My Gumby Year

  It was only a few years ago that I discovered that I have a classic case of ADHD. All the symptoms listed on webmd.com were clear to me. From being easily distracted, to not listening to others, obsessing over a new hobby or interest to the exclusion of everything else and the ever popular…

Introducing my Grandson to an Outdoor Life

My grandson Gavin is 4, likes to run, laugh and collect Thomas the Train toys. His father is my climbing partner. So, we decided one Saturday to go out to the Castle Rock area of Mt. Diablo to check out the climbing. The crags were closed due to the government protecting some type of plant,…

Review-La Sportiva Finale

My first pair of climbing shoes was the Mythos and they’ve been great overall, especially outdoors. I’ve only been climbing for 6 months, but as I’ve progressed, I found the Mythos just weren’t working well on the small plastic footholds in the gym. So, back to the REI, I went, trying on a bunch of…

I’m Not a Gumby, Really!

  This past weekend, I celebrated my 6 months as a beginning climber by bouldering with my son in-law. Yes, it’s true that when I wasn’t flailing on the V2’s, I was happily obtaining pulley injuries on my fingers. I was able to perform a backstep, jammed my fingers in the cracks I saw and…

Meru-Best Climbing Movie of 2015

Recently, I watched a stunningly good movie called Meru that was made by Jimmy Chin and his wife, the Director, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. I strongly encourage all outdoor people to see this great movie. The photo here is one made by Jimmy Chin of Meru and shows the Sharks Tooth, a monsterous crux pitch.

Newbie Climber finds a new path to enlightenment

This is the Kanji symbol for mountain. I am of the mountain. I live at the base of a mountain (Mt. Diablo in Northern California), I run on the mountains, I hike in the mountains and recently, I began my journey to climb in the mountains. Prior to my 60th birthday in November 2015, I…