Thursday, March 26, 2009

Pimpin Pimpin

The snail at its finest.... Nice work Taylor.

The Trip

Soooo how about some details? I won't bore you too much with my blabber, but overall the trip was amazing. I got to meet up with my friends Alex, Zach, Adam, Kenyan, Jeff, and Steve (from England! ...get better soon, seriously). We started the trip off right climbing at the Buttermilks, and nearly destroyed our skin for the entire week in one day. I forgot how sharp the stone is out there.

The next day we went to the Happy's and crushed, I was trying every classic I could get my hands on, and Kevin and Donny were both destroying! The third day we went to the Sads, and damn the sads are good. Everyone seemed to pick a project out of the sads, so we decided to rest the next day, and then come back.

The rest day was awesome, we went up to the green church hot springs and celebrated Saint Patty's day the right way, passing a Gatorade bottle full of whiskey around. Ian and Lisa are both really cool (kick ass on the mountains this season, and send Los Locos... that bitch), and I recommend that anyone going to Bishop look for them and try to make friends (their location will probably be in or around the ice caves).

The 5th day was back to the sads, to do our projects. They were crushed, and then new projects were tried... I did al the moves on beefcake and was really psyched to go back to do that thing. The 6th day we went back to the Buttermilks.... It was pretty hot on day 6, and not much went down. I tried Stained Glass, but came away with nothing but bruised tips to show for it (note: mega sharp and super classic).

We had planned on going back to the Buttermilks our last day, but super high winds kept us on the tablelands, so I went to go try Beefcake again. After falling from the last v2 move twice (bloody hell...), I decided that was all I had and went to try other things. The day ended really chill like, and everyone headed to Ian and Lisa's for a little Brat grilling and beer drinking.

Good times... great oldies. I always end up wishing I had more time to travel after a week long trip, but that's how it goes I guess.

Thanks to everyone who let us crash out, cook, and bombard your places.... you know who you are. Also, much thanks to Alex for letting us borrow pads.

Here's a little video of some of our sends caught on tape.

Bishop Classics from Les on Vimeo.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Uhhhh Amazing!

Bishop is baaaad ass. Seriously. The week was filled with good times, good people, and lots of sending. I'm short on time right now, but I'll go into more detail later.

Here's a couple of videos of problems at the Sad Boulders.


Friday, March 13, 2009

Leaving Tonight

Leaving tonight for Atlanta, flying to LA tomorrow morning, and driving to Bishop tomorrow afternoon.

My head is about to explode.... only two more classes left....

Les TOT out!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Bishop Inspiration 5.0

Only 3 days left!


Here's a little video that's pretty good...
(other than all the boring parts)

Soon I will have my own Bishop video!

Ticklist for Bishop:

-Strength in Numbers (v5)
-Siagon (v6)
-Seven Spanish Angels (v6)
-Atari (v6)
-High Plains Drifter (v7)
-Morning Dove White (v7)
-Disco Diva (v8)
-Checkerboard (v8)
-Get Carter (v8)
-Cholos (v9)
-Siagon Direct (v9)
-Fall Guy (v9)
-Toxic Avenger (v9)
-Beefcake (v10)
-Acid Wash (v10)
-Evilution to the lip (v10)
-Stained Glass (v10)

Hehe, I have a lot to do...

Monday, March 9, 2009

Little River Canyon

A little update... I went to Little River Canyon this weekend and got reinspired on routes. I havn't been on a rope since last August and it really has been to long. The canyon is such an amazing place, and I can't wait to try everything I can there this summer. SO badass...

Routes that are worth noting from this weekend... Escapee (12b), Rocktoberfest (11d), and Touch of Gray (11d/12a). Also, the 11's on gray wall are all really outstanding. Can't wait to go back.

4 days until bishop... so psyched!

Last but not least, my boy Brooks Walker and his lady friend Natalie Hawley crushed the competetion this weekend at Sloperfest (HP40); both won their own advanced division... Nice job!

Talk to you soon.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Bishop Inspiration 4.0

With only 11 days left until my Bishop trip, I am getting really psyched... It's getting hard to sleep at night, and I find myself day dreaming of boulder problems during every class. For this week's inspiration I turned to my previous two trips. Hope you enjoy.

I am Truly Happy at the Happys (me on a v3)

Alex Crushing Siagon (v6)

Overlooking the Buttermilks from the checkerboard area (Unknown v9)

Downclimbs are always exciting at the Buttermilks
Rock Creek is Bad Ass

A Boy Named Sue (v7)

Rock Creek Stone (Seriously Twisted v10)
The Siagon Boulder

A warmup on the Siagon Boulder

Seven Spanish Angels (aka Ruckus v7)

Mandala (v12)

The Pit Panorama

Monday, March 2, 2009

The Project

If there is one thing that I am it's a shoe junkie. Women always catch shit for loving knee high, toe destroying stiletto's, but I feel for them. I too share a shoe obsession.

Last Thursday I spotted a new shoe on Five Ten's website. The Project. Shown below, these shoe completely revolutionize climbing shoes. With a sole that is only 2 mm thick (compared to the normal 4 mm), these shoes are the ultimate in sensitivity. I had to have a pair! A few clicks of the keys and moments later I was the proud owner of a pair of projects.

Today, I literally chased to UPS guy down while walking to class. He happily handed over my package and I walked into class with a grin, and a box in hand. I couldn't wait, I opened them up in class and put them on. Oh what a glorious feeling, new shoes... But these are not any ordinary shoes. By far, these are the most sensitive shoe I have ever put on my foot. As I groped the bottom of the desk with my toes I could quite literally grab with my feet. These shoes are so thin you can actually roll up the toe box. This is all possible to Stealth's new rubber, Mystique. It is supposedly twice as tough, therefore they can put it on the shoe twice as thin. Pretty awesome.

My main concern with these shoes is the durability, but only time will tell. I will definitely have a second report after my trip to Bishop, where the buttmilk stone might literally eat my thin new shoes alive. Stay tuned.

Sunday, March 1, 2009


Holy crap! It snowed in the dirty south plains.....


One day, I will boulder again.