The Move Mountains Tour

The Move Mountains Tour: An Adventurous Road Trip in Philanthropy Sponsored by: Mad Rock Climbing, KAVU Clothing Supported by: Maxim Ropes, NiteIze Inc,  Petzl My mail goes to my parents in CA, and my cards and license are attached to a PO Box in Boulder, CO. However, Mexico feels as much as a home base as Colorado and California. When Climbing Borders started in 2014,…

“Can I stay at your house?”

My average day volunteering with a badass project, climbing with kids in marginalized areas. See more: http://www.escalandofronteras.org ________________________________ “Can I stay at your house?” “No, you have a mom and brother.” “I don’t live with them.” “Where do you sleep?” “Behind the school. Can you give me 5 pesos for some water?” the fifteen year…

The Struggle Unplugging

It’s so hard for me to unplug. I’ve just received new emails, the coffee is only half-finished, and my friends are just signing onto Facebook, liking my Instagram photo, and sharing a new viral video about two guinea pigs eating a blade of grass Lady-And-The-Tramp style…in slow motion. I can sign off at any moment, but…

Vancouver! Victoria! Squamish!!!

So stoked to be on the road in Canada. I’m in Vancouver, about to check out the Boulders Climbing Gym in Victoria, a non-profit gym JUST LIKE what we were imagining in Monterrey, Mexico! If you haven’t seen it, check out the Move Mountains Tour website I am slaving over these days. You can also win…

Interview: Revista Escalando

Recently Revista Escalando (Climbing Magazine in Spanish) did an interview with me about combining a traveling, professional climbing career with work for philanthropic programs like Escalando Fronteras. Thank you so much, Camilo Castellanos and Revista Escalando! And thank you sponsors for supporting my passion in various ways, everywhere I go! Mad Rock Climbing, Kavu, GSI Outdoors,…

The See-Saw

There are times in our lives when we are expanding the fastest, learning from our environment as quickly we can humanly imbibe these experiences and forging our path through the unknown of the future. In that endless moment, we don’t hold expectations, knowing that nothing is for certain, and we are small in this world….

Day with Paragliders

Today had a theme of discipline and caution. Diego, Argentinian. I tagged along with Fer and Carlos to photograph their paragliding group in the pueblito Rinconada, west of Monterrey. Every launch held some suspense, and the Argentinian named Diego flipped up high and lost his helmet with a GoPro. I counted the seconds as the helmet dropped:…

“Van, Life, Food: Vantarian Eating on a Roll”

I have a project I’m working on, a tiny book about Vantarian eating for climbers (or really, anyone) traveling on the road and living in a house on wheels. “Van, Life, Food: Vantarian Eating on a Roll” will be vanlife-sized, with a number of crafty and quick recipes from simple hors d’van to vegvantarian scrambles. The recipes…

Moving to Mexico

In 2013, with the help of sponsors GSI Outdoors, Mad Rock Climbing, and KAVU, I ditched a townhouse to live in a van on a six-month road trip around North America. The 2005 Dodge Sprinter was unconverted, so I slept for most of that time on boxes, and on cold days curled up with my border…

Escalando Fronteras Clip

  We took a group of kids to climb in the city’s canyon today, and hastily put the footage into this short clip about Escalando Fronteras.

A Monster Named Denial

Sinking deeper and deeper into that familiar feeling of crazy depression, my ankle felt almost worse. For four months, I haven’t been able to climb without pain, and climbing is my very simple world. Am I losing grip on my 17-year-old passion, slowly and involuntarily? Is this the end? Should I finish up that business degree, take up art, and make…

Drawing – It’s Not Something I Do, But…

I’ve recently been inspired to use a new medium to share what I see in Monterrey, and sit down and draw places and people that we normally take photos of. Here, we took a slight detour from our usual route when we exit Huasteca, taking a short road that ended abruptly where it has been eaten…