2011 is looking to be another great year filled with even more climbing, traveling, and filming. I don’t know if I can pull off another international trip this year but if I can, New Zealand is at the top of the list!
I started off the year with the sale of my first film, Orange Crush. It is shorter than a typical climbing film but also much more affordable and only available for download. I don’t think this format has been used much in the industry up to now and so far the reception has been amazing. I will be expanding on this format this year with a film from Hueco Tanks. I’m planning for that to be closer to 45 minutes and also available only as a download. If time allows I’ll also make a film in Joe’s Valley but my schedule is filled with filming for my first full-length DVD. The DVD will feature lesser known (but stellar) bouldering areas in the US. I’m very excited about that project and I know you will be too once you see the finished product. You can expect the quality to take a dramatic step forward from my previous work since I’ve picked up a whole new arsenal of video gear.
Every year I return home to the South for the holidays to see my family and to enjoy some of the best rock in the world. The sandstone here is unreal, I would choose it over Font any day since it has more texture and more friction. If you haven’t climbed on proper sandstone before, you need to plan a trip! The South is as good as any area in the country with the only downside being a high probability of rain.
I’ve been trying to have a proper session on The Shield at LRC for the past three years. The first year I was only home for a few days and the one day I got out there it was 30 degrees, windy, and snowing. Last year I tweaked my finger at LRC on King James. This year I tweaked a different finger on my last day in Red Rocks. Thus I haven’t been doing a lot of climbing and have been sticking to moderates, of which there are many classics to choose from.
I was scheduled to fly back to Vegas yesterday but the snow in Atlanta has caused a two-day delay in my departure.
I’m flying back to Vegas tomorrow for a couple more weeks of filming before I head down to Hueco.