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wi was here February 6, 2012

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sluddin it up March 14, 2011

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I was feeling pretty apathetic about my spring break trip to Hueco. I figured it would be hot and boring with most people gone already, and a heinous spring break college hell crowd. But, as usually happens when I come out here, I pulled up to the Mastodon, saw the stars, felt the dusty breeze, and big surprise I’m still in love. A lot of my favorite seasonal folks are gone now, but I had forgotten that my very very favorite month here is November, before anyone arrives and when it’s quiet in the hood. The vibe is similar to that again, and I’m feeling quite comfortable and at home. Joey and Lisa from Boone are still here at the Shindaggar, Gustavo and some other Mallorca boys are around, and even Jordan Shackleford, a cool dude I met in Bishop who doesn’t know what Prana is (in the yogic or tank tops sense of the word) is out for the break! Everyone who’s still here seems happy to be, and the park is full of new climbs and old projects in cool, shady caves.

Yesterday I tagged along on West with Allen and Andy and Ashley for some projects new and old. We found a possibly new but perfectly valid warm up area at ground level, tucked in with the grass. This short dome had 3 nice juggy lines and not far away there was a fun sneaker slab. We went to a fun hard project of Allen’s, and I figured out some beta for a slightly lower start, which felt like, ya know, a contribution. He sent it too, which was glorious. I was telling Allen that, since we’ve both been on the road and kind of out of our minds for most of the year, I think of us as being on parallel journeys. He was not amused, but the fact that he’s looking so strong, physically and in the mental/emotional sense after a tough year, is inspiring to me.

Ashley got this shot while Andy and I shuffled pads. Allen sounded kinda doubty about this project a few times during the session, and it was great to see his attitude shift and then annihilate it. THe problem is scary -- super steep, crumbly slopers, and a not ideal landing zone. Yeah EMA!


After that we went to Shroom, which I had tried earlier in the year and loved, but for this one hard move I couldn’t do. Well yesterday I still couldn’t pull it off, but the rest of the problem is fun and chill, so I don’t mind having to go back a few more times. The move I can’t get yet feels like McKinney. Same angle, close to the ground, sharp, just like the first move on Power Sludt. Heinous.

Today I was going to rest but instead went rogue with Gustavo. I had a tragic fall at the top of the Long Haul, which I was very psyched to have figured out with no beta and nailed almost ALMOST ALMOST all the way through in a couple hours. (video featuring some difficult to remember beta coming soon)

Next time. Then we went to a new problem he put up last week, and I got a nice little v3 ffa, “Beautiful Weirdo”.

I’m hoping to make it back to Austin by Wednesday or Thursday, to catch some friends who are in town and do some sxsw-ing with Rebecca and the neighborhood kids. But I’m having so much fun, I don’t know if I’ll be able to make myself go before I absolutely have to. OH, also, I did another totally valid v8 the other day, which makes, like, 5 or 6 of them! I think it’s my new 5.12. Ok that’s all. Andy’s about to boot me from the bathhouse!


the good blues February 21, 2011

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I have a lot to discuss, like how I pretty much took down my other blog and why I did that, and how much fun my quick trip to NYC was this weekend, and this awesome pile of books I read, and these late night radio shows I’ve been catching. I also want to show you some videos of the gymnastics training center where I teach. I have a lot of ambitions, but for now here’s me eating delicious blueberries on Walker’s blog. I’m gonna start telling my little gymnasts, when they ask me why my veins are so blue (which they do all the time), that it’s from eating so many blueberries. Then they will stop eating blueberries, and the Austin-metro area supply will tip in my favor.

click through for the kearney journey blog. OH! that reminds me! Heading back to Hueco in March for a few week-ish-long trips. Gonna see Prairie and stay at the MastOdon, which wallace has informed me I have been mispelling for over a year.


pictures for my parents November 30, 2010

Filed under: Climbing,Family,Picture Taking,Trips — sendann @ 5:43 pm
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It’s easier to send my parents a link than a bunch of attachments, and last night my grandma told me she was starting to understand better what it is I’m doing, but pictures would help. She also said I was smart for not climbing alone unless it was on super easy stuff. So anyway, mom, dad, grandma,  here’s what’s goin on in El Paso…


this is inside the mastadon, the gigantic mobil home where I stay. It's kind of chaotic in this shot, but as you see, plenty of space and very comfortable - so i'm hardly roughing it.


this is the little trailer, which is awesome but I can't fix the walls myself. My friend vinny from austin says I only need a little help for an afternoon, but I'm pretty discouraged. If not this one, then someday I want one of these that's relatively air and mouse-tight. Even if it's just a back office in a yard in Austin.

inside the little trailer. super cute. I think the oven has never even been used. Sigh.


Here's me on a not so hard but kind of intimidating problem I'd never done before. My friend Andy took this one. Perfectly safe.

Next move of that one. Still totally safe.


I think I look ugly in this photo, but it’s still an interesting image. If I figure out the last move of this line it will be my hardest climb ever at Hueco. It’s like, par 5 and I’m trying for an eagle.
Me on this strange, fun problem with a couple of local girlfriends. Probably my favorite line here, because it’s so beautiful, with a big eyeball in the middle of it.
my french canadian friend chant and his daughter sierra. he and the family are on a 5 month climbing trip during their m/paternity leave. Don’t worry, I’m not thinking of doing that anytime soon, but it’s super fun to have a baby to play with between climbs.
another baby shot. with a rock!