Surrounded by cute boys at Hueco

January 16th, 2022

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Video: November in Yosemite

January 9th, 2022

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Downtown Pittsburgh and Trains

January 3rd, 2022

Never gets old.

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Snow in New York

December 28th, 2021

For many years now our eastern visits have been mild and without snow over the holidays, the opposite of what it used to be when I was a kid. Last year when we didn’t travel, the northeast was buried in snow. Feets of it! And now this year the forecast was of course looking grim as usual. You can imagine how ecstatic we were then when getting this unexpected message from my mom the day we were scheduled to arrive: SNOW! To our delight flurries came down hard the last 45 minutes of the drive and our crummy bald-tired rental car barely spun it’s way up the driveway. We arrived around 9pm, kids kissed grandma and Aunt Katie hello, grabbed a quick bite of homemade pizza and then ran straight outside and played in the white stuff until half past past midnight. All the next day, more of the same! Wonderfully perfect snowman and sledding snow!

And then then the day after that – it was gone.

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Merry Christmas

December 25th, 2021

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Let the holiday festivities begin!

December 23rd, 2021

Stop one on our whirlwind tour of eastern friends and family: Our dear long time friend Tammy and new, to us, husband Bissell (who officially gets the family thumbs up on awesomeness), now living in western Massachusetts. Looks like we’ve now got a great reason to venture to some northeast rock. 😁

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Early Christmas Gifts

December 19th, 2021

Christmas came early for Silas and Ivan this year: rad new pads, a first v3 and a first v2!

Silas crushes Stationary Snake, v3!!!!!!
Ivan fights for Nobody Here Gets Out Alive, v2
and sends!!!!!
Meanwhile, Paul puts Le Retour de Goupil, v12 back on his radar after unlocking the roof-to-head wall sequence
And I get reacquainted with Bloody Flapper Traverse, v9
This winter is off to a good start…

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December 12th, 2021

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Daydreams until next time

November 28th, 2021

Our 6th annual November Yosemite Valley trip has finally come to a close and we’re in the van now, driving back to Tucson. Yesterday’s climbing day had the psyche but not the juice to pull off any big sends. No big deal though, as we are all very tired and extremely satisfied. Stats from our stellar trip:

  • Days climbed: 10 out of 14
  • Days rained out: zero
  • Problems sent: too many to count
  • Routes climbed: zero, although we did rope up to suss the moves out on a highball boulder problem – Spock Was Here, v6
  • Hikes: two big ones and many small ones
  • Bike rides: too many to count
  • Dinner at the Curry Pizza Deck: twice, exclusively reserved for days of big sends
  • Marshmallows cooked over a campfire: a whole bag minus 3
  • Dog poop incidents: one, involving Ivan and his bike
  • Bear poop incidents: one, involving Silas and his shoe
  • Major first aid incidents: only one! Last trip Silas banged the blunt end of an ax on his head, this trip he just peeled off…oh I dunno…5 or 6 layers of skin from his middle finger in a bike crash
  • Minor first aid incidents: two. Ivan cheese-grated his face skidding off a slab climb and Paul bit it on the fire ring walking across camp to go pee late at night without a headlamp
  • Number of times the kids in the campground didn’t become instant lifelong buddies of our kids: once. This is officially a first! Ivan was told by these two boys that they didn’t want to play with him anymore. He came back to camp all confused and sad. After some prying, I believe it maybe had something to do with these other boys being bigger and older, racing on fancy geared mountain bikes and getting beat by Ivan. Just once or many times? I asked. “All the times.” 😬
  • Interesting animal sightings: bear, wolf, heron, deer, ravens, and two bucks with big racks fighting
  • Average hours of sleep per night: a blissfully glorious 11. Every. Single. Night.
  • Showers: one. With all the climbing, hiking and biking, we couldn’t really find time to ever fit this in

Until next time:

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Perfect weather

November 27th, 2021

Perfect weather on a two week trip means lots of climbing, lots of hiking, and lots of tired and sore muscles. We’re beat down…..and loving it.

Silas on an Unnamed v3 at the Ahwahnee Boulders learning the trick of using your other foot to move a heel hook along. The boy has finally got it.
Me ticking off a delightful little lowball, Unnamed Fin, v2
Ivan crushes Soto Slab, v0
Paul camouflaged on The Linen Line, v1
Hike to Vernal Fall
Soooo close on Root Canal, v7!
And also close on Diesel Power, v10! One day left before we head home!

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