Simply Read, Rifle, CO
photo by Tobin Sanson

Friday, July 15, 2011

No Spain, No Gain

The newest Rock and Ice, issue 196, is on new stands now! In it you will find Andrew Bisharat's story of our trip to Spain this spring break, along with beautiful photos by Keith Ladzinski.

It's pretty amazing to have a trip captured forever by two of the most talented people I know in their respective crafts.


Daila Ojeda
photo by Keith Ladzinski

photo copyright of Keith Ladzinski

Friday, July 8, 2011

Dumpster BBQ

A few years back I managed to send Dumpster BBQ, 5.13c, Rifle, CO. Dumpster is a notoriously sandbagged route, even at 13c. This is to say it's very hard. It's the kind of climb where you count yourself lucky to squeak out a send and then never get on again, thus never having to face that fact that the send may have been a fluke.

I was reminded of the difficulty of this climb when Duane Raleigh, good friend and publisher of Rock and Ice Magazine, decided that Dumpster BBQ got good light and would shoot well. "Jen's done this before right?" he says to Andrew, my boyfriend.  "Let's shoot it this week."

So, last week I found myself back on Dumpster BBQ. But this time without my shield of well worked beta and a lack of outside pressure to do well. What resulted was a very good and unexpected workout for me, one which I'm already grateful for, and a cool little video.

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Climber's note: It's always strange to watch yourself in a video. I think I look pretty bad in this one. I blame it entirely on the pollen! I suffer from intense seasonal allergies.