Our Stories - page 2


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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Guides and clients: why hire a guide?

August 12, 2014. Posted by: nelsonday

Each experienced rock climber started climbing in some manner or other. We were all beginners at some point. No one started out “well ahead” of their peers. We all remember our first time on the rock, our first lead, and our first lead fall. However, the journey to becoming an experienced climber that each of ...»

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Successes and Failures Rock Climbing at The Incredible Hulk

July 18, 2014. Posted by: nelsonday

My favorite alpine partner, Polly (who is also my sister) and I had been planning a return to The Incredible Hulk since our last visit a year ago. We had some unfinished business with the route Positive Vibrations, as well as some new business to attend to on a couple other routes. For those who ...»

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