SF Iron, and the Deadlift.

•2016/10/31 • 2 Comments

Just over a month ago, we stopped by in San Francisco to hook up with Natasha Barnes. During our brief stay, we had the sweet opportunity to get an introduction into deadlifting and how to properly do it. So first off, many thanks to Josh, the co-owner of SF Iron and one of their certified instructors for taking the time to go through the details of getting us up and going on deadlift workouts.

SF Iron, an awesome training facility with awesome instructors

SF Iron, an awesome training facility with awesome instructors. We highly recommend checking it out!

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Just Because.

•2016/10/19 • 3 Comments

The healthy alternative to eating a burger. ūüėČ

The mega doughnut shaped as a burger. It's really big!

The mega doughnut shaped as a burger. It’s really big!

We came across this in south Tacoma at a gourmet doughnut shop called Legendary Doughnuts. We bought one, not this one, a smaller one that satisfied our sense of harmony. Sweet harmony!

WordPress.com Oddities… with a Tangent

•2016/09/15 • 1 Comment

I just recently posted 3 new stories in the last hour and had to go through every image to update the photo settings. This was necessary because the “improved editor” that WordPress.com pushes doesn’t work well at all. In fact, in the new editor I have yet to find the Media page to view any and everything I’ve uploaded; furthermore, the new editor has several glitches that are very annoying. One issue is that the caption from the first image keeps ending being placed in place of the new caption I write for each new image. WTF? I found that if I delete the wrong caption then have it “removed” via the remove tool THEN add it back again, sometimes it works. Sometimes.

Another issue is that the new editor doesn’t offer any option for viewing the image larger or in another window. It defaults to “none.” I returned to the old Dashboard, went into each post to re-edit then clicked on each photo to edit, and in this screen one gets that option! Yay for old ways. Sorta.

I’m a mac user too, but I feel like the new editor and dashboard are being dumbed down to absurdity not unlike some things Apple does for their GUI (graphical user interface). There’s a happy medium between having access to all the bells and whistles while NOT overloading the person to learn non-logical sequencing to find what one searches for. That’s the beauty of the old Windows GUI where a good memory makes the UI make sense. (it’s your mind that is making sense of the UI not the UI design… big difference). Apple seems to realize that the most logical process to finding things through the UI is from a person that’s both logical AND not well-versed in the protocol. Or do they? Haha… Truth is they don’t…

Of course If i want to run a loose parallel with the climbing training industry at present, those knowledgeable about things (programmers for OS’s and climbers for the climbing industry) are not the ones one should look to, but in the face of a lack of “others” it makes sense to seek their input. That’s why GUI’s don’t make sense to beginners because they’re “dumb” and haven’t been accustomed to the idiosyncrasies of the establishment. We trust the experts to understand what it means to NOT¬†be an expert when designing interfaces for newbies. Makes sense, right?

With climbing, those that climb well know how to climb for themselves. One cannot make the assumption, though many do, that because they can climb harder means they know what makes ANYONE¬†climb harder. Truth is their ways are mainly their ways and nothing else. One of the biggest issues with climbing training is that technique IS, no really, IT IS the most important aspect and must always be expounded and adhered to. Of course, the top climber’s techniques are almost exclusively intuitive meaning they actually don’t know what it is that they do, regardless of how well they do it.

THEN, when they hand their training off to others to emulate, they almost always show the workouts, routines, and protocols, but nothing in the way of technical guidance. Those of us that are weak try and emulate the experts and end up getting hurt, burned out or otherwise lose interest. Some do gain. Again, because their have some of that intuitive technique.

I’ve held off explaining climbing technique in the broad sense¬†(besides specifics of a specific workout)¬†because¬†risking offering incorrect information¬†is worse than saying nothing. Time is my only ally and with it I’ll be able to finalize precise and accurate technical information. Please be patient… someone may beat me to it, and that’s fine with me. In the end, it’s about getting it right, nothing more. Not making money first or pushing self-promotion.

Thanks for viewing my blog posts. RM

Not New Area, But New for Us: Hound Rocks

•2016/09/15 • 2 Comments

From Quails Springs (Trashcan Rock) lies Hound Rocks, approx. SSW, sitting just before¬†the hillside with the¬†White Cliffs of Dover to the south. The¬†group of boulders continue up behind Hound Rocks onto the hillside (and off in the distance). I’m pretty sure this area was¬†partially developed by recent past transient locals.

Anyways, we added 2 new lines, one low at the base of the main hillside, and the other¬†facing downhill sandwiched between itself and the face the fell off over, creating a series of slanting flat sidepulls and a second¬†shelfed landing¬†before heading out to an easy but unprotectable slab (it’s over a tree).


Exit Through the gift Shop, v5, starts in the shadow below the lip of the other boulder.The exit is pretty chill. That horn was grainy but otherwise seemed solid.

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Niche Sub-Crag with a Few Lines

•2016/09/15 • Leave a Comment

Just before the Barker Dam parking area, on the north side of the road, is a small area with a few boulders. If one was to stand at the road’s edge and look at More Monkey Than Funky (the short route), these boulders would be to the left about 200 feet (according to Google Earth) and 800 feet from the west Barker Dam parking lot edge.


Exiting the alcove from the mantel start, Jill begins to set up for the crux reach to the foreground chalk marks.

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2 New Lines at the Battle Field Boulders

•2016/09/15 • 1 Comment

At the end of last year over the xmas break, our friends Mike and Olivia came down from the Portland area to join us in Josh. We took them to the Battle Field boulders where Battle of the Bulge and a few others have been established. Just left of the Gunwale is another boulder with an uphill face. We added 2 lines total with the right line having a lower start.


H1V1, v1, starts matched at the right end of the sloping ramp, just right of Mike’s hands.

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Needing to Make Our Mark… In One Form or Another.

•2016/07/09 • 5 Comments

It appears that a group needed to leave their mark in the park, including a possible clue from whence they came.

This area has been previously partially developed, including several lines on this boulder.

This area has been previously partially developed, including several lines on this boulder.

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