Well, it depends on who you ask



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Yesterday Casey Webb invited me to go bouldering with him early this morning. I hate getting up early for just about anything but it’s hard to deny climbing. So I woke myself up at like 6:30 this morning and made the hour drive up to the White pine boulders in Little Cottonwood Canyon. And boy am I glad I did! I stepped out of the car and quickly noticed the magnificently cool air. I headed straight to the Chinese Arête problem, half-heartedly warmed up, then went to town on this rig. About 30 minutes later I sent it!! Certainly well worth getting up early for. I’m glad I did. Photo: Casey Webb  (at Little Cottonwood Canyon)

Yesterday Casey Webb invited me to go bouldering with him early this morning. I hate getting up early for just about anything but it’s hard to deny climbing. So I woke myself up at like 6:30 this morning and made the hour drive up to the White pine boulders in Little Cottonwood Canyon. And boy am I glad I did! I stepped out of the car and quickly noticed the magnificently cool air. I headed straight to the Chinese Arête problem, half-heartedly warmed up, then went to town on this rig. About 30 minutes later I sent it!! Certainly well worth getting up early for. I’m glad I did. Photo: Casey Webb (at Little Cottonwood Canyon)

Just saw this on Facebook. Hahahaha

Just saw this on Facebook. Hahahaha

In Heaven

In heaven exists a certain way of life, not too much different than the life we live here. In fact we can live as if we are in heaven now.

In heaven things are peaceful, people are understanding, people are considerate, people care. There is no envy nor jealousy, no strife to divide us, simply just love to connect us. This love is not fake. It is not shallow. It is genuine and deep. It is the binding force.

To get into heaven we must learn to live this way. If when we die we are still full of envy, strife, and other negative energy we will fail to get in. This is because heaven is a utopia. Since it is people that make up this utopian society, anybody containing negativity within themselves would thus ruin the utopia.

Heaven is not impossible. Heaven is the ideal. Heaven can be attained now within each of us. As each single person reaches heaven within, our whole society grows into becoming a societal heaven, a utopia.

Each person has the option and responsibility themselves to push towards heaven within themselves. It is only by affecting yourself first that the world will actually be changed and transformed into heaven.

Saw this on the way back from yoga today. Hahahahahaha

Saw this on the way back from yoga today. Hahahahahaha

The New Prejudice

Prejudice-

1. an unfair feeling of [like or] dislike for a person or group because of race, sex, religion, etc. 

2. a feeling of like or dislike for someone or something especially when it is not reasonable or logical. 

I have some things to say about this topic. These thing primarily pertain to me and my personal life but I hold them fundamentally true. It seems that at any point in time there has always been a prejudice(see above definition) of some sort. Now, I’m not talking about a favoring or disfavoring of certain things. We can have that all we want so long as these likes and dislikes are not super general(like a stereo type) or are not based on non-logical reasons. Examples of the general like and dislikes include prejudice against race, gender, or people of a certain social class. Examples of the second type include things such as liking or disliking things primarily that exhibit a particular color, shape, or size perhaps. The one exception here is when it comes down to the utility of the particular object. It is ok to not like jackets that are black because you wear them at night and can’t be seen. Other things have particular reasons for why you actually like something or don’t. 

Anyways we can clearly see this problem with race. Liking or disliking any person based on their skin color is just plain wrong. Skin color means nothing. The same goes for gender and personal beliefs. I should give each single person an equal opportunity. The should be no pre-judgement of that person for any reason really. And while I feel that we all like that and accept that, I see that for most people it ends with those categories. Or rather most people give each other an equal opportunity but still hold some strange stereotype or prejudice towards the person due to things like race, gender, religion, etc. Now this does not have to be negative in any way. It can easily be a positive thing. Either way is wrong in my mind. A person should be valued or not valued based on the person they actually are, nothing else. 

So here’s a new one, one that I face on a fairly regular basis. It drives me absolutely nuts! What I speak of is hair color. Now blondes had their time of being known for certain things, and to some extent we have moved past that. But it seems that we’ve moved onto singling out a new hair color: red heads. You’ve got statements like “gingers have no soul” or “why do I have so many ginger friends?” or “I’m always glad when there are gingers around”. Just wack stuff like that. Now its not always negative and its not always positive but honestly it doesn’t matter which end of the spectrum its on. The fact is that just singling a person out because of anything that is not part of their actual person, or their personality is just plain wrong. Speaking from my experience people just want to live. They want to interact socially with other without feeling different. I would say most people don’t want to be the center of attention for something they don’t even have control over, though I may be wrong. I know when people congratulate me or dis me for something about myself that I had nothing to do with it makes me think less of that person(probably something I should work on). But really stop seeing color. Morgan Freeman has a perfect formula for ending racism: stop talking about it. Stop seeing him as a black man and he’ll stop seeing me as a white man. The same goes for hair color. Stop seeing and defining me by the color of my hair(which came only from genetics, something far out of my control) and I won’t do the same to you. 

I don’t think people really grasp the affect this has on people like me, and maybe I’m alone here, but it gets old. If nobody ever brought up the color of my hair then my life would not be any different than that of a blonde’s or a brunette’s. 

So please. Read this(well if you got to here then you already did, yay!). Give it some thought and then take some action and make some changes!

Yesterday while up at the White Pine Boulders in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Casey Webb managed to flash this awesome dihedral problem called, “Stephen’s” (V7). A little while after that I swooped up a send as well, marking my hardest Little Cottonwood send yet! This problem is really aesthetic with some neat little features and climbs really well, not to mention the rock is just superb. I’m happy to have had the chance to climb it! (at Little Cottonwood Canyon)

Yesterday while up at the White Pine Boulders in Little Cottonwood Canyon, Casey Webb managed to flash this awesome dihedral problem called, “Stephen’s” (V7). A little while after that I swooped up a send as well, marking my hardest Little Cottonwood send yet! This problem is really aesthetic with some neat little features and climbs really well, not to mention the rock is just superb. I’m happy to have had the chance to climb it! (at Little Cottonwood Canyon)

Had a super fun time in Little Cottonwood Canyon last night with James Simmons and Paul Robertson! Started off with a warm up at the secret garden, where I climbed this awesome V4 compression problem with a slam dunk deadpoint/dyno to the lip. Then we moved onto the Campus Boulder where we all sent ‘Big Man on Campus’, a really unique aesthetic problem with some of the best moves I’ve done on rock! We wrapped up the night with a session on the ‘Dean Problem’ a kind of taller boulder that consists of mostly narrow 2 finger pockets, a couple edges and a committing slam dunk move to the lip! Super great time! Granite is awesome. (at Little Cottonwood Canyon)

Had a super fun time in Little Cottonwood Canyon last night with James Simmons and Paul Robertson! Started off with a warm up at the secret garden, where I climbed this awesome V4 compression problem with a slam dunk deadpoint/dyno to the lip. Then we moved onto the Campus Boulder where we all sent ‘Big Man on Campus’, a really unique aesthetic problem with some of the best moves I’ve done on rock! We wrapped up the night with a session on the ‘Dean Problem’ a kind of taller boulder that consists of mostly narrow 2 finger pockets, a couple edges and a committing slam dunk move to the lip! Super great time! Granite is awesome. (at Little Cottonwood Canyon)

On Saturday I had the unique opportunity to go deep water soloing on the Psicobloc Master’s Series wall in Park City, Utah. I’ve heard others talk about how scary and terrifying it is. I always knew in my mind the reality of the fear of fall from a significant height into a pool of water especially if that fall happens mid move on the route. But up until now I never fully realized the entire experience.

For the competition the routes went all the way up the 55 ft. wall. Once that was over they removed all the holds past about the 35 ft. mark to keep it safer for the public. There were various routes on either side including the lower section of the comp route, which was graded at 5.12a supposedly. I tried it and was only able to stick the first move and after that just seemed so impossible(there were no feet!!) I played around on the other easier routes and had a blast.

I ended up only dropping from the top once. All the other times I either downclimbed to a more comfortable spot to jump from or I just downclimbed all the way. To add to the fear factor of the fall, the water was COLD and so was the weather. There wasn’t a great way to get warm so you would just stand around dripping wet in the cooler weather with the wind to make matters even worse. It would have been much more fun if it had been warmer; probably less scary too. Nevertheless it was a great time and I would totally do it again! And now I can relate to all the athletes who’ve competed on that wall. Many props to them for the shear amount of commitment they have climbing that beast.

Here’s a little video of me climbing a simple 5.9 and then making the full length drop into the pool. Enjoy!

(Source: vimeo.com)

Made my second visit to Sunset Alley tonight and am still blown away by just how good the climbing is out there. With fun movement, a variety of angles, grades, and holds, along with some of the most perfect limestone ever it’s hard to beat. This little piece of nature is found just under the start of the ultra classic route, ‘Hop Rising’ 5.11a (probably the best 5.11 I’ve ever climbed). (at Sunset Alley)

Made my second visit to Sunset Alley tonight and am still blown away by just how good the climbing is out there. With fun movement, a variety of angles, grades, and holds, along with some of the most perfect limestone ever it’s hard to beat. This little piece of nature is found just under the start of the ultra classic route, ‘Hop Rising’ 5.11a (probably the best 5.11 I’ve ever climbed). (at Sunset Alley)

Looking at getting a new chalk bucket. The question is which color scheme should I go with???