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Competing in India

8:50pm  Board a flight New York – Mumbai 8:51pm   Arrive in Mumbai International Airport (14 hrs later…) 9:46pm  Start sweating immediately as I stepped outside to meet my driver to the hotel. 10:11pm  Crash course in India travel – cars don’t use lanes, constant horns, and mopeds zipping through everywhere!   11:01pm  Arrive and unpack at […]

Climbing Puerto Rico

A few things to note: This is Puerto Rico – Not Costa Rica The island is scattered with granite boulders in fields, boulders in the jungle, boulders on hills made of more boulders on boulders Yes, it felt like I was in a sauna But look at these blocks ; ) Previously in 2015, Josh […]

IFSC 2015 Transition from Training to Comps – The Mental Side

Training to overcome a plateau was only the first step. Mentally owning new strength and destroying old self-limits was crucial for breaking through. Physical training comes naturally to me, self-discipline to push my body past its comfort zone, whatever the training session I’ve written down says to do. Mentally owning newly gained strengths, and applying them […]

Training: Core

  Crunches and sit-ups – classic. Most of us have been told to do those since elementary school, as they are often included in ab exercise routines. Yet what sport actually uses an athlete’s abdominals in isolation lying on the ground? Running, gymnastics, volleyball, climbing; power and strength are translated throughout the body by utilizing […]

October 2014: My Top Five

My Top 5 Locations would be: Leavenworth, WA – First place I bouldered outside. Everything from overhanging compression to techy faces, the canyons are packed with classics! Be sure to check out The Fridge Center (v4) and Lion’s Den (V9). Fontainebleau, France – Go vulnerable and you’ll leave a better climber. So much to focus […]

Stories Behind the Photos: South Africa

Traveler’s Rest Well, we are in the middle of farm land surrounded by mountains littered with boulders. Sheep are our neighbors, and the cows break our water pipes when they step on them! Elandsbaai Beach Misty days on the beach led to exploration and fresh food! Arjan knew of this sought after surfing spot at […]


Ten minutes from the boulders, forty from the beach. Fresh gourmet seafood entres for less than $10 and rooibos everywhere we go. Not to mention all the gymnastic style boulders surrounded by valleys of untouched rock. Tis is Afrika! I arrived in Cape Town mid June to meet up with Kasia, Jimmy, and Daniel. We […]