Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lake Tahoe California

Lovers Leap, pared with Torpedo.


We were recently blessed to be invited to a wedding party out in the beautiful South Lake Tahoe area of California!
Not only being excited about the wedding party, we knew that the area hosted many world class crags.
One area that really stuck out was the Lovers Leap area, home to the 50 classic of North America called Traveler Buttress —  5.9, and 4 pitches long.  Gotta do that one first up!!

Liz, John, Lauren


Saturday, June 28, 2014

New Routing / Crags

This Spring time has been pretty fun!
New routes in Boulder Canyon, and up at Vedauwoo, Wyoming.

On the first ascent of Midway Crisis 5.10  Eagle Rock, Vedauwoo Wyoming.

Here is a few photos describing the routes.


Sunday, June 8, 2014

A moment in Taiwan

Capitol, Ocean, Climb, Culture, Food, Friends.      In no special order, it was awesome!



From language barriers, and unknown food, to earthquakes, and high rise buildings.
107 year record rains, and high speed trains.



Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A good friends article in Mountains Magazine from Brazil !

A great friend of ours, Andrey Romaniuk from Brazil wrote a great story about his trip to the US for the American Alpine Club's International Climbers Meet.  This event  happens annually in the first week of October, and is hosted in Yosemite Valley every year!

The Brazilian Climbing Machine - Andrey!


This is where I met Andrey two events ago.  He was in Yosemite early, and shared his campsite with Carol and I before the event.  Carol works for the AAC, and is the lead organizer of the event.
I go every year as the other lead organizer, and as a host climber to help people achieve some of there climbing dreams of Yosemite.  (Although last year the event was in the Bishop CA / East side of the Sierra Mountains, as our Federal Government was shut down!)

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Spring Schralp (Video)

         Here is the latest video from our recent Spring ski descents in the FrontRange of ColoRADo!



Thursday, May 8, 2014

Rocky Mountain Spring

          It has been some time now since the last blog posting.                   Time to update some things!

Since the last post about the Jackal Hut, I had not been out skiing…  Gears had shifted to some 
first ascent adventures in the local Boulder Canyon.  Seven new routes in the past month!  All of them are visible from the road, with very little approach.  Funny how things can sit there for years, with climbers walking by it all of the time.  Some friends and I have been opening up new routes in the Avalon/Vampire/Black Widow area for the last few years now.  I think we are up to about 40 routes in the area now.  Most are traditional or mixed, and some sport climbs also.  These have not been published yet, so if you want more information contact me.  We are always glad to show new folks!
When the development is complete we will let the cat out of the bag! 

Also over the past month we had some great friends come to town, and stay with us at our home.    It is always great to catch up with folks, and if the weather cooperates, have some adventure time!

We were able to climb in Eldorado Canyon, and also climb the famous 1st Flatiron with our friend Nogah.  She was here all the way from Israel.  Glad the weather was ok!  

If you don't live here…  It is usually pretty dry in these parts.  We get 300+ days of sun per year.  
The weather had been a bit wet, and snowy around that time.

Next our friend Aaron makes an appearance from Washington.  It had been great around here for weather, and the spring snow up high was perfect!  That was until Doc (Aaron) brought the Washington weather with him!  Spring time in the Rockies was no more.  It was blowing hard wind up high, and snowing every day.  Our plan was to go spring skiing and camping up high so we would be in place for some mega ascents.  Ok, so plan B!  Back to Boulder Canyon to work on some more new routing.  Doc had a blast, but we were still hoping to get some skiing in.  Finally by the last leg of his trip the weather improved.  Back up to seasonal temperatures, and sunny skies.  


Monday, March 31, 2014

Getting Jacked @ The Jackal Hut - Another Ski Hut Trip Adventure!

Each season we try to get a couple ski hut trips done in our wonderful state of Colorado.



In our state we have 50+ 14,000ft. peaks, and about 50 different huts/yurts to stay at.
With hundreds, and hundreds of 12,000 and 13,000ft peaks it is like a gigantic playground!





Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Peter Estin Ski Hut


The 10th. Mountain Hut System offers a wide variety of ski huts for people to enjoy.
On this trip we went to the Peter Estin Hut outside of Eagle, Colorado.

This hut has some great terrain that will be perfect for next year's spring trip!


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

1st Love - A four day affair with Flatiron mixed climbing

The 1st Flatiron's ice/mixed route, and more had recently formed up!  We are lucky if this happens once per season, I would guess.  My outside jobs were on hold, and the avalanche danger was high in the mountains…  This was perfect to get some fun exercise, polish the mind on thin ice run outs, and take some great friends up who had never climbed it before.  Which was amazing that my friend Philo hadn't done it.  He's been climbing ice as long as I have been alive probably!

Philo


Thursday, February 13, 2014

New Routing in Red Rocks, Nevada

Back over the Christmas holiday we were out in Red Rocks, Nevada climbing in the desert sun.
Liz at Jane's Wall - RedRocks, Nevada.


We had hiked up to the Jane's Wall from the 2nd Pullout Parking area.
This wall is all sport climbing… Well until us Colorado Tradies showed up.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Hidden Falls Solo

Here is a Happy Friday ascent of the Hidden Falls in the Wild Basin area of
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

The Hidden Falls area offer everything from beginner WI3, to modern mixed climbs at the M8 level.
On this day the weather was great, but a bit windy, as you will see by the trees in the video.





http://youtu.be/WB_9g5PZiSw

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

2014 Post #1 - A Photo Explosion

2013 was a fun year!  Many adventures with great folks!  2014 is shaping up to be pretty
sweet as well…

Zowie photobombs Thom Engelbach on the Designator, Vail CO.


So here we go with the first post of the year.  Caution!  I am about to photo bomb this blog
with some fun porn!  That's right porn…  You know the deal!  It's all about you enjoying the
fun that we had by looking at us goofballs in photos.

Most take self shots with their iPhone in the bathroom  mirror…
 I am not really that type of person, so I keep mine outdoors!


Seriously though, here is some nice photos from our latest outings.  I took some of these photos,
but most were taken by Liz this round.  We are using the Sony NEX6 camera with a 16 − 50
wide angle lens.  I have been really digging this mirror-less DSLR type camera!

Liz running a lap on the Fang, Vail CO.


Friday, January 3, 2014

2013's final adventures. Hello 2014!

                                                                  2013 What a year it has been!

Dreamscape

 We were so lucky to go on so many awesome climbing adventures over the last 365 days.
From Patagonia to Elbsandstein in Germany, Pennsylvania bouldering to  the Bishop California
AAC event,  Red Rocks Nevada to Ouray Colorado ice… Psyched!

15,000 routes!


I hope 2014 provides us all with much health, wealth, and partners for many
adventures around the globe.



Sunday, December 8, 2013

Frosty Mountain Ski Video

James Peak.


A bit before Thanksgiving this year I managed to get my first ski tour in for the season.
It was more or less going to be a "Let's go out and see what's going on early season" sorts of thing.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

A Feast of pictures! 3 Days of Thanksgiving Snow Sliding

Thanksgiving 2013  A feast of photos.

Location:  Red Mountain Pass,  ColoRado

Weather: Sunny

Wind: N/A





Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Snow, Ice, And Everything Nice !

A few photos some friends took of me on recent adventures around our home town.
Things are looking good for the Front Range!


Pillar!


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

2013 AAC International Climbers Meet

Well here I am, year 3 at the annual American Alpine Club International Climbers Meet.
A gathering of 50 people, ready to climb, eat, drink.  Repeat 6 days.


Many people from around the world.  Nepal, to Norway, Isreal to England, Brazil to Canada.
Yeah, we got 'em, all here together eating three catered meals a day from the most awesome
caterer in the Bishop, CA area!  (Unless you had a forced bivy!)  These folks were over the top!
They even stayed late for the late the folks who underestimated times for climbs.
So a BIG shout out to Classy Cowgirl Caterers.  You da best, thanks for hooking us up!


Usually the event is held in the great Yosemite Valley.  This year was no go, as our US government (or lack thereof) was shut down due to some rogue Tea Party Republicans.
I won't go into how this bothered me.  Or how the foreign travelers laughed at our government…
It was less than a week out before the trip, many people had already traveled from far and wide.
Do we just cancel the trip all together?  NO!  It's time to head East!  Err, from Sacramento, I mean...
We shall occupy Bishop California, on the East Side of the Sierra Mountains!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Elbsandstein Germany - Part 3 The Video

Recently I did a 2 part posting on our trip to Prague, and climbing in the Elbsandstein Germany.



Here is the 3rd and final part of the series,  a short video of our climbing adventure.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

A visual journey to the city of Prague & climbing in the German Elbsandsteingebirge! - Part: 2

In the last post we explored the sites in the Czech city of Prague (Praha).
Mmm, this pilsner goes down like water!  Cheers to beer prices in Praha!

This post takes us north about 150km to the German climbing area Elbsandsteingebirge
in the Saechsische Schweiz region.  It is a National Park in Germany.
One of the many spires & hamlets in the Elbsandsteingebirge.



Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A visual journey to the city of Prague & climbing in the German Elbsandsteingebirge! - Part: 1

Recently Liz & I took a journey to the beautiful city of Prague in the Czech Republic.

Then from there we headed 150km north to the infamous German climbing area called
Elbsandsteingebirge.

You know the place, no metal gear for protection, no chalk on
the hands, and no climbing of walls/massifs.  Summits only!

If you don't have a love for adventure
then I would not recommend climbing here.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Prep Work

                                               For Prague & Elbsandsteingebirge!





   

Monday, July 15, 2013

Alpinist Magazine #43 & The New 2013 AAC Membership Guide

The time has come for some HardCor photo action in Alpinist Magazine!
(Not of me, but by me!)

Also to mention, the latest American Alpine Club 2013 membership guide publication
has a picture of me in it from the last years International Climbers meet.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

A midsummer night storm

Recently here in Boulder CO we had an amazing light show.  Luckily it didn't start any fires
that I know of, or they were put out right away.  It's been hot (90+F) and dry!



Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Hut Trippin' in the Elk Mountains of Colorado

Spring skiing in Colorado is in full swing!

Here is a video from a recent trip to the Tagert Hut near Aspen Colorado.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Colorado from the air!

Our good friend Ralph Tingy just had his 70th birthday celebration out in Indian Creek, Utah.

To join the fun we flew to the party with our friend George Lowe.  It only takes about 1hour
30min to go from Boulder area to Monticello, Utah. (Indian Creek)
Along the way out, and back I captured some video footage of our beautiful state from the air.

The flight out was in some weather, and on the way back was clear skies.  It is always bumpy
in a small airplane, so I apologize for the choppy/bumpy nature. . .

In this short video you will find no climbing!  What you will find is some cool fly by footage of
Grays/Toreys peaks, and the Maroon Bells, which are some of Colorado's 14er peaks.
I was also able to get some good fly over footage of Gothic Mountain outside of Crested Butte, and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

REI / AAC Patagonia presentation

Just a quick shout out to all the folks who showed up at Boulder Colorado's REI store for
the presentation we did on climbing in the Fitz Roy Massif of Patagonia.

It was a great turnout, and the room seemed to be completely full.   I think there was over 70 people!

Also a big thanks to the American Alpine Club!   I was pleased to have such interest in our show.

If you missed out, stay tuned.  We had such positive feedback, that we may do it again at a new location in the Boulder/Denver area.

You can also get information on other AAC Member Adventure Series show at the link below.

Cheers,
Cor

http://facebook.com/americanalpineclub

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Patagonia 2013

   Patagonia trip report:                             February 2013,                           El Chalten, Argentina
Cerro Torre & Condors.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A solo ascent of Martha, Rocky Mountain Natl. Park

Up in Rocky Mountain National Park, right beside the mighty Long's Peak is Mt. Lady Washington.
This is the home of Martha 5.4 WI2 M2. ?    It's an 800ft. mixed climb of steep snow,
with five constrictions of rock & ice steps.  These constrictions are the cruxes of the climb.  During our ascent we found the first, and the last of steps to be the main cruxes.  The first step was dry, and required dry tooling up a chimney type feature.  The hard part about this was wearing a pack.
The last step provided the best ice of the climb, and was a nice steep bit of fun.
Chasm Lake / Long's Peak



First Ascents - Eldorado Canyon

Some people may think the Boulder Colorado area might be climbed out..  But they have no idea!
First Ascent of Genuine Risk Takers 5.11.      Genuine Risk is the dihedral to the right of me...

Friday, January 4, 2013

Christmas 2012 - A Ski Yurt Trip Video

Every season sometime around Christmas we head north to Cameron Pass, Colorado.
This area west of Fort Collins seems to hold some good early season snow every year.