Monday Movie – People Are Awesome

People are awesome and this video highlights some awesome stuff people do. Have a great Monday and I hope you do something awesome!

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Monday Movie – Patagonia Promise

We’ve been super busy here with climbing! Spring is in the air and the rock has been calling along with a ton of people who are psyched to climb. Now, a return to the Monday Movie, with a thoughtful, inspiring look at putting up a first ascent in Patagonia and┬áremembering a loved one who has been lost. Recently Sean Leary died in a BASE jumping accident but a few years ago he lost the love of his life and here’s a look at that experience. Enjoy and remember to hug your loved ones today.

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Monday Movie – 35

This week is my birthday so while this video inspires me at any time of the year, it is particularly inspiring this week. Enjoy and get out there.

My favorite line: “We all have dreams. But they don’t mean much if we don’t act on them. If we put them in a drawer labeled someday.”

35 from ARC’TERYX on Vimeo.

 

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Picture of the Week – Holier Than Thou

It’s desert season and I’m anxiously flipping through guidebooks to prepare for an upcoming Moab trip to climb some towers.

Here is Holier Than Thou, a classic face climb on The Nuns in Castle Valley, Utah.

Holier Than Thou on The Nuns, Castle Valley, Utah.

Holier Than Thou on The Nuns, Castle Valley, Utah.

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Picture of the Week – Ibex

Spring is in the air here in the Roaring Fork Valley. Warm temperatures and sunny skies have been quickly melting the snow away and prompting climbers to hit the cliffs and to venture out on weekend trips. This is a great time of year to get out.

Below, the picture of the week, is from The Cape, a climbing area south of the main climbing areas at Ibex, an obscure, out-of-the-way area in western Utah. It’s a great place to escape and get away. In November, we climbed here for three days and saw one car. Glorious!

View from The Cape at Ibex, Utah.

View from The Cape at Ibex, Utah.

 

 

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Monday Movie – An Eye at the Top of the World

I recently read Pete Takeda’s An Eye at the Top of the World. Not my favorite book but an interesting story about climbing, the CIA and a Cold War attempt to spy on the Chinese with a plutonium-powered surveillance device. What’s not to like about a story with those elements? Check out this video to hear about the story and if you’re really interested, check out the book.

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Picture of the Week – The Pleasure Pillar in Rifle

The Pleasure Pillar in Rifle Mountain Park, CO.

The Pleasure Pillar in Rifle Mountain Park, CO.

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Monday Movie – Alex Honnold Free Solos El Sendero Luminoso

Prepare to have your palms sweat while watching Alex Honnold in Mexico on what may be the biggest, hardest free solo ever. Enjoy you Monday!

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Rifle Ice Conditions – 2-19-14

Warm weather has hit the area but have no fear, there is still ice to climb! Here’s a look at current conditions in Rifle Mountain Park. As usual, give us a call at 970-319-0656 if you’re interested in sticking your tools into some ice!

Final Curtain at Rifle Mountain Park, CO on 2-19-14.

Final Curtain at Rifle Mountain Park, CO on 2-19-14.

Tree Slab at Rifle Mountain Park, CO on 2-19-14.

Tree Slab at Rifle Mountain Park, CO on 2-19-14.

Soul On Ice at Rifle Mountain Park, CO on 2-19-14.

Soul On Ice at Rifle Mountain Park, CO on 2-19-14.

Stone Free and Ice Palace at Rifle Mountain Park, CO on 2-19-14.

Stone Free and Ice Palace at Rifle Mountain Park, CO on 2-19-14.

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Picture of the Week – Rappelling from Glenwood Falls’ Right Side

On the far right of Glenwood Falls is a lower angled, easier climb that is less susceptible to the dangers of sun and warm weather than the main, traditional line. A large pine tree is the customary rappel point for the route but the uphill side of the tree has been hammered by rock fall and has a large gouge in the bark with oozing sap from at least one quartzite block making impact. A few old slings are partially or completely severed from that rock fall and serve as a stark reminder of the importance of checking what you are trusting for rappel.

Rappelling from the far right side of Glenwood Falls in Glenwood Canyon, CO.

Rappelling from the far right side of Glenwood Falls in Glenwood Canyon, CO.

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