My first ever cryo therapy. So COOL! These cats are celebrating four months being open, congratulations! @uscryo_walnutcreek Thought I'd throw in a handstand for @quinndalina check out my Facebook soon for photos of the other stuff I got to try, red light, hydro massage, and @ntrecovery . #dohardthings @diablorockgym heck I might just #taketherecordback if this recovers and rejuvenates me after hard workouts.
6 years ago I was training to go for The Nose speed record. This was shot today. @bradgobright and @chimney_jim (who got the record this past fall), not only are exceptional granite free climbers, they have to be great at jugging, anchor change overs, gear handling, rope handling, and general trade and bigwall acumen. I've told folks I am not going to take the record back, BUT I AM going to train for it! Training for it takes longer than doing it, and it's fun. I jugged a 32ft vertical wall today in about 14 seconds. - that pace is eight times the pace needed to get the record! Alas, I, nor anyone could hold that pace for 2900 ft. But it's fun to contemplate, and have our little competitive training sessions in the gym. If you are near by or always around I am always open to more training partners. @diablorockgym @honeystinger @nuunhydration @fieldtripsnacks @outdoorresearch #thenose#elcapitan#jugginglife
The first Bunny Ascent of NIAD was completed today, and it’s “the record?" Although no one double checked the time it was claimed Jill and Jack Rabbit completed the Nose in 2 hours, 3 minutes and 22 seconds. There were witnesses that said Jill and Jack hopped over the King Swing and a couple other pitches so the record is in question as to whether they did the original Nose line. Alas the question of speed records in between species is being discussed as well, so as far as we know @bradgobright and @chimney_jim should be safe for the human record right now. However, @usianbolt and Edwin Moses are rumored to have been training with Hans Florine @diablorockgym so look for some excitement this season on El Cap. Happy Easter all. (and April fools.)
This shot was taken in 2000 at the Camp 4 celebration, as it was accepted on the national historic society. In 2001 I had the honor to climb the Steck Salathe route on Sentinel Rock with Tom Frost. it was 40 years since he had climbed it with Royal Robbins in a shade over three hours. me and Tom took nearly seven to do it. Royal and Tom had only pins while me and Tom had fancy camming devices. I guess we know who the real speed climbers were.
On the route Tom wore a long white sleeve collared Arrow Shirt. I also had a long sleeve white collared shirt left over from my Yuppie days. At the top I made fun of Tom because his white painters pants and white shirt had red stains on his knees and elbows. In Tom's classic dry sense of humor he said "hmmf", then I saw his eyes travel to my elbows and knees. I looked down at myself , mine were as bad as his.
In my presentations I show a picture of @alexhonnold on one side of me and Tom frost on the other. Tom started climbing before I was born and I started climbing before Alex was born. I feel fortunate to have climbed with folks "before me and after me." The climbing world, the climbing Community, the people in climbing, are incredible. I'm so appreciative to be a part of it. If I've been fortunate enough to adventure with you leave a comment with the adventure (s) we've been on. Climb on.
Super fun hosting the USA Climbing College Regionals here at @diablorockgym . #dohardthings @usaclimbing Crazy fun fashion award to the UC Davis Climbing team and their cow pattern tights. Inspiring to see the sport find it's way onto college campuses.
This photo was taken around 2:09 am on July 29th 1999. I had been climbing and hiking for almost 23 hours. Hiking and climbing up and down Half Dome, then climbing El Cap. It was the biggest day of climbing by myself I had ever done to that point in time. You can tell by my face I was happy, completely knackered, spent, exhausted, and had a deep feeling of reward/achievement bursting out of myself. This is my “touchstone picture,” when I ask myself “what do I want to do next?” - I know what I want to do is an adventure that gives me the feeling I had when this picture was taken.
Periodically I get interviewed. Often it’s a highschool kid. Last week a highschool senior’s assignment was to interview someone who is passionate about what they do! During this short 7 minute interview the student asked me: “What is passion?” I paused, noted to the student that it was a great question. Then I said “Passion is what enables people to live rather than exist.” We both paused, whoa, did I just say that? I’m not sure where I got that. I have said that one should “Design happiness into the present.” It’s impossible to have an experience like climbing Half Dome and El Cap in a day every day or even weekly, it takes a huge commitment of: time, effort, mental, spiritual, and physical energy. Although this is true, it is the vision/passion and the imagination to visualize YOUR touchstone event that keeps you training and LIVING a full rewarding life in between epic rewarding life experiences. I know you can get this feeling parenting, building a business, red pointing your 5.11 project, producing an art opening, sending a boulder problem,(did I just write that?!), or finishing a 15 page essay for school. I would love to hear what your touchstone story and picture are? Here’s hoping you all have something you are passionate about.
Yesterday I attended the celebration of Royal Robbins life.
These events are odd, I don't think anybody really knows how to act "appropriately." Yet it was a joy to be there and wonderful to be a part of it. Big congratulations to the Robbins family for honoring Royal with such a perfect gathering.
Taking selfies with all the luminaries that were in the room was not the thing to do. It would have felt awkward even for me, -who has a history of violating social norms.(I violated Instagram norms and posted 7 images here. Don't look, because it's not normal) I managed to grab just one with my closest partner Steve Schneider, Heather Baer, Tom Frost, and Steve Grossman.
The memorabilia on the wall was incredible. Photos I had never seen before. They told wonderful stories. One thing I found particularly interesting was the report card for Royal. I've often said that climbing is applied gymnastics, yet here was Royal's report card saying he got a D in gymnastics. -go figure. I guess it's never too late to become who you're going to be.
The speaker's received applause and laughter from the crowd. I took away from the event far more than I could write here and that was what many of the speakers said, - words cannot explain all that Royal contributed to our climbing community and what an amazing man he was.
CrossFit Open 18.3 jump rope and overhead squats. Bummer I didn't get to muscle ups on the rings. Flip to other photos to see me NOT lying on ground. #dohardthings @diablorockgym @drgchallenge @coco_crossfit
Nice of @stonerideryuji to post this. ・・・ Settle down before going to my everyday life. I lead some of chapter “on the nose”. I feel like it was like yesterday. And when we made a new record of Nose Speed Ascent 2:37:05 with @hansflorine I remember so much people cheer us.Even we could hear them up on 700,800 meters height...Well it’s been nearly 10 years.Thanks a lot to have me on The Nose and I am honored that we made records together 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻