Saturday, December 23, 2006

Ho Ho Hold me tight

I've finally had some time to sit down and put up new pics. In preparation for going back to work i've been very motivated to get lots of climbs in. It's been an awsome month, thank you to all my climbing partners that made it possible for me to fullfill my dream of being a climbing bum. Merry Christmas ya'll!

"One method of getting loved ones to look more fondly on your climbing is to tell them that since you've started climbing you hardly do drugs anymore." — David Harris.

"Q: Why do mountain climbers rope themselves together ?
A: To prevent the sensible ones from going home !"

"1 - High pain threshold
2 - Bad memory
3 - I forget the third." — The three attributes of a good (mountaineer/ice climber/big waller).

"A climber's day always starts at the crux: getting out of bed."

"Vertigo I can handle alright — It's horizonto that drives me nuts." — Jim Lubell.

"The best climber in the world is the one who's having the most fun." — Alex Lowe

"A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave 5 minutes longer." — Ralph Walso Emerson

"Hey Brother, You're not fat Dude, you're just bomber !" — Karl Baba, reassuring Geoff on his % of body fat.

"Get into good physical conditioning by training (unless you are English)." — Chouinard's advice for ice climbing.

"Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible." — Doug Lawson

and finally, my personal favorite

"Alcohol, firearms and a 4 wheel drive can go a long ways towards making a rain day into a fun rest day." — Frank Stock.

Grotto Canyon

Ron and I went to the grotto near canmore. We climbed Grotto Falls 55m ll, WI 3 and the mixed route Mental Jewlery M6+, 12m.

Ron at the top of grotto fallsMe traversing on to the ice on mental jewelry

Ron top-roping up His

Bear Spirit

Mark and I out at Bear spirit. We spent most of the day working on our mixed climbing skills on top rope.

These guys look like real posers, they aren't even roped up.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Avalanche Safety Training

Avalache Safety Training level 1, out at Bow Summit. You find that pack Brenden

Our instructor lookin' snazy in his european dancing boots (Scarpa F1's)

Look ma! 333,333.3 Kilometers

Wicked Wanda and Evan Thomas Creek

Wicked Wanda II, WI 4+

Snowline 100m III, WI4

Chantilly Falls 100m II, WI 2

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Canmore Ice Festival

I went to the Advanced/Steep Ice Climbing Clinic during the Canmore Ice festival on saturday. Our guest instructor was Raphael Slawinski and we went out to Haffner Creek.

Ines papert was also around for the mixed clinic as was Sean Isaac.

Rounding out the most climbing talent i've ever seen in one place here is Guy Lacelle being belayed by Ian Parnell.

More pics from the day.

Planter's Valley

Planter's Valley in the South Ghost
Weathering Heights 100m lll, WI 4

Chris on the top pitch of Anorexia Nervosa 130m lll, WI 4 R