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I think I may have come up with a way to make me want to climb in the gym again!

Time trials!

I am going to climb every Wednesday and see how long I can stay on the wall.  I’m hoping that this will increase my endurance and help teach me how to “recover” while climbing.  Hopefully it will also help prevent injuries a bit.

There are a couple rules to keep it honorable.

  1. Keep climbing.  You can stop to shake out, but try and move as much as you can
  2. No hands free rests (kneebars, stems, slab…)

I’m trying to get other people in on the game so we can all use a little friendly competition as motivation.  I posted the time to beat on Wednesday.  Can you take me down?!

1-9-2012 Time Trials

1-9-2012 Time Trials

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1-3-2012 BISHOP!!!

Well, I found my new favorite climbing spot!  The Happy and Sad boulders completely blew my mind.  Amazing roofs and patina everywhere!  I was completely overwhelmed  with the awesomeness of the rock.  We must have  walked by a 100 boulders that would be considered  A+ gems before we even got to the first established climbs!  I now have a lifetime-long tick-list of epic-looking projects to get started.  And I haven’t even brought up the Buttermilks yet!  Unfortunately we didn’t get to climb the ‘Milks because of a snowstorm that blew in on our last day.  But we did drive up so I could get a quick tour of the area.  Touching the holds on The Mandala and Lucid Dreaming made me feel connected to rock climbing in a whole new way.  As an atheist it’s hard to comprehend the spiritual feelings I felt looking at these giants.  These are some  powerful boulders!

Not only is Bishop the best climbing spot I’ve ever been to, it’s an amazing place to camp and fish as well!  We were able to live off the land (water?) and eat some trout that we caught downstream from our campsite in Pleasant Valley.

Living like this in Bishop for 4 days made me understand how all those dirtbag climbers do it.  I found myself thinking of ways that I could take two months off of work and live out of my car just climbing and fishing.  What more do you need?! Showers?  Yeah… good point.

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Hola!  My name is Luis.  I tried doing a blog once in the past, but completely forgot about it after about 2 weeks.  Maybe I lacked commitment?  Maybe I quit because nobody was reading it?  Well that won’t be a problem here, because this blog is going to be awesome!  I will post photos from climbing trips.  I will give tips on route setting.  And if you’re lucky, I may share a couple of my legendary recipes :)


Here are some stats about me:

  • I am the manager and head setter at Vital Climbing Gym in Murrieta California.
  • I love my job and my gym
  • I’m Cuban
  • I’m 6’2” tall with a +1.5” ape index
  • I don’t climb highballs
  • I live in Southern California (Corona, to be exact)
  • I love fish and aquariums (a little too much, some say)
  • I’ve played basketball and roller hockey since I was a little tike
  • I’m happiest when I’m drinking chocolate milk or squeezing big ole fat pinches on a steep overhang


Alright, no more time to slack off.  I need to finish packing for the morning journey up to BISHOP!!!  This will be my first time climbing in Bishop and I’m SUPER excited!  Ya better believe my next post will be dedicated to all my whining about how all of those boulders are way too high.  Ha!


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