Outside Sin City

Located a stone’s throw away from the neon lights and half empty condominium complexes of Las Vegas, NV, lies the amazing Aztec sandstone cliffs of Red Rock Recreation Area. On my first climbing road trip I spent Christmas of 1986 in Red Rocks. At that time the lack of a comprehensive guidebook, long routes and seemingly unending labyrinth of canyons were very intimidating and I barely scratched the surface of the climbing potential of the region. Nearly 25 years later and after dozens of return visits, Red Rocks no longer seems like a daunting place, in fact it is one …

Back in the USA and very busy!

After almost two months of guiding and shooting images and video in China and Taiwan, I returned home to Seattle WA on Oct 1. The last month was planned to be relaxing month of wading through 20 hours of video footage and 10,000 images, but I managed to stay really busy with presentations at the Naval Academy and NOLS reunions events in NYC and Pittsburgh. Tomorrow, I begin the (19 hour) drive to Lander, WY where I will be leading a group to the Red Rocks Recreation area outside of Las Vegas, NV for a month of climbing. Here are …

Taiwan

For the last two weeks I have been in Taiwan with LittlePo Adventures. I have been guiding rock climbing and shooting images and video. During the day we have been climbing at Long Dong, an amazing sandstone cliff perched right above the Pacific Ocean. In the evening we have been exploring night markets, sky lantern festivals and temples. Rest day activties have included surfing, hiking in the mountains and experiencing amazing cultural sights around Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan. You can see a selected image gallery here

Squamish

I spent a long weekend in Squamish BC with my friends Szu-ting Yi, Andy Rich and Jenn Pine enjoying the beautiful summer weather and excellent granite crack climbing.

The Incredible Hulk

Nearly as impressive as the giant green Super Hero, the Incredible Hulk is a huge block of granite sitting high in the Sierras of CA. After filming the Badwater Ultra-marathon I picked Brady Robisnson up in Reno and we drove to the trailhead. After a 3 hour hike with heavy loads we established a base camp and for the next few days climbed three awesome routes.

From a low point to a high point

On July 12, 2010 I drove to the lowest point in North America, Bad Water Basin in Death Valley National Park, CA. Not only is Badwater Basin 282 feet below sea level, but during the summer months it is one of the hottest places in North America. Each July, for the last  33 years, ultra marathoners having been have been running from Badwater Basin to the Whitney Portal a distance of 135 miles with over 8,000 feet of elevation gain. The temperatures reach 122 F during the race and physical and mental strength of the runners was truly an incredible …

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger 30 years of broken holds, bones and other temporary setbacks on the way to the top During the last 30 years, Dave Anderson has been establishing new routes and ascending unclimbed peaks around the world. Dave’s expeditions have received numerous climbing grants, such as the Mugs Stump, Shipton/Tilman, Liman Spitzer and Polartec Awards, which have enabled Dave to explore and put up first ascents in thirteen countries on four continents. From highball boulder problems, to speed ascents of El Captain and the Wind River Range, to winter ascents of Himalayan peaks, Dave has …

International Climbers’ Festival Presentation

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger 30 years of broken holds, bones and other temporary setbacks on the way to the top International Climbers’ Festival August 8, 2010 6:30 pm Noble Hotel Lander, WY During the last 30 years, Dave Anderson has been establishing new routes and ascending unclimbed peaks around the world. Dave’s expeditions have received numerous climbing grants, such as the Mugs Stump, Shipton/Tilman, Liman Spitzer and Polartec Awards, which have enabled Dave to explore and put up first ascents in thirteen countries on four continents. From highball boulder problems, to speed ascents of El Captain and …

Snow in mid June??!!

I just finished up a working a NOLS Instructor Course. We spent two weeks at Split Rock in Central Wyoming. Usually the weather this time of year is hot and climbing with a umbrella for shade is not out of the question. During our time in Split Rock we received torrential rains, sleet (snow actually covered the high peaks) 55 mph winds, thankfully we were also were treated to many sunny days with temperatures in the 70’s. The course was very successful with everyone learning climbing systems and having a lot of fun along the way. Here is a gallery of …

Some work and fun in the Northwest

I arrived in Seattle, WA a few days ago to visit Szu-ting Yi. Between planning sessions for LittlePo Adventures and upcoming trips to Taiwan and China we managed to get out for some climbing at Index and Szu-ting was a willing model for some first aid images I needed to capture for a book I am working on with Pequot Press. She suffered a broken wrist, femur, severe lacerations, heat exhaustion and blisters yet always had a smile at the end of  the shoots. Last fall I was hired to produce images for three Backpacker Magazine books, written by Molly …