Cryin’ Time Again

We climbed hard through the week, Wednesday-Friday. We had a solid day on Friday and drove back to San Diego from Idyllwild. I didn't allow the thoughts of my upcoming week dampen my mood, but somewhere deep inside I felt the fires light and my inner steel smelting and reforming into a different version of me--preparing…

Patience & Persistence

My name is Josh, and I'm an alcoholic. Sometimes My name is Josh, and I'm an addict. It just depends on who's in the room. June 6th will mark my eights years of continuous sobriety. I've been identifying as an alcoholic and addict since I was nineteen years old. I quit drinking before I was even legally…

Indecision and Revision

I just got trolled on a social media platform, and I let it influence me enough to do a double take on some of the content I've released lately. The dude pissed me off, but I do not have the adult skills to effectively communicate with words, especially on a public space like the internet. I'm…

Tuesday is the New Saturday

We packed up the car on Monday night and pulled onto the 15-North driving straight to Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. We arrived at the campground in five hours--it was empty--and didn't even set up tents. We dropped our sleeping pads in the dirt under a beautiful star-filled desert sky--the alarm set for 4 a.m.--and slept. We…

North Dome, South Face (2016)

Since my valley season is starting on Monday, I decided that I'd go ahead and contribute a little gallery from last year. I got invited to climb in Yosemite Valley with my first climbing mentor, and go figure it landed right on my birthday--July 7th! This was my first climb in Yosemite valley, and I couldn't have…