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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.


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 ……



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!



this is my third post today and that is like a record. December 13, 2011

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Mike, aka “Carl”, made a pretty awesome fall round-up video of Linville Gorge bouldering, and I’m in it TWICE!

One time is a time-lapse of a day that I spent 3 hours in my (amazing new Marmot4Ladies) sleeping bag (that I won at an ABS comp) rolling around while everyone got up and got motivated.

The other time I’m ignoring Mike while he does a totally amazing FA that starts on my project and goes into another problem. Out in the west, they’ll tell you to move the hell out of the frame. In the cordial southland, however, they just let you sit there and play with leaves, and add some ken burns effect in editing.

Great work, Mike! Also, it would behouve anyone to go stalk Mike’s vimeo and check out his Linville Gorge Lisa Hummel video, and his ropes course building work.

And peep this awesome picture I got him to send me of a pile of rocks he piled up one day.

the guy can stack rocks, right?


G’s Country October 13, 2011



My inspiration to come to Boone in the first place came from Joey’s maps of the Linville Gorge. After flaking on a visit last year, I bought one of the lovely, large, wall-worthy maps last winter and took it everywhere with me so I’d stay inspired. And here I am!


On Monday I got my first taste of the glorious gorge at the God’s Country area with Tilly and Mike. It was a….mixed experience. It’s a 1.5 or so mile hike downhill on a good trail – easy in, tiring out – then a few somewhat treacherous river crossings to get to different boulders. Mike and Joey and a few other local folks started seriously cleaning and finding problems down there about 8 years ago. Before that I think the Linville Gorge was popular with hikers, kayakers, campers, and rope climbers on the higher sides. It’s been the find of a lifetime for the southeast, and I’m just saying that. There ya go. They’ve established hundreds of problems of all difficulties and styles. Lots of sloper bulges and tricky mantles, some huge, strong roofs, and terrifying aretes. Some of the features were clearly made by god for us to coat with chalk. It’s solid, whitish stone in a gorgeous setting with the raging, loud river right next to you. Some problems come and go with the water level, which I always like because it reminds me of Lake Travis and because I think it’s nice to have some limiting factors lest we be overwhelmed by the possibilities.

me and Tilly beholding the possibilities. On the left is Dulce, a tricky, super fun low ball of slots-n-bulges with a mantle. Lower left is Luna, who is like the lady-dog version of Cash. I love her.

Anyway, I fell in the water at one of the crossings, and started to cry a little, and I kept banging my knee on this one problem called The Devil, which is a two-move, Mckinney style line that was super goodtimefunparty to throw myself at. It feels like Queer Junkies, with a standing start on a kinda-jug and a teeny pinch, use a stupid high foot to pop to a huge but somehow completely unHOLDable crimp, then jam yer foot up high and botswana to the lip. Not sure I’ll ever get to try the Devil again, or if I care. But after doing 20 new boulder problems at the Triple Crown comps so far, all of them at or slightly below my limit,  working a single hard move over and over felt like coming home to the climbing I love. I stuck the move and hung on 3 or 4 times, but never for more than a second and never long enough to wrap the crimp up and make another move. Yarrarar. I also fell onto my back at one point on it, and another time my ankle missed the pad and fell into a hole. It was a rough day, made up for by enchiladas, a wood-fire hot tub soak, some chocolate and a watching of Mama Mia. That = southern hospitality. Hoping to go back to the gorge this weekend, to Dreamland, a more densely developed area with better river crossings.

All these pictures are by Mike

rocks! are! the devil!

we must! fight! the devil!

Ya know what would be so, so great is if my left foot stayed on. That foot hold, let me describe it to you, is two warts. One is about the size of a pencil eraser, the other is smaller,  and they are set diagonally to each other aiming down and right. The right foothold is a just chalk mark indicating a nice place to smear.


This tricky bulge traverse connects "mohawk" and "tomohawk". I thought it should be called "larryhawk" but apparently Joey named it something years ago that no one can remember. This image is actually for a different post altogether called "Wow look how long my hair is!"