Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Last weeks climbing...

My friend Earl was in town for the week and I got my full share of climbing in. In the last 7 days I managed to climb at paradise forks, west elden, priest draw, buffalo park, east clear creek, and the peaks (twice)! Got on a bunch of cool lines, but didn't take any pictures. Here's some highlights of routes from the week.
  • Led Davidsons Dihedral again (5.11+)
  • Figured out the crux on Sail Away (5.12)
  • Redpointed the scoop climb at the peaks (5.11+)
  • Finally led a crack at the peaks I've been oogling for a year (5.11)
  • Did some classic deep water solo's at east clear creek, Sea King (5.11), The Shield (v3), and a ton of other super fun routes.
Also saw a pretty cool film that debates the idea of being a dirtbag. This is something I've often toiled with, so it was cool to see the film, and they had free beer.
I've often wanted to just get away, live out of my vehicle, and climb. However there is another side of me pulling, directing me to try to make beneficial social change. I don't think I could be a dirtbag, as my philosophy is centered around Hanna Arednt's notion of "the human condition," Freire's "unfinishedness of being," and my own vision of how to create change. Put simply, I feel it is all of our responsibilities to contribute to the betterment of our communities.

Here's a link to their site and the preview of the film. Definitely worth checking out.

Finally, I had a great time hanging out with good friends. It was just what I needed to find the motivation to sprint to the finish line with my thesis!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Photo of the week

I'm not usually one to photoshop much, but I was feeling creative and had this recent picture that I wanted to spice up. The picture of is of my friend Artec on his first 5.11 trad lead. The climb is the prow at Paradise Forks, AZ. The prow is probably one of my favorite 5.11- crack climbs. It starts with an offwidth, then goes to fingers, to ringlocks, to thin hands. For this photo I rigged a fixed line off a tree at the lip and rapped slightly over the lip. He went much quicker than I expected and was just pulling the crux bulge in time for me to take this shot!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Photo of the week

Had a great day in Oak Creek Canyon with John and Jon. Excited to get out swimming and to take the camera. I'm not great at water shots, and went with the intent of doing some experimenting. Things I learned. Wait until the sun goes over the canyon wall (obvious). Shoot upriver, don't know why but for some reason my shots turned out better that were pointed upriver. I shot this one in ISO 200 with a 0.8 second exposure at 16mm with my Sigma 10-20 and am pretty happy with the results. I think this summer will be a great opportunity to get out in the evenings and work on this type of shot.