UIAA NA Champ, Bzeman

UIAA NA Champ, Bzeman

Friday, December 20, 2013


Life is beyond good right now but the stress level is high because I am so busy and have been away from my awesome family for the past two weeks.  But, that ends tomorrow, weather permitting.

It was great traveling last week in Canada with Gordon McArther and Lukasz Warzecha. They showed me a great time, even if it was -20 degrees F for a few of the days.  Just having the chance to go and climb at the Haffner Cave and the Cineplex was very cool.  Training on #thegreatarch (nudge to Gordon) in Gordon's back yard was super cool too.

Cineplex & Gordon's Arch

I have completed the first two competitions of the season.  I placed second in the CityROCK Icenight which went down to speed of completion and made it to finals placing 6th overall at the UIAA North American Championships in Bozeman, MT.  I feel pretty good about both showings after having a chance to analyze my performances. I'm definitely way better than last season, which is good.

Intensity in the finals at Bozeman. Photo by Ben Herndon

Yesterday I had the honor of climbing Octopussy in Vail and be filmed by John Dickey.  The filming was for the movie about Jeff Lowe's life and climbing carrier, Metanoia. This is such a great honor and classic line.  It is literally the climb that changed mixed climbing from something people did in the alpine (when they couldn't avoid it) to a soul pursuit.  Something I am quite involved in I'd say...

Tomorrow I head back to Oklahoma to be with my family and enjoy the holidays.  I am ready for some of that!  Next up will be South Korea and the first World Cup of 2014. Tickets booked!

Thanks to La Sportiva for picking me up as an ambassador/athlete and deciding to help me out! And, as always, thank you to CAMP-USA / CASSIN and The Alpine Training Center.

Just keeping my head down and pushing forward!

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