Photo of clown fish in an anemone from @paolosphere – go follow him! . Here in Indonesia I’ve been doing a bunch of scuba diving, and as someone who has done a fair bit of photography over the years, I’ve tried to take a few underwater photos. Let’s just say that I won’t be posting any, and that I’ve gained a new respect for underwater photography! . I met @paolosphere here in Indo at the @lumbalumbadivingcentre, and his photos are amazing. I highly recommend going and giving him a follow. You won’t regret it.

Photo of clown fish in an anemone from @paolosphere - go follow him! .
Here in Indonesia I've been doing a bunch of scuba diving, and as someone who has done a fair bit of photography over the years, I've tried to take a few underwater photos. Let's just say that I won't be posting any, and that I've gained a new respect for underwater photography!
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I met @paolosphere here in Indo at the @lumbalumbadivingcentre, and his photos are amazing.  I highly recommend going and giving him a follow. You won't regret it.

Photo of clown fish in an anemone from @paolosphere – go follow him! . Here in Indonesia I’ve been doing a bunch of scuba diving, and as someone who has done a fair bit of photography over the years, I’ve tried to take a few underwater photos. Let’s just say that I won’t be posting […]

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I’m not really a fan of Xmas, but the place I’ve been going freediving with had a bunch of these Xmas hats, so ehh, why not. The first photo is of me with a crab on my head. The second is the freediving crew. . . . #bali #indonesia #indo #freediving #freedive #apnea #ocean #diving

I'm not really a fan of Xmas, but the place I've been going freediving with had a bunch of these Xmas hats, so ehh, why not. The first photo is of me with a crab on my head. The second is the freediving crew.
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#bali #indonesia #indo #freediving #freedive #apnea #ocean #diving

I’m not really a fan of Xmas, but the place I’ve been going freediving with had a bunch of these Xmas hats, so ehh, why not. The first photo is of me with a crab on my head. The second is the freediving crew. . . . #bali #indonesia #indo #freediving #freedive #apnea #ocean #diving

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Free solo? How about freedive! . Been doing a bunch of scuba and freediving here in Bali, and I finally took my camera out to the reef today. Here’s a dive down to about 30-35 feet to check out some fish and coral. . I also set my personal best freediving depth of ~70 feet deep yesterday! . . . #bali #reef #coral #coralreef #indo #indonesia #freedive #freediving #skindiving #tropical

Free solo? How about freedive!
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Been doing a bunch of scuba and freediving here in Bali, and I finally took my camera out to the reef today. Here's a dive down to about 30-35 feet to check out some fish and coral.
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I also set my personal best freediving depth of ~70 feet deep yesterday!
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#bali #reef #coral #coralreef #indo #indonesia #freedive #freediving #skindiving #tropical

Free solo? How about freedive! . Been doing a bunch of scuba and freediving here in Bali, and I finally took my camera out to the reef today. Here’s a dive down to about 30-35 feet to check out some fish and coral. . I also set my personal best freediving depth of ~70 feet […]

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Hello from Indonesia! Warning: long post ahead. Today is the one year anniversary of the last time I climbed for real. I haven’t publicly said anything about it for a few reasons, but mostly it’s taken me this long to come to terms with it being a likely permanent thing. My neck/shoulder had bothered me on and off for years with numerous weird muscular and fascia problems, but I was generally able to keep climbing as long as I foam rolled and stretched and whatnot and took occasional breaks. Last fall, over the course of a month or so my neck got much much worse. I was working on putting up a very hard invert offwidth when it started to decline, but the decline continued for weeks after I moved on from Flavor Blasted. I’ve seen multiple docs, bodyworkers and PTs, including a well known PT who only works with climbers, who basically just said “I don’t know” after 6 sessions. Nobody can give me a specific diagnosis, and none of the treatment plans I’ve tried have helped much. So at this point, it appears that my climbing career is over. And that also means my climbing photography career is as well since I can’t jug a rope either.  Maybe at some point in the future my neck will heal and I’ll be able to start climbing again, but I have no idea if or when that would happen, so I’m not counting on it. I had a great 14 year run. Fantastic really. Climbing brought me so much joy, so many great friends, to so many wondrous places, and an incredible community. I started as a very part time climber in college, and ended up eventually as a dirtbag (even though some people called me “the cleanest dirtbag”), living in a van traveling the west for a few years, getting paid (a very modest amount) to climb and take climbing photos.  Climbing brought me so many incredible moments that I will never forget, favorite places I will continue to visit, lifelong friends, life lessons, and even future opportunities. The business I started after moving to Salt Lake this past summer came directly from climbing. Continued in first comment…

Hello from Indonesia! Warning: long post ahead.

Today is the one year anniversary of the last time I climbed for real. I haven't publicly said anything about it for a few reasons, but mostly it's taken me this long to come to terms with it being a likely permanent thing. My neck/shoulder had bothered me on and off for years with numerous weird muscular and fascia problems, but I was generally able to keep climbing as long as I foam rolled and stretched and whatnot and took occasional breaks.

Last fall, over the course of a month or so my neck got much much worse. I was working on putting up a very hard invert offwidth when it started to decline, but the decline continued for weeks after I moved on from Flavor Blasted.

I've seen multiple docs, bodyworkers and PTs, including a well known PT who only works with climbers, who basically just said "I don't know" after 6 sessions. Nobody can give me a specific diagnosis, and none of the treatment plans I've tried have helped much.

So at this point, it appears that my climbing career is over. And that also means my climbing photography career is as well since I can't jug a rope either.  Maybe at some point in the future my neck will heal and I'll be able to start climbing again, but I have no idea if or when that would happen, so I'm not counting on it.

I had a great 14 year run. Fantastic really. Climbing brought me so much joy, so many great friends, to so many wondrous places, and an incredible community. I started as a very part time climber in college, and ended up eventually as a dirtbag (even though some people called me “the cleanest dirtbag”), living in a van traveling the west for a few years, getting paid (a very modest amount) to climb and take climbing photos.  Climbing brought me so many incredible moments that I will never forget, favorite places I will continue to visit, lifelong friends, life lessons, and even future opportunities. The business I started after moving to Salt Lake this past summer came directly from climbing.

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Hello from Indonesia! Warning: long post ahead. Today is the one year anniversary of the last time I climbed for real. I haven’t publicly said anything about it for a few reasons, but mostly it’s taken me this long to come to terms with it being a likely permanent thing. My neck/shoulder had bothered me […]

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Yesterday was Trench day and it was awesome. I’m sure you will see more photos and videos, but I know what everyone wants… Whips! . So here’s a compilation of all the best whips I caught on my phone. The second to last one is my favorite. . I didn’t get everyone’s name/IG, so I can’t tag all you guys, but shouts to everyone who was there – @cheyeah @ashleyreva @mersendyclimberson @tradprincess @ladylockoff @_caseyelliott @mt.dvs @dannyclimbs7 @haydenjamieson @neilson.ben @jonvickersclimbs @yellowkimber @redriveradventures and many more! . Also, you will notice it’s all dudes in this video. That’s because the women were all sending – three out of the four sends yesterday were ladies!

Yesterday was Trench day and it was awesome. I'm sure you will see more photos and videos, but I know what everyone wants... Whips!
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So here's a compilation of all the best whips I caught on my phone. The second to last one is my favorite.
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I didn't get everyone's name/IG, so I can't tag all you guys, but shouts to everyone who was there - @cheyeah @ashleyreva @mersendyclimberson @tradprincess @ladylockoff @_caseyelliott @mt.dvs @dannyclimbs7 @haydenjamieson @neilson.ben @jonvickersclimbs @yellowkimber @redriveradventures and many more!
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Also, you will notice it's all dudes in this video. That's because the women were all sending - three out of the four sends yesterday were ladies!

Yesterday was Trench day and it was awesome. I’m sure you will see more photos and videos, but I know what everyone wants… Whips! . So here’s a compilation of all the best whips I caught on my phone. The second to last one is my favorite. . I didn’t get everyone’s name/IG, so I […]

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Hey everyone! Just because it’s Monday doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a smile on your face, so here’s a 60 second loop of my favorite video clip of @cheyeah getting ready to aid and clean Flavor Blasted when we were working on the FA last fall. Enjoy!

Hey everyone! Just because it's Monday doesn't mean you shouldn't have a smile on your face, so here's a 60 second loop of my favorite video clip of @cheyeah getting ready to aid and clean Flavor Blasted when we were working on the FA last fall. Enjoy!

Hey everyone! Just because it’s Monday doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a smile on your face, so here’s a 60 second loop of my favorite video clip of @cheyeah getting ready to aid and clean Flavor Blasted when we were working on the FA last fall. Enjoy!

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Super cool to see this in print! The Japanese magazine Rock and Snow featured 6 of my photos in their article on offwidth climbing in the US. @tradprincess got the full page shot to open the article. (Mary may be a small human here in the US, but she’s huge in Japan!) @cheyeah, @ashleyreva, @ladylockoff, @colorider, and @inheadlights got featured in a full page photo spread. Pssssstoked!

Super cool to see this in print! The Japanese magazine Rock and Snow featured 6 of my photos in their article on offwidth climbing in the US. @tradprincess got the full page shot to open the article. (Mary may be a small human here in the US, but she's huge in Japan!) @cheyeah, @ashleyreva, @ladylockoff, @colorider, and @inheadlights got featured in a full page photo spread. Pssssstoked!

Super cool to see this in print! The Japanese magazine Rock and Snow featured 6 of my photos in their article on offwidth climbing in the US. @tradprincess got the full page shot to open the article. (Mary may be a small human here in the US, but she’s huge in Japan!) @cheyeah, @ashleyreva, @ladylockoff, […]

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@cheyeah psstoked to hit the thank god fist jam after a hard section of ringlocks while attempting the FA of a still unnamed route. Two one hang lead attempts in hot conditions means this line will have to wait until fall to get a name…

@cheyeah psstoked to hit the thank god fist jam after a hard section of ringlocks while attempting the FA of a still unnamed route. Two one hang lead attempts in hot conditions means this line will have to wait until fall to get a name...

@cheyeah psstoked to hit the thank god fist jam after a hard section of ringlocks while attempting the FA of a still unnamed route. Two one hang lead attempts in hot conditions means this line will have to wait until fall to get a name…

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Here’s a few photos from last fall at the Crack School For People Who Can’t Jam Good. . Photo 1: me on a fixed line taking photos of @jeffdokmo attempting the FA of a route we are calling Really Really Ridiculously Good Looking. PC: @colorider . Photo 2: my photo of Jeff working hard in the overhanging 9s at the top. . Photo 3: not quite sending, but having a ton of fun trying hard and getting worked!

Here's a few photos from last fall at the Crack School For People Who Can't Jam Good.
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Photo 1: me on a fixed line taking photos of @jeffdokmo attempting the FA of a route we are calling Really Really Ridiculously Good Looking. PC: @colorider
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Photo 2: my photo of Jeff working hard in the overhanging 9s at the top.
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Photo 3: not quite sending, but having a ton of fun trying hard and getting worked!

Here’s a few photos from last fall at the Crack School For People Who Can’t Jam Good. . Photo 1: me on a fixed line taking photos of @jeffdokmo attempting the FA of a route we are calling Really Really Ridiculously Good Looking. PC: @colorider . Photo 2: my photo of Jeff working hard in […]

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Hey check it out, I got a photo I took of @inheadlights projecting Trench Warfare published in Bend Magazine (@bendmagazine). Very cool! If you live in Bend, check out the article – the full two-page spread to start the article is a @grahamzimmerman photo of unofficial Trout Creek cheerleader-in-chief @wfoxbluff, and there are other great photos of local Bend crushers like @grantortman and @lcarrmax! . . . . . . #offwidth #offwidtharmy #climbing #rockclimbing #littlecottonwoodcanyon #littlecottonwoodcanyon #tradclimbing #tradisrad  #metoliusclimbing #womenrockclimbing #womenofclimbing #womenclimbing #girlswhoclimb #climbergirl #climblikeagirl #climberchick #andshesdopetoo  #sheexplores #outdoorwomen #radgirlslife #girlswhoclimb #climbingworldwide #climbing_is_my_passion #climbing_photos_of_instagram #c_l_i_m_b #iloveclimbing #climbingphotography #climbinginspiration #klettern #escalade

Hey check it out, I got a photo I took of @inheadlights projecting Trench Warfare published in Bend Magazine (@bendmagazine). Very cool! 
If you live in Bend, check out the article - the full two-page spread to start the article is a @grahamzimmerman photo of unofficial Trout Creek cheerleader-in-chief @wfoxbluff, and there are other great photos of local Bend crushers like @grantortman and @lcarrmax! .
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#offwidth #offwidtharmy #climbing #rockclimbing #littlecottonwoodcanyon #littlecottonwoodcanyon #tradclimbing #tradisrad  #metoliusclimbing #womenrockclimbing #womenofclimbing #womenclimbing #girlswhoclimb #climbergirl #climblikeagirl #climberchick #andshesdopetoo  #sheexplores #outdoorwomen #radgirlslife #girlswhoclimb #climbingworldwide #climbing_is_my_passion #climbing_photos_of_instagram #c_l_i_m_b #iloveclimbing #climbingphotography #climbinginspiration #klettern #escalade

Hey check it out, I got a photo I took of @inheadlights projecting Trench Warfare published in Bend Magazine (@bendmagazine). Very cool! If you live in Bend, check out the article – the full two-page spread to start the article is a @grahamzimmerman photo of unofficial Trout Creek cheerleader-in-chief @wfoxbluff, and there are other great […]

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Throwback to climbing with @_caseyelliott and @ladylockoff back in December in Redrocks. Fun times on epic routes. . . . . . . #climbing #rockclimbing #tradclimbing #tradisrad #climbnatural #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #optoutside #climbingisbliss #climbingnation #climbing_is_my_passion #climbing_photos_of_instagram #doyouclimb #iloveclimbing #climbingphotography  #climbingworldwide #goatworthy #menofoutdoors #c_l_i_m_b #afterthesend #climbinginspiration #adventurepic #optoutside #outdooradventurephotos #weighmyrack #ChaseYourGOAT #klettern #escalade #escalada

Throwback to climbing with @_caseyelliott and @ladylockoff back in December in Redrocks. Fun times on epic routes.
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#climbing #rockclimbing #tradclimbing #tradisrad #climbnatural #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #optoutside #climbingisbliss #climbingnation #climbing_is_my_passion #climbing_photos_of_instagram #doyouclimb #iloveclimbing #climbingphotography  #climbingworldwide #goatworthy #menofoutdoors #c_l_i_m_b #afterthesend #climbinginspiration #adventurepic #optoutside #outdooradventurephotos #weighmyrack #ChaseYourGOAT #klettern #escalade #escalada

Throwback to climbing with @_caseyelliott and @ladylockoff back in December in Redrocks. Fun times on epic routes. . . . . . . #climbing #rockclimbing #tradclimbing #tradisrad #climbnatural #climbing_pictures_of_instagram #optoutside #climbingisbliss #climbingnation #climbing_is_my_passion #climbing_photos_of_instagram #doyouclimb #iloveclimbing #climbingphotography  #climbingworldwide #goatworthy #menofoutdoors #c_l_i_m_b #afterthesend #climbinginspiration #adventurepic #optoutside #outdooradventurephotos #weighmyrack #ChaseYourGOAT #klettern #escalade #escalada

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