From Moab to Yosemite

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, partly due to being busy and partly due to just being lame.

That being I’ve been up to plenty  lately.

Kate and I left Washington in Early April and headed down to Moab to climb and for a work gig I had lined up.  My motivation to climb around the desert was low, but luckily the snow had melted enough to be able to climb up at Mill Creek while there.

I also had to the opportunity to work  with Sinuhe Xavier, who is a Director of Photography that works for the Bandito Brothers, a rad production company based out of L.A.  Sinuhe landed a gig working on the set of 127 Hours, an upcoming movie directed by Danny Boyle, who was the director of Slumdog Millionaire.  It was a rad experience to say the least!  I can’t wait to see the movie and the small piece I worked on.

In between work days I was able to cruise down to Indian Creek and snap some pics and give Kate belays.  The shot below was from a blustery day spent at the 2nd Meat Wall with the super-crusher Will “the Thrill” Stanhope

 Will Stanhope a little run out at Indian Creek

Will Stanhope a little run out at Indian Creek

At the beginning of March Kate and I made are way to Yosemite where I had another work gig lined up.  This time working with Jimmy Chin assisting and shooting for a National Geographic Magazine assignment.   Jimmy and I have been putting some serious miles on our shoes and some time in our aiders.   We  finished our first month of shooting and have another month of shooting in the Fall.  I can’t wait to be able to share some of the stuff we shot!

After almost 2 straight weeks without climbing I went for a mission up to Tuolumne Meadows with Alex Honnold for a quick run up the ultra classic Cathedral Peak.  Though I brought my camera it hardly felt like a work trip.  We were both giddy to be up in the mountains after almost a month straight of being confined by the huge walls of the Valley

I think Alex's expression sums up our day!

I think Alex's expression sums up our day!

I’ve now got a couple days off before heading up to El Cap where I’ll be rapping in to spend a few days with Madaleine Sorkin and Kate while they attempt to climb the Freerider.  And then, nothing major on the schedule for almost a month!!!!  I couldn’t be more excited!