October 21st, 2012 | Comments Off on Outside Corner with the Legend – Michael Kennedy

We’ve been friends with Michael and Julie Kennedy, and their son Hayden since 1999.  But it’s still rad to hang out, talk about radical first ascents by MK back in the day, and now by Hayden – and even get out and climb a few pitches together.  The guy is a legend.

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October 20th, 2012 | Comments Off on Tommy hits the big 4-0

After the swap, a crew of us hit LCC for some perfect fall conditions climbing.  It was THE day of the year – unreal.  Then it was to the parking lot for a bit of a celebration.  Tommy’s wife, Shannon brought burritos, beer, cake & ice cream.  Awesome

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October 20th, 2012 | Comments Off on Our Friends from Idaho

When Ellen and I were in Chamonix, we met some friends of friends – Luke and Tenee (sp?) (like Renee, but with a T).  They showed us pictures of their two little girls – but I didn’t believe it until I saw it in person.  They were in SLC for the day and stopped by.

Unreal.

 

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October 5th, 2012 | Comments Off on West Slabs of Olympus

Once again, at the last minute, Metcalf twists my arm to get me out of the office at 4pm on a Friday to do the West Slabs of Olympus.  This time we brought Rumple along for the approach, left him at the base while we soloed the slabs, and he was patiently waiting when we returned. An awesome way to start the weekend.

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September 30th, 2012 | Comments Off on City of Rocks

An incredibly perfect weather weekend at the City of Rocks.  Too bad my elbow still feels like there is a steak knife stuck in it and I struggle on 5.8.

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September 28th, 2012 | Comments Off on 4pm meeting with the big boss

When the big boss asks if we can move our Friday afternoon 4pm meeting to the West Slabs of Olympus – you just do it.

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September 25th, 2012 | Comments Off on Ellen enjoys her “real” vacation

After seeing Kolin off in Geneva, I took the train to southern France for a two week visit with Howard, Kate and Tobin.  Kate and I started off with a few days at the Gorge du Tarn.  We were greeted by camphosts we met on our 2004 visit, bringing back some great memories from eight years ago.  The climbing was just as good as I remembered.  This time we got to take advantage of some of the longer routes and made use of every meter of Kate’s 110m rope.  In general, I like to think I’m reasonably comfortable with most sport run outs but I have to say, my heart was pumping like mad at the tops of some of those longer routes.  After only 4-5 days, we were quite drained – not just physically, but also mentally – and ready for some rest days.

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September 21st, 2012 | Comments Off on Playing Hooky with the Big Boss

Early in the week, the big boss asks if I can take off work Friday at noon to go climbing.  I mean, when the big boss asks you to go climbing… you go climbing.  We headed to Devil’s Castle and did “Horn’s of Satan”, a six or 7 pitch good rock/choss rock route.  A super fun way to spend a Friday afternoon/early evening.

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September 16th, 2012 | Comments Off on Happy Birthday to ME (and my mom)

Did “the Black Streaks” on Devil’s Castle with Peter Metcalf and Clarke Kawakami – super fun (other than Clarke trying to kill me when he pulled a hefty block down and it clocked me straight on the noggin’) – Luckily I was wearing a helmet.

Then I treated myself to a fancy Starbuck’s Frappacino.  Yum, went home and called my mom to wish her a Happy Birthday too.

 

 

 

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September 8th, 2012 | Comments Off on Chapelle de la Gliere

My last day in Chamonix – and we had a blast on the 14 pitch uber classic Chapelle de la Gliere.  Once again, a tram and chair lift up – a quick 15 minute approach to climbing on generally good granite with the obligatory Chamonix crowds.  An easy walk off with one rappel back to the top of the lifts and nice ride down.  So civilized.  Once again with Crouse and Gellert.  Super fun.

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