Friday, February 22nd, 2013
Texas and New Mexico
Hi everybody! It has been about a month since I updated my blog and much has been going on. I had a great time hanging around Austin, TX eating some really good food and yes some of it did come from food trailers. J It is part of Austin culture. The stories are true – Austin has great food! Not only is the food good but the people are very nice, especially the climbing community. On another note, I picked up my running again while in the Austin area. Lots of nice spots to go for a run! I must build a huge running base to have a serious shot at breaking the record on Long’s Peak. Of course I also went climbing while hanging out in Austin despite the Mountain Cedar’s best attempt at putting me into an Allergy coma. I still managed to send a wide variety of very cool climbs all the way up to 14c. In fact I put up the First Ascent of Enero Mariposa 5.14c, named for the beautiful butterfly that flew up to me at the cliff. I have been trying my friend Rupesh’s line called I, Me, Mine 5.14+? I hope to complete this line when I return in a few days. Having a little free time I went and visited some kids at a local charter school and talked to them about climbing, the importance of education, nutrition and answered as many questions as possible. It was hard to pick which kid had their hand raised to answer a question. The whole room had hands up J It was fun!
I strained my hand a bit on I, Me, Mine and decided that going to Hueco would be good for recovery being as crimping did not seem to agitate the injury spot. It has been a patient process while climbing at Hueco thus far, being as the hand is healing and the humidity has been non-existent. Which of course is only bad for me. However I had the great opportunity to take one of my sponsors TruFit out on an adventure in the Organ Mountains. They made a fun video of our hike. Click on the link below to watch the Video.
Thanks For the fun day TruFit
I opted not to participate in the Rodeo and instead went sport climbing at the Tunnel and went for a run in the high Sacramento Mountains. There was snow, moon shadow, and a spectacular sunset. I then woke up the next day and headed down to teach a clinic with Paul Robinson. We had a great group of participants. Big Thanks to Melissa Strong for the organizing and facilitating of the 2013 Hueco Rock Rodeo. Later this week I will be giving a talk for the Geography Department. I’m a little nervous…but I think I can do a good job. I hope
Now…I’m hoping for rain I love the smell of rain in the desert!
A short video I shot of Alex Megos sending Sôl Adûnâmentum