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    Father, climber, setter, volunteer, and organizer; sharing photos, videos, and words celebrating Minnesota climbers and climbing.

By the Numbers

Back at work after a long week of birthday travels, I began looking at the climbs from my 40 in the North Forty project.  Here is a quick breakdown: Specifically, here are the 40 climbs that I did (in order) in the North Forty one day this past weekend in honor of my 40th birthday: Route Grade (book) … Continue reading


Kyra Condie – 2014 ABS Youth National Champ Heads to SCS

Today begins the qualifying round of the 2014 SCS (Sport Climbing Series) Open National Championship at Sender One Climbing, Chris Sharma’s gym located in Santa Ana, CA. Once again from Minnesota, Kyra Condie will be competing against the best women sport climbers in the country for the title of Open National Champion.  Last year at … Continue reading

River Boulder; Sandstone, MN
Photo: Lynn Larson 5/8/14

Thawing Out in MN with Daylight Saving Climbing

The practice of Daylight Saving Time was observed in most of the country again this past weekend.  On my Facebook feed, there were a lot of statuses (statii?) grumbling about loss of sleep or missed alarms, but then… then came the climbing pictures. Aside from DST kicking in, MN is having its first extended thaw … Continue reading

ABS15 Move of the Comp: Reverse Bathang?

This photo of Sidney Trinidad by Megan Abshire went viral on Facebook during the ABS15 Youth National Championship.  In the background, local MN climber and USA Climbing route setter, Nic O, looks on in amazement. I’ve just stumbled upon the video behind the photo.  This wasn’t the only amazing move Sidney made on this problem, check … Continue reading


Getting Old(er)

I just ran 2.5 miles, on a treadmill.  The last time I ran was in May 2013.  There is no combination of letters on my keyboard to create the sound my body is making right now. Next month, I turn 40.  It’s one of those significant round number years.  So, I plan to celebrate.  I … Continue reading

Climbing to Open in Banning State Park in 2014!

Great news from the MCA!  Read about future climbing opportunities in Banning State Park here.  

ABS comes to Midwest in 2015!

ABS 15 Nationals are complete.  Finals are still available to be viewed through LT11. While neither of our two Minnesota climbers, Noah Ridge and Kyra Condie, made it to finals, there was one Midwest take away from the event.  ABS 16 will be held in Madison, WI next year!


North Shore Stylin’ 2014

North Shore Stylin’ 2014 at VE – Duluth was my second comp of the year.  After volunteering at Passion for Flashin’ at VE – St Paul, I tested my mettle by participating in the Men’s Advanced division at NSS. For last year’s NSS comp, I spent a good deal of time training, both physically and … Continue reading

40 Degrees in Red Wing

Survived how many subzero days this winter already? And, more on the way? Thank you, MN weather, for a couple of days of reprieve. We made the most of it yesterday. You may resume the punishment.



And so it came to be that a festival was born.  And, repeated.  And, threepeated. This weekend was the third annual PeterFest, held at the Sandstone Ice Park.  The ice park, an old quarry in Sandstone, MN, saw huge expansion this year, thanks in part to fundraising efforts such as rePeterFest, the Sandstone Ice Festival … Continue reading


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