Climbing

Gosh, what can I say about climbing? I’ve been climbing for about 13 years now. I started out in that quaint little gym in Modesto (see Stonehenge at the bottom of this page) and eventually started climbing outside. In ’97 I managed to go outside to Yosemite about 12 or 13 times. In ’98 I only made it out twice. It wasn’t until the summer/fall of 2001 that I’d make another trek to the local crags. I can now add Castle Rock to my list of places climbed. And I finally went back to Pinnacles. In late 2007, I suffered an impingement in my right shoulder that prevented me from doing any significant climbing – either gym or outdoors – for three years. :-/ Since late December 2009, I’ve been climbing or bouldering two days a week and feeling great doing so!

Rock Gyms

  • Stonehenge — Modesto, CA. This is where I learned to climb. This place will always be my "home" gym.
  • Planet Granite — Sunnyvale, CA, with locations in Belmont & San Francisco. All locations have excellent facilities.
  • City Beach Rock Club — Fremont, CA. Very nice wall, nice atmosphere.
  • Pacific Edge — Santa Cruz, CA. The tallest and one of the biggest gyms I’ve been to.

Climbing related Magazines & Sites

Manufacturer’s Sites

  • Evolv — Never thought I’d be a guy for velcro shoes, but the Defy shoes are VERY nice slip-lasted shoes. Vegan friendly, too!
  • Boreal — Even though I sold my Stingers years ago, Boreal is one of my favorite shoe manufacturers.
  • Scarpa — I have a pair of their “Dominator” shoes. They’re quite nice, but I need to get the resoled.
  • Blue Water — The Climbing Company. Makers of really awesome harness (and ropes), including the Renegade – My next harness.
  • PMI Dynamic — Ropes and stuff. PMI-Petzl.
  • Black Diamond Equipment — Makers of fine harnesses, gear, and ropes.

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