Spring is here in western Colorado and the climbing conditions are great. I just returned from a trip to Maui so it feels odd to post some videos about winter and skiing. But, they are too good to pass up and reflect on this past winter. Plus, they feature our area and include my favorite lift-served skiing area, Aspen Highlands, and my favorite local backcountry skiing, Marble.
There are a couple of great videos from the Yurt Project. When you’re done, put away the skis and embrace the spring climbing season.
Conrad Anker is a living legend in the climbing world. Soft spoken yet driven, I’ve always had a ton of respect for Conrad for the cutting edge climbs he’s done and for the way he lives and carries himself. All climbers have some sort of gear room; whether it’s a garage, closet, or a few bins in their dirtbag van, climbers have a deep connection with their gear that includes how it is stored. I know I will often peruse through my gear room, thinking of the stories told by pieces of gear; falls taken, friends climbed with, summits reached.
Here’s an insightful video looking at Conrad Anker’s gear room. Enjoy.
This is a great little video with a wonderful story and beautiful imagery. My great grandmother was born in Switzerland and our family has always had a special place for it in our hearts. Nina Caprez cranks this cool looking route. Enjoy.
2013 is full blown. Have you asked yourself what you want to do this year?
Goals? Resolutions? To-do lists? Whatever you want to call them, it can be motivating to make some resolutions.
Setting goals can be a bit like going to the dentist: I know it’s a good thing, but it’s always a reminder of my less than perfect hygiene. Hence, it is a call to action for something I have a hard time doing.
That’s why when I set New Year’s resolutions, I set attainable goals, like quitting smoking (I don’t smoke), eating my vegetables (which I love) and not beating my wife (which I don’t do).
I tell my wife every year that she should be glad that I prioritize her when setting my goals for the year. She says I should get serious.
Tommy Caldwell has long been my candidate for one of the best climbers in the world due to his all-around ability and his big wall free climbing ascents. Plus, he’s a really nice guy.
I remember meeting his dad years ago in Zion National Park and Tommy’s dad, Mike, is a super fun, energetic guy that loves climbing. Hence, it’s no surprise that he passed that love of climbing on to his son, something I hope to do with my kids.
Climbing movies are a great way to start your week. So, here you go, Chris Shulte on Independence Pass. “The Pass”, as locals here in the Roaring Fork Valley tend to call it, is a favorite summertime destination and the Ice Caves area is a fun climbing spot as well as popular hiking/tourist destination. Enjoy.