New Adirondack Guidebook

Adirondack Rock GuidebookSo it’s been a long time in coming but there’s finally a new guidebook to the Adirondack’s. My friend Jim Lawyer has been working on this in his “spare” time. With nearly two thousand routes covered that’s a lot of ground to cover. You can buy it here:

This has been a work in progress for quite some time now but the authors have finally gotten it to the printers. Order now and you’ll have a copy before the snow melts.

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New Look!

New look for the web site, largely so I could drive the whole thing off WordPress and not have to think about it too much. Hopefully this will mean more content from now on…

Climbing Web Search Engine

So I put together a web search engine based on Google’s custom search that should give better results for climbing related searches. For example if you search for “Omega” the first results returned will be fore the Omega Pacific climbing gear company not Omega watches.

Let me know if you think it’s working. I’m still testing it out.

Recommended "stuff"

So it’s a wet Friday night and I finally got around to some site updating. I’ve been meaning to do this for a while and I finally got around to some of it. I now have pages for gear and books I’ve been using for a long while and really like. These are short lists because I’m not trying to sell stuff for the sake of selling stuff.

Recommended alpine climbing gear
Recommended reading

Enjoy. Hopefully I’ll have some new pictures up soon. It’s going to be 50F at Index on Sunday so cragging might be back on the agenda.

Someone’s idea of a joke?

And if NOAA making up new bad weather colors for their map wasn’t enough the woman who reads the weather on KUOW seems to be called Rainy Cohen.

New winter weather

I swear the weather people are having to make up new colors for all their different warnings. yesterday’s map had even more pretty colors on it than this one! A different pretty color for each warning, how sweet.

NOAA weather map
On a slightly different note I’d like to report the result of a small experiment last night at CrossFit. While tall heavy guys tend to do better at rowing artificially increasing your weight doesn’t really help. 500m with a 50lb weight vest was fast but not really any faster. Plus I couldn’t speak for about five minute afterwards.

Loosing weight for alpine routes

There are several of ways to do this…

  1. Train right
  2. Watch what you eat
  3. Take only the gear your really need on a route
  4. Take the lightest gear you can afford

What’s a real shame is most people seem to want to buy more lightweight “stuff” rather than work at what they have. A shiny new $150 climbing harness or a month of CrossFit?

Colin Haley’s article on equipment for alpine climbing is well worth a read however. Colin really knows what he’s talking about. Check it out.

Favorite CrossFit workouts

So I have a new favorite CF workout, a variant on Helen. Four or five rounds for time of:

  • 4oom run
  • 15 x push press @ 44kg
  • 12 x pull up

We’ve done this at CrossFit Eastside a couple of times and I’ve always liked it. Running and pull ups are fun and lifting overhead humbles the climber in me who can only pull. We did four rounds on Wednesday but a “bonus” round seemed like a good idea at the time.

I’m still contemplating the rep. numbers and rounds a bit but I figure the push press should be half body weight, which is a tad more than I can manage right now but only by a few kilos. The pull ups seem like a bit of a rest but it’s for time so I need to do them faster.

The weather here is ugly and I’ve only made BC ice once this season so training is all there is to write about.

MSR Reactor vs. Jetboil vs. XGK-EX

Is it me or is the MSR Reactor actually no lighter than an XGK-EX? I did the math and got the scales out and it sure seems that way to me. I’ll be posting more on this later.

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The twelve days of Christmas

Christmas Eve workout, it just seemed like a good idea at the time…

On the twelth day of Christmas CrossFit gave to me.
One tough workout and pullups two hundred and fifty.

Have fun out there.