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…

Modern Alchemy

When I first started SaftyThird, a month ago, the subheading was: Style, Fun, Safety; in that order. I had never really considered myself as being too obsessed with image. That was until I really started getting into climbing. I remember being at the climbing gym one day in short shorts, and they kept creeping up…

Burn Out

I knew it was a high gravity day the moment I woke up. There was a dense fog clouding my ability to function properly. You know what I'm talking about? It's that not fully awake feeling--similar to how you feel after staying up all night cramming for a test. It's also finals week, and I'm…

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,…