Rocky Face

Yesterday I had the opportunity to climb at Rocky Face Mountain Recreation Area. Rocky Face is a man-made crag. It's the remnants of an old quarry that has been cleaned up, bolted, and permitted for climbing. I enjoyed Rocky Face a lot. The climbing can be a bit different from…

Tesla Still Can't Harvest Lightning

Today, in a shocking moment at a Tesla press conference Elon Musk, CEO of the electric car manufacturer, admits "No, we don't know how to harvest lightning yet." In the wake of being named Consumer Reports top overall car for a second year in a row, investors were expecting to…

On Want

I keep going back and forth with myself about how much it's ok to want. I get myself totally conflicted about when it's ok to spend money on something I want. I'm pretty good about not wasting small amounts of money on little things I don't need, but where I…

Clarification on some climbing terms

A few weeks ago, Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell completed a grueling 19 day free climb of the Dawn Wall, a face of Yosemite National Park's gargantuan mountain El Capitan. I wanted to write a brief clarification of what constitutes different types of climbs: Free Climb: Climbing a wall using…

An Experiment in Uncling

Ok, well not Uncling, but my brother-in-law is 11 so the experience is similar to being an uncle, and that's more succinct than brother-in-law-ing. Anyway... Today, wife and I decided to take her 11 year old brother ice skating, but I proposed an experiment: offer him a chance to earn…

Give, and Give Back

I'm going to be giving away all of the AIDS/LifeCycle fundraising incentives I receive from now until the ride to randomly drawn donors. Just donate $15 or more to my page to qualify. Remember, all donations go to saving lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS, finding cures, and…

Everything is Broken.

It's hard to trust in a system that says the killing of an unarmed person is not only justified, but not even worthy of a trial. It's hard to trust in a system that allows children to be brutally murdered, year after year, by unstable, mentally ill people, because the…

How to Identify a Scam On Social Media

Scams and Phishing are pretty common in email, and email providers like Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook are getting better and better at letting you know when an email might not be totally legitimate, or might put you at risk. They can do this because there are a number of very…

Give

I'm raising $4000 for the San Francisco HIV Foundation and cycling 545 miles to do it. Every year, thousands of cyclists raise money to fight HIV and ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles as a part of the AIDS/LifeCycle. Unfortunately every year, thousands of more people are infected…

Off The Wall

I (not so) recently self-diagnosed myself with an A2-Pulley injury. It's the most common injury for rock climbers, and most commonly occurs in rock climbers. An A2-Pulley is the fibrous soft tissue that wraps all the way around your finger, binding your tendon close to the bone. It keeps your…

A Day on the Mountain

I woke up in the cool morning, my face open to the morning air, with the smell of pine and new spring growth on Pilot Mountain. The new growth covers the mountain floor, renewing life after the annual burn. I rolled out of my hammock and got ready for the…

Going Over the Edge

This fall, I'll be taking a big rappel - 300+ feet from the top of the Wells Fargo building in downtown Raleigh. This is a fundraiser for the Special Olympics. I love rock climbing and rappelling, so this is an exciting chance to raise some money for a great cause.…