After wrapping up a 2 week trip to the Red River Gorge, I'm back at home in Eldorado Canyon and editing all the footage and images from the trip. I was lucky to catch Paige Claassen's send of "God's Own Stone", which may be the hardest female ascent east of the Mississippi, ever. It's been pretty rad to see her and Jonathan Siegrist grow as people and as rock climbers. Both are breaking into new levels of difficulty and I'm fortunate to have front rows seats their progress. I was able to connect with some old friends over Thanksgiving as well, which I dig even more than the climbing. Below, Seattle's Bret Johnston gives "God's Own Stone" a run for it's money.
Over the final few days of our trip Jonathan and I shot footage of his recent first ascent, "Pure Imagination" 5.14d at the Chocolate Factory. This is by far the hardest route I have ever seen, and having spend two days on the route, shooting the individual sections for the film, I can assure you that this mother is hard. Hard and Beautiful. It's the real deal. Keith Ladzinski and I are working on a two part series of Jonathan's new routes in the RRG for Arc'teryx that should launch soon. Pretty exiting. Below is a frame I pulled from the reel.
Meanwhile, I put together a cool little feature for my friends at iclimb.com on one my my favorite bouldering areas, the Flatirons. I have been looking forward to sharing many of these images for years now. I'm so glad they found a home and I look forward to doing more articles like this in the coming months. Click Here to check it out!
Anyway, cruisin' along, busier than ever before. I am so blessed for this little life and the opportunities to live a reality within these dreams of mine. Hope you enjoy. Peace - A