Adaptability

When I started this blog I was living out of my car part time on the road, and the only real thing that mattered was experiencing life to the max. And so SaftyThird was born one day among friends in Joshua Tree. However, the years prior to my dirtbag abandonment lifestyle where composed of extreme…

Toughin’ the Fuck Up

Sally and I stood at the base of Olive Oil in Red Rock; I flaked out the rope and she racked up for the first pitch. We've been climbing together for some years now, and it's become one of my most cherished partnerships. While I jumped right into the fray of multipitch trad climbing early…

Just bobbin..

I don't know what I'm doing. I don't know where I'm going. I find myself diving into the Pacific more and more each day, because it's the one place where my mind stills. But on this day, after catching a few waves, I decided to just swim west... So I swam, and I swam, and…

Every Minute of Everyday

Five years of early mornings, long days, and late nights. I am quite possibly the epitome of what defines the concept of the 99%. A struggling american citizen with no reprieve in sight, but trudging forth steadfast despite the constant adversity. That's what I enrolled in college for, to get away from the aimless state…

Growing Pains

I was sitting with my lifelong friend Jake on his patio talking climbing and talking life--where those two end and begin, I'm not sure. He laughed in reference to the amount of people who compare their climbing ability and progress with his, and, often so, they haven't spent a fraction of the time honing the…

Training Objectives

It started in early recovery--a group of friends with a common goal to cut weight and get in better shape chose to hike Cowles Mountain regularly. In the beginning we all walked, and my being much younger, not to mention restless, wanted to walk faster. I started hiking ahead and going to the top by…