Chronicles of a Rock Gym Junkie

Red Bull Gave Me Wings!

So after about 10 tries, I finally completed the very first dyno that at least I have seen set at the gym.  I was pretty exhausted from learning the mechanics behind the dynamic movement involved in this move;  so, what better way to get that extra boost than with my own Red Bull commercial!  This problem definitely set the tone for the rest of night, developing into a fun, balls to the wall kinda night instead of the usual training day.  Enjoy!  Thanks to Brian Kong for taking the vid.  

A not-so “Worthless” Boulder…
So I took a stroll around the upper east side of Central Park to find one of three climbing spots in search of the “Worthless” Boulder.  You can find it around an entrance into Central Park at 110th Street and 7th ave.  Now, this was my first time being outdoors.  Pretty lame, I know!  I didn’t even get to climb it because I got into the city wayyyy too late, but I still touched every hold I possibly could to get a feel for it all.  The experience was simply amazing…  My heart was pumping, my adrenaline was going, and I had the biggest grin on my face the rest of the night.  Its funny how the simplest things can open you to a completely different plane.  I said to myself, “So this is what I have been working towards” and obviously, its just the very tip of the iceberg.
So, with this newfound inspiration, I went to NJRG today with my heart ablaze and a focused mind… The result? Well, lets just say it was one awesommeee climbing day.  Feels like many more things are within my reach.  So to those out there that are feeling a little bit stagnant lately, motivation and inspiration may be found in the oddest places… even in something that may seem “worthless” at first glance.

A not-so “Worthless” Boulder…

So I took a stroll around the upper east side of Central Park to find one of three climbing spots in search of the “Worthless” Boulder.  You can find it around an entrance into Central Park at 110th Street and 7th ave.  Now, this was my first time being outdoors.  Pretty lame, I know!  I didn’t even get to climb it because I got into the city wayyyy too late, but I still touched every hold I possibly could to get a feel for it all.  The experience was simply amazing…  My heart was pumping, my adrenaline was going, and I had the biggest grin on my face the rest of the night.  Its funny how the simplest things can open you to a completely different plane.  I said to myself, “So this is what I have been working towards” and obviously, its just the very tip of the iceberg.

So, with this newfound inspiration, I went to NJRG today with my heart ablaze and a focused mind… The result? Well, lets just say it was one awesommeee climbing day.  Feels like many more things are within my reach.  So to those out there that are feeling a little bit stagnant lately, motivation and inspiration may be found in the oddest places… even in something that may seem “worthless” at first glance.

Its like X-Mas at NJRG!

Wow, what an amazing climbing day!  For the regulars out there who don’t know yet, we have a bunch of new bouldering problems up on our main walls thanks to Marco and Salz.  On top of this, 3 setters(Marco again) showed up today to create some wicked new bouldering problems in the cave and top rope routes (still setting as we speak)!  Christmas surely came early (where is this snow coming from?) to the rock gym.  And of course, what did I ask from Santa?  A new “long haul” of course…  Gotta keep the tradition alive, you know?

So after approximately 1 year since I started, I finally decided to record my exploits as a rock climber.  Looking back, it has been a crazy-wonderful journey that has definitely change the very essence of my soul.  Much love to all the people I have met along the way, and will continue to meet in the future both inside and outside the rock climbing world.  See you guys on the wall!
*The photo above is a trip down memory lane, from when I first started…  For those that do not know, this takes place at NJ Rock Gym and was one of my first check points as a climber.  It is known as “Long Haul,” and though it changes every couple of months, it is a boulder problem that starts from the downstairs of the gym all the way to the upstairs.  You ascend using the roof of the “cave.”

So after approximately 1 year since I started, I finally decided to record my exploits as a rock climber.  Looking back, it has been a crazy-wonderful journey that has definitely change the very essence of my soul.  Much love to all the people I have met along the way, and will continue to meet in the future both inside and outside the rock climbing world.  See you guys on the wall!

*The photo above is a trip down memory lane, from when I first started…  For those that do not know, this takes place at NJ Rock Gym and was one of my first check points as a climber.  It is known as “Long Haul,” and though it changes every couple of months, it is a boulder problem that starts from the downstairs of the gym all the way to the upstairs.  You ascend using the roof of the “cave.”