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!
- 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
- Rock and Ice Online — Home of Rock & Ice Magazine’s web site.
- Climbing Magazine — Climbing Magazine’s Web site.
- The Access Fund — “… preserving America’s diverse climbing resources.” I’m a member, why aren’t you?
- Competitive Climibing Rank — A North American climber ranking list
- 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.