Our Stories | The Climbing Life Guides - Part 2

Our Stories - page 2

Two slings three pieces

November 20, 2015. Posted by: nelsonday

Good video from the AMGA for anchor building Anchor building with two slings and three pieces

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Trip Report: Temple Crag, Dark Star, 5.10c Grade V Alpine

July 6, 2015. Posted by: nelsonday

The alarm went off at 4 AM. I might have already been awake; the tent was at a bit of a tilt, and I had been fighting rolling off/down hill the whole night. Polly and I were camped at the Third Lake outside of Temple Crag. Our objective: Dark Star, a 2,200 vertical foot grade ...»

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Hobbit Roof

May 8, 2015. Posted by: nelsonday

I was out in the park one day guiding a client, and someone from Colorado State approached me and asked if they could shoot some video for a project they were working on with Joshua Tree National Park. I was stoked! This video is what came out of it.

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Trip Report: Rainbow Wall, Original Route (5.12)

March 22, 2015. Posted by: nelsonday

After looking at lots of pictures, reading reviews, and studying topos, Jan and I decided to give this wall a “college try” about a month ago. This wall has a reputation for rock climbing difficulty, sustained climbing (continuos difficulty), excellent climbing, and great rock. We were both stoked to see how we did on this ...»

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Fiddling on the Roof and other Red Rock adventures

January 28, 2015. Posted by: nelsonday

It was 6:00 and I was driving to meet Josh Janes at a gas station outside of Black Velvet Canyon. My iPod was on shuffle, and Orion by Metallica came on. It was going to be a good day! I met Josh at the gas station and we piled into his Tacoma. My rental Camaro ...»

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Street Car Named Desire

January 27, 2015. Posted by: nelsonday

It was a great bouldering day. Well, mostly. I had attempted a few boulder problems inside Joshua Tree National Park, and had done “ok” on a few of them. I worked a V5 boulder problem out near “Strawberry Contraceptives” for quite a bit of the morning, had succeeded at pulling the hard moves, made it ...»

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Joshua Tree Climb Smart 2014 with The Climbing Life Guides

October 20, 2014. Posted by: nelsonday

This year’s Joshua Tree Climb Smart event was quite busy as usual. The Climbing Life Guide’s volunteered their rock climbing guide services at the clinic and offered 2 hour clinics in placing rock protection, rappelling instruction, and lead climbing. *Note* You can see a better resolution image of each of these pictures by clicking on ...»

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Rock Climbing Prince of Darkness in Red Rock Canyon

October 15, 2014. Posted by: nelsonday

We decided to do it again! The famous trio (me, Ash and Randi) were off to rock climb another local multi-pitch classic in Black Velvet Canyon. This time our sites were set on Prince of Darkness (5.10c). If you click on the pictures below, you will be linked to a better resolution/quality picture! Prince of ...»

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Joshua Tree Rock Climbing Guide motivations

September 30, 2014. Posted by: nelsonday

After a year of guiding in Joshua Tree, I have had a plethora of experiences that have come to redefine what being a rock climbing guide means to me. Ultimately, it is defined by moments and experiences in a client’s day. Essentially rock climbing guiding in Joshua Tree is a vicarious activity, and I have ...»

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Trip Report: Sunspot Dihedral on the Incredible Hulk

August 31, 2014. Posted by: nelsonday

The Sunspot Dihedral (5.11b) is a multi- pitch alpine route on The Incredible Hulk, a mountain located near the town of Bridgeport, CA in the Sawtooth range of the Sierras. https://www.mountainproject.com/v/sunspot-dihedral/106499440 The route follows a corner system to the left of the more popular route, Positive Vibrations. Jan Tarculas and I began planning on an ...»

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