WHat’sup with the haps eh? Happy Valentines day everyone, and I do mean everyone, I hope it was joyous and full of vice. We went to this party here in Squamish that was called the ‘James Bondage’ event, Wayyyyy out there. I can’t say I ever wore a leather corset before, but alas, there I was with a handlebar mustache, a stuffed strapless boostier and a double shot of tequila in each hand. I felt a little bit like that guy from the village people.
What a night to forget, fo REAL. Lydia looked amazing as usual in a one piece pink bell-bottom jumpsuit and high heels, so hot, and then of course, there was everyone else with chains, pasties, g-strings, and ass-less chaps. It was absolutely hilarious! and so much fun, I’d say between 300 and 400 people attended this 5th annual event, there were 5.14d partiers there from Vancouver, Whistler and Kelowna, I’d like to attach some pictures if I could, but I can’t – if I did, I’d never live it down. I’m not usually a shy person, but some things don’t need to be seen. ha ha ha.
The weather here in Squamish keeps getting better, I’m glad I haven’t had to travel much this winter, it hasn’t rained in over 4 weeks, and I’m not exagerating, we are so lucky, EVERYTHING is dry, the Grand Wall, the boulders, the bluffs, whatever you want, it’s all dry and it’s all climbable. I wouldn’t recommend finding a cold cave to climb in, but it’s amazing nonetheless. Everyday I say to myself, (and anyone who listens) “this is the best friction I’ve ever felt” but the next day cometh and proves me wrong. I hope it never rains.
I’ve been climbing a bit but also busy with work too. I’m pretty lucky because I have many projects in my backyard, so I can work and climb lots in the same day. Which brings me to the first point of this post. I have a project that is about 5.12c -13c depending on how tall you are, I’ve sent it clean on toprope 3-4 times in a row, and have never fallen off the last moves. By the way, it’s super high quality, short, but def 5 stars. SO – if I lead it on removable gear it will be r/X rated, meaning you could really fuck yourself up, especially higher up, I’m talking crushed ankles, maybe legs, and a possible head injury. If I place one bolt (max two) it becomes a safe, pleasant climb for everyone to enjoy. Or I could just leave it, it makes for a great top-rope too and if someone was so inclined, they could tie into the sharp end and lead it or solo it whatever they choose. The chance of falling off after the crux is extremely low, but still a possibility, and it’s definitely a NO FALL zone, razor sharp talus. I’d like to know what people think. The area already has a number of bolts, in fact it’s a great mix of gear and bolts and people seem to respect the blend very well, it has a wonderful balance to it, so adding a bolt or two is not going to be unacceptable, it’s just whether or not it’s worth it for a climb that is only 30 feet tall. Of course I would paint the hangers black to make it less visible, but I’m just sitting on the fence right now. If you have any comments we’d like to hear them. I think I’ve already made up my mind, but I would like to throw it out there regardless!
On the work front, I’ve been busy developing a new website. Yay! I’m getting stoked ’bout this, it’s going to be fun, colorful, playful and interactive. Its main focus is going to be training and free climbing tactics. I won’t be covering much alpine stuff, aid stuff, multi-pitch stuff, mostly just movement and strength training for the body and mind. I hope you will continue to join me when we make the shift and that you’ll even play an active role in it’s development. I have two friends from Toronto who are designing the site, because when it comes to the web or compooters in general, I am a lost soul. These two guys have been absolutely integral to the new site look and layout and function, I swear to god they should win an award, my appreciation for them has NO END. So to Neel (you know who you are) I want to say thank you, I am forever grateful and in your debt, to Jason, I want to say the same, but since Jason is in the arts department, I want to add a link to his site. The guy is talented and really makes it happen, you’ll know what I mean when you see some of his stuff. For now, here is a little clip of his latest piece, I hope he doesn’t mind me posting it here, but it’s really uplifting stuff, so I couldn’t help it. For more of Jason’s work you can check out his website at www.spiritsentient.com
Okay ya’ll, I gotta go, I hope everyone is living their dream, not just thinking about them, but actually living them out day to day, for those who are, you inspire me, for those who are working towards it, you inspired me to, it’s a never ending act of balance and everyone has their time, we are merely doing the best we can with what we have, so today make it happen. Hustle, grind, Make it count. Spread the love. S.