Beers and Blocks!

I just got back from a great trip to Mazama Washington,  if you haven’t been there and you live within a 5 hour drive, GO.  It’s beautiful, climb sport routes in the Methow Valley, jump in the rivers and then have a pint at the end of the day and listen to some good live music in Twisp.  It’s an awesome place, dry, sunny, and stunning.  Here’s a photo taken around beer-thirty so you know what I mean…

I didn’t climb too much, I did try to onsight solo a 5.12, but kept coming down for fear of a suspicious looking hold, but great fun, lots of good little cliffs everywhere and lots more potential.  It’s just fun.  It’s not the Verdon or Ceuse or even Smith Rock, but it’s unique.  Many thanks to FIVE TEN, and the members of ROCKFEST 2011 for having me.  I had a blast!

Finally, for today, here is a clip I was sent of three Squamish locals removing a dangerous rock on Birds of Prey on the Squaw.  It’s a good reminder that just because something is big, does not mean it’s “safe”.  Be cautious out there, and DO NOT drop rocks without doing all the background work necessary,  this group had people on the ground for public safety.   Use the internet, chat rooms, billboards, climbing shops, the works.  PLEASE PLEASE BE SAFE.  Too many close calls that were NOT necessary are behind us, so please use common sense, we’ll all do the same.  Have fun.  Climb ON.   BOO-YA.

  • Stray Cat

    Thank you for the safety reminder. Nothing like a close call to give birth to a new perspective . . .

  • Ryan Rickerts

    Nice vid! I like the hole in his pants. I also really love Mazama! Great people, beautiful valley, and nice rock. I did Prime Rib on July 4th with an absolute beginner and had a fantastic day!

  • Jane

    Hi Sonnie,
    My name is Jane and I’m with Dwellable.
    I was looking for blogs about Mazama to share on our site and I came across your post…If you’re open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you soon!
    Jane