Thanks for the compliments. So John, you like that swinging footlock? That was fun, something I learned on the rope swing at the old swimming hole.
I’m going to have to have a super fantastic day to get to do a masters climb this year. Last year I was able to squeeze in by only a 1/4 point. This year Jarred Abrojena and Charlie Wagner will be back, and in full force. This is going to be a great comp.
Yeah, I know how it goes. If there's 30 guys, 26 of them spend the next year saying "if only I'd have done it like this". What am I saying...make that 29.
It's like we gotta find a happy medium in our expectations. The fellowship is #1, but you can never stop trying to be #1, or else "what the hell are we trying to save?"
P.S. I thought what made the ascent sweet is that you completed everything else in time. As if its not hard enough to swing to the desired limb on the way up.
That Master's Challenge rocked. All four climbs were totally different, and I took something away from each of them.
glad to hear the knee's holding up. see you there! i'm judging the work climb and women's masters - should be educational for me, plus getting to see up close some awesome climbing. is justina coming?
Here's a shot of Dan Kraus in the 10' dbh Bogachiel Spruce, about 3 months before the video was shot.
Knock 'em dead, Dan. As a member of the Pacific Northwest Chapter, ISA, I get to root for our hometown boy, right? The chapter contest for the 2006 Minneapolis ITCC is actually going to be held this September 24th, in Victoria, British Columbia.
Mike Kraus, from Hawaii, spent 3 days in the Bogachiel Spruce, without touching the ground. There was a spare Gramicci port-a-ledge lying around when Mike arrived at the conclusion of the Olympic Rainforest TREE Fun(d) Climb.
He grabbed it and some water bottles to deliver to the climbers upstairs, and headed up to help Ken & Rip with the de-rigging. He stayed up in the spruces until all the climbers in the video (except me) headed out to Seattle to begin setting up for the ISA conference. He decided to spend the night, sort of a 'crows nest lookout'. I went to rendezvous with the 10 other Moonlight Madness climbers, who were convening at the campground nearby.
The next morning, we showed up at the tree, and Mike Kraus was still up there. He had been up with the birds, watching the sunrise, listening to the river gurgling below. He made a great reception committee, helping everyone get secured as they made their ascent.
7 more Treeboats & sundry sleeping platforms were prepared, along with Mikes, and 8 of our people spent that night aloft. This included Greg, the cameraman from CBS News. Mike Kraus didn't come out of that pair of trees until the next day.
Ive been climbing since 1989 and competing since 1998. went to Conn in 1999 for mid atlantic(2nd place at local to mike cotter)and seattle in '02 for NY. Its always alot of fun. ive been to everyone to atleast watch since1997. great way to learn. Those redwood shots were from this spring. awesome climbs. Thanks to ox and all that helped. Any opportunity to get aboard a Tree Fund climb is well worth it.
thanks melissa. i was glad to help, though i admit it was hard to have 2 feet on the ground as everyone else got to fly through the workclimb! i had no idea how exhausting judging is! thank you to all the judges of comps past and future - it's no easy task, i now know. for anyone considering judging, it was well worth the effort. i learned my event inside out and got a whole new perspective on the competition. and it's good to give back.