Conquerers of the Useless – A Winter of Rock Climbing

We lust over vertical rock faces, their tiny intricate details and how to summit them.

Rock climbing has single-handedly been the most important aspect of our life on the road.

Climbing the vertical takes us to places that don’t have names on your standard issue map. It takes us to peace and quiet where we don’t see anyone for days at a time. We find ourselves in a solitude where nothing makes sense except to find minute ripples in a blank face to inch our way up. When we’re climbing, we have no other thoughts except how to summit what’s in front of us. It’s a drug that we’ve become unashamedly addicted to.

This winter, we traded our snowboards for a our climbing gear and devoted the entire snow season to explore the American Southwest. And do pretty much nothing else but climb.

Since this is such an important part of our lives, we’ve compiled some photos to show where the past few months have taken us!

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The Totem Pole, AZ
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St. George, UT
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Isolation Canyon, AZ
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Closing out the day in the middle of no where. Literally.
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Mt Lemmon, AZ
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Sedona, AZ on a ridiculous chimney route
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Mt Lemmon, AZ

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34 thoughts on “Conquerers of the Useless – A Winter of Rock Climbing

  1. I lived in Boulder in ’83 and knew a lot of climbers. Obsession! I’m a backpacker and can’t handle vertical. Reading a book now called “Sixty Meters to Anywhere” about a guy who overcame alcoholism through climbing. But here’s a question: don’t all those pitons deface the rock faces? A few here and there, not a big deal, but with all the climbers these days, doesn’t this permanently scar this beautiful geology? I’m not being accusatory, I’m just curious. Thanks!

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    1. We’ll have to check that book out, it sounds right up our alley. About the pitons/bolts. In short, yes, it does deface the rock. This is a continual conversation within the climbing community as there are some that believe that no hardware at all should be drilled into the rock. However, a good portion of rock then becomes unclimbable/unprotectable. With bolting sport routes in popular areas, the bolts are spray painted before going in the rock so you can’t see them without being within a few feet. This practice is quite common and considered common practice even in remote areas now. The reason you see the bolts in our photos is because the camera is so close. In many cases, a casual observer would not see the bolts unless really searching hard for them. Hope this makes sense!

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  2. That looks like the life – do not see happy faces like that in corporate America – thanks for sharing the wonderful photos for those that stare at a computer 24/7.

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  3. All I can say about that first image is “Holy sh*t” – that’s some pinnacle. Love the silhouette shot. I think I’d rather be in a chimney than an open vertical face. When I look down even a 45degree slope I get dizzy.

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