July 21, 2014

Quote For the Day

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are. –Joseph Campbell

 

R.I.P. Homero Gutierrez

I am very sad to report the death of our good friend Homero Gutierrez. Homero was the first Hidalgo local to befriend the visiting climbers and turn his property into the Camp 4 of the Potrero Chico.

For many years he offered us all a home away from home and hosted many a Thanksgiving dinner for 100 climbers, many a Super Bowl party, and the annual New Year’s Eve bash complete with live music, fireworks and mechanical bull.

Homero Gutierrez in a tyical pose at his ranch. photo courtesy of Brian Feldman

Homero Gutierrez in a tyical pose at his ranch.
photo courtesy of Brian Feldman

Tami and I were the first climbers to settle permanently in Hidalgo and relied heavily on Homero for everything from purchasing property to finding a good mechanic.

Homero’s generous heart gave out on July 3rd, 2014 at the age of 59.  He will be sorely missed.

 

Guest Photos

Herewith a selection of photos culled from the interwebs:

Annette on Two Pumed Chump photo by krillen

Annette on Two Pumed Chump
photo by krillen

 

Drew Peterson on Pangea photo by David Vuono

Drew Peterson on Pangea
photo by David Vuono

 

Diana on the summit of Timewave Zero photo by Mark Grundon

Diana on the summit of Timewave Zero
photo by Mark Grundon

 

Homero with rattlesnake photo by Danny Inman

Homero with rattlesnake
photo by Danny Inman

 

Magic Ed on the FFA, pitch 3, Time Loves a Hero photo by Kristen Shelburg

Magic Ed on the FFA, pitch 3, Time Loves a Hero
photo by Kristen Shelburg

 

The Illuminati Wall from Timewave Zero photo by ashwartz

The Illuminati Wall from Timewave Zero
photo by ashwartz

 

Manboy on Nemo hoto by unknown

Manboy on Nemo
hoto by unknown

 

Spires in the fog photo by unknown

Spires in the fog
photo by unknown

 

Potrero Pups

Remember this little guy?

 

Nap time for this crag dog in training

Nap time for this crag dog in training

 

Caleb was adopted by Chris Palmer, a Brit who was living in Austin but has since moved back to England.  Not bad for a Mexican street orphan.

In next month’s post I will be featuring our efforts to improve the lot of the local mutts.

 

Mexican Folk Wisdom

Todo por servir se acaba. Everything wears away from use.

 

Potrero Dreamscapes

 

Dreamscape #13 South face of El Toro behind the matorral

Dreamscape #13
South face of El Toro behind the matorral

April, May, June, 2014

Quote of the Day

I recently finished my first novel by Peter Temple, Truth,  and came across an excellent paragraph.  It talks about boxing but I think it very well describes the rock climbing experience.

“He thought boxing might give him courage.  It didn’t but he loved it from the start–the exercises, the drills.  And most of all the sparring, the fighting.  In the ring, in the thrall of adrenaline, looking over the fence of your fists into the stone eyes of the other man, a great calm took you.

“There was nothing else–a world stopped.  Just the two of you, the smell of glove leather, of resin, of the salve, you were in a dance, hypnotized by each other.  In the ring, time became elastic, it extended,  contracted, extended.  You felt alive in a way you never felt otherwise.  There was a sense of order, there were rules, there was clear intent, ways and means, there was discipline and power.  You felt little pain, your concentration on your opponent was total.  He was your universe.  He was you and you were him.”

 

Potrero News

Many of you have noticed that it’s been a while since I posted.  I had major computer problems in April and lost a whole month of good photos.  Then May came and went and I fell victim to my procrastinating habits so here we are in the middle of June and I’m finally getting out my May posting.  There was actually a small but steady stream of climbers passing through in May, including a couple of blokes on their way to Brazil for the World Cup.

 

New Route Chronicles

Ann Ramsey and I have finally finished the new route we started on the Jungle Warfare sector.  Galletas con Leche (Milk and Cookies) 5.8, is a fine addition to this beginner’s wall.

Meanwhile, Mark Grundon put up a couple of moderates on the TNT Wall to the left of Tortilla Flat: Muffin Top (5.8) with Norma Torres and Dos Ninis (5.9) with Cope Fernandez.

The big news is that I finally, after two full years, finished and climbed my new 8 pitch route, Time Loves a Hero (5.11), on the Mota Wall.  You can see the first ascent by following my blog posts starting on April 30, 2012.

As you can see, I was quite ambitous when I started, hoping that the route would continue on the walls above the huge ledge.  When I got up there, however, I found that building a trail to the back walls would be a monumental task.  A better approach will be following the ridge for one more pitch past the summit of Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

Time Loves a Hero follows the obvious line right up the middle of the photo

Time Loves a Hero follows the obvious line right up the middle of the photo

The first week of May I had a huge day when I jugged up 8 pitches, pulling up, coiling and stashing the static ropes, then spent the next 8 hours doing the last of the trundling and removing the last recalcitrant cactuses that were in the way.  Overall, however, I was very pleased with how clean the route was.  It was dark by the time I reached terra firma and I was so exhausted it took almost an hour to make my way back down the hill to my van.  It felt like I’d hit the proverbial wall while running a marathon.

A couple of weeks later I went up and removed the fixed ropes from the first two pitches and the stage was set for the free ascent.  Being the end of May there were very few climbers around but I was fortunate to enlist a couple of hard-climbing gals from California for the big day.

Herewith the photos from the first ascent:

Amy Vevoda starts up the first pitch of Time Loves a Hero

Amy Vevoda starts up the first pitch of Time Loves a Hero

 

Amy leads through on the second pitch

Amy leads through on the second pitch

 

Amy on the second pitch

Amy on the second pitch

 

Krinten Shelburg on the third pitch

Kristen Shelburg on the third pitch

 

Amy nears the anchors on the third pitch

Amy nears the anchors on the third pitch

 

Kristen starts up the fourth pitch

Kristen starts up the fourth pitch

 

Kristen leads the fourth pitch

Kristen leads the fourth pitch

 

Amy belaying Kristen on  the fourth pitch

Amy belaying Kristen on the fourth pitch

 

Kristen in the crux of the fourth pitch

Kristen in the crux of the fourth pitch

 

Amy on the upper part of the fourth pitch

Amy on the upper part of the fourth pitch

 

The first crux of the fifth pitch is right at the start.  Kristen leads

The first crux of the fifth pitch is right at the start. Kristen leads

 

Kristen pitch 5

Kristen pitch 5

 

Amy on the fifth pitch

Amy on the fifth pitch

 

Amy leads the sixth pitch

Amy leads the sixth pitch

 

Amy on the seventh pitch

Amy on the seventh pitch

 

Kristen rapping the fifth pitch

Kristen rapping the fifth pitch

None of us brought enough water so by the end of the day we were all dehydrated and running on empty.  Since we all took falls at the harder bits the ratings for this route are still ambiguous.  It will take a few ascents to reach a concensus.  A tip of the cap to Kristen and Amy for the hard work of climbing the route and helping retrieve the rest of the static lines.

And by the way, now that it’s done I’m permanently retiring this old harness:

My old Yates big wall harness

My old Yates big wall harness

 

 

Kids Climbing

The next morning was Saturday and, as usual, there was a group of kids at my door bright and early wanting to go climbing.  My whole body ached and my feet were killing me but I didn’t want to disappoint them so I loaded the kids and the dogs in the van and took them up to see the huge old Oak tree and the spring where it flows out of the mountain.  Everybody had a blast.

These younsters had never been to see the 400 year-old Oak tree

These younsters had never been to see the 400 year-old Oak tree

 

This is where the water springs from the mountain and runs for a ways before being directed into the aqueduct

This is where the water springs from the mountain and runs for a ways before being directed into the aqueduct

 

It didn't take long for them to strip down and get wet and dirty

It didn’t take long for them to strip down and get wet and dirty

 

Miscellaneous Photos

The Potrero Diamond towers over the central plaza in Hidalgo

The Potrero Diamond towers over the central plaza in Hidalgo

 

Riders on the back roads

Riders on the back roads

 

East side rock

East side rock

 

Beautiful one-finger pocket on the Wonder Wall

Beautiful one-finger pocket on the Wonder Wall

 

The pack in a cool little cave we found in the basin

The pack in a cool little cave we found in the basin

 

Little Eloise is looking more and more like a Red Heeler

Little Eloise is looking more and more like a Red Heeler

 

Artistic rendition of the Snott Girlz Spire

Artistic rendition of the Snott Girlz Spire

 

 

Rogues Gallery

Kristen Shelbug and Amy Vevoda, Mammoth Lakes, CA

Kristen Shelbug and Amy Vevoda, Mammoth Lakes, CA

 

Liz and Jerry, Smithers, B.C.

Liz and Jerry, Smithers, B.C.

 

Timothe Beaudoin and Valerie Biron, Montreal, Quebec

Timothe Beaudoin and Valerie Biron, Montreal, Quebec

 

Barclay Lewis and Zack Blickhan, St. Louis, MO

Zack and Lewis, St. Louis, MO

 

 

Mexican Folk Wisdom

Quien sigue a la liebre, este la prende.

He who chases the rabbit is the one who will catch it.

 

Potrero Dreamscapes

Dreamscape #12 Front side East

Dreamscape #12
Front side East

March 18, 2014

Quote for the Day

Pursue not the outer entanglements,

Dwell not in the inner void;

Be serene in the oneness of things,

And dualism vanishes by itself.

–Seng-t’san

 

Potrero News

The weather can’t make up its mind–every time we think Winter is over we get slammed by a few more days of chilly, wet misery.  A few days ago everyone got caught on the walls by an unexpected storm that blew in with high winds and a drenching rain.  No one is complaining, though;  we’ve had many beautiful sunny days in  the high 80′s.

A tip of the cap to Jon Jones who was here for a few weeks and did quite a bit of maintenance work replacing and upgrading many of the old anchors on the Mota Wall.  He also did some fine tuning on a few routes that needed improvements and bolted a new route with Andy Genereux on the TNT Wall between Baked Fresh Daily and No Habla Español.  Señor Sucio is graded at 5.10d/11a.

Jon Jones with one of the new spine boards

Jon Jones with one of the new spine boards

 

Honnold Video

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a link for the short video they made of Alex’s unroped ascent of El Sendero Luminoso:  http://youtube.com/watch?v=Phl82D57P58

The Central Pillar

The Central Pillar

 

Recent Climbing Photos

Climbers on Mugre Mugre and Trouble at the Border

Climbers on Mugre Mugre and Trouble at the Border

Virgin Canyon, climbers on Mugre Mugre and Trouble at the Border

Virgin Canyon, climbers on Mugre Mugre and Trouble at the Border

Mugre Mugre and Trouble at the Border

Mugre Mugre and Trouble at the Border

Climbers on the 2nd ptch of Las Chimuelas

Climbers on the 2nd ptch of Las Chimuelas

Las Chimuelas, pitch 2

Las Chimuelas, pitch 2

 

Virgin Rock

There's only a handful of routes on this wall on the South side of Los Lobos Canyon

There’s only a handful of routes on this wall on the South side of Los Lobos Canyon

Afternoon sun lights up the South face of Buzz Rock

Afternoon sun lights up the South face of Buzz Rock

 

Kids Climbing

Every Saturday morning Rosaura 10, and her brother Bryan 8, show up on my front porch all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed eager to go climbing.  Sometimes they bring other kids who want to have a go.  Both of them have become adept at belaying and lowering a climber with a gri-gri.

Rosaura and Bryan

Rosaura and Bryan

Bryan on Gracias Mi Amor

Bryan on Gracias Mi Amor

Rosaura on Espantasuegra

Rosaura on Espantasuegra

Bryan on Espantasuegra

Bryan on Espantasuegra

Rosaura belaying

Rosaura belaying

Hiking out

Hiking out

Rosaura

Rosaura

 

Miscellaneous Photos

Selfie

Selfie

Exploring the old quarry on the front side

Exploring the old quarry on the front side

East-side above the swimming pools

East-side above the swimming pools

Slacklining between the Spires

Slacklining between the Spires

Windmill factory near the airport

Windmill factory near the airport

Snott Girlz Peak and ridgeline

Snott Girlz Peak and ridgeline

Late afternoon sun lights up the Spires and Space Boyz Peak

Late afternoon sun lights up the Spires and Space Boyz Peak

 

Rogues Gallery

Russ Clune, New Paltz, NY and Chris Thomas, Salt Lake City

Russ Clune, New Paltz, NY and Chris Thomas, Salt Lake City

Richard Stohlman, Brooklyn, NY and Paul Funs, New York City

Richard Stohlman, Brooklyn, NY and Paul Funs, New York City

Kim K and Lauren Chandler, Portland, OR

Kim Crihfield and Lauren Chandler, Portland, OR

Erika Neal and Chad Diesinger, Fairbanks, Alaska

Erika Neal and Chad Diesinger, Fairbanks, Alaska

Cliffmama and crew, NY

Ariel Pazer, Jannette Pazer aka Cliffmama, Matt Logan, Charlie Kirkwood, Christopher Martin, New York

Avi

Ari Menitove, at large

Ann Ramsey, New Paltz, and Christiane Siebert, New York City

Ann Ramsey, New Paltz, and Christiane Siebert, New York City

Andy Genereoux, Canmore, BC

Andy Genereux, Calgary, BC

Kevin Boyko, Florida, and Adian Costello, Boulder, CO

Kevin Boyko, Florida, and Adian Costello, Boulder, CO

Natalia Rodnova, New York City and Julia Leder, New Paltz, NY

Natalia Rodnova, New York City and Julia Leder, New Paltz, NY

 

Mexican Folk Wisdom

Hay mas tiempo que vida.

There is more time than life.

 

Potrero Dreamscapes

Giant Oak tree in  the basin

Giant Oak tree in the basin

 

 

February 21, 2014

Quote for the Day

We must embrace pain and use it as fuel for our journey.

–Kenji Miyazawa

 

Potrero News

The last couple of weeks of January were very quiet but this month things picked up considerably with a steady stream of climbers coming and going.

On the new route front, Ann Ramsey and I have begun to clean and add more routes in the Jungle Warfare sector and Rick Ross has been quietly developing a new area on the Sense of Religion Wall up past the Hi Life sector.  More info should be available soon.

The cold weather appears to be behind us, with the daytime temps in the 80′s and sunny so the action has shifted to the north-facing walls which are in the shade.  El Sendero Luminoso has been receiving quite a bit of attention since Alex Honnold’s remarkable solo ascent a few weeks ago.

 

Recent Climbing Photos

 

Cliffmama leads the 2nd pitch of Sky Top Buttress

Cliffmama leads the 2nd pitch of Sky Top Buttre

 

Climbing the pillar on the first pitch of Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Climbing the pillar on the first pitch of Treasure of the Sierra Madre

 

Rosaura on El Cachoro

Rosaura on El Cachorro

 

 

Miscellaneous Photos

Yellow cactus flowers

Yellow cactus flow

 

400 year old Oak tree in the basin

400 year old Oak tree in the basin

 

North-facing walls from the desert

North-facing walls from the desert

 

Sunset over Potrero Grande

Sunset over Potrero Grande

 

Buzz Rock and Breakfast Club Peak with magenta sky

Buzz Rock and Breakfast Club Peak with magenta sky

 

 

Rogues Gallery

 

Thiago Garcia and Krityna Zemarova, Vancouver, B.C.

Thiago Garcia and Krityna Zemarova, Vancouver, B.C.

 

Spenser H., San Francisco and Kate Samp, Yosemite

Spenser H., San Francisco and Kate Samp, Yosemite

 

Tony Bergin and Sheryl Weinstein, Pollock Springs, CA

Tony Bergin and Sheryl Weinstein, Pollock Springs, CA

 

Blake Salmony. Nashville

Blake Salmony. Nashville

 

Jon Chayse, Salem, OR; Bob Ruef, Boston; Tom Reuf, Portland, OR; Quang Nguyen, Salem, OR

Jon Chayse, Salem, OR; Bob Ruef, Boston; Tom Reuf, Portland, OR; Quang Nguyen, Salem, OR

 

Marie-Claude Richard and Pascal Lamanque, Montreal, Quebec

Marie and Pierre Lamanque, Montreal, Quebec

 

Nick Jackson and Erin Smith, Leavenworth, WA

Nick Jackson and Erin Smith, Leavenworth, WA

 

 

Mexican Folk Wisdom

Justo es que pierda lo suyo, quien quiso robar lo tuyo.

It is only just that he who would rob you lose everything.

 

Potrero Dreamscapes

 

Dreamscape #10 Potrero Diamond with Yucca

Dreamscape #10
Potrero Diamond with Yucca

 

 

Jan 29, 2014

Quote of the Day

Whoever wants to understand much must play much.

–Gottfried Benn

 

Potrero News

The peak of the season has come and gone and it was a good one in spite of some nasty weather which made picking up and dropping climbers off at the airport a stressful and sometimes harrowing event.  There was enough good weather, however, so that nobody’s trip was a total wash-out.

There has been no new route activity so far this winter but next month we are expecting four parties who will be bolting in various different sectors.

Alex Honnold stole the show again this year with his mind-boggling solo of El Sendero Luminoso.  Imagine pitch after pitch of 5.12 slab climbing where most of the hand holds are side-pulls and there is nothing for the feet.

Alex Honnold soloing El Sendero Luminoso photo by Cedar Wright

Alex Honnold soloing El Sendero Luminoso photo by Cedar Wright

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honnold signs the summit register photo by Alex Honnold

Honnold signs the summit register photo by Alex Honnold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Guest Photos

Radek and Shirley Chalupa were back for the third year in a row and though they didn’t stay long and the weather wasn’t perfect they managed to climb some good routes.  You can see more of their travels around Mexico on their blog:  chossclimbers. com

Heading to Crescent Moon Buttress

Heading to Crescent Moon Buttress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starting up the first pitch of Crescent Moon

Starting up the first pitch of Crescent Moon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radek leads the 4th pitch of Crescent Moon

Radek leads the 4th pitch of Crescent Moon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shirley on the crux 4th pitch

Shirley on the crux 4th pitch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jan 29 14 radek cmb tyrolean

Negotiating the tyrolean traverse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radek on the excellent first pitch of Snot Grlz

Radek on the excellent first pitch of Snot Grlz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shirley following the first pitch of Snot Grlz

Shirley following the first pitch of Snot Grlz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cool climbing on thee 5th pitch of Snot Grlz

Cool climbing on thee 5th pitch of Snot Grlz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shirley on the 5.8 first pitch of Pepe y Lupe

Shirley on the 5.8 first pitch of Pepe y Lupe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sweet dihedral on the 2nd pitch of Pepe y Lupe

The sweet dihedral on the 2nd pitch of Pepe y Lupe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Radek in the dihedral

Radek in the dihedral

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2nd pitch of Agua de Coco

The 2nd pitch of Agua de Coco

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous Photos

 

Cool cloud pattern over the Potrero

Cool cloud pattern over the Potrero

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoying the hot springs

Enjoying the hot springs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hoodoos, Dihedrals and Timewave Zero

Hoodoos, Dihedrals and Timewave Zero

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Palapa roof pattern

Palapa roof pattern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lone cactus on the Jungle Warfare trail

Lone cactus on the Jungle Warfare trail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Buzz Rock

Buzz Rock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Rogues Gallery

I somehow went and lost about 6 weeks of photos in my camera so if I took your photo for this section and it doesn’t appear you’ll just have to come back next year.

Bob and Karen, Boulder, Colorado

Bob and Karen, Boulder, Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patty Lee, Canmore and  Kyle Friedt, Calgary

Patty Lee, Canmore and Kyle Friedt, Calgary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike, Richard Calahan, Jeff Maurer, Ethan Dang, Christine Nuyen, Potomac, Maryland

Mike, Richard Calahan, Jeff Maurer, Ethan Dang, Christine Nuyen, Potomac, Maryland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thiago Garcia and Kristyna Zemanova, Vancouver, BC

Thiago Garcia and Kristyna Zemanova, Vancouver, BC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Climber’s License Plates

Vermont, USA

Vermont, USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mexican Folk Wisdom

El mentiroso debe primero saber la verdad.

The liar must first know the truth.

 

Potrero Dreamscapes

 

Dreamscape #9 North Face with Mesquite

Dreamscape #9
North Face with Mesquite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 11, 2013

Quote of the Day

Reality is what refuses to go away after I stop believing in it.

–Phillip K. Dick

 

Potrero News

The season is well under way, with climbers from all over the globe arriving by land and air.  We’ve had some chilly weather dipping down from the North but it hasn’t been severe enough to prevent anyone from getting out and on the walls.

 

The Return of Frank Sarat

Two years after his horrific accident (remember here:  magicedspotrerochico.com/?p=1822) Frank has returned to the Potrero with one main goal:  to climb Double Trouble, the route he was working on when he fell.

Frank Sarat, Prebble, NY

Frank Sarat, Prebble, NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Because the second pitch is a tricky 5.10d (which everyone knows is harder than 5.11) and both of us are kinda outta shape, we enlisted the cutest girl in the world to lead us up it.

Sierra Allen

Sierra Allen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adrian Tanguay led the first pitch of Double Trouble while Sierra and I climbed the first two pitches of Leap of Faith so I could get some good photos.

Adrian starts up Double Trouble

Adrian starts up Double Trouble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adrian Tanguay, pitch 1, Double Trouble

Adrian Tanguay, pitch 1, Double Trouble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sierra Allen comes up the first pitch of Leap of Faith

Sierra Allen comes up the first pitch of Leap of Faith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sierra leads the second pitch of Leap of Faith

Sierra leads the second pitch of Leap of Faith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sierra then rapped to the first pitch of Double Trouble and smoothly led the second pitch.

Sierra, pitch 2, Double Trouble

Sierra, pitch 2, Double Trouble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can I reach that bolt?

Can I reach that bolt?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frank struggled a bit but did not give up.

Frank Sarat works his way up Double Trouble, pitch 2

Frank Sarat works his way up the crux pitch of Double Trouble

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations, Frank, long may you run.

Happy climbers after a successful ascent

Happy climbers after a successful ascent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Climbing Photos

Ulric Rousseau starts up Motavation, 5.11a, on the Mota Wall

Ulric Rousseau starts up Motavation, 5.11a, on the Mota Wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climber on El Grifo, 5.11a

Climber on El Grifo, 5.11a

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hamming it up on top of Chico Spire

Hamming it up on top of Chico Spire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Climber on the Outrage Wall

Climber on the Outrage Wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virgin Canyon, p3, 5.12b

The Shroud, pitch 4, 5.12b

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deily Mora on Timewave Zero photo by Gino Negrini

Deily Mora on Timewave Zero
photo by Gino Negrini

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

El Sendero Luminoso

Gino and Sierra made a three-day ascent of Sendero Luminoso, 15 pitches, 5.12d, over a very chilly Thanksgiving.

Gino and Sierra

Gino and Sierra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see the video they made here:  vimeo.com/user3044616

 

Potrero Pups

The tiny puppy we found is developing into a beautiful, strong, healthy pit bull who needs a permanent home.

Little Eloise

Little Eloise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eloise napping at the crags

Eloise napping at the crags

Eloise

Eloise

Keeping warm while we climb

Keeping warm while we climb

Here I come!

Here I come!

 

 

Miscellaneous Photos

Kitchen scene, Mexican restaurant in Hidalgo

Kitchen scene, Mexican restaurant in Hidalgo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red earth, yellow flowers

Red earth, yellow flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Potrero Chico in the rearview

Potrero Chico in the rearview

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classic view of the gap looking north

Classic view of the gap looking north

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Rogues Gallery

Simon Marchand, Aude Vaugeois, Carlos Santibanez, Uva Stojanovic, Montreal

Simon Marchand, Aude Vaugeois, Carlos Santibanez, Uva Stojanovic, Montreal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Paul Cashiola, Houston

John Paul Cashiola, Houston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neil Monteith, Kathy Dicker, Sydney

Neil Monteith, Kathy Dicker, Sydney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Frank Sarat, Prebble, NY

Frank Sarat, Prebble, NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adrian, NY

Adrian Tanguay, NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anna Smith, Lake Louise, Mike Mason, Golden, BC

Anna Smith, Lake Louise, Mike Mason, Golden, BC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Wilson, Blackheath, Australia

Andrew Wilson, Blackheath, Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Ramirez and Andre Bremes Varga, San Jose, Costa Rica

Daniel Ramirez and Andre Bremes Vargas, San Jose, Costa Rica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fernand Castro, Gino Negrini, Deily Mora and Sierra Allen, San Jose, Costa Rica

Fernando Castro, Gino Negrini, Deily Mora and Sierra Allen, San Jose, Costa Rica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karl Anderson and Leo Matsuo, Washington, D.C.

Karl Anderson and Leo Matsuo, Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Shively, San Diego

Chris Shively, San Diego

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen Le, Long Beach Tara Longridge, Santa Monica Brandon,  Los Angeles Jon Szalai, Saltillo

Stephen Le, Long Beach
Tara Longridge, Santa Monica
Brandon, Los Angeles
Jon Szalai, Saltillo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mexican Folk Wisdom

La amistad sincera es un alma repartida en dos cuerpos.

True friendship is one soul shared by two bodies.

 

Potrero Dreamscapes

Dreamscape #7 Potrero Chico from the edge of town

Dreamscape #8
Potrero Chico from the edge of town

 

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