The Birth of an Idea

We were watching Brad Gobright’s slide show at Climb Smart in Joshua Tree last year when he showed a picture of himself in a cast, and on it in black Sharpie someone had written “Safty Third.” It was a punchline to him, and the crowd roared with laughter. The next day I was sitting at some clinic, not climbing,…

Chasing the Dream

My phone buzzed with an email from a member of the American Alpine Club. It was a woman contacting me through the partner finder looking to climb long moderate trad routes. She was particularly keen on climbing at Tahquitz in Idyllwild. I responded that I was psyched to get on it, but that I had no trad…

Realistic Goals

I was climbing with a friend on Tahquitz in Idyllwild a few weeks ago and we were talking about personal climbing progression. He didn't say it outright, but I felt like he was gauging his performance with mine, despite my being twenty-five years younger and bordering on becoming a full-time climbing dirtbag. I mean seriously, I climb…

A Brief Lapse of Nostalgia

I dropped to my knees on my grandparents' gravel driveway and threw my arms up in defeat. This was the beginning of a long struggle in identifying my purpose. Even today, I’m not quite sure what that purpose is, but I have an idea. I can’t put my finger on the specific cause, but I've walked through…

The Price of Fear

Adventures are savage and bring us face to face with some terrifying situations where being precise and level headed are the only lifelines we have.  Whether you're 30 feet run out and relying on a blue alien cam, lost and trying to navigate a cross country talus field in the high sierra, or hesitant to take…

Finding a Home Away from Home

I have trouble dealing with stress and sometimes my responsibilities become toxic. The stress seeps into all aspects of my life and makes it near impossible to enjoy anything. It wasn't always that way. I used to have no worries, but a lot has happened since then, and my life has undergone the unhealthy process of adulteration.…