Big Dipper and Bear Poop

Another weekend up in the Boulder River area. More brushing, more FA’s and more fun! So much more to be done of all that!

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Love this place!

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Sander is going to work…

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Team work brushing of the top of “Spears of Madness”…

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Sander did the FA of “Big Dipper”, V12 yesterday! YES! Could not ask for a better problem! Good job!!

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Dinner for tjockisar!

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Found a bear poop right by camp this morning. Not steaming but still glad to be sleeping in a car. Don’t know how much luck I’d have with my hatchet…

Cosmos

Another fun day on what we now call the Cosmos boulder. We kept working on/cleaning stuff we started working on last time and Christine cleaned another boulder just across the way.

Some photos of us trying the straight up line on the middle of the face:

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Christine is cleaning away…

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The following photos are of the Supernova project. 17 moves straight up with an exiting top out, cool to see Sander showing how its done.

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MORIA

Anyone out there with some dwarf work ethic who wants to help me in MORIA? MOOOAAHHAHAHAHARRR!

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St. George, UT

 I am going to let the pictures speak even more for them self in this one than I usually do. I am on my way to some sketchy motel for a shower and mimosas by the pool. More to come. 

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Decapitated while stuck in the snow

After seeing Jon Scott hauling ass through deep heavy snow, plowing the road in to the parking lot for Whiskey with his Subaru (not a truck) I felt like I had to follow his tracks. Literally. Now I know that that’s not always a good idea. This ended up leading to a 1.5-hour, 6-person evacuation job. While I was going in to hardcore survival mode I was a little bit confused seeing the rest of the party laughing and having a good time. I guess I just have to spend more time in MT and its driving conditions, get toughened up a little bit. It set a good start for the day.

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Jon on the wave  Christine on the V3 from hell

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I was able to do the first ascent of one of the projects on Caught in the Act boulder today. I called it, “Decapitated” V11, named after the Polish metal band we all love.

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Grappling Tournament in Butte, MT

Montana Grappling had another tournament this weekend, this time in Butte, MT. I competed in both the no-gi and gi competitions, and had a good time. Felt like there was decent amount of people in each bracket. I learned a buttload of stuff: what seems to work for me and what doesn’t, and a lot about what I most need to  get my shit together on. My biggest “A ha!” realization after the tournament is: how much nerves and adrenaline affect my energy, strength, speed and head… well, I guess that’s just part of the whole game! I guess I just have to do more of this stuff and get used to it, so I can do tournaments and be more relaxed. I came out on top in both my divisions (no-gi and gi) and got myself two gold medals. I’m going to the pawn shop!

Thanks to everyone who made the tournament happen.

Here are videos of most of my matches:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ryder is getting it done in one of his matches:

 

 

Here is a link to all the other 250+ matches:

http://www.youtube.com/user/MontanaGrappling/videos

 

Have a good one!

Pipestone

The last few weekends I’ve spent in the Pipestone area bouldering. A bunch of pictures below, BUT, since my 6-out-of-10 wife stole them all, there’s probably nothing new or exiting.

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Parking, try not to get smooshed by dirt bikes, 4-wheelers, buggies or any other mega redneck toys.

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Alex Herbert on “Sharkfist”

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Christine on “Paresthesia”, Pin Garden Boulders

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Joe Manlove on some ground-up cleaning on a random classic slab.

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Jarred working “The Wild Pony”

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Jon “Runkmuskeln” Scott on “The Wild Pony”

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Post-lunch shenanigans

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The ultimate butt shot

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Jeff Ho on the last good find of the day

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I would say that this is pretty rare. I guess that depends on who you ask or where you are. To me, this climb is pretty damn cool.

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Joe is on his way up…

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Richard Cranium

The result of my latest solo mission to Pipestone, right behind the big’ol crack is now “Richard Cranium.” It ended up being a good little slab with an even better sit start that’s not done yet.

Have a good one.

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