Kingpin (aka Iron Meteorite) Gets a Cousin: El Chapo

•2017/01/28 • Leave a Comment

Jeffy March established a new line/start of Iron Meteorite (aka Kingpin) to it’s left, out at the King Dome crag (this is the northernmost formation just past Hall of Horrors or the easternmost formation just past Planet X). He said it took some cleaning before sending and felt it was approximately v7. The line climbs to about the 2/3’s point then traverses right using the final exit moves of IM to finish. Nice work Jeffy… can’t wait to try it.

El Chapo, v7. He's at the point where he'll traverse right into the Iron Meteorite exit. (photo courtesy of Jeffy Marsh)

El Chapo, v7. He’s at the point where he’ll traverse right into the Iron Meteorite exit. (photo courtesy of Jeffy Marsh)

Blood Diamond Chipped?

•2017/01/23 • 6 Comments

Since hearing about Blood Diamond being easier, considerable easier (potentially V6?), we hiked out to see it first hand. Since we had originally found the problem and cleaned it, we had a good idea if it had naturally broken or was chipped. In the photos below, you can clearly see the original block that was intact. It wasn’t a loose “keystone” block either.

Here is a closeup of the original block that was busted out.

Here is a closeup of the original block that was busted out.

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We’ve Joined the 21st Century!!!

•2017/01/23 • Leave a Comment

Check us out on Instagram @joshuatreebouldering

We will still be blogging, but we’ll also post images and brief content on (gasp!) social media.

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. 😉

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).

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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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