The time has come to amble about and stretch the legs. It's been a busy, crazy, hectic winter. I'm looking forward to just going climbing...as if that's not what I've been doing....
There are some rock climbs that just beg repeating. I can never say no to a hot lap up the Original Route on the Rainbow Wall. I was proud to insight this route 7 years ago, since I have watched and helped many friends do the same. Good work @sambpiper 💪🏼👌🏻👊🏼#neverstopexploring
Big reaches. Micro crimps. Heinously hard. Too much fun hanging behind the lens this time. @alexhonnold on the Crux pitch of Dreefee (12pitch 5.13d) @thenorthface @maximropes
The hunt is on. #petroglyphs #pictograph #redrocks
Every climbing area has its test piece routes, the ones that demand a mastery of both climbing and the specific styles of the region. Dryfy is just that. @alexhonnold on Dryfy - 12 pitches 5.13d The Rainbow Wall, Red Rock, Las Vegas, Nevada @thenorthface @maximropes
Sometimes gear gets lost on a big wall. In this case, it was our #4 and it disappeared right before the mandatory OW that was perfect for number four cams. Despite funny faces, Ben calmly and casually squirmed through the pitch changing directions three times, leaving behind tipped out #3's and claiming to enjoy it the whole time. #neverstopexploring #maximropes
The worst part about dangling 2200 feet off the ground and jumaring in space: the bouncing and spinning. #neverstopexploring
Beak. Beak. Beak. Beak. Beak. Beak. Beak. Don't get scared even if you can see the tip of the beak while you are standing on it. It will always be exciting to step off the portaledge onto beak tips 2500 feet above the ground. #neverstopexploring #maximropes #noplacetoofar #expeditionElCap
Sometimes when you whip, the rope takes damage. #maximropes #expeditionElCap
The remnants of the creatures that once ruled supreme.
Tap your brain and blow your mind. Four awesome and damp nights in we are finally punching for the summit. Exposed bivies, waterfall bivies, tiny beak tips, big whippers, core shots, excellent food, amazing friends; That is what El Capitan is all about! OughOughOugh! #aloneonthemountain #neverstopexploring #maximropes
Unprecedented water flows. Reassess and take whatever route is dry! #neverstopexploring
Eat more bagels. #bigwallclimbing #traderjoes
Man that corner is primo! @peachyspohn on the Primo Corner of Sheer Lunacy in #zionnationalpark. This might be one of the most beautiful places in the world... #neverstopexploring #noplacetoofar
Sandy. Loose. Dirty. Splitter. Adventurous. Inspiring. Awesome. I found big walls I never knew existed. Time to go exploring in the new found back yard. #neverstopexploring #mountainvision #zionnationalpark
Ultra-classic. But oh my, it's so hot in Zion...so hot...why then is he wearing a long sleeve you ask? Because it was SO chilly this morning! @peachyspohn
It's always nice when a full crag comes with tons of awesome energy and so much encouragement, you're still all alone once you leave the ground regardless. Thanks for the pic @richwheaterphoto #neverstopexploring #noplacetoofar #maximropes
Last year my friend Chad and I completed the third ascent of Saurons Eye (Grd VI 5.10d R/X A4+) here in Lost Vegas. The route was established by the late Brian McCray, a close friend of Chads and a hero of mine. On the summit we spread his ashes, the walls below are filled with First Ascents that McCray established over the years, Sauron's Eye being one of his all time favorites. He would probably cringe at me posting this to social media, he would make fun of me to no end. He is greatly missed but continues to inspire us. See my webpage in profile for a piece remembering Brian.