The Best of Summer 2018

The weather is changing here on the west coast (read: bouldering season is coming back). We’ve reached the final days of a jam-packed summer. Between working full time, trying our best climb as much as we can, mini getaways, and time with friends and family… this season was pretty full value. We shared a lot of awesome adventures with a lot of awesome people and did a lot of “firsts for us”.

In no particular order, some of our most memorable moments from the past several months…

1.We take two trips to Leavenworth, WA – including our first trip there together

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The Practitioner (V11)

2. Kim helps lead the Skaha Symposium Climbing trip with MEC

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Team Dragon Force. Photo: Doug Acorn

3. We attend Rock the Blocs in the Kelowna Boulderfields

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Chaos Amidst the Serenity (V10)

4. Plenty of multipitching with Doug #slugcat

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5. Graham climbs two V12s in a day

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The Deputy (V12)

6. We sell the Millennium FalcVan and switch to #carlife with Anakin SkywalCar

7. Graham climbs 31 V4s in an afternoon for his 31st birthday

8. Graham sends his first Canadian 5.14

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The Down System (5.14a)

9. We do a live speaking event at Arc’teryx to help fundraise for the Canadian Adaptive Climbing Society.

10. A lot of our friends from across North America come to visit Squamish!

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Babes, Julie and Shelma

11. Graham attends Highball Day!

12. We volunteer and/or work at the Arc’teryx Climbing Academy, Squamish Rampage, and the Treeline Women’s Climbing festivals, all in Squamish

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Scarpa Shoe Demos at Rampage

13. Kim paddles across Howe Sound to climb on the sea cliffs

Willy’s Yacht (5.11b). Photo: Alex Eggermont

14. Kim climbs the Grand Wall with Jared

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The Grand Wall (5.11a)

15. We’re invited to join the Hive Climbing Team as Outdoor Ambassadors

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16. Kim completes her Murrin summer trifecta

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Presto (5.13a)

17. Kim gets a permanent job at MEC and Graham’s contract is renewed 6 months

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Service Centre Team. Photo: Nosa Paath

18. We join the Squamish Access Society

19. We complete a Top 100 Challenge Day

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Electric Ball (5.11b)

20. We send Sentry Box (512a) on the same day

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This season I have been putting effort into trying to become a better trad climber. I have wanted to climb THIS route for a long time, but was always intimidated by it. I put it on my summer wish list anyways and told myself I had to try it… • What a special experience to get a back-to-back #teamsend with Graham last night after work!! 💙 • Squamish's first 5.12: Sentry Box (5.12a) • Many thanks to @patvalade for the 📸! • • • #squamish #flashfoxy #womenonlead #tradisrad #organicclimbing #noplacetoofar #e9canada #e9climbing #hiveclimbing #climbonsquamish #basewear #aretbasewear @aretbasewear @organicclimbing @scarpana @climbonsquamish @e9canada @hiveclimbing

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21. Graham and Jared get back-to-back sends of Sixty-Nine (5.13b/c trad)

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Sixty-Nine (5.13b/c). Photo: Pat Valade

22. Kim focuses on her trad game and takes her first falls on gear

23. We head on a micro-adventure-weekend trip to Horne to escape some September rain

After adding nearly 10,000km to the car we bought at the end of April, we certainly made the most of this summer… it was a memorable one.

One thought on “The Best of Summer 2018

  1. #2 is an amazing jump shot. Surely it wasn’t the first take?!

    I am a little disappointed I didn’t get to do any climbing outdoors but devoting a summer to cycling turned out to be fun.

    Did I miss the post about selling the FalcVan?

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