Alf Randell gave it all up for his passion. He escaped city life and everything that comes with it for an opportunity to live and climb in Indian Creek, Utah.
Alf Randell is a self-described “dirtbag” who has spent nearly a decade of his life climbing amongst the soaring sandstone cliffs of Indian Creek, Utah. In November, 2011, I spent some time climbing with Alf and documented his life in “The Creek,” his love of tall splitter cracks, and his decision to shun city life in favor of a small camper in the middle of the Utah desert.
Saw this picture posted on a climbing subreddit by biotech9. He assured us the climber at the top was cow-tied in before the picture was taken – but man, check out those open gates on her carabiners. One false move and the rope can slide right out of there.
This is a great video of Jonathan Siegrist climbing a 14d/15a in Nevada. It took 6 weeks and 30 attempts – but he finally made it.
“It was exactly what I was looking for – a route that would demand a new levels of dedication, physical strength, and mental fortitude from me. It was of course frustrating, ego-crushing, and difficult throughout, but in the end it was a dream come true. I named the route ‘Le Reve’, meaning ‘The Dream’ in French.”
I don’t need to explain the importance of having a good spotter while climbing / bouldering. Imagine if just for a split second the spotter was distracted by a bug or a car driving by – this climber could have been seriously injured.
Columbus, Magellan, Marco Polo, Neil Armstrong, Lewis & Clark — what do they all have in common? They’re famous explorers and credited with achieving a “first” in something. First to step on the moon, first to travel around the world, etc.
So when you’re walking to the boulders and you see a route, do you think to yourself — “I wonder if anyone’s climbed that route?” But ultimately you always end with “ahh, it’s probably been done before.”
That’s not always the case. There are thousands (perhaps millions) of routes out there just waiting to be ascended. I’ve never done it before, but I can imagine the excitement that must surround a person after becoming the first to climb a route that no one else could achieve. Sure you get to name the route, but that’s not the point. You’re the first.
At Adayak, we have a t-shirt just for climbers looking to one day make a first ascent.
First Ascent Bouldering T-Shirt
See the problem. Study the problem. Put on your Adayak bouldering t-shirt. And plan your route carefully, because you – my friend – are about to make a first ascent. Your reward? Admiration, and the rights to name the route. Choose wisely.
Priced at just $20, it’s made from 100% organic cotton – guaranteed to be the most comfortable shirt you’ve ever worn.
There’s a fun debate going on over at Summit Post in response to an article titled “Five Reasons Why not To climb Mount Everest.”
The five reasons listed are:
I’ve never climbed Mount Everest so I can’t really comment on all of the reason. Yes it is costly and yes it is very dangerous and could cost you your life. They don’t call it the death zone for nothing. But without the proper training, a climber could be killed on even a moderate mountain. And as long as you keep your perspectives in check, I can’t see how summiting Everest would be a disappointment.
What are your thoughts?
Rad video of Alex Savage ascending Ground Control (V11) near Lake Tahoe. Couple of very tough holds and some excellent camera work. Thanks to Climbing Narc for making this video easy to find.
At 8868 ft in elevation, Eldorado Peak in Washington stands out as a majestic mammoth in the North Cascades National Park. Eldorado Peak is famous famous for the narrow, snow capped summit ridge (fast forward to 2:25 in the video below).
From the video description by Garrett Grove
Joe Sullivan and myself took advantage of what will most likely be the last sunny weekend of the fall and since winter is quickly approaching we wanted to get up into an area we hope to spend some time skiing in.
Eldorado Peak is a classic climb in the heart of the Cascades, a fast steep approach, great campsites, 7300 feet of elevation gain and a memorable knife ridge to the summit make it a must do.
Summit Post has a great page on Eldorado Peak with an overview of the mountain, how to get there, climbing tips, places to camp etc. This alpine climb should be on any mountaineers’ list in the United States.
Imagine this: You’ve just flown into Denver, grabbed a rental car (Jeep Wrangler with the top down) and are headed straight to Rocky Mountain National Park. The skies are a clear blue, the air is crisp and you’re sporting a new Adayak climbing shirt for the ride. Everyone can see you’re on vacation and enjoying the hell out of it. You finally reach Lumpy Ridge and you’re ready for the best rock climbing trip of your life – 5 days of uninterrupted climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Sounds like an amazing dream, right?
A dream can keep you content for only so long. Dreams are meant to be end goals… something we work towards step by step. But what if your dream is still a dream – 5, 10 or 15 years later? What if you never took that climbing trip to Rocky Mountain National Park?
Dreams are great to have – we all need dreams. But if you never act on something that will help you reach those dreams then they can quickly become nightmares. They will plague your mind and you will think of nothing else. And the more you think about them, the less likely you are to do something about it.
Today’s Tip: Do one thing that will help you get closer to realizing your dreams. It may be placing a phone call, writing an email, booking a plane trip, buying a piece of gear… whatever it is, just done thing. Then tomorrow so one more little thing. Before you know it you will be living your dream.
“What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.”
We took a week off from Trail Talk last Friday because our staff was on vacation. A lot has happened since the last edition and it took a good amount of time for me to skim through all the blogs I follow to find out what’s been going on. It feels good to be back on schedule now and bringing to consistent content on the Adayak Blog.
In today’s Trail Talk we have a photo from the Appalachian Trail on Roan Mountain, a wet climb in the Rocky Mountain National Park, a slideshow of East Buttress on Mt. Whitney, a dramatic rescue attempt on Grand Teton, and some tips on how to make it through a trad alive.
What Lives Within – Appalachian Treks
Tuesdays in the Park – Travels & Tribulations of Blake Herrington
Climbing a Classic – the East Buttress on Mt Whitney – Climb | Ski | Sleep | Repeat
Choppers Pluck 16 from Grand Teton in Dramatic Rescue – The Adventure Life
Basic Technique – Saving Energy on the Trad – Dave MacLeod
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