Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
On Friday morning, Sarah's brother Bill and sister-in-law Angie came by and picked us up for a weekend in the Utah desert. We drove to Green River and checked out the local melons which look very delicious. We then had some mexican food.
There was another collection of pictographs that was even more grand than the Great Gallery, but it was submerged when Lake Powell was filled. This is so depressing on so many levels I don't even want to think about it. Just imagine these symbols of an ancient culture slowly peeling off the walls of the rock, even as the bottom of the lake fills with silt and discarded beer bottles from houseboats full of bloated tourists.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I'm psyched with how the video turned out and I hope it inspires people to go check out the area.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Well the Cloudveil project is officially shot. Yesterday I filmed Luke sending some hard trad lines near Mount Rushmore. He had to do a difficult lay-back sequence four times for my cameras. This morning he reports that he's a little tired... I have no idea why.
I'm pretty beat too, as these long filming days have very little rest built in. It's not like taking hard burns on routes all day, but you wind up doing a lot of work over the course of the day.
Next week I'll put together rough edits on the videos we shot here, and I'm also going to see about releasing some of the footage from the new limestone area 'the VC' onto momentum video magazine. I need Cloudveil's permission to do this but my guess is they'll be cool with it.
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
What up Chuck? I was just lettin you know that the new vid was DOPE! I love the editing style..... real unique. Keep it up man. Peace
I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who supports my work. I'm really blessed to be able to have the opportunity to travel and film the sport I love, and when I hear back from folks that they're 'picking up what I'm putting down' it honestly makes me feel awesome.
Okay, on to the next post.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Yesterday I drove up to Rapid City, South Dakota to meet up with Luke Kretschmar, former pro snowboarder-turned-sick-rock-climber. I will be here for a few days shooting the fourth segment for the Coudveil Spring / Summer catalog. I got my car up to 115 (inches per minute, if you are part of the law-enforcement community) in Wyoming, a new record that I'm not sure I want to beat. Maybe on the way home I'll hit the big 120 IPM but I'm not sure.
Anyways, today we went out to an area called the VC that Luke and a few other Rapid City locals such as Mike Cronin (the guy who did Super Pin in Friction Addiction) have been developing. I was amazed at the quality of the rock here, much better than Spearfish... all the blocky goodness of Rifle without any of the glue or big egos to go along with it. The canyon does not have a road going through it, so climbing there is peaceful and serene.
Luke had bolted a project and he let me get on it and I wound up doing it today. I think its somewhere in the mid 5.13 area. Most of the difficulty is from the short crux section which is basically a four-move V8 boulder problem on small crimps. Luke took some footage from his camera phone.. check out the low-res first ascent:
Today was a perfect day. I made good footage, and I climbed good rock.
Here's a video link of Luke when he used to snowboard. He has seven screws in his body which is four more than me so he gets respect:
Also on the screws front, Holly Terry has broken her Talus and has had some hardware installed, and recently Paul Robinson fell from the top of The Never Ending Story in Magic Wood and broke his ankle. He is currently in Switzerland with one screw in his ankle, awaiting a flight home to recover.
Long story short... WTF? Why so many screws in so many ankles? WTF???
Friday, October 10, 2008
Recently I shot a music video for a local band called the Streets on Fire. It was a pretty fun day, we had cloud cover all day so we got to do a lot with artificial light. We did essentially two setups during the day, and shot each one several times with three HD cameras.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
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