Parting ways is difficult. Farewells yank at heartstrings. Change can be exciting, sad, and scary…Yesterday we left Orangeville, Utah and started the long drive home to Canada, where we’ll be for the next six months. We said good-bye to Joe’s Valley. We had such a good time on the hard sandstone and funky features of … Continue reading Saying Good-bye
We’ve been desert hopping our way through Arizona, Nevada and California, and have just rolled back on in to Las Vegas. Desert toesWe left Arizona on January 17thand headed north west to Red Rocks just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. Over two and a half weeks we had quite a few rain days – and … Continue reading Four weeks go by…
Rising over the horizon east of Tucson, Arizona are the Santa Catalina Mountains, of which Mount Lemmon is the tallest. We had heard about climbing at Mount Lemmon (we later discovered that all the climbing in the Catalinas is collectively referred to as “Mount Lemmon”), and wanted to check it out. As our time in … Continue reading Perspectives on Mount Lemmon climbing
Joshua Tree. Desert oasis. Dry heat. Freezing temperatures. Crumbling granite mounds. Rattlesnakes. Land of never-ending rock and funky-gnarled J Trees…straight out of Dr. Seuss. This place was beautiful to explore, climb, hike, rest, or simply exist in. There is nothing quite like desert sunsets and sun rises, moon rises and stars, snow storms versus midday … Continue reading Destination #2: Joshua Tree
We finally finished putting together a video of some of our Bishop bouldering highlights. This was the first stop on our North American rock climbing tour... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWJc0F_d1yA ~ Kim and Graham
Time flies. Happy New Year! We have now been in Joshua Tree for two weeks. We hung out and climbed with some lovely people (Lennie and Sam) from Montreal, spent a wonderful Christmas with Graham’s parents, and just before New Years became reunited with our Aussie friends from Bishop, Jordan and Ali. J Tree family … Continue reading Desert Bird Oasis
The end of December is nearing and it is time again to hit the road. We have loved every moment of the experience in our first destination, and are definitely psyched to return. Our route to Bishop, California *** First, a quick update on our van home. The Millenium FalcVan has been great for us, and we … Continue reading Bye bye Bishop
This winter marks my 10 year anniversary of rock climbing - and what a wonderful 10 years it has been. I have to count myself among the lucky, as throughout my whole climbing career I have never sustained a finger injury.Precious, precious fingers. Nothing but a few raw tips. Alas, it seems my time has come. … Continue reading Finger injuries…. ouch.
After two long, hard, fun, and incredibly rewarding years, I proudly defended my MSc thesis on September 5, 2014. Despite how anxious I was going into the defence, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and it was great to have so many wonderful friends there to support me. (1) Defending my MSc thesis (2) Super awesome LCSRG … Continue reading An Escape to Powell River and a Master’s Degree!
Just under one month remains before Graham goes in for his double knee arthroscopy in Victoria to mend his pesky menisci. He'll be off his feet for about two weeks, and not back in full climbing form for at least 3 months. It will be very difficult to refrain from pushing it too hard during … Continue reading Springtime countdown…