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Video! Return to Yosemite

August 8th, 2021

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Stellar Trip Indeed

August 7th, 2021

We climbed. We hiked. We climbed. We camped. We climbed. We climbed some more. And mama sent! (Which never happens in Yosemite). Photo log below. Video coming soon.

Drug Dome boulders
First send of the trip: Warm Up Arete, v2
Slopers and Dopers, v4. Last summer had to leave this one unfinished. This summer: crushed it.
Our campsite at Tuolumne Meadows Campground
A site right next to the river! Score again!
A heinous uphill trudge on a nonexistent trail in the late afternoon while in a Tuolumne heatwave results in no choice but a send of the classic Booze Bottle, v6.
…”cause we are NOT hiking all the way back up here again Dad.”
The “descent”
Rest day hunt for the best swimming hole ever
The ultra classic and ultra hard Conquistadors, v8. Paul will need to come back for this one.

 Silas working out Warm Up Roof, v3

My goal for the trip:  Ian’s Prow, v6!  Done!

Same day headed over to the Medlicott boulders. And Ivan ticks off a rad Unnnamed v1 with a dyno!

Finishing this awesome sendage day off with a refreshing dip in Tenaya Lake. The boys found playmates.

While Paul and I enjoyed adult beverages in the evening sun. Long summer days are the best!
A “rest day” hike up to Cathedral Lakes

About 10 miles hiked this day in total. Worth it.

Another that Paul will need to come back for: Detached, v8. These Yosemite boulders are HARD!
Another to come back for: Unnamed, v6. Funny how there’s so many excellent boulder problems in Tuolumne without names.
A venture down into The Valley. Camped one night here next to “the loud boys” (two smaller boys next to us that must not ever sleep and clearly still need trained in volume adjustment)

Blue dragonfly by the Merced River

Ivan climbs his first v2, an unnamed problem at the Curry boulders

This trip was put together piecemeal, with both Paul and I checking campsite availability nearly every day leading up to the trip. An open night at Bridalveil Campground came up so we grabbed it, even though it’s not near any climbing. Soooo worth it. The family deemed this campsite our favorite of the trip. And Taft Point was just a short drive and hike away.

Approaching Taft Point
Taft Point
Exposed!
Best campsite of the trip. Totally chill.
The Roof, v4. Another great send.
The Giving Tree, v9. Paul wanted soooo bad to repeat this, because it’s THAT good. Dang that first move though!

This place is really starting to grow on me

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Off to a good start

July 21st, 2021

Scored a campsite in Rock Creek en route to Tuolumne! And what’s more – it had just rained when we arrived. Now, this may not be exciting to most. But for us, pure heaven. “Mama! Walk through the grass!  You can feel the wetness on your toes!” were Ivan’s exact words after he stepped out of the van and ran around.

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The beginnings of a stellar trip

July 20th, 2021

First and foremost, all of our trips are stellar…for the record. But this one for sure is bound to be a little more special than most, as I’ve been suffering from a bit of cabin fever lately.  Within the last couple month we’ve had fun plans shut down multiple times, keeping us homebound. First, our Pittsburgh climber buddies had to bail on a rendezvous with us here out west. Then we had a trip to the north rim of the Grand Canyon canceled due to forest closure because of fire danger (which also shutdown all northern AZ options). Next we had to turn back on a trip to Hueco Tanks because of apocalyptic rainfall and flooding. And, we’ve bailed on Mt. Lemmon camping & climbing quite a few times because it was just too dang hot!  On top of all that the “work from home” mandate still persists, which I am not at all a fan of.  Our desert adobe with pool and personal climbing gym is sweet and all (don’t get me wrong here!) but I need to get out of this place before I go crazy!!!  Time to bust this joint!

Yosemite, here we come

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Hello rocks, we’ve missed you

May 8th, 2021


Yosemite Valley, California

Balance of Opposites, v7
Torque, v7

Drive by Shooting, 5.12a
Vernal Fall


Mt. Lemmon, Arizona

Mark Twain, v8

Party Pooter, 5.8

Rocket Science, 5.13c

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Yosemite Bouldering

August 9th, 2020

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Yosemite Bouldering

July 14th, 2019

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Yosemite Fix

November 30th, 2017

Two sends from this fall’s trip and one from last. Enjoy.

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April’s mission accomplished

June 5th, 2017

So here’s the story of the real reason why we’ve been so busy lately (and neglecting the blog so sporadically!). Settle in folks, this might turn into a bit of a novel, haha.

During the spring of last year, I got the hair-brained idea that if I wanted to continue to progress in the sport of rock climbing I needed to lift weights. Yes, weights. As in “scrawny little April pumping iron…one more rep, bro!” A comical visual, I know. I suppose this idea came to me in realizing that the climbs I’m most interested in doing these days don’t simply require, say, more finger strength, or better endurance, or a little more dynamic power in my legs, etc. The climbs I’m most interested in seem to require a whole new ‘April’ to achieve. I need to be a stronger human being overall to even have a chance. There you have it – rationale.

I did a little research, placed a (significant) order with Rogue for equipment, and by mid-March Paul and I found ourselves with two hands clenched around a barbell, asking the other “am I doing it right?” while said other watched a deadlift video on the iPad that had in big bold letters across it, ALWAYS CONSULT A PROFESSIONAL WHEN LEARNING A NEW LIFT…OR RISK INJURY! Um, yeah. To our defense, we’re rock climbers, remember! Who, like most in this sport, have been completely self-taught in every aspect.

No, we didn’t hurt ourselves. But we did smarten up really quick and decide to seek out someone who knew a little something about lifting more than one’s own bodyweight. Through a friend I got connected to Jerry Trubman at The Protocol, who basically specializes in making people wicked strong. Dang, what a goldmine I hit when finding this man. AND his facility is 8 minutes away from our house to boot!

Thinking we’d pay for our 4 private sessions with Jerry, learn how to lift all this fancy equipment we just bought, and then retreat back into our late-night-after-the-kids-are-in-bed-backyard-training sessions, I’m amazed myself to be reporting today, a full year later, that not only are we regulars in Jerry’s gym, but as of two weeks ago I am now a certified SMK Level 1 kettlebell instructor! Oh, and our climbing game is feeling really, really good too by the way. ;-)

With the certification now behind me, it’s time to put this new muscle to use. I’m still shooting for that V9. Summer weekends will be spent up in Flagstaff. And as soon as temps cool it’s off to Hueco. And then we’ll be wrapping the year up with some more Yosemite. I’m in the process of starting up a strength and conditioning class specifically for climbers at The Protocol, which is exciting. And I also plan to go back to work in August when Ivan starts kindergarten. That’s the plan, man!

Typically the busier I am, the better my performance is in all aspects of life. Let’s hope this remains the case. And if not … well … nothin’ wrong with some new good-lookin’ muscle, haha. ;-)



Training for the certification



Not how I would prefer to expend my energy while in The Valley, but the cert was a month away!



The Strength Matters (SMK) “swing test” during the 3-day certification

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Paul’s mission accomplished

June 5th, 2017


Thriller, V10. Done!


And despite what some would call our “radically healthy diet,” we have no qualms what-so-ever about celebrating with cheap Curry Village pizza and beer! Woohoo!
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