October 12, 2009

Sticks Stones and Danglers

PMS at the end of another good day at the Wave in Skaha

While the sun was shining and a bunch of us were tugging tats out at Skaha, the Bow Valley was getting hammered by Old Man Winter. Holy hell was I happy to be clipping bristlers instead of freezing my ass on some early season sketch fest. But not everyone shared this sentiment. By the time I got home, Mad Johnny Freeman had already gotten in a few days of ice and was getting amped on the Trophy Wall. Christ Jesus.

Mad Johnny getting freaky on The Replicant (Nov 08)

The Berglar following Mad Johnny

The Berglar realizing why Mad Johnny is Mad Johnny

Mad Johnny

Personally, the thought of climbing ice at this time of year is about as appealing as having my eyeballs sucked out with a Dirt Devil. After a long summer season of pounding around in the hills, I barely have enough energy to get out of bed before noon. Luckily, everyone else at Skaha was on the same page.

One of many Union Breaks at the Dr's Wall with T-Tony Touch, Dom and PMS

Here we have T-Tony Touch at Rogers Pass at New Years last year. This shot just appeared on the MEC Website

PMS demonstrating classic Egyptian Technique

PMS

October 08, 2009

Road Trippin

John Freebird and Sara Huenabomber talkin bout stuff at Skaha.

Just finished the last day of work for the season and am stoked to be hitting the road! Although the Bow Valley looks pretty good under a blanket of snow, I still think it's a little early for Winter. So came to Skaha for a few days of climbing before heading down to the desert souhwest on Oct 15th. Spent the last few days locking off with an assortment of characters - Bernie Mac, The Maestro, The Huenabomber + Jonny Freebird - and somehow managed to bloc my way up a few outstanding projects from the spring. Tikked the classic Wings of Steel (12d) after a mad-doggin session and rallied the bouldery Flying Clipper (12c) after that. It counts if you pull on the draws, right?

Off to Vegas on the 15th where I'll meet up with the legendary Danny Uhlman for a month of tugging. Let me rephrase that, a month of climbing. Gonna start at Red Rocks then lurk between J-Tree, Zion and CO. The last time I rallied J-Tree was 2003. I failed miserably on the classic crack Equinox (12c) back then and plan on more of the same this time round.

The Maestro in a cloud of puff on Fade Away at the Wave - an honest 12a at Skaha.