Five gallon buckets and nine gallon buckets. Why are these routes named as such? Nine gallon buckets (5.10c) is more difficult than it's five gallon (5.8) cousin. But wouldn't there be more buckets on an easier route? Does the name imply there are more huecos (buckets) on the 10c? Or are the huecos larger and … Continue reading #tendercrew does Smith Rock
It is the people that really make or break an experience. After an anxiety-inducing clicking noise started in the FalcVan on our drive down to Bishop in March, advice from two mechanics led us to park the van for several days. No driving? In Bishop?! But we only had nine days! Our good friend Hana … Continue reading Bishop: People and Pebbles
I really love Vegas. Not the flashing lights, not the flowing booze, not the glamour and money. Not the slow desiccation of the Colorado river, the traffic near the strip, the hustle and bustle, or the slot machines in the corner shops. I love the stillness when you drive only 20 minutes west of town. … Continue reading Las Vegas Girls Trip
...and work full time jobs. We also cycle-commute to work, trail run, bake a lot, have board game nights, and do plenty of other non-climbing-related activities. How did we get here? Graham landed an awesome one-year contract job back at the MEC head office in Vancouver. I also gave into my secret-not-so-secret desire to work … Continue reading So we live in a house now…
Almost as soon as we had returned to Canada from the States we hopped on a plane and flew west coast to east coast for a family reunion in Nova Scotia. Every five years my extended family holds a big reunion in Enfield, with upwards of 300 people attending. It is a great time to … Continue reading An East Coast Reunion and Nova Scotia Bouldering!
We wrapped up our six months of south-of-the-border travel this year at the 24th International Climbers Festival in Lander, Wyoming! We'd heard many people say that the ICF is one of the best festival events in climbing - we can happily say it did not disappoint! Kim was signed up as a volunteer for the … Continue reading 24th International Climbers Festival
In mid June we carried our summer tour of climbing in the USA north to Wyoming. We had our sights set on Ten Sleep Canyon, a destination characterized by super technical crimps and pockets on near-vertical limestone walls. We first caught wind of Ten Sleep a couple years ago and it sounded irresistible. A small … Continue reading We left our hearts in Ten Sleep