For our first Valentine’s Day together, I wanted to make a climbing themed card for Christine. This was about 5 years ago, and we had only been dating for a few weeks. We had first met in the climbing gym, so I decided it would be cool to make a “Would you be my Valentine?” card and hide it at the top of a route for Christine to find.
That night I had the Valentine’s Day card hidden in my chalk bag as I asked Christine which route she’d like to climb first.
“I’d like to try that 11B” she said, pointing to one of the tallest routes in the gym.
“Really? That looks kind of hard.” I replied, “Maybe we should warm up first.”
“You don’t have to climb it.”
“No” I said, as I started threading the rope through my harness, “I do.”
I had only been in the sport for a year and was most comfortable climbing 10Ds at the time, but I tried my best to finish this long route. I didn’t flash it, but I did successfully sneak the card at an easy to find spot.
Christine went next and flashed the climb. As I lowered her back down, she had a big smile on her face as she read the card. She said “Yes”.
Ever since then, Christine has kept pushing me to climb a little bit higher and try new things.
Shortly after our Vegas wedding, Christine and I took a trip to Red Rock Canyon to climb “Olive Oil”. We hired Cory, a local guide, to pick a spot and bring the gear we were missing which turned out to be a good move. Cory kept us moving easily up the route, which was 600 feet of easy climbing and my first experience with multipitching. Red Rock Canyon is a beautiful park filled with red and white sandstone that looks a lot like bacon. I shot this roll with my LC-A and some Tungsten 64 cross processed film.
Last year some friends and I put together our own “prom night” at our local climbing gym. Climbing in our fancy outfits was totally fun, so I’m so excited to do it again. This year we are teaming up with Mission Cliffs to make the 2nd Annual Climber’s Prom even more of a night to remember.
We’ll have a cheesy photo area set up (complete with obligatory doric column and backdrop) so you can capture the magic of this night forever! Be sure to wear your fanciest poofy dress and duct tape tuxedo. Punch will be provided, as will quintessential prom memories.
Friday April 19th, 6-10pm at Mission Cliffs. Normal gym rates apply.
I posted a few iPhone shots and a love letter dedicated to Pinnacles National Park a month back, but here are some of the film shots from that amazing trip too.