Dreaminvertical on Twitter

30 04 2009

Hey people,

For those of you who are interested in keeping up with Luke and I in the world of microblogging, these are our twitter accounts:

Lizzy (on twitter as lizzy_t)

Luke (on twitter as lstefurak)

We also now have a Vimeo Channel

Enjoy and stay tuned for more installments from Joe’s Valley!



Great Blogs.

17 02 2009

We have been getting some love from climbing bloggers recently so its time that I finished off this post. Though I subscribe to over 300 different blogs I thought I would highlight some of the ones I really enjoy reading  in no particular order. This is just a small selection of a large community of sweet climbing bloggers. Additionally I am finding new sites all the time. Hopefully I will put out a blog links update sometime in the next few months.


Jamie Emerson’s site is full of eye candy with constant video and photo updates. He also has good insight into the front range climbing scene.


Andy Mann produces great images and its nice to get an almost weekly photo dose. He has been jumping around between websites so it can be hard to track down his latest url.


It seems now a days that those who read about climbing on the internet read the Narc. If something big has happened this guy knows about it.  A must have on any climber’s feed reader.


A bunch of strong Bishop locals post up pretty pictures of the bouldering on the East side of the Sierras. Always good for motivation and funny stories.


Peter Beal has been climbing for a while and has the experience to back up opinions that he is not afraid to express. Its nice to have a older voice in the fairly young crowd of climbing bloggers.


Justin Jaeger or “Sock Hands” is always motivated for bouldering, especially V7. Frequent updates of all kinds keep me coming back to this blog.


These guys who boulder in Kentucky never cease to make me laugh. Philosophy and hilarity are key for this entertaining blog. I wish they would post more photos of their escapades while bouldering around the Red River Gorge.


Tom Markiewicz runs allclimbing and has started other sites such as ThinkClimbing.com and ClimbingVibe.com. He does a great job of bringing his technology experience to climbing bloggers.


Sara, from the Kitsap Peninsula near Seattle, is passionate about climbing and blogging.  Her blogs are fun to read and her upbeat attitude is easy to enjoy.


Kate and Mark Calder are from Colorado and have adventures around the various front range climbing areas. I enjoy the amazing photos and trip reports from these bloggers.


I first read some of James’ stories on supertopo and was excited to find his blog. I enjoy his writing style and look forward to reading about his various adventures.


I found out about this group of strong boulders while going to school at Bucknell. The various members of this blog are responsible for a large number of the hard lines in Pennsylvania.  The blog reminds me of past days climbing on the amazing Triassic Diabase of PA.


Chris Hampton, or Odub, is a climbing rapper. His rhymes are hilarious and he has the confidence to spray about anything. I recently listened to his best of album and enjoy his tales of the southeast.


Kelly Sheridan, author of Central Washington Bouldering, is a Seattlite who is stoked on bouldering. You will often find him with a video camera sending or documenting a sweet granite line.


Michael and BJ are from Colorado and enjoy the adventurous side of climbing, true choss-a-holics. From multi-pitch first ascents to local ice climbing they do it all.



Hayden is all about climbing and has done a bunch of bouldering FA’s around Colorado. Recently he has been roped climbing and I have enjoyed his photos from various travles around Utah and Colorado.


Wills Young hosts a blog about whats happening in Bishop. This blog is seasonal, since summers are too hot for climbing, but is usually first to press with hard sends and new FAs.


P&C is a group of funny climbers living in the Boulder Area who work hard and party harder. With a crew of bloggers they have weekely updates, Whiskey Wednesdays, crag profiles and entertaining interviews.



The blogging world is a big place but there seem to be bubbles created by friends and acquaintances. The following blogs are from or started in the bay area and tell great stories about climbing in Yosemite, Bishop and many other local NorCal crags.  Each blog tells a story and I enjoy reading each episode. From bouldering in Yosemite to the bolt clipping at the Jailhouse and the  Gold wall.








These are some of the better “Pro” blogs I read. These guys and girls crank and give us a bit of insight into their lives. It’s interesting to see what it takes to climb 5.14 and send V12+.









Summer Sends – News From All Over!

22 09 2008

Lizzy and I had a lazy weekend in Pasadena. With not too much to report on the personal front I can only provide links to the top notch sending spree that has been going on the last couple months.

Sport Climbing, according to some, has a new hardest route! Chris Sharma sent the Clark Mountain Project and dubbed it Jumbo Love. While usually hesitant with grades it seems that this new climb gets a number. At 250 feet long Jumbo Love is rated 5.15b. It will be interesting to see if any of the strong Euro’s such as Adam Ondra or Patxi Usobiaga will come and try it.  After making progress last year it seems likely that Ethan Pringle will go back and work the route again if the weather works out.  Sharma, obviously in top form, also made a 2nd try one day ascent of Joe Kinder’s Golden Direct. While Kinder speculated that the route may be 9a (14d) it will take a few more repeats to be sure.

Rifle has seen a bunch of summer action. There was a big party for the Rifle Clean-Up with Pimpin and Crimping representing in addition to a large community turnout.  Adam Taylor and Jon Cardwell both  resent the Crew after a few holds broke. Joe Kinder dropped in and repeated the Crew and started work on the Bauhaus Project. Dave Graham came by and after some discussion with Andy Raether did the FA of Girl Talk, 14c. Kinder made the 2nd ascent and Daniel Woods, who seems to be climbing routes again, made the 3rd.

Ethan Pringle joined the crew in Rifle and after a full beta spray from Dave and Joe sent Girl Talk in 5 tries. His 8a scorecard has it listed as 8c and I’m sure it must have been easier knowing the beta for every move. Carlo Traversi, who has also been hitting the ropes, just did the 5th ascent of the now classic Girl Talk.  This send comes in fast progression after sending Simply Read, 8b (14a) , and Benign Intervention, 8c (14b), according to 8a.nu .

Dave, Daniel and Joe have also been spending some time at The Fortress in Colorado. Dave made the 4th ascent of Kryptonite and Joe and Daniel are close behind.  I believe Pringle will be joining them and some sending is sure to happen. I am curious about a bit more information on Flex Luthor, Tommy Caldwell’s 15a at the fortress. Kinder seems a bit unimpressed with the rock quality.  It is interesting that these routes are only seeing attention now five or more years after the FA.   (It seems, according to 8a.nu that Graham tried Kryptonite on a visit to the Fortress in 2000) 

Paul Robinson is off in Switzerland looking for new blocks, checking out hard climbs and talking about grades. Beyond the classic hard routes I am interested in what Paul thinks of Daniel Woods’ new problem, In Search of Time Lost. Check the video on MVM to see Daniel do some serious crimping.

Colorado Bouldering has also been hot this summer. Alex Johnson started it off with a quick send of Clear Blue Skies (V12).  Alex Puccio continued by crushing The Marble SDS (V11/12) and Angie Payne finished it off with a send of her 3 year project, European Human Being (V12). These sends complement the esablishment of two new hardlines in the park, Blood Money by Daniel Woods (V13) and Top Notch by Ty Landman (V12).

Here in California Issac Caldario established Chumscrubber, a possible V12, at Way Lake. This newer area is located near Mammoth Lakes, north of bishop. Due to cooler temps it has seen a bunch of action by the Bishop and  Bay Area crews. Once a bit more information comes out I would be excited to take a look. The rock seems a bit different than what is offered in Bishop and it could be a nice change of pace.

In the trad climbing world both Ethan Pringle and Matt Segal sent the Cobra Crack this summer for the 3rd and 4th ascents respectively. Matt had a bit of an epic with squamish weather that delayed his send until the last possible moment.

With the fall temps coming I wish everyone luck on their projects!! Once the J-Tree weather cools down a bit we will be working on Equinox. All of this sport climbing has given me hope that I will have enough endurance for this pumpy crack!



Blog Links Update

18 08 2008

It seems that lot of people enjoy my last list of blog posts. Since outdoors types rarely post multiple times per day I can keep up with a pretty sizable number of outdoor blogs.

You can subscribe directly to all of these or through my feed of them.
For the OutdoorNews list at the bottom there is a separate feed.

Many of the links below go directly to the RSS so you can get the feed for the site.

Not all of these blogs are still being updated and a few are redundant.
Checkout my earlier post for a bunch more blogs.

If you read our blog feel free to leave a comment with your blog info. If anyone has must read climbing and outdoors blogs let me know.

.: Blogs My Cliff Buddies :.

A Rock
Alpine Climbing
Alpine Style!
Alpinist Mountain Standards
Ant’s Rant
Asana Climbing Blog

Bass for your Face
Bent Gate Mountaineering Blog

ColoCalders – Kate and Mark

Dan Levison
Dave Ayton
Dean Lords
der crankenfrank
Dream In Vertical – Our New Blog
Drew’s Adventures

every other orange

Final Frontier: An Outdoor Blog
Fun Climbs Around The World

Gregory Goes There
Grrrlie Chronicles

Hey Coach John
I’m Kind of a Big Deal – James Lucas
Isaac’s Blog
Its a wonderful life with Danny

Jerry Dodrill
JPWill’s Place
Just hang out and climb!!

Life with Louie – Louie Anderson
Lloyd Climbing Blog

Nathan Smith – Pull Photography
Northface Expeditions
Nowra Rocks
NW Granite – Kelly Sheridan

operation crankola

Paul’s Web Crag
Phil’s Training Blog
pimpin’ and crimpin’
Project Drop Trees – Wes Miraglio

restless planet
Ryan K Olson Photography

Santa Barbara Bouldering.com
So what kind of Jazz is this
Southern Sierra Climber
Susánica Tam

Taylor Roy
Team Mammut
The CragBaby
The Flow
The Progression
the snaz – jackson hole videos online
The Thought – Alan Moore
The Wasatch Report

use real butter – Gourmet at Altitude

Velvet Antlers Blog – Clair MacLeod
Videoclimb.com, The best climbing videos on the net

Wandering Intrepidity

Way The Hell Up There
Welcome to climbidaho.com
Welcome to rockymedia


The following blogs are international or running or mountaineering related.

.:. Cordada Infinita .:.
Aurora News
Brian Spiering Birthday Challenge 2008
Live For The Outdoors – Gear Reviews
Live For The Outdoors – News
Miles and Miles of Abbie
My SoCal Trail Running
National Geographic ADVENTURE
Paul’s Outdoor Adventures
SNEWS®: All Content
Summit Stones & Adventure Musings…By DSD
The Adventure Blog
The Adventurist
wicked outdoorsy

Climbing and Outdoor Blog Links!

14 05 2008

Below is the large list of blogs that I subscribe to through google reader.

You can subscribe directly to all of these or through my feed of them.

Many of the links below go directly to the RSS so you can get the feed for the site.

Not all of these blogs are still being updated and a few are redundant.

If you read my blog feel free to leave a comment with your blog info. If anyone has must read climbing and outdoors blogs let me know.



8a.nu – News GLOBAL

A Purposeful Life – Jay Knower
A Year in the Life of a Climber: James Pearson
Adam Lincoln’s Blog
Adrian Berry’s Blog
Adventure 16 Blog
All Climbing Blog
Alpinist Mountain Standards
Alpinist Newswires
American Alpine Institute
Anatomy of Restlessness
As The Crow Flies

Backcountry Blog
Backcountry.com: The Goat
Barefoot Among Czechs – The North Face Expedition
Being With Yoga
Beth Rodden
big UP blog
Bishop Bouldering Blog
Blackcore – Tim Kettering
Born to Breathe – Neil Berget
BS Productions Blog – Brian Solano
BS Productions – Old Blog

Climb Life – Matt Maddaloni
Climbing Bum – Carlo Traversi
Climbing Narcissist
Climbing Videos
Climbing Hold Review
Coletteloc.com – Collete McInery
Coppworks Blog – Jonny Copp
Creative Climbers Coalition
Crimped Climbing
CruxPhoto – Nate Young Photography

Dani Andrada
Dave MacLeod Climbing
Denver Bouldering
Do the move – Jason Pinto
Dream In Vertical – Our Blog
Drew’s Adventures
Dropknee – Andy Mann

East Side Bouldering – Jeff Sillcox
Enlightened Chuffer
Eric Horst’s Climbing and Training Blog
Ethan Pringle
Everything You Want To See – Scotty Gross

Gabor Szekely / Climber
Getoutdoors.com Outdoor Blog
Girl vs. Wild
Gravsports – Will Gadd

Happiegrrrl Climbing
HARDCLIMBS – Chad Greedy
Hardwear Sessions – Mountain Hardwear
Hayden’s Bouldering
High Places – Steph Davis
Hot Aches Productions

It Came from the Garage

Katie’s blog – Katie Brown

La Sportiva Media Coverage
Lithic Loafing
Lord Caffeine
Los Angeles Bouldering
Lynn Hill

Metolius Media
Mike Doyle’s Rants& Raves
Minnesotan Skin
Monkey Business
Moonclimbing.com / Moonblog

Mountain Climbing News
Mountains and Water – Peter Beal
Mount Everest The British Story
Movementfilms.com – Mike Call
Moving Mountains Magazine

Nicola Martinez – Rock Monkey
Nicolas Favresse
North East Climbing
Northwest Mountain School – John and Olivia

Once in a lifetime
Online Climbing Coach – Dave MacLeod
Outdoor Gear – Apeqs
Outside Blog

Petzl Team

RAZA: The Blog
REI-OUTLET.com: Deal of the Day
Rich Wheater
Rock and Ice Online News
Rock Climber Girl
Rock Climbing Topics – The New York Times
Rock Monkey Art – Renan Ozturk
Rocks are the skin of the earth – Kelly Mcbride
Roxanna Brock

Schmoubouldering’s Weblog
Sender Films’ Blog
Steepearth.com photo blog
Straight into yer face lam
Straight outta bedlam – Justin Jaegar

T h e R a n g e L i f e
The Adventures of Paul Robinson
The Cleanest Line – Patagonia
The Climbing Works Blog – UK
The diary of a [newbie] rock climber
The Gear Junkie
The Kind Chronicles – Joe Kinder
The Liminal Line Blog – Majka Burhardt
The Mountain Culture – Cloudveil
The Mountain World – Dougald MacDonald
The Thought – Alan Moore
Tidbits of Joy
Tim Kemple Photo

Vegas Bouldering
Vertical World – Rich Johnson
VooDoo Climbing Holds & Bouldering Gear

Wadedavid.com Blog
Western Colorado Climbing
What’s happening – Chris Lindner
Where the Wild Things Are
WiredNut – Mid-Atlantic Climbing News