Wide Wednesdays at Mount Woodson

25 11 2009

One of the areas in the back yard of San Diego is Mount Woodson. This area offers an interesting assortment of cracks of various sizes. Many are short enough to boulder, but others warrant a top rope. Despite taking good gear I think most of the routes are rarely led.  Since we can get out to Woodson after work, a group of guys, mainly dudes from Pullharder,  have been working on our offwidth skills. The main targets so far have been Right Long’s Crack, Mother Superior and Greg’s Crack. Stein and I thought this would be good training for Freerider but it’s turned into something more.  I’ll let the photos and the videos do the talking!

Videos were shot by various people and edited by Josh. Thanks to Roberto for the photos!

Stein gets psyched for some offwidth action!

Josh gets inverted on Right Longs Crack.

The first wide Wednesday.

Stein works his feet.

Our second trip of attempts.

Luke on his send of Right Longs Crack.




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!


Joe’s Valley – Day Two at New Joe’s

30 04 2009

We decided on New Joe’s for day two and slowly made our way out to this sector.  Everyone was weary from all the traveling on Wednesday and the ton of climbing we did on the day before. When we arrived at the dirt road at the stated mileage we were greeted by a large locked gate. The access road which leads to a shared oil company parking was CLOSED!?! We were a bit confused but evenutally found our way to another parking lot about 3/4 of a mile up the road.

After a bit of searching we saw a well carined trail and started to walk in. At some point we got a bit lost and were faced with a steep decent into a creek bed. Jackie, with a torn ACL, could not easily proceed so half the group went back to the parking lot and moved the car so they could walk in via the gated road. 

We all met up at Area 51 after a bit more hassle then was expected but excited for all of the bouldering. New Joe’s is nice because all of the boulders are located on a single hill side with an old switch backing road. It saved time not having to pack up and move the car between different areas like we had done the day before.

We had a fun day but were greeted by rain when we drove back to the campground at dusk.




Jackie on a hard V4/5 on the back of the Scotty boulder.



Luke sets up for a throw.


Lizzy tries her hand at V4



Rebecca goes for the Super Sloper!



Josh climbs Scary V3



Luke following Josh up Scary



Adam getting some air time on Pocket Rocket V6



Luke winds up for a Dyno!



Luke trying to fly on Pocket Rocket



Adam makes the distance!



Adam holding the swing!


Adam Sending Pocket Rocket v6



Luke gets close but no cigar.



Oh well, better luck next time. 



Adam starting off I’d Rather Be Climbing Her V6.


Adam on his send of ‘d Rather Be Climbing Her 


Lizzy trying to find the V5 move on a fun problem at the Tsunami Wall



Rebecca on Reading Rainbow V5?



Lizzy makes the throw on her send of Reading Rainbow.



Adam sorting out beta on Planet of the Apes V6


joes-valley-apr-09-314Luke enjoying a bit of kneebar trickery. 


joes-valley-apr-09-340Luke work through the beautiful slopers on Planet of the Apes


joes-valley-apr-09-360Luke trying some funky beta before figureing out the key right heel hook.


A very tired Luke on his send of Planet of the Apes V6



A tired but happy crew at the end of day two.


Videos Come to Dreaminvertical!

21 04 2009

Hey people,

Our friend Ben requested that we get some more videos on the blog. Although sometimes we struggle to even get photos if it’s just the two of us, it’s not too hard to do video while bouldering. Excuse the non-professional quality of the videos – these are just from my sweet little point-and-shoot Canon. Also, Luke is the awesome cameraman for both videos 🙂

This first video is from a short little V0 at Big Bend, UT. I saw some tall dude just reach the start hold from the ground, but it took me several tries to latch that start hold like I do here. Enjoy:

And this one is me taking a casual lap on one of my favorite boulder problems in Bishop. It’s not too scary for me anymore, but I still like to do it to warm up my mental space a little.

Ok, hopefully we’ll get a few more vids from Joe’s!