Rock Climbing

The suspense is killing me!

The AMGA’s new “two week” rule is more stressful than the exam itself… The new rule is designed to give both the candidates and examiners some time to appropriately process feedback and reflect on the learning experience. In past courses and exams, candidates were immediately informed of their final score- resulting in either gleeful satisfaction...

AMGA Rock Guide Exam Training

I’m deep in training mode here in Hot-Vegas, check out this link to a more detailed account of what has been going on here in Vegas! Now Climbing in Red Rock Canyon! mb

3 Days of Cham Climbing

The weather has since taken a turn for the worse, but last week was stellar. My friend Kevin Landolt, a former CMC student of mine turned super motivated and fast partner had some excellent days out climbing beautiful Chamonix granite. The video below features some super fantastic moderate classics including the Midi-Plan traverse, the Pilier...

Dolomites and Arco Climbing

A few weeks ago, Sarah and I were suffering from a little of the “grass is always greener” syndrome and opted for some adventuring away from the alpine paradise of our current backyard. Being that it is the Alps: many countries and their spectacular mountain playgrounds are accessible by only a few hours drive. We...

more Cham fun…

I’m taking advantage of extremely wet weather here in Chamonix by posting some pics and video from some great adventures in the local mountains. I just returned from another successful Mont Blanc summit working with Mont Blanc Guides. The day was about as clear as they get! Check out the quick vid from the summit-...

Liguria Sport Climbing

“Due Cappuccini”, I muttered in pathetic Spanish-talian to the barista at a rest stop on the Italian side of the Mont Blanc tunnel. Wicked jet-lag had previously kept me from any sort of regular sleeping schedule and now that I was in somewhere with some reputed taste for decent coffee- it was ON- double fist...

Back to Red Rocks

By the time you are reading this I’ll be loaded in a large 15 passenger van bound for Vegas! This time I’ll be with a van full of student for the CMC Rock Block Course… As you guessed it, it’s like Ice Block, but on rock and in much hotter temperatures. Rock Block often affords...

Five-Ten Stealth Paint

An obvious solution to a longstanding problem. Generations of crack climbers have fallen victim to shredded shoes as a result of excessive crack climbing. Climbers have developed many mostly inaffective solutions including tape, aqua-seal, seam-grip, shoe-goo, barge cement to no avail- the toe boxes of our favorite shoes always end up shredded… Enter the new...

Southwest Climbing

A lot has happened since my last post here. Sarah and I have since moved out of our apartment in Crested Butte and for the past several weeks have been enjoying some good climbing around the southwest. We began our trip by packing in likely some of the worst winter weather of the 08-09 season...