Friday, November 21, 2008

Come back in Januari

For those who don't know us very well: that wasn't us on the pictures in the last post. We are terrible surfers, so there would have been no point in showing real pictures of us surfing.

We're back in Europe for the moment and will not be updating our blog until Januari... another Patagonia adventure....

Climb on!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Some surfing in Ventura

Picture 1: Sean riding a big wave
After tackling El Capitain, we allowed ourselves a few days off climbing and went to Ventura to visit Patagonia and enjoy the surf.  Here are some pictures of our trip.
The people from Patagonia were really nice and they did a good job introducing us to surfing.

Picture 2: Nico encounters a new friend.

Picture 3: One of the girls working for Patagonia

Saturday, October 18, 2008

New free route on El cap - The secret passage

That's it! The eagle has landed! In a five day free mission on El capitan, we put up a new free route on its right side. It starts off on "Eagles way" and finishes on "bad to the bone" (two aid lines). We found a secret passage to a section we thought to be impossible : an allmost invisble  laser-cut seam barely provided enough holds to bypass the blank section.   

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Bringing the jamming to a new level.

Our band has recently made a big step, commercializing on a broader scale. The success has reaped  its fruits and demand has been overwhelming. From exclusive concerts high up on El Cap to wedding ceremonies.  We've been struggling to find time to climb...

Congratulations to Jon  and Eiko and thanks for a beautiful day.

In search of the Eagles way.

We just spent four days on El Capitan looking for the Eagle. We know where he is but we haven't caught it yet. The eye of the eagle is the key. 
We've been working on trying to free the eagle...  
This is a line just to the right of Zodiac following a steep left leaning dihedral... we're going to need a lot of Belgian fries to power up for this one... 

Monday, September 29, 2008

Yosemite jamming

We have moved our jamming sessions to Yosemite Valley (California)... unfortunately the rangers do not seem to recognize musical talent... But fear not... we will not be broken... We have had some good sessions on El Capitan (more news on that soon).

Last week we Climbed the North West regular route on Half Dome with some friends (Sean on-sighted the free variation) . Amazing climbing... and good fun, cause there was 7 of us on the route moving at the same speed... good atmosphere. 
When we got back down the bear had eaten all our food which we had hung up in a tree... The bear knows the drill... as soon as we were one pitch off the ground he ran up the tree... we yelled but the bear just laughed back at us...
Sean also had a nice morning wake up... "In the middle of the night I could here my backpack next to me moving. I thought it was Nico trying to get something. Then I started imagining that it might be a bear and I wondered what I would do if the bear started eating me. Being inside my sleeping bag I had had no way of defending myself. I turned around and there was a bear right in front of my face! I started shouting as hard as I could thinking my life was over... The bear ran away... Exciting way to wake up I tell ya!"

Monday, September 8, 2008

Look good in Squamish

The 3 golden rules of rock climbing:
1) Look good
2) Be cool
3) Safety third!

We're back in Squamish. Slowly heading south towards Yosemite... 
There's a lot of bouldering going on... the POWER is coming back! TchECkkk!!!
We hope to fit right in when we get to the US with our new look... Remember kids: "look is everything" and "the way you look is the way you climb!"

More exciting news coming soon!