November 20, 2007

A Good Cause

The local climbing gym, Stick & Stones, is where we go to climb when it's lousy weather outside, and when we want to fine-tune our ability to crank some wickedly hard moves while hanging upside down!
We're pretty blessed to have a place where the gang can kick back, crank hard and enjoy each others company a couple of nights every week. While we've all been getting stronger from our workouts on the climbing wall, our friendships have also been getting stronger. So we owe alot to the weekly sessions at the climbing gym, and in that spirit, we want to give something back.
The climbing wall needs some serious renovation and we're trying to raise money to make that happen. You can join the effort by enjoying a totally cool slide show by professional climber, Dean Lords, and help us raise money while snagging some really great stuff from Mammut, Black Diamond, Petzl and more.

Whether you've ever enjoyed pulling moves at the gym, know someone who has, or just want to help keep the local climbing on the cutting edge, join us Saturday, December 8 for a slide show and raffel that promises to be a great time for a good cause.

If you can't attend and would still like to make a donation to the cause, please contact Garon Miskin at the e-mail address below. Your support will help us keep this vital part of the local climbing community alive and well.
When: Saturday, December 8th
Where: Sticks & Stones - Rexburg
Time: 6:30 PM Doors Open - 7:00 PM Slideshow

email: to donate or for more information.

November 5, 2007

"Hanging" Around

Saturday dawned bright and sunny, even though the air temperature was still pretty chilly until lunchtime. We decided to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and head to Blackfoot Canyon and "hang" around the cave a bit.

After warming up on some vertical terrain, we took the ropes inside the cave to see if we could hang upside down a little. Blackfoot Canyon cave boasts some great cave routes put up by Dean Lords, Chuck Odette and Mat TeNgaio. Ranging in difficulty from 5.11a to 5.13d (that's wicked hard in laymans terms) they are great test peices and lots of fun!

Chad figured out the sequences to Bride of Crankenstein (5.12), and Heather made the redpoint while hanging the draws. Jordan brought his younger brother, Tyler, who found out that there is more to life than X-Box 360.

Speaking of 360...Chad and Jordan both took some fun falls on Crankenstein, getting some sweet airtime and necessitating the use of the "batman" technique to get back on the route. I hung upside down below the lip of Free Fallin' (5.11a) and figured out the crux move.

Mysha hopped on some routes and focused on her breathing and movement, making her ascent of the 5.9+ route look like a lesson in finesse.

Kenna and Jarik joined us for the day and also got some time on the rock, pulling "liebacks" and pushing "mantles".

As the sun melted into the foothills and the evening chill returned to Blackfoot Canyon, we drove toward Idaho Falls, anticipating the sweetnees of a Cookie Monster dessert from Craigo's; and relishing a great day of late fall climbing with friends.

The Ultimate Expedition

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