubbed the week “Kids Paradise.” Well put, Silas. :-)

The Boys

Saltine Crack Whore, v10

Paul sending Saltine Crack Whore (and nobody cares, heh heh)

Brian flashing Disco Polly, v6

Jen sending an Unnamed v5 at Gomez Traverse

After getting rained out one afternoon and thinking the day was done we all headed back to camp, only to find the weather all cleared up. Not able to resist the pleasant temps that the rain had brought we decided to get a little wild (wild, that is, for parents with small kiddos that outta be in bed at a reasonable time if we don’t want to pay for it later). We ordered up a stack of take-out pizzas downtown and then drove out to Super Roof for an evening session. Wild, I tell ya. ;-)

Jen looking gorgeous

The boys really got obsessed with this one. An Unnamed V2 on Badass Roof. Both Seb and Oren sent!

And Jen on Badass, v5

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Protocol Muscle at The Draw

August 13th, 2018

On one weekend at Priest Draw our friends Cat and Gus joined us. Both are now Protocol enthusiasts too. Climbers plus weightlifting? Don’t knock until you try.

WHICH pocket?! A common scene at Bat Roof, v3

The kids have their own use for all these pockets

Gus slapping his way up Wife Beater, v8

Cat on an adjacent and also slappy unnamed v2 we oh-so-creatively refer to as “Sister Beater”

Paul giving a sending go on Carnibroiler, v12, which he nailed the following weekend

And me on Meateater, v7. DONE! FINALLY! Still can’t believe this thing was so hard for me. I’ve vowed to never attempt a repeat. Ever!

Icing on the cake, I snag Move N Groove Barbie, v7 the following weekend. Woo!

posted by ARR

Summer Fun

August 11th, 2018

I’m sharing a bit of a backlog with you all. School is now back in session but summer was a blast! We spent the early part of the summer bouldering at Priest Draw up in Flagstaff, which is typical for us. But what’s not typical is the amount of sendage that went down in such a few short trips. Paul took down Pink Lightning v11 the very first weekend we were there! (Which I got neither pics nor video of because I honestly wasn’t thinking he’d actually send it that soon, haha). And I quickly cleaned up my long standing nemesis Meateater v7 without much effort. The kids were little crushers too, with Silas topping out actual legit boulder problems versus the typical “kids climbs” that they make up for themselves on smaller boulders. It’s been a good summer, and a great encore to my own comeback from such lousy health this time last year. I’ll start off with posting some pics. Video to follow…eventually. Heh! We’re busy around here these days! ;-)

John warming up

Mandy styling Flip Flop Traverse, v1

Kite flying! I’m embarrassed to say that soon after this photo was taken the kite’s tail got stuck in the top of a tall pine and ripped off, leaving an ugly piece of red plastic litter overhead. All of the kids apologized to Mother Nature profusely. Can’t say as that made any of us feel any better about the blunder. :-(

Morning maintenance

Climber Ivan

Brother Silas

Darn cuteness

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This is for you, Brian and Jen

December 1st, 2017

Flagstaff, Summer 2018?

posted by pjv and arr


July 11th, 2017

Paul still battles the endurance factor on Pink Lightning, v11

…and I move on to my next victim, Meat Eater, v7. This thing has been a thorn in my side for waaaaay too long. It’s about time I finish it off…

…so I can move on to all the other Priest Draw classics. Like this one! Move N’ Groove Barbie, v8

Our buddy Tim tempting me into trying it

While young boys run wild through the draw

Silas and Ivan find a fun traverse

And promptly climb it over…

…and over…

…and over again.

posted by ARR

Puffer Fish, V7

July 9th, 2017


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Flagstaff Fun

June 26th, 2017

It’s HOT!! Head to the mountains we must!

Grrrl power. Linda, Cat and I

An oldie but still a goodie. Badass, V5

Paul’s current proj, Pink Lightning, V11

And mine, Puffer Fish, v7. Both climbs have the same finish and according to Paul, it’s a race to the top. (Never mind that Paul is oblivious to the fact that I have not yet agreed to this competition).
Interesting tidbit of info on this climb: I had never been able to do the finish move, a big powerful throw to the lip with an in-your-face same side heel hook and undercling. Well, last weekend (our first trip to the Draw of the season mind you…which NEVER goes well, with a grand total of only 5 climbing days under my belt since the 12 weeks I spent training for the kettlebell certification, and prior to that having not climbed at all due to a surgery), I stuck the move. Yup. Data perhaps that this whole full-body strength training stuff might be a good thing? I’m thinkin’ so.

An early morning run with my lady friends, Heather and Linda

And lots…

..of cute kiddos

And let’s not forget, when in Flag means lots of tasty beer. Refill please?

posted by arr

Flagstaff Kickoff

October 18th, 2016

We’ve made a few trips up to Flag this late summer/early fall to kick off our winter bouldering season. Feeling strong! Woohoo!

Paul on a quick tick of Luke Cockstalker, v10

Ivan on a first ascent (and despite the concerned look on his face, I can assure you he is having fun. Immediately after this was snapped he got in trouble for impatiently trying it again without a spotter)

Silas’ own variation of Bat Roof

Michael on Carnivore, v8

“the race”

Raquel styling The Hermit, v5

Me on The Hermit, v5, which I came back and sent next trip, first try.

The kids using ‘rock walkie-talkies’

Paul on The Egyptian, v11


Ivan sitting a time-out, not at all contemplating the massive amount of dirt on his hands. Gross!

Paul working out the moves of his next victim, Chandler Dub All-Stars, v9

Ahh, autumn.

posted by arr

Summer Roadtrip: Flagstaff, Arizona

July 4th, 2016

We’re on the road! …climbing, camping and visiting friends and family. First stop is Priest Draw in Flagstaff with the intent of finishing off the boulder problems we had tried a couple weeks prior. Paul succeeded. I need to go back.

Early bird gets the worm (or The Anorexic Roof all to themselves)

Paul sending Cosmic Tricycle, v10

The Anorexic Roof

Me NOT sending Meateater, v7

posted by arr