Friday, October 22, 2010

Aussie Vid

Here's a short video of a great problem in Sydney named, Contact...

Contact from Phillip Schaal on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Deadpoint Video...

Please check the link below to see one of my video from my trip to Australia.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The end approaches...

With a few days until the notorious road up to Wolvo-land closes I've been trying to get up there as much as a can. I've made there once last week and going again today.

The other day was a bit different than my last arctic experience.

It's been real hot instead of cold for the last days in September.
JP climbing in the hot sun, hopefully the fall is coming soon.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Rocky Mountain High...

After spraining my ankle and then leaving for Australia, I felt like I missed out on the Wolvo-land action. I was looking forward to climbing there more once I returned back.

I headed out with Pinto last weekend to scope out some of the lines I didn't see the first time I visited (before my ankle betrayed me,) I was still jet lagging and didn't climb. After that visit with Pinto I was hoping to squeeze in a few problems before the road closed.

We headed back today. I was feeling like the jet lag was behind me and couldn't wait to climb. This what we encountered,
The slushy lake.

And then snow 200 ft up the road.

Looks like I might have missed the bus this year.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Well I just flew in from Sydney and boy are my arms tired. No but seriously my head is still up there in the clouds we were flying in. Jet lag has never hit me so hard. going over to Australia I didn’t have much of a problem. Going over I was on a night flight which I slept the entire way, arriving in the morning. Coming back I left on Sept 9th at 3PM. Then I arrived in Denver, Sept 9th at 4PM. Since then I haven't been able to fall asleep before 4AM.

Over all my trip was one of the best trips I’ve had. At first things were a bit grim in the Gramps. 10+ days of rain will get anyone down. But as soon as I was back in Sydney the sun was out and I climbed almost every day for the next 2 and a half weeks. Well I still had to put in some rest days but not that many. I needed to make up for time spent waiting to see it the rain would stop.

The bouldering fit my style around Sydney and at the end of my 2 weeks there I racked up a good amount to boulders,

L’homme obu V10

Contact V11

Combat Wombat V11

J2 V12

Abacus V12

Genesis V13

J1 V13

Catalyst V14

I will miss OZ and hope to get back again.

Well when I arrived back to Boulder I had a pair of sample Hornet's waiting for me

I couldn't wait to test them out. Even though my head was spinning I went to the gym. Then the next day I dragged myself up to The Park, to test them on real rock.

The verdict is, they are really good. Maximum toe pulling power and a great heal.

I approve!

Monday, September 6, 2010


With only two days left this may be my last post from Australia...

I have one more climbing day left. So I'm taking a rest today for one more shot at Deep Blue Sea, V13.

Burly roof climbing at it's finest.

I tried Deep Blue the other day with Dave and some other blokes. After getting worked figuring out the moves, Dave brought us to one of his local bouldering spots close by.

Great slabs with just ok surroundings.

Some friendly creatures we came across.

Thanks Dave for the great pictures!

Friday, September 3, 2010


It's been raining here for the last three days. Kind of a bummer since I didn't go to the Gramps in fear of rain, but not so bad actually. A number of big caves offer dry rock and good weather starts tomorrow and stays until I leave.

Yesterday I met up with Dave to check out this huge cave, Sunnyside.

Sunnyside is home to 3 lines that are each quite hard. Dave and I started working on Combat wombat, V11 (the easiest.) Shoulder moves lead to a cool toe hook bump section.

Dave sent!

I was close, falling at the jug. Then figuring I'd finish it another time or later in the day. I prematurely moved on the the burly line to the right. Chris's recently opened One Of A Kind. I was figuring out the crazy moves and by the time the light was to dim to keep trying, I figured I'd give Combat Wombat a send go. No chance! I was knackered and didn't come close. In hindsight I wish I stuck to finishing one before moving onto another. Now I double the work ahead of me.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


After a few days of feeling a bit flat on the boulders, I needed to make a change. I decided a new hair cut was in order.

This proved to be the recipe I needed. My next day back on the boulders I finished off my mini project, Catalyst V14.

After leaving Crumbly, happy to be finished with Catalyst, I realized if I headed back home I would get caught in rush hour traffic. I decided to grab bite to eat at a near by cafe and headed back to Crumbly. After a coke and vegemite cheese roll I was back to Crumbly to try Abacus, V12. Abacus is a mega classic 4-5 move power prolbem on the most amazing pinches I've ever climbed on.
I was getting close but the day was hot and the pinches greazy. It was getting dark and I only had a few tries left in me. After falling on the 2nd to last move I was planning on coming back the next day. but I knew it was supposed to rain so I kept trying. I made it back to the move I just dropped. I was so close to falling but managed to hang on. Totally shocked I hung on and finished it off.
Chris went back to the Gramps but since I'm having so much fun here in Sydney I decided to hang back. Plus I couldn't think of sitting in the car for 24 hours for potentially (if the sun came out down there,) 3 days of climbing. So Im here driving myself around which I've got the hang of quite well. I have a week left now and a few more Pj's up my sleeve.

Saturday, August 28, 2010


My day yesterday. Again another perfect day in the 60's. Sydney is the best!

J1, V13
The double toe hook finish on J1. The only method to finish this problem.Mark Withers working the moves of Chris's recently opened, liquid Dreams, V11.

Tom "The Butcher" Farrell flashing the second ascent.

The Weather in the Gramps is looking better. We are headed back on the 1st. It will be nice to get some redemption.

Friday, August 27, 2010


Checked out another great little area called The Villas.

Climbed a cool problem called Contact.

Having a great time here but missing this girl.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Yesterday I went climbing,

and surfing,

in the same day...

I love this place!

Living bouldering legend Dave Kellerman, Sydney bouldering would not be where it is today with out this guy.

There is a chance Chris and I will go back to the Gramps next Wednesday, depending on the weather. Redemption would be nice, but with the weather so nice in Sydney I'm happy to hang out here as well. This may be the best city I have ever visited. Surfing and climbing in the same day, amazing!

Saturday, August 21, 2010


Finally nice weather..

Very happy we decided to leave the Gramps. Now instead of nothing but rain on the horizon, we have sun!

And I managed to climb a tricky problem called Genesis.

Genesis is located at one of the many little areas that are scattered around Sydney. Probably the best urban bouldering any city has to offer.

In addition to having great areas to visit. We are staying with a gracious host that has a mini pony! Yup you heard it right a MINI PONY...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Yesterday Chris and I ventured off into Melbourne. And yes it is still raining.

Today we are leaving Victoria and heading back to New South Wales. Maybe we will return to the Gramps if the weather changes. But at this point dry rock is the main objective.

Monday, August 16, 2010


Since our arrival to Melbourne we have been lucky enough to be taken in by James Kassay and his family. And in typical Ozzy form they have been some of the most gracious and genuine people I have met. A family of climbers that in addition to being extremely fun and nice, own one of the newest and best climbing gyms in Australia,

Chris and I are going to train our ass's off for the next few days before giving the Gramps another shot. If we get shut down then we will head back to Sydney stopping at some areas along the way, weather permitting.

Sunday, August 15, 2010


After my last post things were looking good. All we needed was some sunshine to come our way. Well in typical form non has been given to us. On the contrary, its been really pissing down. The only day since I have been here that it didn't rain at some point of the day was my first day off the plane. Other than that it's been raining every day. We went back to that place were I said you could climb in the rain but guess what? It was soaked.
We decided to bail on the Gramps for now and visit Melbourne for some indoor climbing and shelter from the rain. We are planning on going back to the Gramps but I'm not feeling too optimistic. I wonder if i will climb more days inside than outside here in OZ.