Full Circle

Erin and I are now living in Bishop, California. For me it feels as if life has come full circle at the moment.
While I did start climbing at Devil’s Lake, Wisconsin, once I moved out to the Bishop Area after high school I became immersed in a new world; and one that would drive my life. I had no idea what I was in for at the time.
Now I sit here, in Bishop once again, 13 years after I initially moved here, writing this.
When I first came here I was a V2 boulderer. I had a very poor home made crash pad at the time, and while I started working through the ranks of the classics I frequently found myself in scary “no fall” situations. I didn’t know any better at the time, but now as I am re-climbing these problems I did more than a dozen years ago above my pathetic “pad” I am thinking I may have had some very poor judgement at the time! I find it pretty entertaining to think about.
Things are different now. I am really enjoying showing Erin this area that I love so much and reconnecting with the many awesome friends and people I would frequently hang out with or run into on a regular basis. It is an incredible feeling to be trying to climb the problems I used to look at and think, “one day, maybe just one day..” It will be interesting to see what happens here..
Besides that I did manage to do an adventurous new first ascent on the famous Bowling Pin Boulder. I dubbed it King Pin and it was a pretty heady and very long V8, on sometimes questionable rock. It’s an awesome feeling to know that there are still lines to be put up in such world reknown places as the Buttermilks.. Here is a video..  

Here’s another video of a friend of mine, Spencer Tang Smith putting up another sick line… There is still potential out there!  

Besides that here are some photos. Hope everyone is doing well!
And of course, huge props to Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson for firing of their near impossible mega project, The Dawn Wall. What an amazing and inspiring adventure!

The Buttermilks.  Lots of inspiration..

The Buttermilks. Lots of inspiration..

Erin crushing the classic "Fang" at the Sads.

Erin crushing the classic “Fang” at the Sads.

A typical first climb of day at the Buttermilks on the Sunshine Slab

A typical first climb of day at the Buttermilks on the Sunshine Slab

Erin rocking the Bowling Pin

Erin rocking the Bowling Pin

One of my many hard projects that could go any day now (hopefully:).. Maze of Death.

One of my many hard projects that could go any day now (hopefully:).. Maze of Death.

Erin waltzing up "Heavenly Path" for her first climb ever at the Happy Boulders.

Erin waltzing up “Heavenly Path” for her first climb ever at the Happy Boulders.

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