I thought I’d mention that I became a contributor to the climbing media blog Island.io. I’m very excited to have my photos among those of some of the best climbers in the world! Here’s an album of photo’s from Sawmill Creek Dome, in Northern Minnesota, hope you like them!
Seems like most of climbing’s elite athletes choose to spend what would be the summer months in the Northern Hemisphere, climbing in cooler temps in the Grampians. Here’s a video of Nalle Hukkataival getting his climb on down under! Enjoy!
Edit: thought this was new, looks like it’s from 2011, still great climbing!
Chris Sharma recently spent some time in the Grampians of Australia, climbing some of the classic lines on some of the best Sandstone in the world. One climb featured in the video is Grove Train(33/8c/5.14b) there is also a short snippet of Chris bouldering what looks like The Wheel of Life(V15). Pretty sweet!
The dates for the Minnesota Climbers Association’s Save Sandstone Festival are fast approaching! This weekend(Oct. 19 & 20) climbers and outdoor enthusiasts will flock to Robinson Park in Sandstone, MN to help save a small piece of Minnesota bouldering. Information about the event can be found on the event page on Facebook as well as the story behind the land that we are trying to purchase. Organic Climbing has even created some awesome custom Chalk Buckets, Chalk Bags, and Slider Pads for this effort. You can buy these on the MCA’s website, all proceed go toward the Save Sandstone Fund!
It’s been great to see the Minnesota climbing community come together to get this thing going and hopefully all the hard work will be rewarded!
This video has been making its way around the web, and I feel compelled to share it as well. Here we see something not done very often, not one, but two V16s climbed by Czech climbing phenom Adam Ondra. The first is Terranova in Adam’s homeland of Czech Republic, put up by Adam himself in 2011. The second is Gioia, in Varazza, Italy, which was first scent by Christian Gore in 2008. If watching Adam conquer these boulders doesn’t get you psyched to climb, I don’t know what will.
Due to Congress’s inability to pass a spending bill, the US Government has shut down. As a part of this all National Parks are closed to visitors. Head over to the Access Fund and let your congressmen know how you feel about the situation. As you may have heard Chris Sharma has joined forces with Tommy Caldwell, Kevin Jorgeson, and Jonathan Siegrist, to try to tackle the Dawn Wall in Yosemite this Fall, so we need the parks back open!
The International Olympic Committee has voted, and Sport Climbing, Wakeboarding, Karate, Roller Sports, and Wushu did not make the cut. Fans of Baseball/Softball, wrestling and squash will be happy to know that their sports have made it on to the next vote that will take place in September. I can’t say I’m too upset, but I do hope to see more live coverage of Sport Climbing and Bouldering competitions, like LT11 has been bringing us this year.
Those people over on that place that is totally encompassed by water have released their first feature film today. The Island Part One(of Three) is out now! It stars some of the most famous and strongest climbers in the world (Dave Graham, Jon Cardwell, Daniel Woods, Isaac Caldiero, Joe Kinder, Colette Mcinierney and Enzo Oddo) and takes place in some the best climbing destinations on the planet(Ceuse and Nice in France and in Verbier and Zurich in Switzerland) Check it out!!
In this blog post Alex Honnold recounts an exciting day in Zion National Park, in Utah. He free-soloed 3 classic Zion routes this day, and hiked many miles!
Well I don’t have much of a plan…I was considering doing a 6-week Strength Endurance plan from ClimbStrong, but I’m a little too lazy/I’d rather just climb. I am however going to supplement my climbing with elements from this plan, as well as some Hangboard workouts that aren’t mentioned there.
To start myself off, last night I spent about an hour doing hard bouldering, after which I did 4 sets of pyramids on the hangboard, and then the pull-up workout mentioned in the training plan. I plan to alternate the pyramid exercise with a repeater workout, and I’m trying to add more roped climbing for endurance. I’m hoping these additions to my regimen will be enough to see an improvement in my climbing by next month.