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Friday, April 24, 2009

Pure screening tonight, and RMH on Monday

Tonight is our benefit screening of Pure in Golden, Colorado at the School of Mines campus. The show is in Coolbaugh 209 which is really easy to find. Coolbaugh is on the north side of campus, and 209 is the room closest to the south-west entrance. See you tonight at 7 for the Kevin Jorgeson slideshow. We will have tons of raffle items and it's all for a good cause - a primary school in Rocklands.

Also, on monday we have the world premiere of the long-awaited film from Scott Neel and Andy Mann called Rocky Mountain Highball. Cant wait to see it. How they managed to fit all those problems into one movie is beyond me, but I'm sure it will be awesome. The premiere is monday at the Boulder Theater. See y'all there!

I'm going bouldering with John Sherman today.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

This Friday!

Mark your calendars!

This Friday at Mines University in Golden, CO we are hosting a charity showing of my new film PURE to benefit the Elizabethfontaine Primary School in Rocklands, South Africa. This school serves the children of the farm workers in the Rocklands area. Some of the students come from up to 12 miles away to attend classes. In addition to providing the school with much needed funds, you should come to the show because...

It's good for us!

This well-managed and award-winning school sits in the middle of one of the best bouldering areas on the planet, Rocklands. As wave after wave of climbers travel to Rocklands to test their skills against classic boulder problems, visitors and locals alike brace for the first wave of access restrictions, closures, and regulations. Similar to Hueco Tanks, Rocklands is covered with archeologic sites and pictographs. Taking an interest in the community is one of the best ways to build a good reputations for climbers and will go a long ways to keeping access open in the future.

Watch the Trailer for Pure

Coolbaugh #209, Colorado School of Mines, Golden Colorado
doors at 7pm

tickets $7 (100% of proceeds benefit the school)

We have a special guest slide show from professional climber Kevin
Jorgeson, a bake sale, and gear raffle from Scarpa, Marmot, La Sportiva,
Cloudveil, and others. We would love to see you there, it will be a
fun low-key event and a way to help those in need. Let me know if you
have any questions, I look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Ethiopia Project update

One of my photographs is currently on the front page of the website for A Glimmer of Hope, which is a partner of Wine for Water. This photograph is from a village called Jantagena, where villagers used to have to walk about 1 mile each way to have access to an unprotected water source. During our visit to Ethiopia, we witnessed a new well being completed at this village. The girl in the photo is now able to collect water from a safe source that is closer to her home, and with the extra time she will be able to do important things like going to school.

FYI the video on the page is not the video I made... it's from a different project. I just took the photo.

Media-spray double dip!

Dead Point Magazine has a new issue online, and it features some great images from Keith Ladzinski, including a shot from Rocklands of yours truly on Ulan Batar. And no, it's not photo-shopped. Keith does most of his tricks with lighting, but in this case he double-exposed the moon on top of the climbing image to create this effect.

It's been a good week for the Chuck-media. The article from our Catavina trip finally came out in Climbing, and I also got a mention in the text of the Mike Brumbaugh article about linking towers together in Utah.

Today I'm working on the final draft of the Wine for Water video I shot in Ethiopia.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I'm in the Times!

Okay, well not really IN the times, but on the website.

BIG CONGRATS to Andy Mann for getting published by the Times! Nice one Andy!

The article is about bouldering in Hueco Tanks TX and the delicate balance between the various uses of the park. The article seems well written, and the writer seems to understand how important bouldering is to some of us.

Click Here to Read the Article

Andy Mann, feeling the effects of being pro.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

European Wrap-up, back to the US

Bier Gedranken in Innsbruck. Kilian, me, and Nalle enjoying another night at the office.

The last stops on the Pure Tour were great. We had big audiences and good responses from the crowds. Nalle has returned to Finland and will soon be making his way to Japan for the first world cup of the season. We were able to get in some good climbing in Zillertal and also in Arco in Italy. I am bouldering in good form and came very close to a flash ascent of a V12 in Zillertal, but sport climbing is quite humbling. At least the pizza was good. Nalle had a great day in Zillertal, flashing a 8a+ / 8b and sending Sundance Sit, a hard 8a+ but I gave him 13 points because three crucial holds were wet and he had to add in a few crux moves to bypass the wet spots.

Reini Fichtinger at Magic Places in Zillertal.

I am back in Golden now, wading through emails and planning my next few months of work. The European Pure Tour rolls on, with Cody planning to host shows of the film at about a dozen more places over the next weeks. I'm bummed I cant be there for every last one of them but I will also have some shows here in the USA, including one here in Golden that will benefit the Elizabethfontaine Primary School in Rocklands, South Africa. If you would like more info on how to get involved with the primary school project please let me know. Our goal is to raise $5000 for the school this year.