Moab Half Marathon New Race for 2012

The Moab Half Marathon just released the news of their new race, the Thelma & Louise Half Marathon.  This organization has been putting on the Canyonlands Half Marathon, The Other Half and the Winter Sun 10K for many years.  I gave the Half Marathon a go a few years ago and was amazed at the energy of the runners.  A great 13.1 mile run down Hwy 128 put us into downtown Moab.  Along the way the view of the sandstone walls along the Colorado River was incredible, the energy of all the participants was awesome, which helped me all the way to the finish line.  I looking forward to the Thelma & Louise marathon.

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The photo shoot for this job was a dawn patrol morning.  The best thing about heading out early is you never know what type of sky you will get and for how long.  As the sunlight bounced across the base of the clouds and began to lighten the sky, we were in position, waiting for the cliffs near Canyonlands to glow.  Mindy and Faye were great models (Thanks!) and were psyched to do the “just one more time” routine.  I mean, what photographer doesn’t… unless you know you stuck it, then they say, “one more time.”  The clouds opened up perfectly which was great, because we didn’t have much time before the sun rose above them.  Shot with a Canon 5D.

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Nick Duttle climbs The Bleeding 5.14b, Mill Creek, Moab

To read more about Nick Duttle and his sending rampage across the country this spring, click on this link to read a write up by Alison Osius – Rock and Ice News about Nick Duttle.

I met Nick years ago at trade shows in the Salt Lake area and a few years back at a farm in Moab.  I rode over to see some friends and saw that Nick was living in Moab… crushing every route at Mill Creek and truly loving the place, the environment and the desert.  When he came out to send The Bleeding 5.14b up at Mill Creek he gave me a ring to meet up.  On that day, I  rigged the rope and headed over the cliff to see that he was already down there.  He told me that their car wouldn’t start, so they push started it to get to the crag.  That’s a warm up.

The history I’ve been told about The Bleeding, one of the hardest if not the hardest established route in the area is that it was originally bolted by a legendary rock climber named Tom Gilge.  The first ascent was by one of the most talented desert rock climbers, Noah Bigwood ( I believe calling it .13d ).  This steep line heads up an incredible overhanging prow of dakota sandstone, with just enough to link it up… if you’re really strong!  Nick had been working the route for a bit, and this day was the day he could tick it off.  The guy is so fluid, solid and never looks weak, not even through the crux.  Move by move, locking off, dead pointing through the crux and clipping the anchor.  This is the year he turned 30 and the year of linking it all up.   Awesome Nick!  Keep sending.


Gripped Magazine Feb 2011 Cover Photo

I have been published on the cover of Gripped Magazine, Feb 2011 . Take a look. PSYCHED!  Jean-Pierre Ouellet on Conception 5.13+, Moab, UT.  Conception, first climbed by Dean Potter and worked by many of the desert legends is a striking line on a slightly overhanging Navajo sandstone wall.   Many people have tried this line and have taking huge whippers due to the sandy nature of the rock.  When I watched Peewee on this route, he was as solid as could be… no problem, probably because he was wearing the 5.10 super mocc and he’s one of the most talented rock climbers, especially on the worst sized cracks like this line.  While he was climbing he noticed that there were two sections he could rest after the meat of the crux… one was a leg rest… he would stick his foot straight in, up to his knee as seen on the cover and get some recovery.  Who would have thought of that… I don’t think big feet would fit.  Great send Peewee!

 


Falcon Guides, Best Climbs Moab Cover Photo

January 2011. The release of the Falcon Guide, Best Climbs Moab guide written by Stewart Green.
My photo appears on the cover of the guidebook. Chris Hill climbing the second pitch of Lonely Vigil route on Lighthouse Tower. The cover is shown below as well as a banner at the 2011 Outdoor Retailer Trade show in Salt Lake City. The banner is shown at the Falcon Guides booth.