Monday, July 27, 2009 August 1st, 2009 (fingers crossed)

Over the past two months, I, along with a number of contributors, have been in the process of creating a magazine designed to feature the local talent surrounding the Squamish area.  Unlike other magazines, Squamish Climbing Magazine will not feature Chris Sharma or Dave Graham, but rather, will feature local climbers making a difference in the Squamish climbing community.  

The first issue is due out August 1st (fingers-crossed), and will feature a spotlight interview with Peter Winter, who is a prominent route developer in the Squamish area, a development article on the Grand Wall Boulders by Mike Chapman, and a trip report on Leavenworth, WA by Rich Kupskay. Other articles include training with Luke Zimmerman, shoulder stabilization with Carla Cupido,  a perspective on Garibaldi at Squamish with Brian Vincent, and even a circuit section featuring 25 V4's in a day including topos and all.  

The magazine will be distributed through the website as a free PDF.  This means that you can download your own copy of the magazine to view at your own pace and start your very own collection of issues.  

Stay tuned for more at or go to the website and join our mailing list! 

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Squamish Circuits

This past weekend was a slug fest in the boulders, with hot and heavy temperatures on Saturday and a cold wind ripping through the forest on Sunday.  After getting on the stuff we thought would be good on Sunday, a group of us decided to run a new circuit that I created.  The title of the circuit is called '25 V4's in a Day' and it starts on the corrupted boulder and works its way across the forest to end on the problem Timeless.  Although our group starte strong only a few were left at the end to finish it off.  The challenge itself was difficult but well worth the fatigue (I literally thought I was not going to make it at problem 23).  

I know what you are thinking. Where can I get my hands on this circuit? Well you are in luck! Over the past few weeks, I have been working on launching a new site and hopefully, it will be ready to go soon.  One of the features on this site will be a circuit post that includes the names of the problems in the circuit and a detailed map showing where each problem is in the grand wall boulders.  Stay tuned on the blog to find out the location of the new site.  you will not want to miss this one.

Here are some photos of the day. Hope you like!

Izzy getting his Pocket Problem on!
Scott on the Pocket Problem
Israel on Atlas.  Watch out because this guy doesn't wear underwear with those shorts!
Reagan Daly looking causual on Trad Killer.
Matt Lucas toping out Star Fish.
Big Micky on The Golden Bowl.
Izzy giving the stare-down to Charge.
Greg getting grizzly on Child Abuse.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Reagan Daly: Breakfast

I thought the music in this video was so good that I had to post this up here. Israel Cruces has got a new camera and has been filming a lot in the forest.  This is a pretty fun video of Reagan flashing the problem Breakfast at Tiffany's in the Black Dyke warm up area.  Got to love that leg kick at the end!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Kris Holms and the unicycle

So today I was looking for a few email addresses and I came across a site dedicated to unicycling by Kris Holm.  I met Kris at a wedding recently and we mostly talked about climbing but I had no idea that he was this huge unicycle guy.  When I think about unicycles. I think of those guys riding over the Burrard street bridge in the morning and everytime I pass these guys I think to myself, wouldn't  two wheels be a little more practical for the commute?  

In my search, I came across a few videos of Kris doing his thing and it is impressive!  When we were chatting Kris had said that unicycling is like climbing because it is technical and requires problem solving to figure out new challenges.  Now that I have seen the videos, I would have to say that unicycling is balls to the walls!  This stuff seems crazy!

Here is a video.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Squamish News Update

Big news yesterday.  Matt Lucas, after a deep battle with No Troblems has finally sent the problem! Awesome Matt!  It must be that Muira !(not to mention the training regimes and the hard work!)  In other news, Rich Kupskay made as send of Kung Fu Fighter, which he has found difficult for a long time, and from the trad world, I was at a wedding the other day and heard from her brother that Katie Holmes made the first female ascent of Zombie Roof in the last month. Great way to start the summer! Let the summer temperatures stay low...