A quick picture from an amazing day at The Fins. Robyn and I sent our hardest climbs ever nearly back-to-back after a wild start to the weekend which included unexpected hiking, thunderstorms and rain (RAIN?) and some challenging climbing temperatures. Despite it all, we had great company and a fine list of sends to add to the weekend. John sent Solstice (5.12b) – Yeah JOHN! Ben stacked on another send with an ascent of Shaken Not Stirred (5.12a) continuing his strongest season yet and made cool links on Mothership (5.12c). Robyn had her hardest send ever dispatching Clips from the Bong (5.12b) after only six attempts. I also had my hardest send to date Bushido (5.13b) after seven goes. An amazing weekend. More pictures to come later on down the line as we get caught up on this wild summer.
Our Hallett family reunion (mom’s side) was an action packed week full of family, lots of food, and plenty of beer. I have attended two reunions in Maine before, one as a six month old newborn and another when I was sixteen. My great grandfather and the Vinton’s (who built the cabins we stayed at) became great friends and our families have been returning to these cabins ever since. Odds are, because of dwindling family ties, and generations of separation this could have been the last Hallett reunion in this special place.
Our great buddy Curry turned the big 3-oh a couple weekends back and we had the opportunity to celebrate with friends both old and new down in Riggins, Idaho. Curry guided on the Salmon River in Riggins for several years and all of my best floats have been with him at the the oars. This weekend was spectacular, huge waves, a nice change of pace from our climbing routine, and took us through some of the most beautiful mountain country in America. From the deep river canyons to the jagged peaks of central Idaho’s criss-crossing ranges, Idaho has it all and more. This weekend just reminded us how lucky we are, and added several more items to the bucket list. Big thanks to Misty for all the work she put in to get us all together for an awesome weekend!
Who gave this guy a drill? Actually, I am super excited for Steve, and hope to start searching and developing soon as well. Bolt the planet.
More and more it seems we are hard pressed just to get a quick post out before an avalanche of more fun pictures buries the last two weeks. Not that this is something to complain about of course because lately it seems the weeks are overflowing with great climbing, friends and family.
Over Memorial Day weekend, Robyn and I drove the back roads to my parents place “Night Hawk” outside of Halfway, OR. We were joined by my uncle Tony and aunt Lori, for days filled with hiking, yard projects, and exploring followed by nights of craft beers, wine verticals and deluxe meals.
A highlight of the weekend was certainly going climbing with my parents. Climbing has shaped our lives in the last 4 years more than any other activity. Despite this, it’s impossible to convey what it means to us or even start to describe the feeling to others who have never been. It was a real treat to finally get out with my folks and share time with them on the rock.
Believe it or not, this is a ‘thing’. In cities all over the country, more and more people are opting out of public transit, stuffy subway rides, and hours of endless traffic. Instead, they are lacing up their sneakers and running to work. Cool, right!?
It certainly has me intrigued and I can’t wait to try it. I think I could get hooked!
I love to run. I usually take a few hot laps around town during my lunch break, but now that the weather is getting hot, lunch time runs make for a sweaty mess. Instead of trying to ‘freshen’ up after my afternoon run, I am going to try the run commute. With a little effort the night before and a shower in the morning, I think I will have this dialed in no time — pack a nutritious lunch the evening before, fold work clothes into my bag, and add a few extra snacks to fuel me throughout the day.. BINGO!
For the first week, I will map out a good route to run. Being that I only live seven blocks from work, I will need a route that is a bit longer, more scenic, and loops around town. I think a four-mile morning run is the perfect distance to start with. I can decrease or increase with time. I also plan to arrive 20 minutes early to work. This will give me some extra time to cool down, enjoy my breakfast, and change into my work attire.
I still need to work out logistics of packing food, clothing, and snacks for the trek. I think it will be worth it.
What do you think? Would you try it?
Hopefully more to come as I get to them. This crag is about 40 minutes car to climb just to our south. A great place to train power and power-endurance during the week. The Lava Tubes are exactly that, a collapsed lava tube, and all these climbs are completely underground ending at the surface.
A few quick shots from our time here with Will before he headed back to another Montana fire season. Until next time, cheers buddy!