Desert Spring – Part 2: Zion Canyon

Last week I described my exciting return to the desert (more specifically, the legendary sandstone climbing of the Colorado Plateau – a large region spanning 4-5 states). Here is part 2…. In the mid 2000’s, I was tearing through Zion National Park, obsessed with the idea of free climbing big walls, or long multi-pitch routes.…

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Desert Spring: Part 1 – Escalante Canyon, CO

Around the mid-2000’s, I was quite the “desert rat”. I fell in love with the big sandstone walls of Zion National Park, and did a lot of pioneering climbing there; either first free ascents of former aid climbs, or first ascents. Last fall I recounted the first free ascent of the Lowe Route in a…

Please take our Survey

Two weeks ago we launched the first-of-its-kind survey to collect data on the effectiveness of the Rock Prodigy Training Method and the Rock Prodigy Training Center. You can click here to take the survey. The initial response was awesome, with many more responses than I expected. We’ve received over 75 responses, with people contributing from…

Video: Mike on Mission Impossible

Last week I announced my send of Mission Impossible in Clear Creek Canyon, Colorado. My long-time friend, and super-guy, Chris Alstrin came out to shoot a video on the route, which is linked below for your viewing pleasure. Chris and I first crossed paths in the late nineties in the local Colorado Springs climbing gym,…

Mission Accomplished!

Winter climbing in Colorado is like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re gonna get. This year has been no exception, with an almost comical oscillation between too hot and too cold, too windy and too wet. In the Air Force we like to say: “Flexibility is the key to airpower.” – Italian General…

Thank You!

Adrian: “…but tomorrow is Thanksgiving!” Rocky: “To you it is; to me it’s just Thursday.” Just like Rocky, years ago I decided that more than anything, Thanksgiving is a day off work! It’s a chance to go outside and do something awesome. So in that spirit, I’ll be off mountain biking in Moab tomorrow (with…

Don’t Call it a Comeback!

As most avid readers know, my family and I spent the last 3 years living in the Florida Panhandle, far from climbing. In May, we made it back to Colorado, and our home in the mountains. These last 3 years have been psychologically challenging, and it seemed to be a massive struggle just to maintain…

Use Video to Dial-in your Beta

The advent of inexpensive, compact digital imaging technology has been a boon to outdoor sports. Now, nearly everyone can get Galen Rowell-worthy images of their adventures in the wildest of places; and products like the Go Pro allow for first-person videos that required a professional camera crew in the past. I’m surprised and a little…