Oct 29 2011

Climbing Takes Hollywood

is past weekend I was scheduled to attend the Access Fund's 20th Anniversary party and subsequent board meeting. It was a pretty big deal for the Access Fund and the climbing community, having played such a huge role in perserving climbing areas and facilitating huge access issues for two decades. I am honored to have served one term on the board and this was to be the kick off of my second term.   However, around Wednesday evening I got a Facebook message from a casting agency in Los Angeles. To be honest, I...

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Oct 18 2011

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Fall has come in full force here in Yosemite. We are definitely experiencing an amazing stretch of Indian summer, spoiling us with comfortable consistent temps and endless options for climbing.   In continuing with my "year of travel" theme, I've been in and out most of the past two months. After returning from a great extended trip to Colorado, I immediately went up to Skaha and their first annual climbing festival. It was great to meet the local climbing community up there and I even snuck in a few pitches with my...

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Aug 12 2011

Colorado and Furry Companions

This past month I've been traveling within the confines of the US. It's been a nice change to long airplane rides, rental cars, jet lag and all the other hurdles of overseas travel. However, one of the best parts is I get to bring along my four legged companion, Max. We adopted Max about a year and a half ago from the local rescue. He came to us fifteen pounds underweight, scared, nervous and the farthest thing from an agile mountain dog. I haven't had a dog since I was...

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Jun 23 2011

Abroad

I have a funny relationship with traveling. I am a homebody at heart, but have a conflicting and innate desire to explore the world. Perhaps my love of being home also coincides with my love of a routine. I thrive on the known and get anxious about the unknown.   While in Font this past February, I got the travel bug again. I'm not sure if it was unfairly balanced with the fact that I've spent more time at home in the past two years than I can remember, but being in...

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Home and gone again

I think I've mentioned before that I'm a home body. If not, I'm a home body. I love being home, getting into a routine, spending time with friends and family and enjoying the wonders of my backyard. However, I also know that I get antsy if I spend too much time in one place and am therefore grateful that I get to travel as much as I do. It gives me a healthy perspective on things that I would probably otherwise take for granted and opens my eyes to new...

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Feb 26 2011

Trying Hard

It’s a finicky thing, trying hard. When I first started climbing, it was second nature; do whatever was in my power to get to the next hold. I think it’s one of the things that drew me to climbing in the first place, working so desperately hard to contort my body to reach the next hold. There were no guidelines, no correct form to a move, no time limits. Unfortunately for me, getting back into climbing after a couple years of injuries, trying my hardest has been an elusive thing.   I'm...

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Jan 30 2011

Cabbage – good road food

I've been getting a CSA box for almost two years now. It's a pretty amazing way to experience new fruits and vegetables that I would never seek out at the grocery store or farmers market if left to my own accord. My only wish is that they would have remote deliveries or pick up locations, so when on climbing trips or events, I could stray from the canned soup and bagel for dinner and actually eat nutritious food. For those of you who don't know what a CSA is, it...

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Reading

I've never been much of a reader. I'm not sure if it's because my entire family consists of bookworms and it was my way of rebelling. Or if it's because I am too antsy to sit still for any measurable amount of time. For whatever reason, I'm just not that into it. I can usually make it through a medium length magazine article, as long as it has enough pictures to take up the majority of each page, but give me a book and it's just a lost cause. I've...

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Jan 05 2011

December comes and goes

For a good part of my climbing career, I dreaded too much time in the gym. Even though I lived within an hour of the arguably some of the best climbing gyms in the country, I couldn't hack day after day at the gym in Boulder.  I started to feel as if ants were crawling under my skin and an unquenchable thirst for anything but the blue mats, plastic holds, and florescent taped routes. Luckily for me, I could pretty much escape at any moment to the great outdoors.   This past...

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Nov 27 2010

Turkey Day

Food is one of my favorite things in the world. Aside from being imperative to our existence, I spend countless hours each week learning about all of its wonders. I think I've always been a foodie, even when I was a small child. I loved going out for nice meals, or preparing ones at home with my family. As a teenager I was obsessed with the process of baking. I would watch cooking show after cooking show about techniques, recipes, restaurants, etc.  When most of my friends were shopping, hanging out at the...

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