Photo: Kevin Sarvela
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    Sean Foster | Father, climber, setter, volunteer, and organizer; sharing photos, videos, and words celebrating Minnesota climbers and climbing.
Photo: Kevin Sarvela

Finding Willow

Once upon a time, I was intimidated by the crag at Willow River; as such, I have rarely been there. That once upon a time lasted until… just now, when I chose to make it past tense. A day or two ago, depending on when I get around to posting this, I spent the morning … Continue reading

Double Dip; Joshua Tree, CA

Setting Goals: 2015 Edition

In 2013, I set some climbing goals.  Climb Sigma, arguably the best 5.12 in Minnesota, and send all the pesky 5.11+ climbs in Red Wing that I was continually one-hanging.  Goal met. In 2014, I set a goal of climbing 40 climbs in a day for my 40th birthday; “the birthday challenge”.  Goal met. Now, … Continue reading

Reel Rock in Minneapolis

Edit: Tickets will go on sale Sept 4 at 10 am through Midwest Mountaineering. ***** Just announced: Reel Rock Film Tour coming to Minneapolis Saturday, October 4; brought to us by Midwest Mountaineering.  This years tour features Valley Uprising: Yosemite’s Rock Climbing Revolution. Trailer: Midwest Mountaineering has not yet announced the date that tickets will … Continue reading

SCS Youth Nationals Update

Been lax with Youth SCS coverage this year, so here is the update! According to a quick scan of yesterdays results, 3 MN climbers have made it through to semi-finals in sport climbing and 5 have made it to semis in speed climbing. Good luck to our local youth competitors!! Sport: Coulter Holden (MYC) from Midwest … Continue reading

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We Should Climb Together

“We should climb together.” Mark and I said that to each other at least a dozen times.  We were the kind of climbers who knew each other from around the gym and the crag.  We’d run into each other and 20 minutes later, the conversation would inevitably end with that phrase. There are many types of climbers in my … Continue reading

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The 40 Year Old Virginian

Born in Virginia and raised in Maryland, I began climbing in Minnesota at the age of 34.  This year, I turned the big 4-Oh my god what am I doing with my life?!?, and set about to test myself with the climber’s birthday challenge; climbing the number of routes equal to your age in a single day. Originally … Continue reading

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Taylors Falls Bouldering

I’ve been climbing for about 6 years now and am predominately a sport climber.  However, I’ve been slowly developing a love of bouldering over the past couple of years.  This Saturday, I made a run to Taylors Falls with my kids to do a little hiking and to hopefully squeeze in a climb or two. … Continue reading

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

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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

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