25. Climber. Skratch Labs Ambassador. Musician. Surfer. Adventurer. Loves guitars around the campfire. Constant state of Wanderlust.

there is no path to happiness; happiness is the path


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Ethan Pringle topping out “Creature from the Black Lagoon” (5.10c?) in Olmsted Canyon, Tuolumne, CA

Photo Credit: Dusty Glasner

hi Tumblr friends! could you do me a HUGE favor and head on over to the American Alpine Club’s Facebook page and LIKE my photo in this week’s Choss Boss Contest? you just have to like the AAC to be able to vote, and you can vote every day!

it would mean SO much to me if you gave my photo a “like”! oh, and it’s Dustin G’s photo. y’all rock, and I love you to death! stay stoked and climb on!

yesterday marked 1 full year of California-living! can’t believe it, time’s going so fast!

if you couldn’t tell, I haven’t had much time lately for social media. tumblr in particular. I’m a little OCD when it comes to tumblr…I always feel the need to scroll through my dash until the last post I viewed. which, clearly, becomes a problem the longer I’m off the site. eventually it just gets to a point where it’s so overwhelming I simply can’t even deal with it anymore.

but I miss the community here and the friends I’ve made and the blogs I followed closely. my life has been pretty fantastic lately. despite the fact that I’m working a ton, I’ve made it a point to see friends whenever I can and climb outside as much as possible. I’ve succeeded in both realms, but we’ll see how I manage to balance everything once classes resume in a few weeks.

in terms of my climbing, it’s been an amazing summer. I’m not climbing super hard, but I’m finally experiencing some success outside on bolts. I haven’t bouldered much, and as a result, I feel a little weaker - but also pretty healthy. I’m really just enjoying getting out into nature with good people and sharing good experiences. I couldn’t ask for more.

life is good at the moment, and I’m more content than I have been in a while. I like coming back here every now and again - hopefully someday it will become a regular thing again. don’t forget about me, and don’t be a stranger!

stay stoked, stay passionate, and climb on!

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Evan Urton on “Radio Static” (5.11d) at Steel Monkey Wall in the Emeralds, CA

Photo Credit: Dusty Glasner

flagging hard on “Steel Monkey” (5.12a) in the Emeralds by Lake Tahoe, CA. had a great onsight burn, but need to go back and send this! super fun climb and a really awesome area. props to the developers! (at The Emeralds, Nevada City, CA)

sunset after a super fun day out climbing with friends from Cal. tried some really fun routes and got to meet some cool people. psyched on the Emeralds! (at Camp Spaulding, California)

mickeys 009 by to_defy_gravity on Flickr.

Dusty Glasner on “This Is Your Brain On Drugs” (5.12c) on the Egg at Mickey’s Beach, CA

Photo Credit: Betsy Dorsett

mickeys 007 by to_defy_gravity on Flickr.

Tabya Sultan getting bold on “Walkin’ A Thin Line” (5.10c R) at Mickey’s Beach, CA

Photo Credit: Dusty Glasner

regram from @betsysaur. working on “This Is Your Brain On Drugs”, an amazing climb at the Egg at Mickey’s Beach. I struggled mightily on this line and definitely underestimated it. It was humbling, but a really great experience and reminder to never stop working hard. Climbing right next to the ocean was so surreal, and I’m excited to get back and project this - hopefully I won’t catch as much hang time next trip! (at Mickey’s Beach)

@stirminator sending “Lost Keys Traverse” (V6) at Sanborn-Skyline Park, CA

it’s the weekend - get outside and CRUSH!

unknown climber on “Short Subject” (5.11d) at Donner Summit, CA

it’s certainly been an interesting trip back to the East Coast! I’m glad to have gotten some time in Hatteras before Hurricane Arthur and with family in Delaware and here in New Jersey. but I’m ready to return to California and get back to climbing - last night in Jersey, til next time!

sunrise over the Oregon Inlet on our way off Hatteras. it’s a beautiful morning, but it won’t last - Arthur is now a hurricane. stay safe everyone! (at Herbert C Bonner Bridge)

well, this trip is ending earlier than expected - after 25 years of coming to Hatteras, this is the first time we’ve ever had to evacuate. Tropical System Arthur is making its way towards the Outer Banks, and we’re packing up and heading out. no amount of time is ever enough time here; it always hurts to leave. but right now, I’m most concerned for the island and all the residents here. stay safe, and I hope it’s less serious than projected. til next time! (at Frisco, Cape Hatteras, North Carolina)