The Dark Horse

I've spent the majority of my life around the ocean surfing and body surfing. Surfing is fun, but it just started to feel like a crowded and competitive endeavor, and I started really feeling a lot more joy and peace out of body surfing. This piece is not about surfing, however, but with professional surfing…

The Best Moderate Climb in America

Royal Robbins said that Corrugation Corner (5.7) was the best climb of its grade anywhere. 5.7 is a moderate grade, and with a little bit of patience and instruction anyone can likely climb it. Maybe not clean, but climbing clean (without falls) isn't as big of a deal on top rope--at least not on a…

The Climb That Inspired It All

There is a classic video where Dan Osman free solos Bear's Reach at incredible speed. It was the video that etched climbing into my mind. The movement, the environment, even the guy himself--everything about that video touched on some deep dark desire that I had to be on the cutting edge of something. Years would…

The Calm Before the Storm

We pulled into South Lake pretty late. I think by the time we reserved our campsite and had the tent set up it was close to midnight. I boiled up one of my gourmet ramens and enjoyed it under a star-filled mountain sky. Dave crashed out. I thumbed through the guidebook looking for an easy…