Namibia’s Skeleton Coast

Namibia's Skeleton Coast. AKA The Gates of Hell. AKA The Land God Made in Anger. I would actually prefer to think that God had a grand ole time making this 6,000 square mile area of land, because it's a pretty amazing place. Shipwrecks, a coastline of whale skeleton graveyards, and the weathered remains of old mine shacks stand as proof that life is tough out ...

Switzerland in Photos

Switzerland. Land of strong cheese, endless rolling hills of green, and rain. And rain. And rain. I guess there's a reason the blindingly green grass and wildflowers thrive. The climbing conditions may not have cooperated during one very wet month in Switzerland, but the photo conditions were nothing to complain ...

In Defense of Excuses

Necessary Evil. Photo by Leif Gasch (@theelgee) I don’t like excuses. I don’t like making them, I don’t like hearing them, and I don’t like reading about them on facebook. Sure, I’ll whine like the best of ‘em. I’m weak, my skin is thin, I’m tired, I’m sick of falling off this same stupid move over and over. The line between excuses ...

VIDEO clip: Just Do It (5.14c)

On a random day last May, I climbed to the top of one of my proudest ascents thus far. There were no photographers dangling from fixed lines, no tripods set up on the hillside. I was in project mode, but otherwise it was just a casual day at the crag with friends. Something clicked that day, and I decided not to let go. I fought hard, and apparently some ...

Kite Surfing as Training for 2015 Goals

As I rang in the New Year on an overnight flight from London to South Africa to visit Arjan, I considered my upcoming goals. Short Term: - Learn to kite surf - Easy trad routes on Table Mountain - Check out Where I Stood, a 5.14b sport route in Montagu - Eat loads of seafood Long Term:             - 5.14d sport - V12 ...

2014 through Instagram

I just saw a photo recap of 2014 posted by my friend Liv Sansoz, and it motivated me to make my own. 2014 was a big year! January in Turkey, February in Ecuador, and Chile in March closed out Lead Now; I traveled to South Africa with my family in April to visit my brother Sam; I hung out in Smith for 5 weeks and finished Just Do It, my hardest route to date; ...