SendAnn

All paths lead nowhere, choose with heart

New Training Post and P Style! February 5, 2014

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I’ve got a new post about abdominal exercise for bouldering over at Climb On Sister this week!

Also, next month I’m going to start carting around a really cute vintage suitcase in my roofbox. What’s going to be inside? P Styles! So you don’t have to be jealous of my amazing stand up and pee ability for long, as I’ll have them for sale as soon as we get back to the parking lot. Should be pretty exciting. I’ve had a revival of interest from people about the P Style, so I decided it was just time. In the meantime, I’ll direct you directly to the P Style website. That’s my news!

 

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Pilates Workshop Coming up in March! January 31, 2014

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Ann Raber - Pilates to Improve Your Edge - NB - 3 22 2014 (1)

 

dudes and birds January 23, 2014

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Went down to Encinitas, my favorite city in California and I believe the only one worth living in/for, in search of mellow waves that might make use of this hefty swell. Alas, it was too big for me and full of people who seemed to know what they were doing.  Swaddled in fleece on the beach, I took it all in for hours. Big guys wearing big wetsuits on big waves with tiny boards. There are so many good surfers in California, it boggles the mind and humbles the heart. Here’s what all I saw.

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The SendAnn International Adventure Film Festival January 19, 2014

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Apparently there is some kind of movie watching party going on in Utah this week? Since I love Utah, and movies, I’m thinking hey, how about I put on a film festival of all my favorite films of the year, and host it right here on sendann?!

Here are my favorite films you may not have seen yourself yet. And please, cousin Greg, tell someone to do something to make it so that Vimeo videos can embed on wordpress hosted blogs someday. In the meantime, click the pic or the words to link to the Vim.

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Mike Stam – Fear of Commitment, by Thomas Webb

Pretty amazing video and interview with Mike Stam, my Boone friend, about why he’s drawn to tall problems. As the climber-talking-climber-climbing genre goes, this is a total standout. You will agree, and even if you, like me, don’t care to get high, Mike’s outlook will likely resonate with your love of the outdoors and need to commune with other manifestations of the space dust that comprises out own bodies and minds. See? This is how this movie makes me think….

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RAWK TAWK Episode 8: A Trailer for Episode 9

Jackson “Jackenz” Adair, the only person I know with a LuLu score (9.2!)’s RAWK TAWK series is a nice proportion of climbing video satire and actual badass climbing video (80/20, generally). This episode, the one that, to my mind, crystalizes their outlook the best, is a pretty much shot for shot spoof of all the tropes of contemporary climbing videos – swelling music, pensive stares, animals, bulging lats, that shallow depth of field going in and out of focus on a plant thing. Watch and laugh, then watch their other episodes in a push.

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Alma Blanca, Under Pressure by Max Moore and Blochead

In this cult climbing hit of the season, Max asks us to take an honest look at ourselves and to wonder,  have I ever actually tried to learn a hard move? When I watch this video – a monthly ritual or at least should be – I am reinvigorated to try things I have given up on. Watching this video was a critical part of my approach to climbing several of my hardest lines ever this year. This video will change your climbing, and therefor, your life. Proceed with caution.

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Now we’ll have a Bollywood style intermission ……

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The Pearl, 7c Slab, starring Roser Girait, by Taio Martin

I have never heard of any of these people or this place, and I don’t understand most of the Spanish (although I got the “Si!” part). But my god, this is an incredible video. Everything a renegade amateur badass video should be – hard climbing, bad falls, quirky nail polish close ups, screaming, and show tunes.

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Kim on Crack, Sendann

Yeah I made this one myself, and I just love it. Sometimes I watch it just to put myself in a good mood and get psyched. This video, through its jittery camera work and slipshod audio, captures the essence of a day cragging at Indian Creek with my psyched and strong friend Kim Groebner. I’d like to make another video like this about another character soon. Just kind of waiting for the stoke to roll in at the right time.

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Thank you so much for your attendance at the SendAnn International Adventure Film Festival. Please do share your favorites with me, in comments or on the social meds.

Also, Visit the SendAnn Vimeo page for all my videos from the last year. I was reading over some new years goals from two years ago, and noticed that I’d been meaning to get better and more interested in video making. Finally got around to it, but improvement is slow.

Thanks again!

xo!

 

Aloha and mahalo for visiting SendAnn! December 19, 2013

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I’ve moved!

But I left all my stuff at the old place.

You can stay here at my old place and look at my old stuff if you like, and when you’re ready, come on over to my new digs. They FANCY. Come over and check out my climbing, Pilates and Yoga teaching, pictures of me and pictures I took, events, projects and of course continued consistent journaling about my climbing, friends, feelings, and my thin, dry, straight, luscious, horrible, beautiful hair.

You can click the pic to link. Thanks so much, I hope you like the new site. See ya soon!Merrick Ales Photography

 

Catchup

Filed under: Climbing,Picture Taking,Work — sendann @ 11:05 pm
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No easy way to get back in then to get back in. Here are a few shots of Max and Liberty walking into Black Velvet canyon on Monday. Fun day!

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God, I just had this super aggravating thing happen. I had sent a bunch of pics to a friend, and she shared them with her gear sponsors, which is  awesome because she is awesome, and the sponsors used them quite extensively in their social media ish, but I never got even a shout out of credit. I know, happens constantly and it’s not like my shots are pro fancy money shots anyway, but dammit. The stakes are so pathetically low in the climbing social media world, it’s almost aggravating how aggravated I feel over it, considering all I missed out on were potential ‘likes’ by strangers. There’s no money or material support of any kind at the end of this #rainbow of tags and hash and like-age, just more sips of tepid air and ephemeral encouragement to ‘keep at it’. Kinda pathetic, all the free low-quality content spiraling around out here, organized into categories and vying for some sense of officialness, shouting into an echo chamber. I’ve noticed this in several fields, but in the world of internet climbing more than ever, this sort of ‘exclusive consumer’ class who are invited to ‘represent’ companies as walking ambassadors (models) and buy products are a reduced rate (so flattering?). As far as I can figure, so long as you are giving an ounce of coin to someone else, it’s you who is sponsoring them. I don’t care if it was 40% off wholesale free shipping plus some free branded apparel. I’ve yet to see the van that runs on swag alone, and all a discount will ever be is an invitation to purchase.

Anyway, I’m pretty sure Peter Beal distilled these thoughts  better than I ever will here and here

Here’s another thing on the subject, but funny.

This is from the Alpinist, just awesome.

Thanks!

 

Moses, Waves March 5, 2013

Filed under: Climbing,Picture Taking,The Past,Waves — sendann @ 9:21 pm
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Dug into my old Bennington College photography class lessons and made some black and whites of a big swell in Hawaii, and a swell day on East Spur. Not exactly the poetics of light and contrast that I remember fumbling with in the darkroom, but making these made me excited about making more.

 

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