Apparently, I am in dire need of a prom date. Its my senior year, and I have been told by some fairly influential people in my life that I must get a date and go. It’s April 21st. The event will be held on a swanky rooftop in Downtown Montgomery, AL. All expenses for my date are paid for. There are horse-drawn carriages available throughout the evening. The date will be requested to be my lady for Leadout (where the couples are introduced in front of the families and friends of everyone going. At this point in time, I am not asking for a dating relationship or anything more than just a nice girl to spend a wonderful evening with. However, I could be talked into changing my mind :)
So if you know of anyone, or if you are interested yourself, please, let me know! :)
Every day becomes more and more beautiful and precious to me. Not because the seasons are changing, although they are. I think it’s me though; my attitude and my perception on life are changing. I take nothing for granted. I am thankful for everything, big and small. When I look outside, I think of how blessed I am to have woken up on this day that was made for me. I charge forward each day, optimistic and hopeful. Every day my goal is to take every opportunity given to me, and turn it into a positive. To me, this is the good life. not one thing is perfect. All together, it all makes me content-even just for right now, and THAT is perfection!
Well everyone, my break has officially began. The next three days I will be fishing a company tournament with my dad on Lake Guntersville, Alabama. Then, we will drive up to the farm just west of Chattanooga, Tennessee, for the week. The mornings we will fish, and the afternoons I will climb.
My new Yose pad from STONELICK will be in tomorrow, so I’m really stoked to have some true protection. I expect to push myself just that much harder.
Weather all week should be clear and 75-85 should be the high. Expect to see a lot of sends and first ascents. I’m looking forward to some great sessions.
I may go out to Foster falls, which is maybe 15 minutes from the farm, and do some highball bouldering there if I get bored with the stuff I have at the farm. Some other spots I may also check out are Prentice Cooper State Park, Stone Fort, and the Tennessee Wall. If the weather is nasty, I might ride over to Tennessee Bouldering Authority, or Urban Rocks Climbing Gym. Helps to be prepared.
I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying Spring. It is beautiful here in the south.
Until next time, keepbrake hand on the rope at all times, and never lose sight of your goals.
Miss Sierra Blair-Coyle is an inspiring young lady. She has accomplishing many achievements in the climbing world within a very short period of time. She is a world-class act as an athlete and as a person. Follow her! I promise you won’t regret it! :)
Here in central AL, the weather has been hellacious to say the least! Watched tornadoes two days ago— some that were only 15 miles away from me. Today, Its sunny, no clouds, and 60 Degrees. Day one of filming was super wet last week, but the next day, the rock was totally dry. The South is it’s own little world, isn’t it?
So, last night I received an email asking me if I would be interested in coming back to a previous job. That job was being a climbing instructor at a Boy Scout camp. I know, it sounds kinda lame. The food wasn’t great, the pay didn’t even cover gas, and I wasn’t be able to go out with friends except one night a week. The first summer I did it, I was nearly 17. I didn’t really need the money…. I just wanted to climb. I was able to climb when I wasn’t teaching. I usually had about 4 hours each day of climbing.
This summer, I’d be the lead instructor, right below the tower director. The money would improve a bit. Unfortunately, money is my main motive. Sadly, gear costs $$$, which is an object I don’t really have.
I know, I know, I’m straying from my topic, so I’ll bring it together: that first gig kick-started my climbing career. Maybe not much, but it instilled in me the safety and passion for this great pursuit. Now, I’ve been asked to come back, and receive a modest raise.
I would love to take it, but as of now, I’m not sure. I have plans to make several climbing trips this summer, one to Texas or Arizona, and one to either the Wyoming or Colorado.
I took the job to climb more, and now I may have to reject the job to climb more. Isn’t funny how things work out? All for a reason, but for a reason unknown.
While I’ve taken the weekend to work on the homefront, I have been listening to a great local band.
Out of Shame is a local band; great guys, great musicians.
A week from tomorrow night, my production crew, family and friends will be joining me as I release and publish my first climbing video! There will be great food, great company, and lots of laughs! My musician buddies will be doing an acoustic set at some point before the sun comes up.
There will be three editions of the video: a professional cut, a “clean” bloopers cut, and an unedited bloopers cut.
Stay tuned here, as I will upload the first two cuts and make them available through here! :) I plan on kicking everything off at around the same time.
So next Friday night, be ready to see yours truly doing what I love most!
Happy Leap Year! I celebrated this rare occasion with much enthusiasm! After racing against the clock and the weather, I finally caught a break long enough to get a good afternoon session in! I loaded up my photographer and his assistant (read: buddies), and took off to an “undisclosed location.” We were filming the last bits of footage needed for the Trango Grassroots Athlete video sample.
The weather was great: mid-seventies, stiff breeze, and a mostly-cloudy sky. The location is a straight shot out of my home town and fairly easy to find. The boulder field sits on a nasty steep ridge. The boulder field is only 75-100 yards off the gravel road, but there is no established trail, making the walk up quite treacherous. This only adds to the vibe given off by my favorite boulder. “Snowman” is an abominable boulder: a good 15-18 feet of solid rock, topped off with a massive widow-maker. Due to its location, I chose to climb it last. Snowman’s “hat” is super sketched-out. It is a fairly easy climb—all the way around I was messing around and trying some dynos. When I latched on, Buddy 2 yelled, “Bro, that top is moving! Dude, get down before it slides and kills us all!” So, taking my friend’s words of caution to heart, I made a last dyno on the crux and ended that with a sweet Spiderman pose. Satisfied with my progress on that project, I climbed down the Abominable Snowman and headed to the truck.
See, when I climb, I don’t do it to get some V-rating. I really don’t care about all that. The only thing that V-ratings do for me is show me how far I’ve progressed in terms of other climbers’ definition of difficulty. I climb for me. I know what is and isn’t difficult for me, and I challenge myself to get better every time. I climb to get away, run home, seek comfort, and anchor my mental well-being. I love it, and one day, I hope it’s the main thing I do in life. Right now, it’s the biggest activity I do outside of school. Eventually, I see it becoming my life’s focus. I have the determination and will to get it done, which is what I plan to do. Climbing for me is all about movement, expression, release, and enjoyment of Mother Nature; I live to pursue the dream of climbing everyday.