One last celebratory photo of El Cap because I'm still pretty darn stoked. But I'm leaving on a @thenorthface expedition to Alaska today so I guess the climbing life goes on...
Thanks @jimmy_chin for the epic pics. I'll now return to normal climbing and environmentalist posts. Good times.
Still so stoked!! All smiles on the summit right after topping out. I was elated, @jimmy_chin was probably just relieved that his movie has a happy ending. But seriously, it was an incredible process with an outstanding crew of good friends. So happy to share the experience with friends. Who knew soloing could be social? (In its own way). Thanks @samuelcrossley for the photo and all the help.
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I've been overwhelmed by the well wishes I've received post El Cap. I'm moved by all the messages from friends and the greater climbing community. It's been incredible. But this text from @jaredleto might take the cake... big thanks to @30secondstomars and the city of Nashville for giving me such a gift. I really appreciate all the positive thoughts - thanks, everyone!! Such an honor.
So stoked to realize a life dream today :) @jimmy_chin photo
The one and only @james_lucas going to the death on Cosmic Debris (5.13b). I've known James for over a decade as we've both scrapped around the west coast living in cars and climbing too much. Though he's recently gotten a real job, a nicer van, and a solid girlfriend. Is this growing up?!
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Happy Mother's Day to a very adventurous mom!
All the members of the #climbthehill event gathered in the Senate. It was a super educational day of meeting with our representatives in Congress. And honestly it was really inspiring to see so many climber come together to #protectpubliclands. If you zoom in you can find the elusive Peter Croft who spoke about climbing on BLM land around Bishop. And @sashadigiulian, who managed to lure in her fellow Virginian @timkaine. Super humbling to speak in front of such a knowledgeable and passionate group. And certainly a first to speak in front of a Vice Presidential candidate.
All in all it was a great opportunity to learn firsthand how much work the @accessfund puts into keeping climbing areas open for us. And it was important for me to realize that our members of Congress and the Senate are more accessible and more receptive than I'd though. Sending letters and making calls work - they care about feedback. Certainly when they get enough of it...
All climbers should be a member of the Access Fund - accessfund.org.
So sad to head about the death of Ueli Steck in the Himalaya today. Crushing.
I tried to find a nice picture of him from climbing last summer but this is the best I had - his back, running downhill. Seems fitting for the fastest alpinist I've ever known.
Such a bummer.
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The one and only @conrad_anker nearing the top of the Salathe Wall earlier this week with all of El Cap laid out below...
I find it super inspiring that Conrad has lost none of his passion for climbing even after more than 30 or 40 years of getting after it nonstop. I'm honored to be giving a talk with him tomorrow at @berkeleyironworks supporting the @khumbuclimbingcenter. Anyone around the Bay Area should come by for the party and stories. @thenorthface
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People occasionally ask me about my reading habits. Figured I'd give a literal snapshot of what I have in my van right now. Not necessarily an endorsement of any kind, but these are what I'm using/learning about. Reading! Yay!
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Earth Day!! From the most beautiful place on earth.
This week I got to make the second ascent of Dreefee (12 pitch 5.13d) on the Rainbow Wall. Amazingly thin climbing up an immaculate vertical wall. @daveallfrey came along to shoot photos and teach @sannimccandless an advanced big wall clinic. Super fun day on the wall. @thenorthface
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The folks at Valley of Fire State Park don't know how to have a good time.
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The Rainbow Wall in all its glory, as seen from the summit of Crimson Chrysalis. I soloed Cloud Tower today to the top of the tower and climbed back down Crimson. Adventurous day out in heavy winds. One hour up, one hour down. Good times.
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@namevian demonstrating her chimney technique after simuling the top 700ft of Emerald City (5.12d). There would have been a beautiful background had I not been too tired to stand up. The Rainbow Wall is always an adventure.
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Got to do my favorite hike in the country this week with my sister and @sannimccandless. Angels Landing in Zion National Park - a lovely little detour while we attempted to hike across the whole park. Ultimately we stopped after 35 mi or so and caught a ride back to our car with some very kind park employees. But what a day out in such a beautiful park!
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Super stoked to share the new HonnSolo soloing pack that @blackdiamond has made with me. Pretty badass!
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Pretty awesome to check out some of the climbing in Chile this last week with @thenorthface. We got a great tour of some new areas including this outrageous cave, La Cárcel. @cedarwright got this photo of me playing around on the basalt columns. Good times!
Sad to hear about the passing of Royal Robbins. He was a big inspiration to me personally with his emphasis on adventure and his clean, simple climbing style. What a legend. He lived with grace all the way through a long and full life. Something we can all aspire to.
I've spent the last week climbing with @namevian (Vian Charbonneau), one of probably less than 15 women in North America who have climbed 5.14b (8c). I think she's one of the most undercover crushers in the country. Except that I'm blowing her cover.
And the little dot in the corner is @jonathansiegrist on the top of an unrepeated 5.14d... just another normal day for him...
Fun climbing with an inspiring crew.
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Today I got to do my part in speaking to the Clark County Commissioners in opposition to proposed development near Red Rock Canyon. Super inspiring to see so many people come out with @save_red_rock and speak so passionately about keeping the land wild. I waited over an hour to say my piece and I think there are probably still concerned citizens there waiting to have their voices heard.
I don't envy the poor commissioners who have to listen to 6 hours of statements... Good to see that this is how the system works - we get together and make sure that our elected officials hear our opinions. Democracy in action...
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Here's @jonathansiegrist sticking the crux on another random 5.14b this past week. One of the 100+ that he's done (which is crazy to think about). I'm belaying, which is about as close as I get to that level of sport climbing performance. Always good to get inspired tho... @maximropes
Went downtown to the Las Vegas court house this morning to support @save_red_rock. They're opposing a proposed development that's practically within the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. I wound up giving a brief interview about why I support protecting wild spaces and then watched the proceedings in court. Felt good to see how many people came out in support of Red Rock. And felt good to actually participate in civic life a little. Wild land is worth protecting!
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