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,…

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…

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.…