Nor Cal Youth Climbing League being hosted @diablorockgym today. The longest running comp series in the USA! Run by Lisa Coleman and Andres Puhvel. Andres set the speed record with me on The Nose 27 years ago. Lisa did NIAD with me in 2010? @yobasecamp A rare comp where there are 5.5 competitors with 5.13 competitors, - something for everyone. #climbingcompetition#dofunthings#kidclimbing
TBT 1997. In the late 90s it was a bit mind blowing to be climbing on Yosemite granite, then hop on a plane to the east coast, sprint up a 50 ft wall to cheering crowds, and then get put on stage to chat with some TV host. One year I was in India days before the event. I threw up for days after returning and canceled going to the event. Lynn Hill called me and said Hans you can't cancel you have to come. So they got me on a flight and rushed me to the event within minutes of being able to complete the qualifying difficulty event. They actually had a camera crew wait for me in the airport on the east coast and followed me from the gate to the car. That was back before they had security out to the gate. Skateboard legend Tony Hawk and myself were the only two three-time X-Games Champions. The following year they decided they should put us in a fighter jet to see how we'd react in that extreme environment. At the last minute they decided not to take the climber, but only Tony and a BMX rider. I'm still game to go for a ride in a fighter jet if anyone out there has one. What were you doing in 1997? #competitionclimbing#speedclimbing#xgames
Reno Pole Vault summit. Climbing/Pole-Vaulting #crosstrain#dohardthings#bediverse Almost 2000 people here from all over the world, super energy in the room. Dozens of medalist here from all over. -One from 1960, this guy won an Olympic medal when Robbins was prepping to do the first ascent of The Salathe Wall. @diablorockgym @uspva1
TBT. In 1998 Russ McBride, Tony Ralph, and myself set out to climb all the California 14,000 peaks as quickly as possible. The only previous history that we could find of such an adventure was by the family group know as The Mountain Smiths who climbed all the 14ers in Colorado, then CA and on up to Rainer in Washington. It took The Smiths 15 days to do the 15 California 14ers. We climbed them in just under ten days in 1998. We also threw in a twist by trying to descend the mountains with as many outdoor toys as we could get our hands on. This including Paragliders, off road inline skates, bikes, boards, and skis.(see photos) Since 1998 the record has been whittled down and is now held by a soloist in under 4 days. Alex Honnold and Cedar Wright were the first to do all of the 14ers under human power using bikes a few years ago. #dohardthings#sierraclimbing#mountainadventure @diablorockgym
I received my first standing ovation about 13 years ago.
It was at the annual AORE (Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education) gathering.
All the anxiety that goes into presenting in front of people paid off in a way words can't explain. I made an extraordinary connection with the audience. If I find a credible message for a group within the initial planning, I zero in on that.
Months after the AORE event I got asked to do a #keynote for a bank. They were killing it in the mortgage industry back in 2003-7 and asked me to speak at DisneyWorld. They hooked my family up with travel, lodging, and park passes. Amazing.
These photos bring back memories of translating speed climbing lessons into examples of how the bank was busting paradigms in mortgage lending at the time. Pushing for the best in climbing, life, and business have far more similarities than not. Here's to the best in 2018!
Beginning of the calendar year. Everyone gets serious about goals and digging in on improving their lives.
I figure a very serious focused face is in order.
Maybe such a serious face will make you laugh! I hope I catch you on a high point in 2018. #dohardthings
For Xmas, (we had an early present exchange), my daughter gave me a framed print of this image she created. Mari, Mary, and I went to see Tom at @greekberkeley this summer. It was their first rock concert.
Most incredible human I have ever adventured with! He will be at @diablorockgym this evening at 7pm. Super unique opportunity to meet and hear Erik speak. Don't miss this.
Photo 1: talking Erik through trad leading in Yosemite in 1996. Erik did not just follow on El Cap - he led some pitches!
Photo 2: van ride in Chile to #Aconcagua with Erik and @jeff_b_evans ca. 1998.
City Rock gym, Emeryville CA in 1990 during the first National Climbing competition held at the gym - this was taken almost exactly half my life ago. Rare to see me without some colorful patterned tights in those days!
L to R: Doug Englekirk, Tom Herbert, John Mireles, me, and Dale Goddard. #tbt
L to R Hidetaka Suzuki, @stonerideryuji, and me. September 1997.
Yuji successfully free climbed all of the Salathe route ON SIGHT up to the head wall pitch. He worked the head wall pitch and sent the route all free in 48 hours.
I recall Hidetaka not being heavy enough to counter weight and pull the bags up, so I had the honor of being the pig hauler on this effort. #tbt
I biked Mt Diablo today. It was my 145th challenge on my local @diablorockgym 2017 challenge list. Hard to believe I waited this long in the year to complete this one. From the North gate it was 12 miles and over 3,000 ft of elevation gain. I like numbers and recording stuff, and comparing, so... My best time up the mountain was 72 minutes about 7 years ago. Today it took me 99 minutes. "The standard of accomplishment" for serious cyclist is to do it in under one hour. When the Amgen tour riders did it, AFTER, having some 40 miles or so of racing prior, many took it down in under 50 minutes. The record is less than 44 minutes. Maybe I will get some comments on comparing, so here it goes... Doing the ride in under 60 minutes to a cyclist, is like doing NIAD to a climber.