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Tablelandia March 3, 2014

Some shots of Jill in the Sacreds last month the day she taught me how to work that roof on March of the Pigs.  Here’s my video of her full out assault of the line.

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I went back the next three weeks in a row to send myself, and it was a true joy to work on something that suited my style, finally, after many months on granite crimps. Lying under a roof, brushing stuff, trying, texting with friends in between tries and having all the daylight to myself was like being in my happiest of happy places, even though of course I was failing the whole time, until the one time I wasn’t. Working that line was on my list for the season, and I’m so thankful to Jill for putting her cleverness and wisdom to work to find some awesome, burly shorter person beta. And this post was suppose to be about Jill anyway, on with the pics!

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Marching

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all tangled up in the roof

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scumming

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tape talks

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crosstown traffic (v6)

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mimery for Andrea, her fa in the Sacreds, (v4)

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dudes and birds January 23, 2014

Filed under: Picture Taking,Waves — sendann @ 5:28 am
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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

Filed under: Climbing — sendann @ 9:08 pm
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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!

 

Forest Days with Ashley February 12, 2013

Filed under: Climbing,Crafty,Music,The Past,Trips — sendann @ 6:38 am
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Just little clips of little rocks, beautiful places, good company and flowing movement.

click to watch on vimeo. Thanks!!

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hobo stuff October 24, 2012

Filed under: Climbing,Picture Taking,Trips — sendann @ 2:09 am
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Hey! It’s been an incredible and educational month in California, and Truckee/North Lake Tahoe is being added to my list of potential happy places to post longer term (others so far are Ashville, St George, and Vermont). I feel stoked on boulders, obsessed with sport lines I probably won’t get to try again this year, and ready to flee  south as the snow is setting in now. I’ve been going kind of insane on the facebooks lately, so sorry if you’re my friend and felt pummeled by a barrage of ANN RABER STUFF the last couple weeks. I got really bored one day in Houston and decided to just go balls to the walls with the whole ‘putting myself out there’ thing, and now I’m sharing the results.

Here’s a video from a quick session at a boulder near our campsite in Truckee. I got shut down trying to go to other areas of more renown, and anyway, here’s the hobo boulder….

 

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ethan allen boulders June 7, 2012

Filed under: Climbing,The Future,Work — sendann @ 4:00 am
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I saw this tiny bit of info on mountainproject about some boulders in Ethan Allen Park, in north Burlington. I’m staying in Shelburne, just south of Burlington, working on farms and gardens until my flight to South Africa leaves, and since my weeding gig was postponed today, I decided to check ’em out.

Following the mproj directions, I found the boulders easily. There’s lots of HUGE scary tall crumbling stuff I stayed away from, and a few fun lines on the lower side of the trail. I brushed off a couple of obvious aretes and managed to get a good afternoon pump.

I’ve been playing with my new video camera, watching myself and trying to develop a more technical, graceful climbing style while documenting this strange little trip to New England. My camera (kodak playsport xiz3 or something, it’s white and waterproof) seems to make pretty low quality reels, but it’s neat to learn to work with clips. Hopefully I’ll get a handle on FCP basics soon and show you something that MOVES! For now, here are some stills from my Ethan Allen exploration.

made up some powerful eliminate variations on this teardrop-shaped arete. The rock is slick, shiny schist with angular, blocky crimps and slots.

taking the hand broom to the face of this lovely candy ball boulder.

and i think that is the most important quality for any woman. grace? yes, grace.

Real quick, since I know we haven’t talked in forever, I wanted to point out that I have a couple of affiliate ads up around here. This is how that works: If you click on something on sendann, for example this little rei thing:

 

 

Or that backcountry.com ad over there with the crashpadgirl, then they’ll know that you came from here, and if you buy anything that time (or anytime in the next few days I think) it gives me a few percent off the top, which I will funnel directly back into this blog in the way of candy, mastodon rent, and thrift store patagonia. Same thing for Aubrey Organics (the only things that touch my freaking hair), and ShindaggerGear, although actually not really in that particular instance.

 

Dawne Draber October 14, 2011

Filed under: Climbing — sendann @ 3:09 pm
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So I’m in the Stone Fort highlight reel TWICE! Once I’m called “Anne Draber” and the next time I beach whale a top out. There’s one uncredited time in there where I just fall in the background. It’s been going so, SO great!

I mean come on, my name is on the results page, this is not hard. This problem was neat. Sent in front of a bunch of girls, then ran away before I could contribute beta to potential competitors. We've come to this, folks.

This is a crack called "Devil's Cabana Boy", and it was my last problem of the day! I'm embarassed by my shoulder position and top out stylz. at least it's not under my real name? I need to be more gracefull, as of last week.

But the Triple Crown really has been going well for me so far! I’ve gotten second place in advanced twice, both times all three placers were within 1000 points or so of each other, so I think I made the right choice in my division selection. The girl who won at Stone Fort got 3rd at Hound Ears. We have no facebook friends in common, but I stalked her 8a, and she had some pocket problems in Chattanooga, so ya know, there’s that.

That shirt is a Gap Body halter from Pearl’s in Squamish, and those pants are these most perfect Mossimo4Target ones that I have in 5 colors. I’m wearing them in almost every recent climbing photo. Did I tell you I cried only ONCE at the Stone Fort comp? It was mid-day, in a crowded situation, and went on for about ten minutes. Awesome. Thankfully that did not make the highlight reel. Thanks, Scarpa guy with video camera!