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7 Months on the Road…

In the Fall of 2016, I left Colorado with not much of a plan other than exploring Spain. I didn't know who to climb with, where to go or how long I would be gone for.  My mantra was "One crux at a time."

I had to take a short stopover in Kalymnos to partake in a photo shoot with prAna, before I could start my Spain adventure. A friend of mine had organized so that I could stay with a girl called Linda during the photo shoot, who lived and worked on Kalymnos at the time. Linda and I were both busy, and even if we shared her apartment we didn't really have time to sit down and chat or get to know each other. The last night before I was leaving for Spain, we finally had the time to sit down at her balcony and share a beer. She asked me about my plans and honestly I didn't have much of an answer other than, “I'm going to Spain... flying to Barcelona tomorrow, wanna come?"

8 hours later, she had packed down her home in Kalymnos, quit her job, booked a plane ticket to Spain and was ready to take the boat to Kos with me early next morning. Nether of us had any idea that this was the first day of a 7 month journey traveling through Spain, Italy and China together.

Friendship
“Some people arrive and make such a beautiful impact on your life, looking back you can barely remember how life was like without them.”


The Road to Recovery

It’s the fourth training session of the week my arms are tiring and I can feel the build up of lactic weighing me down. After 14 year of climbing I feel like a total beginner again.

In March of last year I was training 5 to 7 days a week, twice a day, looking forward to a strong summer season. My energy levels were high which made me restless on my days off. So my rest days soon became my chilled out activity days.


Training for Altitude at Sea Level

One of the biggest challenges of living at sea level is preparing for races at altitude. For the majority of endurance athletes in the US, this challenge will be faced fairly often if any events in the Rockies or Sierra's find there way onto your schedule. And a very common question is 'how do I prepare'? Is it hopeless unless you spend multiple weeks at altitude beforehand? I'd say definitely not. And here are the top tricks I've found to help prepare for events at altitude while living/training at/near sea...


Jurassic Lake, Argentina

Getting there is half the battle!

The southern end of the Patagonia region close to El Calafate is one of the most unforgiving and inhospitable areas I’ve ever visited in my fishing career. Dry, windy, barren and all around tough conditions make it a much uninhabited area with the exception of sheep ranches and GIANT rainbow trout!

Estancia Laguna Verde is the home base of operations for Lago Strobel or as most have come to call it “Jurassic Lake.” The lodge has many fishing lagoons and depending on the time of year,...


4 Reasons Road Cycling Is Awesome

Hands down, the best part of racing bicycles are the friendships and memories you make along the way. With both Nature's Bakery and KTM joining forces with the elite road racing program of H24 Cycling, I had the pleasure of attending their first training camp of 2017 just outside of San Francisco, California in late March. While I always prefer to be on singletrack, I love all types of bicycle riding, including road. My time spent with the talented H24 crew reminded me of just how fun road riding can...


A Rock Climber’s Worst Nightmare – Part Three

Climbing my way back up.

The pain made it impossible to sleep, so I had a lot of time to think, "If I ever did climb again, would I get back to the level I was at before?" "Could I continue as a professional climber?" "Would I ever want to climb anyway?"

I decided that climbing is something I do for myself, because I love it. Climbing is a tool to trigger my own potential, a place where I can strive to be my best and I can always do that, no matter how...


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