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Monday, February 23, 2009

New River Rendezvous 2009

Spring is nearing, and just around the corner is the registration for the 2009 New River Rendezvous (March 1st).  There is nothing better than meeting up with old friends, climbing, camping, drinking, dancing, slack-lining, laughing..... did I say drinking, and laughing some more.  This festival is one of my favorite events of the year and for a good reason, it never disappoints.  So mark your calendar on May 15-17th, and don't procrastinate on registering.  While the event usually lets in around 700 people, it does tend to fill up fast.  Below is a montage of last years rendezvous.  I hope to see you there!  New River Rendezvous


Saturday, February 21, 2009

Take Action - Union of Concerned Scientists

Lately, my camera has been collecting dust, so I would like to take this time to advocate environmental stewardship.  Now, more than ever, it is important that our voice is heard about critical environmental issues, and that we voice our opinions to the proper channels within our state legislator.  By writing congress (state representatives & senators, local government) we can properly convey these opinions into actions that shape U.S. policy.  Many organizations have "automated" letters on "hot topics" that simply require you to fill in your name and email.  It is that easy.  So I urge you to take action.  Your stewardship will benefit the generations to come, and help shape our environment.  I will include some links at the bottom of this blog to help you get on your way!

Reducing Emissions from Tropical Deforestation and Degradation in Developing Countries (REDD)
Tropical deforestation is a major cause of climate change, as greenhouse gases emitted via deforestation represent about 20% of the world's global warming pollution--roughly equivalent to the total emissions of the United States or China, or more than the total emissions of every car, truck, plane, ship, and train on earth. We are working to address this problem through international agreements and U.S. legislation that reward tropical countries for slowing deforestation and forest degradation and therefore reducing their global warming pollution. This set of policies is referred to as REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest degradation in Developing Countries).  Get Involved.

Environmental Stewardship Links
Union of Concerned Scientist - http://www.ucsusa.org/
League of Conservation Voters - http://www.lcv.org/

Don't stop here, check with local organizations about how you can get involved with issues that hit closer to home.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

City of Rocks - Lost Archives

While sitting around the house last week, Trevor found some old pictures of our 2007 Summer Solstice Trip to the City of Rocks (Idaho).  His friend John, from Las Vegas, organizes an annual trip to the City of Rocks each year, and we met up with a crew of his friends.  I remember the temperatures being so hot we only climbed routes in the shade.  Ahhh, summer.

John hand cranking an afternoon cocktail.  What's in that?

Sending the infamous "Crack of Doom"

"Tribal Boundaries", classic!

The super steep hand crack, "Interceptor"

Sunday, February 8, 2009

El tiempo es loco

The weather in Colorado, and the US for the most part, has been crazy.  Coming off the Arctic cold front a few weeks ago, Colorado received around 3 feet of snow over a week period.  The I-70 corridor resorts were prime, and I was able to experience some great powder at Vail, Monarch, and Mary Jane.  Shortly there after, a pineapple express comes through and proceeds to warm Colorado up into the 60's.  For the past 4 days I have been climbing in shorts and wearing sandals (Shelf, located in Canon City, is a great winter climbing destination).  What is going on?  I'm not going to complain though,  I feel pretty fortunate to be able to experience the best of both worlds.

This Bud's for You! - Snow carvings in Breckenridge

                                         Awesome powder day in Vail.

          The end to a great climbing day in Eleven Mile Canyon

Climbing a beautiful arete at Shelf

Trevor working on his crane kick