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Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hoody Review

This video review is of the Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hoody.  This is quickly becoming my favorite jacket for Spring and Fall.  It is wind resistant, highly breathable, water resistant, quick drying, and easy to move in!  The pockets are well designed and the material is awesome.  This review is part of the #ORInsightLab

I received the hoody from Outdoor Research for review, but…

Metolius Competition Chalk Bag Review

This video review is of the Metolius Competition Chalk Bag.  This chalk bag is super durable and made of a synthetic canvas type material.  You can be sure this bag will take all the abuse you can throw at it.  I also take a quick look at the new FS Mini II carabiner, one of the smallest and lightest full strength carabiners on the market.  Be sure to check it out!

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I had butterflies in my stomach.  The “send anxiety” was high as we drove down Saturday morning, heading straight for First Buttress at the Upper Meadow.  I had one goal for the weekend, Lamda.  Two trips ago I was stopped at the crux.  I never made it to the top because I couldn’t do the move off the ledge.  During the last trip, things came together and I one-hung the rout…

Falling the Warriors Way


“I want you to focus on your breath.  Return everything back to the breath.”  This was the first instruction Jeff gave me.  “What does that even mean?” I thought to myself.  His calm demeanor was reassuring, but on the inside, I was definitely shitting myself.

It’s no secret that my trad climbing is very weak.  Last Fall, I dedicated to climbing some more easy gear…

Putting in Work


It’s all starting to come together this Spring.  We are getting consistent trips to the New and previous hard routes are starting to feel easier.  My regular partner, Gaelyn, was back in action this weekend and we went straight down Friday night so we could catch a late dinner.  Saturday was going to be the prime condition day and even though it turned out to be quite hot, t…

A Couple Routes Go Down


I was riding solo this past weekend.  Gaelyn had some previously scheduled activities so I hit the road Friday after work to hightail it down to the New.  The weekend weather looked stellar even though it had been a bit wet all week.  I got down in time for a late dinner at The Secret Sandwich Society, one of my favorite stops.  Saturday, Chris and I hit First Buttress at Upper…

Spring Day at Coopers Rock


Perfect days are what we live for.  No matter what sport you do, when the weather is stellar and the sun is shining in your face, it doesn’t get any better.  You could fall off your project, crash your bike, not catch any fish, or get worked in a rapid in your boat, but if the air is crisp and the sunglasses are on, nothing else matters.  This past Sunday was one of those days.  W…

Skratch Labs Review

In this video, I review my favorite drink mix, Skratch Labs.  I love their stuff and no longer get dry mouth while climbing!  I feel better all day long while drinking Skratch.  I review the Daily Electrolyte Mix, Exercise Hydration Mix, and HOT Exercise Hydration Mix.  Buy some Skratc…

Exploring Death Block

Thanksgiving was right around the corner and we were hosting family.  Chores, cleaning, shopping, and cooking had to get done, so we opted for a day trip down to Coopers instead of a weekend trip to the New.  Coopers has been good to us in the month of November!  We went back to Tilted Tree Area but wanted to check out Death Block, a cluster of boulders we hadn’t explored yet.  We started…

Cold Clouds and Coopers


We had two choices this past weekend.  On one side of the coin, we had a cold, high in the mid 30’s, but sunny Saturday.  The other side was a cloudy and slightly “warmer” with highs in the low 40’s Sunday.  We chose the higher temps and lack of sun, and drove down to Coopers for a day trip on Sunday.  We arrived around 10 AM to find the parking lot for Tilted Tree Area empty.

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