Wednesday, January 20, 2010

So after getting a THIRD opinion it turns out my ankle is not fractured! Bad news is the sprain is severe and I'm out of comission for 4 to 6 weeks : (

Saturday, January 16, 2010

5.10 outlet store

Tim and I stopped by the 5.10 outlet store in Redlands. We kind of got carried away! But the deals where too good to pass up!

Beautiful Newport Sunset

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Newport Beach CA

Unable to climb spending time relaxing at Newport Beach reflecting on the simpler things in life, like warm sunny skies, salty sea air, and the ability to walk!

A tasty concoction indeed

Words I can live by

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

After a 2nd look turns out I did fracture my ankle. Going to see an orthapedic but outlook isn't good. Looks like there won't be anymore climbing on this trip
Vicodin and Jack in the Box chocolate shakes. Just what I needed.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Just a sprain

I now have a cankle

The Ugly

9 stitches later the hole that I could fit my tongue through was fixed!

The Bad

So I blew the end for reasons I am still trying to determine and hit the ominous boulder! Even though it was padded I rolled my ankle on it, while it also threw my knee into my chin. I punctured a hole in my lip! The worst climbing injury I have sustained to date. But I am still in high spirits.

The Good

So this is my attempt to onsight the epic climb "White Rastafari" V3 at Joshua Tree. This climb has been slated as among the top 20 boulder climbs in in North America. The climb is 25ft with a crux about 17ft up and relatively easy top out. I have pulled past the crux, however if you blow it there is a boulder at the bottom that you risk hitting. You can see it covered by the blue pad next to Steve the spotter.

Joshua Tree

Tim topping out on the Outback boulder

Warming up at Queen Creek

This is a great angle shot

Queen Creek Canyon AZ

Reaching the top of Pocket Puzzle 5.10b with the onsight!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Against all better judgment I am publishing this pic

Rustlers Roost

After a great day of climbing there is nothing like drinking a Quart of beer out of a mason jar at Rustlers Roost, the premier gimmicky Texas roadhouse in Phoenix.

Oak Flats V4

Megan working this V4. This is one of Tim's favorite climbs at the Oak Flats. He was gracious enough to give us a premier tour of the best climbing Oak Flats has to offer.

Oak Flats AZ

Tim cruising a V2 at the Oak Flats, with a bum thumb. This is a spectacular bouldering destination outside of Phoenix. It has been host to many bouldering competitions as well as being projected by pro climbers. It is a shame that the largest copper deposit was discovered below it and in all likely-hood it will be blasted, thus restricting access.

Queen Creek Canyon AZ

Messing around on a 5.12b at Queen Creek

Another angle of Iguana V3

This pic has the great AZ landscape in the background.

Phoenix area bouldering

This is the V3 Iguana at the Projects area about an hour east of Phoenix.

Friday, January 8, 2010

After climbing at PRG yesterday taking a rest day and watching all the climbing movies I haven't seen yet from Megan's collection. About to watch my fifth Dvd today "Hard Grit"!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

So Shane is back in TX and I am continuing on with the trip. Fellow Sportrocker Tim will be showing me around AZ and accompanying me for the first half of Hueco Tanks.

Price is Right!

Shane and I outside CBS studios as we prepare for the Price is Right! $1 dollar Drew. Tune in Feb 24 for the episode.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

I'm going, going, back, back, to cali, cali

Grand Echo

Turn up the volume and listen carefully for the echo

All along the watch tower

Shane enjoying the desert view of the canyon

Grand Canyon!

Enjoying the spectacular view of the largest hole in the ground in the world!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Gallery Wall

On a "A day in the life" 5.11c. Thanks Tim for the great pic.

Route 66

While driving along historic route 66 on our way to the Grand Canyon we saw these strange road signs. (Make sure to pause to read them)

Extreme Dodgeball!

Sky Zone!

Audio didn't catch it but I say "This is the greatest place in the world!" And it is.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year from Las Vegas!

Shane and Tim getting into a little buildering on the strip.

Off to the strip for New Years

Shane, Tim and his friends Elizabeth and Megan. And yeah that is champagne in 44 oz Chevron, or Standard as they are sometimes called out here, cups.

Paul Robinson working a V12!

Pro climber sighting AGAIN

Yeah that's Paul Robinson giving beta to Tim on a V8 at the Monkey bars boulder

Largest rice crispy treat EVER!