It’s early February in Joshua Tree National Park. A light breeze whips my shirttail around and causes my already aching legs to tighten a bit more. There is nothing but the slight friction between rubber and rock that is keeping me in place. I hyperfocus on my breathing, desperately moving my hands from bump to … Continue reading My First Lead Climb: Ignorance and Triumph
Hi! Nice to meet you, I’m Lauren. I’m the one who came along and surprised Justin with a serious relationship after he chose a twin size bed for his van's buildout. (Okay, it’s actually slightly smaller than a twin size bed. I was being generous.) Anyway, it's very cuddle-y. And don’t forget, Achilles is a … Continue reading A man, a van, and a dog: How they stole my heart
Traditional rock climbing is a quickly evolving art in a modern world. Sadly, a growing demographic of climbers don't think it's worth the risk involved. But is it really that dangerous? Or are people just becoming too accustomed to the safe environment provided to us by gyms and sport climbing? Regardless, that's not what this … Continue reading Becoming a Trad Climber: A Rite of Passage
Lucky me! I recently received a new multipitch bag from Trango. And let me tell you, I had no idea how much difference a little bag like that could make. I’ve yet to have been lucky enough to take it out on any crazy alpine expeditions or anything crazy yet. However, my partner and I … Continue reading Review: Trango Ration Pack
The J-tree climbing season is right around the corner, and if you live in or around Southern California, chances are that you’re just as stoked as I am! Joshua Tree is a 1,200 square mile sea of orange granite with a rich history in the climbing community. Many of the greats cut their teeth (and hands) … Continue reading Climbing Season in Joshua Tree
Climbing rocks changed my life. Easy as that. I found a new passion to push myself to my physical and mental limits while immersed in nature. Actually, passion doesn’t quite define it. It’s more than just a mere passion, it’s an absolute obsession. And with all obsessions, be it positive or negative, life must bend … Continue reading Why the Vanlife?