Yangshuo China: arrival

After over  24 hours of non stop travel I finally arrived Yangshou China. Travel is never an easy thing, despite all the planning and preparation journeying halfway around the world is seldom without complications. With the recent airline terrorist threat , security at US airports in now at a heightened level, which in my case meant long lines. As result I came very close to missing my flight from Los Angeles to Guangzhuo. In fact, I had to run to the gate and they literally closed the planes door after I stepped inside. The flight was 14 + hours, but …

Death Valley

Andrea Watson and I spent a week scouting, filming and conducting interviews to learn about to lowest point in North America, Death Valley in CA. This is the first step in the “Rising Up” project – traveling to the lowest point on each continent to learn about the environment and the people who live there. Here is a short clip that I shot during my time there

Fallen Hero

Guy Lacelle was killed by an avalanche near Bozeman, MT on Dec 10, 2009. (see Climbing.com for details) I first met Guy in 1994 (?) in Red Rocks. We climbed about the same level and shared a rope for a day at the Gallery clipping bolts. He was very unassuming and did not let on that he was a total bad ass in the world of ice climbing. But I knew who he was as his name was already in the mags. When I think about a climber like Chris Sharma, I am blown away by his climbing ability. No …

Blue Mass Scenic Area

Last weekend Laura Ditolla and I headed to the western of UT to scout the Blue Mass Scenic area as a potential location NOLS might be able to use for climbing camps. I briefly visited the area in October and was impressed by the unique granite found there. The rock is a cross between City of Rocks, ID and the Needles of SD. The Blue Mass scenic area is located at 7,500 feet. Due to little or no snow accumulations this season, I was anxious get up there and have a detailed look, before a big storm block the road. …

Climbing in Big Cottonwood Canyon testing out the new camcorder!

Last week Lauren Ditolla, Christian G. and I ventured out into the cold december up in Big Cottonwood Canyon trying to squeak in one last day of climbing before the inevitable winter storms arrive and blanket the cliffs in snow until May. the air temperatures did not get above 32 F, but climbing in the direct sun with little wind made the climbing just bearable. I had just received my new Sanyo Xacti VPC HD2000 camcorder and was exciting to try out this tiny full HD camcorder. We only climbed three routes in the upper S curve area, but I …

Thanksgiving/The Creek

I once again spent Thanksgiving in Indian Creek, UT. For the last two Thanksgivings I have been guiding in Red Rocks outside of Las Vegas, NV, so it was a real treat to spent the holiday with some good friends away from the craziness of Vegas. Many other people also make the sojourn to the Creek for Thanksgiving, so I am usually more focused on spending time with friends, that I have not seen for a long time, than getting in a lot of pitches. But we managed choose uncrowded cliffs and actually partook in some great climbing. Here is a link …

Red Rocks

Just returned from a great three weeks of guiding in Red Rocks Conservation Area, NV. I was there instructing a NOLS semester course. We had great weather with only one mild wind storm and decent temperatures during our time there and the students were able to get in a lot of climbing. http://gallery.me.com/kondus#100494

Slab Climbing Argh!

I returned from a short climbing trip to Joshua Tree, CA with my friends Brigitte and Szu-ting. 20 years ago I used to be a good slab climber, able to trust my feet on the smallest most insecure footholds and competently run it out to the next bolt. This past week in Joshua Tree, even though I climb several number grades harder than I did 20 years ago, I found that I had lost most of my slab climbing ability. Even with my super comfy and sticky Evolve Defy SE and edge climbing masters the Pontas lace up shoes I …

House Range

I just returned from leading a three week NOLS climbing section to House Range of western UT. One thing about the West is, if you don’t like the just wait. One day we had sunny skies and  temperatures in the mid 90’s the next day the high was in the mid 50’s and we had rain and sleet most of the day??!! http://gallery.me.com/kondus#100468&view=mosaic&sel=0