Monday, December 20, 2010

Southern Nevada Bouldering Review

It is not often that I am amazed by a climbing guidebook.  I have long felt that Matt Wilder's Hueco Tanks guide is the best guidebook ever assembled for lovers of our craft.  My wife Siemay and i recently traveled to the sandstone boulders around Red Rocks for some friendly bouldering with our long time friends Brian Capps and Christian Tartaglia.  On the sojourn, we met and climbed with Pete Lowe, Brandon from LA, Alex Savage, and Tom Moulin.  We also had a chance to see and use Tom's new guide to this vast area.  I bought a personal copy immediately.

So, It is with great pleasure that I review Southern Nevada Bouldering, a guidebook.

Southern Nevada Bouldering by Tom Moulin is a work of art.  This guide, also recently reviewed on Climbing Narc, is everything a guidebook should be.  I recommend seeing that review as well, since Brian is an adroit reviewer.

FULL DISCLOSURE:  I bought this book and was not asked to review it; I have no incentive for doing so.

Here's a bullet summary of my findings:

Amazing color photos, tons of images
Accurate descriptions and photos of boulders with people climbing often for scale
Ample history and narrative
Topographical maps of boulder locations
Bouldering area is spread out, but on par with Joe's for quantity and quality
Extremely well organized
It's right outside Vegas
updated route section online (
Numerous projects listed for visiting crushers
Few people at the newer areas

$40. - worth every penny though
Heavy, more of a coffee table book - tough to carry to the crag
So beautiful/expensive, you won't want to bring it to the crag! I am already planning to xerox pages before I go out again, or buy 2 copies (if you have money to burn.)
Many of the areas described do not have proper trails and are super dog unfriendly (cholla-mania).  The hikes can be long for mega quality problems but low concentration.
Some of the rock is silty and not as grippy as other sandstone Meccas (dirty south, joes.)  The rock is oftern similar to Moe's valley in St. George.
It's right outside Vegas
Crowded at the well established areas

All in all, Vegas bouldering areas are amazing with some really standout lines.  The guidebook is totally worth the money: go to Vegas bouldering to get a copy.  I have already spent hours reading through it, starring at the photos and planning my next outing.  Holding this book is holding a piece of art.  The amount of time it must have taken to create this is staggering!  My hands are sweating just thinking about the problems I left undone.

On my short trip, we never returned to the same boulder twice.  I managed to complete a few problems though, the best of which was "Wet Dream" from the obvious stand (I worked out the moves on the V11 sit and need to go back!)  I also did "Fountainhead" V9 (I started the stand as high as I could, one move higher than most people start, although the first move was very easy for me) and worked on the sit, and amazing V12 called "Atlas Shrugged" (of course.)  I was unable to climb the "Lion Share" an sweet V9, but watched PeteLowe come super close to sending the low start at V12.  I tried "Ambacamba" which was a difficult V9 that I could not do, so I did a first ascent just to its right that I called "Bad Cocoa" V8 which shares the same finish.  Siemay did the classic "Mr. Moran" V7 in a few goes. Capps basically sent everything.  Tartaglia and I went to "Stand and Deliver" V11 which was an epic hike, but so worth it, the problem is 3 stars and dreamy.  I did the crux several times, but stopped trying since my elbow began to complain.  Too many days on in a row!  Christian pulled it out of the bag with a last minute send that was epic.

Alex Savage was also on fire sending most everything he tried in a few goes, making difficult lines look quite easy.  Younger, newer model was the joke du jour.  Super nice guy with amazing psych and video skillz...

Speaking of videos, here's a tasty video of Ethan Pringle's "Wet Dream," candidate for top 10% of V12s in the world:

Ethan Pringle climbs Wet Dream, Black Velvet Canyon from SNB on Vimeo.

The Amazing "Stand & Deliver" V11

First Ascent of Stand and Deliver, Red Rocks Bouldering from SNB on Vimeo.

See many more Vegas bouldering videos to get you psyched:

Okay people, Get out there and destroy!

Seek perfection of character, respect others & Try Hard. Noah as usual

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Economics 102 and some climbing news

First, the climbing News:

Congrats to Joel Zerr on the 2nd ascent of Jesse Bonin's "Secret Weapon" V11.  I love this climb, but it got snowed out.  I am very close as well.  I May shovel it out soon.  Joel is also super close to the 2nd ascent of "Alcatraz sit" V12 (FA stand: Kaufman, Sit: Bonin)  I will be filming joel on this awesome climb in Carson City, NV for "Try Harder."

Congrats also to Jesse Bonin on his new V11 in Korea! for pics and video... Also, Jesse did an old Kim Lee project at around V10 and called it "Sandpaper Handjob."  Great name!  Here's a video of some South Korea climbing antics by our very own J. Bonin:

First Ascents in South Korea from Jesse Bonin on Vimeo.

Congrats to Brian Capps on making short work on "Stained Glass" V10 in Bishop.  This is one of the best climbs ever.  Also, Christian Tartaglia has fallen off the last move of the "Mandala" possibly V13 now after the key right hand credit-card crimp has broken and is worse (could it get worse?)

Economics commentary:

As many of you know, I have an interest in investing/trading the stock market and a basic understanding of what's going on in the world is definitely helpful for the agile trader.  Try this on for size:

"Mary is the proprietor of a bar in Dublin . She realizes that virtually all of her customers are unemployed alcoholics and, as such, can no longer afford to patronize her bar. To solve this problem, she comes up with new marketing plan that allows her customers to drink now, but pay later. She keeps track of the drinks consumed on a ledger (thereby granting the customers loans).
Word gets around about Mary’s "drink now, pay later" marketing strategy and, as a result, increasing numbers of customers flood into Mary’s bar. Soon she has the largest sales volume for any bar in Dublin.
By providing her customers' freedom from immediate payment demands, Mary gets no resistance when, at regular intervals, she substantially increases her prices for wine and beer, the most consumed beverages. Consequently, Mary's gross sales volume increases massively. A young and dynamic vice-president at the local bank recognizes that these customer debts constitute valuable future assets and increases Mary's borrowing limit. He sees no reason for any undue concern, since he has the debts of the unemployed alcoholics as collateral.
At the bank's corporate headquarters, expert traders figure a way to make huge commissions, and transform these customer loans into DRINKBONDS, ALCHOBONDS and PUKEBONDS. These securities are then bundled and traded on international security markets. Naive investors don't really understand that the securities being sold to them as AAA secured bonds are really the debts of unemployed alcoholics. Nevertheless, the bond prices continuously climb, and the securities soon become the hottest-selling items for some of the nation's leading brokerage houses.
One day, even though the bond prices are still climbing, a risk manager at the original local bank decides that the time has come to demand payment on the debts incurred by the drinkers at Mary’s bar. He so informs Mary.
Mary then demands payment from her alcoholic patrons, but being unemployed alcoholics they cannot pay back their drinking debts.Since, Mary cannot fulfil her loan obligations she is forced into bankruptcy. The bar closes and the eleven employees lose their jobs.
Overnight, DRINKBONDS, ALCHOBONDS and PUKEBONDS drop in price by 90%. The collapsed bond asset value destroys the banks liquidity and prevents it from issuing new loans, thus freezing credit and economic activity in the community.
The suppliers of Mary’s bar had granted her generous payment extensions and had invested their firms' pension funds in the various BOND securities. They find they are now faced with having to write off her bad debt and with losing over 90% of the presumed value of the bonds. Her wine supplier also claims bankruptcy, closing the doors on a family business that had endured for three generations, her beer supplier is taken over by a competitor, who immediately closes the local plant and lays off 150 workers.
Fortunately though, the bank, the brokerage houses and their respective executives are saved and bailed out by a multi-billion euro no-strings attached cash infusion from their cronies in Government. The funds required for this bailout are obtained by new taxes levied on employed, middle-class, non-drinkers who have never been in Mary’s bar."

Now, do you understand economics in 2010?

In the US, it was our housing market instead of Mary's bar.  We lent a lot of money to people who in no way could afford the loans they were getting.

The cool thing is that the astute investor/trader can take advantage of this to exponentiate her capital!  Some now famous traders saw this coming and shorted the hell out of the "DRINKBOND" (CDO, etc.) market making a fortune.  Sad but true.  Common sense is not as prevalent as one might wish, and we all owe big time for the irresponsibility of a few knuckle-heads.

Looking to the future, this type of bubble is bound to be inflated at some point again.  Look for it, be ready, and pounce and perhaps you can make a ton of cash (off other's misfortunes and stupidity.)

Thanks to my brother, Asher and his friends for this awesome analogy.

Seek perfection of character, respect others & Try Hard. Noah as usual

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Rocktober in Yosemite

Here's another great Scott Chandler video of our time in Yosemite this fall:

Rocktober 2010 from scott chandler on Vimeo.

The last line in the video is not in the guidebook either.  it is next to hexentric at cathedral.  Charlie told me to go check it out, he thought he had heard it was a V11.  This may be true for shorter climbers, but I felt it was V9ish for my body-size.  Also of interest is that the "FA" Quasimodo V7 that Scott does in the video apparently had been tried and maybe done several years back!  Scott and I re-cleaned this gem but broke a hold or two and found tons of moss...  Just goes to show, you never know!

Get psyched!!!

Seek perfection of character, respect others & Try Hard. Noah as usual

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Blitzenator V9

Awesome line in Tahoe that deserves attention:  See the youtube write up for beta; it's right off the road!

Seek perfection of character, respect others & Try Hard. Noah as usual

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Roy: A Sojourn

When I first saw this picture on John Kuphal's excellent blog, Zero-friction I knew I had to see the sandstone around Roy, New Mexico:

John Kuphal on "Carpet Bagger" V10. FA Tom Ellis.  five star line. seriously.  I did the second ascent of the stand at v9 and will go back soon for the sit!  Amazing line at the World Wide Wall.

Here's a video of the best stuff I saw/climbed on:

Roy is not an established, crowded area. It may never be... There is no guidebook, a lot of hiking and adventure, and no real amenities of a close by town. Roy is not Joe's, Hueco or Bishop. In fact, only full-time lifer's and lovers of our craft will appreciate Roy. There is choss and good rock, like anywhere else. This place is good, but no Mecca. There are 4 star lines, occasionally, but Roy is about hanging out and developing a good local area in a pristine and unusual natural setting. Before I get into the trip report and stories/photos/video, let me state the ground rules for Roy and the local ethic:

1. NEVER cross barbwire fences. All areas are accessible by foot although many hikes are extensive. The area around Roy is a mix of public and private land and if you cross a fenced area, you threaten everyone's continued access and your own life. Local landowners can shoot you. Seriously. Furthermore, there is a ranger that has loyalties to the land, the law, and homeowners.

2. All Access rules apply: leave no trace, cut no trails, no chipping. Take photos, leave footprints, etc.

3. Be respectful of others and the environment. Roy is just as much about being "out there" as it is about climbing.

In terms of the rock climbing, Roy is pretty diverse. You will find every type of hold and angle of climbing, from roofs, to bandering, to slabs to everything else. The lines are generally not quite as striking as South Africa, but the rock is generally good and occasionally exceptional bullet hard Dakota Sandstone. If you are a world traveler, you will love Roy. If you mostly make the circuit from Joe's/Bishop/Hueco, you may find that Roy is a waste of your time. There are no truly difficult lines yet. There does seem to be potential for harder lines, but currently grades are up to about V9. There are many sectors to explore, but no guidebook--purposefully. Locals will gladly show newcomers around, but most people begin their adventuring around Mills Canyon Road, North of Roy Proper, and West of Hwy 39 by about 4 miles. Without many trees to obscure boulders, Google Earth is a valuable tool to locate potential areas. Occasionally, these areas yield sub-par rock, but the best areas are super fun for sure.  Here are some pics: Click to enlarge.

Noah Kaufman, "Wild Goose Chase" V5 FA

Siemay Lee on a junky V5

Masumi Shibata on "Tear Drops of Cum" V7. Second Ascent

sweet little warm-up zone



a new boulder we developed with Tom

send!  John Kuphal post "Robin" V7

The amazing "Squid Jerky" V7 Tom Ellis sending

Jeff Sutton Trying Hard

This is an actual roof hold in Roy.

Sutton on "McCaw Man" V7

I am an adventurer. period. I love to travel to new areas and see new things. I also love to meet new people. Developing hundreds of boulders in Tahoe, I have learned the ropes of successful area development. Tahoe is a Mecca, and unlike Roy has high quality granite and hard, hard lines. Even so, there is very little traffic in Tahoe since the areas are so spread out through the basin. Traveling to Roy, I knew I would at least have adventure even if I never found the "Mecca."

So, I took 2 weeks and cruised to New Mexico with my wife, Siemay and close friend, Rich. The first week, I had some leads and found the boulders of the wash in Mills Canyon. The best problem here, by far, is John Kuphal's world class "Giant Prostitutes in Space" V8 Highball.

Here is Jason Kehl doing the 2nd ascent (I did the 3rd (first ground up) right after Jason):

This wash and surrounding areas is a decent "local's" area, but except for this problem and a few others, like Jason Kehl's new V10 thug-fest "Nobody" The area is not really worth traveling to. It is like the Eden area at Joe's. Maybe a little bigger, but many small problems that range from sandy to immaculate stone.

"Nobody" V10 FA Jason Kehl

We also found some new climbs and cleaned and did some new classic first ascents at another zone (the Tahoe zone) "Leaping Tarantula" V9 (pic right, Noah Kaufman, FA) and "Wild Goose Chase" V5 (pic left, Rich Meredick) were standouts.  During this exploratory first week, I drove many a dirt road and tracked down many a Google Earth lead mostly without finding anything worthy... I really wanted to see the wall from the Zero-friction photo, and I was determined to find it!

I also went to Roy because of the Climbing Magazine web feature: "No, so don't even ask... This crew of New Mexico climbers has the perfect spot, blah blah blah ...bullet stone, perfect access, etc..." I felt teased. I love sandstone. Why dangle a secret in front of my nose? I'm 35 and my strong days are numbered. I love climbing more than anything, and have for 20 years now. I took the bait.

...So, my old friend Jason Kehl, fresh from an epic bouldering trip to the Himalayas decided to join me on my sans beta adventuring of the canyons of Roy. Jason showed up just as Siemay and Rich were leaving. By this point, I had hiked a lot and found some stuff that was... ehhh... okay... Jason and I talked old times and hung out with Chilly in the truck camper. We climbed in the wash and had a fun time, knowing that we were missing out on the best areas these locals were hiding. We did the best (and tallest lines... with Jason there, you know what you're getting into!)

Jason left for Hueco after a few days and my trip was coming to an end. I took a break from the lonely canyons of Roy to visit Rich and go to Enchanted Tower for a day. During this break Rich sent his first 12a and had an epic fall at the chains: half victory whip half complete forearm failure. it was awesome. Anyhow, I got in touch with another old friend, Nick Duttle who gave me some beta and some contact info for the area's main developer: Tom Ellis. Tom is amazing. He called me right back and was psyched. In fact, if you have climbed with me, you know I yell a lot and that I am psyched. Tom is that and more... Unafraid to "monkey-fuck" his friends, Tom is a total lifer and free spirit. Together with a rowdy crew of fellow developers: William Penner, Masumi Shibata, Grady "Sausageman" Ball, et alia I was given a tour of the gems of Roy canyon.

The best lines I did/tried were "Kin no Kanoke" (The Golden Casket) V9, "Carpet Bagger" (stand) v9 sit v10 highball, "Mammajamma" V6 Highball (see video), "Tear Drops of Cum" V7, "Batman" V7 30 foot roof jug-haul...

"TDC" V7 FA Tom Ellis 4 star

 "Kin no Kanoke" (The Golden Casket) V9 Grady Ball working the line.  FA Masumi Shibata. 4 star

Noah Kaufman, "Squid Jerky" V7 four star.  FA John Kuphal
 Tom Ellis "Squid Jerky"
 Jeff Sutton on "Mammajamma" V6 5 star?
 Jeff Sutton working "Batman" V7
 "Ergonomicon" V7 on the Ergernomic boulder.  First Asecnt William Penner.  4-star line. Wow.
 Jeff Sutton working this classic.  Grady and JC cranked out wicked sends during our trip.  Sick.  Some of the best rock I saw in Roy and one of the coolest lines established so far.
 New V9 project. Hard first move to V4.  Jeff Sutton works this pretty line.
 uhhh... bolted lines appearing on the cliffbands, Massive "BFRB"s below.  Some are perfect.
Left: Tom Ellis, project.

These lines are classics. We also tried many projects.

The adventure and camaraderie was the focus it seemed. In a world of haters, where all my youtube videos have negative comments because of all the cheer-leading, it was nice to be hanging out with a bunch of lovers, a bunch of monkey-fucking yellers.

Roy may not be for everyone. The hikes are long with many spiked objects, there is no guidebook, there are a million pieces of rock, the locale is desolate and lonely. There are no restaurants/hotels/shops and the small town of Roy is dying a sad and lonely death.

That being said, and maybe it's because I'm getting older, I'm going back to Roy.

For solid sandstone, good friends, and adventure.

One last time: If you do go to Roy go to Mills Canyon campground, explore and follow these simple guidelines:

1. NEVER cross barbwire fences. All areas are accessible by foot although many hikes are extensive. The area around Roy is a mix of public and private land and if you cross a fenced area, you threaten everyone's continued access and your own life. Local landowners can shoot you. Seriously. Furthermore, there is a ranger that has loyalties to the land, the law, and homeowners.

2. All Access rules apply: leave no trace, cut no trails, no chipping. Take photos, leave footprints, etc.

3. Be respectful of others and the environment. Roy is just as much about being "out there" as it is about climbing.

*To the best of my knowledge, no monkeys were actually fucked or hurt during my trip to Roy.

Seek perfection of character, respect others & Try Hard. Noah as usual

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ground Control V11

Congratulations to Alex Savage for the second ascent of "Ground Control." This is perhaps one of the best lines in Tahoe that I found, cleaned and sent earlier this fall. A must do for the advanced climber!

Ground Control V11 from Savage Climbing on Vimeo.

I am putting together my Roy media and will write an essay on my experiences there over the next week or so, so stay tuned!

Seek perfection of character, respect others & Try Hard. Noah as usual

Sunday, October 31, 2010

New Tahoe Bouldering

Here is a new video from my friend Jesse Bonin detailing some of the notable recent ascents in Tahoe and some good oldies as well.

Tahoe Activity from Jesse Bonin on Vimeo.

The 2 V11s in this video are excellent climbs!

"Secret Weapon" is Mega. This climb is on the newly developed Frank Lucido boulder called the Ronin Boulder. I climbed there for the first time today and it was awesome! Volcanic bouldering at it's finest. I did 2 cool new first ascents: a V7 called "Hidden Dragon" that Jesse quickly repeated, and a super cool steep thuggy 2 move long dynamic climb called "The Last Samurai" that could be V7 as well.

After that, I did all the moves on "Secret Weapon" and did it in two overlapping sections. This climb is really quite fun on great holds. A 3-star line that I can't wait to send!

The Ronin Boulder is right off Hwy 4 in a drainage to the North of the True Value crag (~25 sport routs on andesite.) This crag is on the left 5-10 miles South of Markleeville, CA. You can almost see it from the road, but you'll definitely see the crag.

I also did a rad V9 at the Blitzen boulder the other day. Super cool. Amazing that none of this stuff is in any guidebook. (A bunch of us Tahoe guys are getting together and working on a guide!) Video to come.

Anyway, I'm going to Roy, NM for the next 3 weeks to see what the fuss is about. I will expose this area and have an in-depth report when I reutrn. Stay tuned!

Seek perfection of character, respect others & Try Hard. Noah as usual.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Ballers in Wolvie-Land Movie

This video speaks for itself. New development from the modern masters in Colorado:

ENTER THE WOLVO from chad greedy on Vimeo.

...Go get some!

Seek perfection of character, respect others & Try Hard. Noah as usual

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Gravitas V7

Yeah, yeah... Yosemite is great, we all know. For the last 3 weeks I had an awesome season warm-up hanging (working) in the Valley, repeating classics and saving lives.

Here is an awesome newish V7 around the corner from The classic Randy Puro problem "Athletes Die Young." Classic Yosemite movement on what appears at first to be a turdy little problem, "Gravitas" is actually a sweet little study of tension and balance.

Here's the vid:


In other news, we had many climbers come stay at the house for the last time. The gig was truly amazing! It was the best job I have ever had, working in Yosemite. I was paid to be a supervisor on a cell phone 24/7 and live in a dope valley pad. I basically went and climbed as much as possible and would answer the phone and give advice usually.

My services were actually occasionally necessary. Most sojourns to the Valley saw at least 1-2 life or death situations that really called for a highly trained emergency physician. This trip I had a little girl tragically hit by rockfall. We intubated her and sent her out to a higher level of care to be treated for her extensive injuries.

She is apparently doing well now!

Cases like these make being an emergency doctor one of the best jobs in the world. Unfortunately, the clinic will be closing in January secondary to fiscal concerns. I am sure the death rate will skyrocket and that a hard lesson will be learned. On-sight physicians in Yosemite are a necessity.

Anyway, the season is getting started, so let's rock it!

Seek perfection of character, respect others & Try Hard. Noah as usual

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Dream V10

Well, Yosemite, as usual, was amazing. It was a litle warm, so we mostly focused on repeating classics, doing First Ascents and hanging out with buddies. As the physician, I cared for many climbers this go around. There were several people hurt by rockfall and we had one terrific save at the clinic!

Here is a short video of Kevin Jorgeson and Scott Chandler sending a Sweet little line that I opened a few years back:

Dream V10

More videos to come! The season is HERE! There are many new things happening on the boulders in Tahoe, and a guidebook is in the works...

Also, I believe I have found the "Secret" Roy, NM bouldering area and am making a recon trip there in November to document my detective work and enjoy some fine NM sandstone... I will take many photos/video to expose this secret Mecca.

Seek perfection of character, respect others & Try Hard. Noah as usual

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Jordan and Amanda visit Tahoe

Recently, my brother Jordan and his girlfriend Amanda came to visit us in this little piece of heaven on Earth...  Needless to say we golfed and fished just about everyday.  The end result was me investing in a fly rod.  I had gone really hard at climbing the week before Jordan and Amanda's visit, touring the Mountain hardware team around the Way Lake bouldering area in Mammoth, CA.  I split a tip pretty bad almost repeating Wills Young's epic Wavecatcher problem (I have done this climb before.)  One of my best friends, Matt, managed to complete the problem; check it out:

Soooo.... A week of fishing and golf were just what the doctor ordered!

The last week, I have been climbing again, trying to shed some fat from the time off and the crazy sushi dinners.  I have been to Sugarpine 3 and 5 developing first ascents with the West Shore boyz.  Dave Hatchett & Co. are super fun to climb with.  Dave is the main developer of Sugarpine, which now has over 150 boulders and 620 boulder problems of every type imaginable. SP1 & 2 are the biggest so far, but it's stacked everywhere.  Best area in Tahoe BY FAR...

For the next 2 weeks, we will be living in the Yosemite house behind the medical clinic.  Hopefully it's not too hot, but if it is, we'll do classics and climb the Muir tree a bunch.  Can't complain about 2 weeks in the valley.

Take care, everyone!

Seek perfection of character, respect others & Try Hard. Noah as usual

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Ground Control

This is the first ascent of an incredible new line in South Lake Tahoe.  "Ground Control" took me 5 days to complete, the crux move alone is about V10 and I think the problem falls in the V10-V12 range (gun-to-head-rating = V11 (until consensus,)) but it is definitely harder for shorter climbers!  The first day on it, David O and I sent the stand start with a jump-start for a pretty cool, techy, facey V6 (12d) committing line.  The crux move took me several days to send, and skin was an issue as it was warm.  The send day was breezey and cool.  The problem is in the sun all day, so it should be cold, or before 1pm (shaded till then.)  The moves are so cool.  First move lurch to the coolest granite sloper than pull-up to a bomber 1/3 pad crimp-match...  Then HUGE deadpoint to a precision sloper.  Reaaly really neat boulder problem.  I found it with Siemay while we were looking for "Space Invaders" wall to sport climb.  We got lost and that was a very fortunate thing since this gem was waiting, hidden so close to a classic sport area in South Lake Tahoe.

Ground Control is located near the famous "Space Invaders" route, a total classic 12a sport route and the best I have ever done at that grade.  Ground Control is about 500 feet from Space Invaders in the next gully over to the right.  (Space Invaders is near Echo View down Sawmill Rd. past the Pie Shop area.  There are many other problems and boulders to be explored in this tight gully, some of the rock is exceptional, as with Ground Control, but some is crap.  There is a good V7 warm-up on the same boulder that Jesse put up called "Major Tom" (hat tip to Frank Lucido.)  Also on this boulder is a rad tall aesthetic V3 highball that I did and called "The Eclipse."  There are also several other extremely difficult looking lines to do on this boulder.

On a nearby boulder, Clay and I did a sweet V5 called "Claymation" which is a little sharp but otherwise superb.

Thanks to Metolius for pads and Evolv for shoes!

Special thanks to Siemay for filming and motivating me, Jesse, Joe, Frank, David O and the rest of the Tahoe scene.

Try Hard!

Seek perfection of character, respect others & Try Hard. Noah as usual

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Metolius Hangboard video

What a great summer it has been.  So much to write about and show in the next couple of weeks!

I just completed one of the best first ascents of my life in Tahoe called "Ground Control" and there will be excellent video coming of this rad and aesthetic hard line. A Tahoe must do, if you can...  Jesse B is hard at work on the second ascent, but the problem may be V13 for him.  (I thought V10-12 range.) This climb is up near "Space Invaders" 12a Tahoe classic sport route at echo view.  The boulder is in the next gully over (to the right of Space Invaders wall.) It is a strong stone's throw and even in altitude.  It is absolutely sick. One of the top 5 ascents of my life!  There are many other boulders/problems there including a cool but sharp V5 called "Claymation" and a super highball V3 called "The Eclipse."  Jesse also put up a nifty V7 warm-up on the Ground Control Boulder.  Video coming.

Siemay and I have been doing tons of route climbing and I believe this is the missing link to elevating our bouldering and overall climbing abilities.  Routes are fun!  Btw, Siemay is clipping bolts and taking falls.  This is prouder than the fact that she sent her first 12d this summer in Maple!

Burning Man:  Essay and synopsis/review coming.  ...Life changing.

I recently made this video for one of my sponsors, Metolius: Check it out.  Jesse Bonin also makes a cameo.  It is quite a long video; an 8-minute instructional about hangboarding with the Metolius Simulator.

Seek perfection of character, respect others & Try Hard. Noah as usual

Monday, July 26, 2010

Try Harder

Here is the trailer:

Try Harder is a new film that my company, Try Hard, Ltd. is producing.  All proceeds from this film will go to the athletes portrayed in the movie.

Donations and sponsorship are welcome.  If you would like to contribute to these under-funded athletes way of life and ability to travel the world and do their thing, please send a check of any value to:

Try Hard, Ltd.
1506 Deseret Dr.
Minden, NV 89423

Please put the contributor's name/nickname to be listed in the film's credits.  This is a great way to fund America's Fit Homeless.

This film will be released sometime in 2011.

Seek perfection of character, respect others & Try Hard. Noah as usual

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Maple Canyon & Captain Bullet

Wow.  Maple Canyon is the BOMB.  I love it.  We had such a rad 3 week trip!!!  Did so many amazing lines, mostly volume in the 5.12 range to get endurance up.  The best line by far was "Daddy" at the Cragganmore.  This amazing and very long 12d went down 3rd go, but you can really only give it one serious effort a day.  On the send, I actually broke the final jug and took a big fall!  I was standing up over the final roof, and I was not pumped.  The chains were at my face.  It was the first unintentional victory whip that I have ever taken!  Poor Siemay got yarded to the first bolt!  Fun!

Here is a rad 13b that I sent called "Captain Bullet."  This climb has been on my to do list since my draws were stolen off of it in 2002.  I left Maple Canyon disgusted at that time.

We met up with many friends, old and new.  Siemay led many 5.12's clean and took her first real lead falls.  I got sick of hearing "I'm not pumped at all!"  The Crusher.  Jeff Sutton fought valiantly on "Daddy" and is coming back to put it to rest in August.  Rich Meredick sent his full rope length tech-nightmare "The Wizard of Ozone" at the Box on lead despite a severe shoulder injury that had him sidelined for months.  David Labrosse also crushed, sending all of the hardest routes of his life.  His partner in crime, Pierre, got stitched up by me on a picnic table after a bad fall, but continued to climb despite a potential fractured patella!  Lastly, Tom Herbert and fam crushed as they always do...  Standout sends were from the Herbert children who dispatched their multi-day projects!  Little animals!

We had such an amazing time that we are going back for the last week in August before Burning Man.

More photos/stories to come!

Life is amazing!

Seek perfection of character, respect others & Try Hard. Noah as usual

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

First Ascent Madness

David Outcalt has been a great new contributor to the Tahoe Climbing scene.  Although there are many contributors to bouldering scene (such as legends Frank Lucido, Jesse Bonin, Jay Sell, Dave & Mike Hatchett and others) David has contributed a lot to the Tahoe scene for having been here for such a short time.  Here is a really fun problem he put up on the top of Kingsbury Grade:


Here are some pics from a new area with many new things to do.  David put up a fantastic V6 here called "Dennys" (It's right off the road, but no one ever goes there.)  There is a picture also of a sweet line about V10 that I cleaned behind Dennys but I haven't tried it yet.  This new area is just pass the Meise Trailhead just past red lake, before Caples on Hwy 88 going west (just over the Donner summit looking grade. Meise Parking Lot. North side of Highway 88, one-quarter mile west of Carson Pass in Alpine County.)  Park on the right a tenth of a mile past the meese trailhead as shown.  As usual, all our "projects" are open to anyone and we do not keep any secrets as we would not want any kept from us.  The following pictures show where to park:

 Cool project behind Dennys V10? PERFECT ROCK.

More angles on Dennys below:
Dennys V6 (above)


These Last two photos are of a new highball line that I went out and did called "Gideon."  I think it is a V8 or thereabouts.  This line is visible from the road, as is Dennys.  Gideon may be one of the best lines in Tahoe.  I originally thought V9, so that is a possibility.  There are many other rad problems up the Meise trail that I started cleaning.  The rock is very good up there, and the elevation is high so this is a good summer spot.

You really should go do Gideon if you can.  the stand start is probably around V5 and is also excellent.  The movement on Gideon is powerful and very cool.

There is another V9 out at Caples called "Excalibur" that is also amazing and a contender for one of Tahoe's best lines.

There is also a lot of development happening down Hwy 4 towards Ebbett's Pass.  That is where the White Kong is and several other newly developing areas thanks to the hard work of Frank Lucido, David Outcalt and others.

Siemay and I are going to Yosemite for a week, and then back here for a short spell, and then a 3 week trip to Maple Canyon, Utah for some sport climbing.  Should be fun!

Meanwhile, Sugarpine is back.  The lower areas are ready for climbing now!  This will be our focus for July although it will be hot.  This is by far the best area in Tahoe.

Tahoe.  The Gift continues!

Seek perfection of character, respect others & Try Hard. Noah as usual

Friday, June 4, 2010

Bouldering in the Ruby Mountains

Let's start with the video, of course:


Here's the Lowdown of our weekend:

Last Friday to Monday we had a long-planned/awaited trip to the Ruby Mountains near Elko, NV off Hwy I-80.  This trip was cut short by rain on Friday, and in my case, a severe bout of food poisoning that left me completely incapacitated despite zofran ODT and percocet for severe body aches.  Luckily, the bout passed as quickly as it had come on and it was time to rally.  Although we invited the entire Tahoe community (on our local's email list,) only 5 of us made it, and our group of 4 didn't even run into the 5th!  The rock was chossy at first, but a little scrubbing and it was good to go.  The rock is unusual to say the least.  it is a granite, I believe, but has a very high quartz content.  The climbing was aesthetic and varied.  From techy slabs, to overhangs, to long, rad dynos.  Although we did a good amount of bouldering for the 3 days we were there, much time was spent cleaning, and the upper road was blocked by a "once a quarter century avalanche."  We may go back in late summer to explore higher altitude areas.  The Mountains were jagged and beautiful as you will see in the video.  It was a fun little adventure in the Silver State.  Now that we are back, Sugarpine is getting ready to go, and Siemay and I will be in Yosemite for a short spell followed by a 3 week trip to Maple Canyon, UT for some sports action.  Bamn!  Life is a dream!

Take Care, Peoples!

Seek perfection of character, respect others & Try Hard. Noah as usual

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The White Kong

There is a new area in Tahoe.  Surprise, surprise...
The "White Kong" is a gem of a local spot, South of Markleeville on Hwy 4 towards Ebbett's pass.  The boulders are 1 mile SW of a stand-alone chimney landmark.  They are visible from the road.  Here are 2 videos from recent sessions we've been doing out there.  The first is "Kingk Kong" V7.  This is the prize of the area for sure.  It is probably one of the best problems for the grade in the Tahoe region.  The moves are consistently difficult and the holds are friendly.  The movement is recondite.  I spent hours building a rad landing, so it is a very safe highball line as well.  The crux is compression on bad holds.  Very balancy, but not too powerful.  The rock is so sticky, that the line is actually quite difficult to grade.  siemay got shut down by a long move and thought it may be height dependent, so the grade is in the V6-V10 range.  Here is the First Ascent of "King Kong":


The next video is a sweet highball on the same boulder.  This tall, proud line was briefly referred to as the "Crsystal Mouth" but the name has changed and is now "Own It" V5.  Check it out:


Both of these new problems are really cool.  Must do's for Tahoe locals climbing in this grade-range.

Siemay did another sweet First Ascent and called it the "Matchstick" V5 due to a really cool feature on the steep climb.  I added a very difficult sit start that is rad and is V9 or V10.  This problem is just uphill from the first set of boulders on a steep downhill facing bloc.  You'll know the line because it is begging to be climbed, it just has that aura about it.

There are many undone projects up the hill.  Recently, Ian Cotter-Brown did a nice tall pockety V5 on the Donkey Kong boulder which houses a very cool, sick hard line that I have yet to try.  Uphill from there, there is another David Outcalt project that looks really cool as well.  So much rock, so little time!

Give a holler if you need beta for anywhere in Tahoe.

Seek perfection of character, respect others & Try Hard. Noah as usual

Monday, April 26, 2010


Here is another classic from our Joe's Valley trip.  This one was a project the last time I went to Joe's, but somebody figured out how to climb it and "Firery Furnace" now joins the ranks as a 'must do' Joe's Valley climb.  Please Enjoy.

Seek perfection of character, respect others & Try Hard.
Noah as usual

Monday, April 19, 2010

Joe's #4 - AMERICAN GIGOLO (and Cedar)

We spent part of the time at Joe's with our good friends Thomasina and Cedar Pidgeon.  "Thomo" is arguably one of the best female climbers on the planet and she sent a really cool V11 called "Mass Hysteria" (sit to Hooters) while we were there which I captured in HD for "Try Harder."  She is a guide at Hueco and spent the season down there crushing many v10-v12s.  That's rad.  Thomo lives with her daughter, Cedar (3 y/o) in her van, and I must say it is super comfy in there!  Cedar is already and adept climber as you will see below.  Cedar had many proud FA's in Joe's Valley including some double to triple overhead "highballs."  Watch these two crazy Canucks do their thang.  Enjoy!

Mommasina: (American Gigolo V7)

Cedarooni: (How Jedis are made with Tim Doyle)

I'm inspired.  How about you?

Seek perfection of character, respect others and Try Hard,


Thursday, April 15, 2010



I decided to leave cursing in the video because I curse sometimes and that's just the way it is.  Don't watch this video if this will offend your sensibilities.

THE BUNNY CRUSHERS - Joe's Valley, Utah

This is an outstanding dyno that took me 3 days to complete.  Matt Wilder, Justin Alarcon and I warmed up at UMWA one day and spotted this rad dyno.  Justin told us that he had seen a video of Jason Kehl sending the rig, so we decided to give'r a go.  It was in the sun the first day and none of us could finish the leap, although those guys were smart and tried for only several goes saving skin for other rad lines!!!  ...I got sucked in a little and spent some skin without sending.  I love dynos.  They boil down to one move, usually a difficult one.  Also, I'm tall and I like to jump.  On the second day, same story until I broke the starting right hold and made it much worse (it was 3 inches higher and very incut so you could pull in on it.)  The edge is now flat and smaller.  Matt and Justin also retried it and agreed that the move became more difficult.  The starting left hold is weird.  Kind of a cool pockety sloping crimp-pinch thing-a-ma-bob.  The feet are SHITE, really small and techy.  The hold you are going for at the lip is a little slopey with a very precision oriented micro flake in the sloper.  If you overshoot or undershoot, it's a really hard stick but hit it just right and you're golden.  At the end of the trip, on a cloudy day, I finally sent the post-break FA.  This one is a gem of the dyno-world.  All the footage here is from the last day of efforts and in perfect conditions, it still took me a good many tries to finally stick the move.

Here are some of the other rad dynos that I have done that I love:

"Prozac Nation" V9 -
"Zen Flute" V10 -
"What's Left of Les" V4ish -
"The Wonderhole Dyno" V10 -
"I believe I can Fly" V10 -
"Hale Bopp" V11 -
"Black Velvet" V11 -

Seek perfection of character. Respect others and please, Try Hard!

Noah as usual

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Joe's #2 - PORN KING

This is a rad V10 called "Porn King" that I did.  The camera-work is shaky, but not bad ...for a 3 year old!  (Thanks, Cedar!)  After the big throw the problem is essentially over...  About V3 jugs to a sweet highball finish.  A little scary.  There is also a sweet line to the right called "ghost King" V11.  This boulder is actually pretty stacked.  It has a v9, 6, 12, 10, 11.  Great rock and super fun movement with good landings.  It is located just past the new parking for New Joe's and sits in a rather obvious position down in the gully to the right, a stone's throw from the cars.  I tried "Ghost King" a little, but it was pretty hard for me and would require several days of effort.  I decided to leave it for when I can come back stronger.  Justin Alarcon and Matt Wilder both did this line earlier in the trip with different methods.  They both did ghost king as well and thought this one was equally difficult...  I guess it just goes to show that we all have different tools and our own ways to get 'er done!  I'll stop rambling now.  Here's the video, enjoy:

PORN KING V10, Joe's Valley Utah

More to come!

Seek perfection of character. Respect others. Try Hard.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Joe's #1 - VEGAS


What can I say.  3 weeks at Joe's is truly a gift.  Great friends, great climbing, even crazy ups and downs in the stock market off risky plays.

I will try to non-chronologically sum up the trip over the next few blogs.  I have many videos and pics.

I got a lot of great footage for "Try Harder" over this time.  It's always nice to film my good buddy Matt Wilder since he can send at will.  He and Sandy and I ate like kings and enjoyed Joe's together with Justin Alarcon and Becky the first week.  Many many wine was enjoyed'!  Week 2 Siemay came and Becky Left.  Week 3 Thomo and Cedar showed up, "fresh" from Hueco Tanks (I got some sick footage of Thomo for "Try Harder" and some great shananigans too.)  Throw in some wood...  Some Justin Wood for good measure and you got yourself a part-A!

Here's a cool send from the trip:  This is the project formerly known as "Vegas" on the Chips boulder at New Joes.  It was mega fun, like knocking room.  I re-ascended it to create a rad new line in the v9-v11 range:

I gotta go to sleep now.  I'm working night shifts.

...Oh, BTW, last night was not a busy night at work, so we watched "Knowing" which I really enjoyed.  A must-see for Sci-Fi buffs.

Till the next blog,

Seek perfection of character. Respect others and Try Hard.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Siemay continues to destroy

Siemay sends Fly Boy V6.  She also sent "Seven Spanish Angels" V6.  Both problems have long dyno moves for their finishing moves.  Siemay is quite short at 5'1" and dynoing is not her strength, so these sends were momentous for her.

I felt sick this last week and was unable to regain my highpoint on "Fall Guy" let alone send it!  I did manage to do the likely 2nd ascent of "A Grand Day Out" which I felt was about V7.  The guidebook has it listed as V10, but for my height, this is not an appropriate grade.  Wills is going to go try it and let us know his thoughts!

**CLARIFICATION: I started "Grand Day Out" by stepping onto the boulder from the natural start off the other boulder.  When talking about it with Wills, I realized that it is supposed to start 2-3 moves lower, from the start of a v4.  I actually went back pulled on to the v4 and broke the starting hold!  ...It didn't change much, unless v4 is your limit.  now it's a small(er) crimp. The opening moves were cool enough that it made sense to start where Wills describes it in his new guide to Bishop, but it only adds a v3 opening sequence which is more balance than tugging.  I think this is a 3 star boulder problem.

UPDATE: Siemay sent "Devoted" V8 and "Fly Boy Sit" V8 this last weekend.  CRUSHING!  Going to Joe's for 3 weeks...


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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Rainbow, J-Tree, Bishop adventures

Our weeklong roadtrip was rad.  We took the truck camper to a sweet little zone in Southern Cali that is privately owned.  It has a reputation for being a fun spot with exceptional rock but a bummer of a situation in that it is privately owned and not open to the public.  This is understandable though; if you had your own bomber area, you wouldn't want the worry of liability and trash and abuse.  You'd want to enjoy it with your friends, much the way the owners of this great property have.  Someday, after all the lines are done and the area is done being developed, the current owners plan on somehow giving the land to climbers everywhere.  These are good guys!

Above is a rad 2nd ascent I did of a sweet Chris Sharma squeeze problem.  It looks and climbs way better in person, but the video gives you some idea of the climb.  I thought V9, maybe harder.  Across from this climb is Klem Loskot's "Crowbar" one of the best V12s I have ever seen!  4 stars.  The rock is very much like Rocklands in it's texture, but it is granite.  It is very featured and textured with ergernomic holds.

The highlights of this trip were Dave Hatchett sending "Redneck Fury" a sick V8 that was a little too hard for me to do in a session.  He also almost sent "Under Pressure" a sweet V9 that his brother Mike had put up many years before.  This line is amazing 4 stars and TALL!

Siemay also sent many of the classics here.  She almost did the FA of a sweet V10 that none of us could touch!

After a way-too-short Rainbow trip, we soujorned to J-Tree.  After some classic warm-ups and a fun flash of "High Noon" Highball V5, we made our way to our main focus, Chris Sharma's "Iron Resolution" V12/13.  THIS CLIMB IS AMAZING!  (and it fit me.)  I actually tried really hard and had a couple of goes that felt like they could have been send-goes.  Here's a pic of me falling:

I felt strong, but after this lucky non-injury fall (look at my right heel!!!) I decided to rest and try to come back and send the next day.  BTW, Big Up to CRAIG GILBERT for an awesome extendo-hand spot on this fall that saved my hide!!  Thanks homie!

When we got back to camp, we heard that a storm was moving in, so we rallied with our friends Keita and Kristine and went out on a night hike/bouldering sesh!  I did a cool V9 called "Thin Lizzy" 2nd try and it felt like V8 to me, although it also favored a tall bastard...  You decide.
Sure enough, the next morning it was pouring...  In J-tree??  Yep.  It rained all morning and got super windy.  Horrible conditions.  So, we bailed.

Last leg of our Journey was Bishop again where we hooked up with our close friend Justin Alarcon.  Justin was keen on finishing off Matt Wilder's "Haroun and the Sea of Stories" V11.  Yeah, he did it first go that day!  I had never even done the stand start, a classic in its own right, "The Fall Guy" V9.

Here is a crazy video of me falling after pumping out.  At least I have the beta and will finish it off soon!

Anyway, It was a mega-week.  Super fun and good training for 3 weeks at Joe's which is right around the corner.

We'll be in Bishop this Weekend from Thursday to Sunday.  I may do some ER work down there!
Lastly, a big shout out to my friend Daniel Woods.  Daniel is getting married!!!

Hope everyone is healthy and well!

Noah as usual

Seek perfection of character. Respect others. Try Hard.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Bishop Video From Walker

Check out this video Walker Emerson posted to Vimeo.  Walker is a good friend with a hurt finger who I spent many a laugh with in South Africa and many other climbing spots.  Nice one, Walker!

BIG THINGS from Walker Emerson on Vimeo.

Seek perfection of character. Respect others. Try Hard.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Siemay does V11 "Beefy Gecko"

I wanted to be at the last HAF comp at Incline Villiage, Lake Tahoe.  Siemay wanted to go to Bishop to do some projects she had and we had 4 days off.  ...The choice was obvious.

Siemay sending her first V11 "Beefy Gecko" at the Sads in Bsihop, CA

I sent the "Prozac Dyno" (V9) and Charlie's Rib dyno (V8) and tried Ambrosia (V11) a bunch with my friends Alex Honald and Justin Alarcon.

Justin came as close as one can come to sending "Haroun & The Sea Of Stories" and I worked out the moves on the stand: "The Fall guy."  I also worked "Mandala" again.


I feel a little fat from working too much this winter, or maybe it's just that old familiar weakness.  ...Then I look at Siemay crushing and wonder, Woman keeps improving!!!  The weather was great down there although it was a little warm.

Anyway, this next week we met up with Dave Hatchett for a private tour of San Diego's Premiere (Private) bouldering paradise: RAINBOW ROCKS.

I shall have a report soon.  We will also try to hit Black Mtn. and maybe J-tree to check out Chris's "Iron Resolution" amongst other things.

Seek perfection of character. Respect others. Try Hard.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Siemay Sends V11, Noah Writes stuff.

Congrats to Siemay Lee!!! She sent "Beefy Gecko" V11 at the Sads down in Bishop this last weekend.  That's like 14b/c crux.  I will have video of the send up when I get some time.  Bishop is lovely this time of year.
Siemay is also mentioned on Wills' awesome Bishop Blog:

In other news:

I am now publishing medical/finance articles for a web/newspaper publication out of Dubai.

Seek perfection of character. Respect others. Try Hard.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Moe's Valley, an analysis.

Siemay and I just had an awesome week out in St. George.  Despite inclement weather, we were able to climb 3 days and mountain bike 1 day.  Day 1 was by far the best day.  Moe's is a smallish area with some excellent rock and chossy in places.  There are true standout lines that make it a very special place, totally worth visiting, like Moab's Big Bend area.  Although the rock is soft and prone to breakage, the holds are often perfect, as if sculpted for human hands.

"Gription" V9 must do.

Long move.

Techy Heel Hook with crunchy bicycle (key beta for me!)
Match ham-hock for a second to stabilize., go for the open hand finger bucket!  v3 topout for desert.

I sent "Gription" V9 in about an hour after warming up.  This line is beautiful and as a hard moderate is a true gem of the area.  I worked on this with Anthony from Sonora, CA.  He and his wife, Jessica, joined us for several sessions.  Anthony topped out "Gription" in the rain the next day!

Next, I went down and did "Bazooka Tooth" V10.  I had really wanted to try this problem after seeing video of it.  I did it 2nd try and for my body (6'2", full meat) it felt like a V8.  I did have a nano-dab "brush-by" on the pad, but did not know it (Anthony and Siemay called me out!)  I decided not to repeat the line as it had tweaked my back slightly.  It also wasn't a limit problem, so I felt okay violating my usually unwavering pure ethic about dabs.  Plus, here's the final jug we're talking about (see left.) The problem starts low on a right undercling, left gaston.  Bigger people can stem out right and milk their size.  It felt like V4 to a commiting upside-down  drive-by dyno.  Rad.

We finished off Day 1 by sending "Spectro" V7.  This line looks exactly like a mini "spectre" a classic, Buttermilk testpiece.  It was harder for me than Gription or Bazooka Tooth.

Day 2 I tried "Show of Hands" V11 and made good progress, but was unnmotivated working on it all alone. and stopped trying it after about 20 minutes.  The rest of day 2 and 3 were doing tons of easy to hard classics , so much fun movement.  We didn't climb much after this since we heard that a friend had broken a hold secondary to the rain.

Our New roadtrip home.  The Truck Camper!

So, we went mountain biking!  This was a real eye-opener.  As much fun as surfing, climbing and snowboarding.

Siemay was in "do classics" mode and many of the hardest lines did not fit her 5'1" stature well.

Another highlight was the amazing BBQ place we found.  UNREAL!  Troy's BBQ, if you're venturing to/through St. George, is AMAZING! Take Bluff exit off I-15, go 3ish blocks, rith on 700 S. it's on your right.  DO NOT MISS THIS BBQ.  I have had BBQ all over the country: Miami, Chicago, TX (all over), NM, AZ, etc.etc.  THIS IS THE BEST!  (And you can sign the wall.  FUN!)  All in all, a great trip despite the weather.

During rainy days, we played "Settlers of Catan" with old firends from St. George (Isaac, Lauren, Jorge, Seth) before they went up to the trade show.  They are developing some incredible new areas down in and around St. George.  Thanks for the hospitality, guys!!!  Here is Seth's website about St. George climbing (with rad pics/video.)

Also, Jesse Bonin has some new vid of super local Carson crag: Prison Hill:

Seek perfection of character. Respect others. Try Hard.