dimanche 22 février 2015

Bionic Bill (Feb 16-20, 2015)

As most of you know, Bill underwent bilateral anterior hip replacement surgery in Scottsdale, AZ on February 17. His surgeon, Dr. Kozinn, has performed over one thousand single hip surgeries and he found Bill to be an ideal patient for a bilateral surgery (which is rarely performed). The surgery went well and Bill spent three nights in the hospital recovering. They had him up and walking the afternoon of the surgery and he would walk several times a day.

He is now in Mesa for a week with my parents in their RV and still requires a walker for mobility and assistance with tasks such as putting socks and shoes on, but he is on track for a speedy recovery. With the new titanium in his hips, he's definitely Bionic Bill now!

Feb. 16 in Dr. Kozinn's office the day before the surgery
Feb. 17 at 13:30. The surgery finished at 11:00. He is still dopey from the spinal.
Yes, that is a lot of blood! In total he lost about half a litre (500ml) of blood.
Feb. 17. He graduated from the liquid to the regular menu on Day 2.
Feb. 18 Getting back into bed after a walk.
Feb. 18. He would average 3-5 walks per day.
Feb. 19. Practicing going up and down stairs with the physiotherapist.
Feb. 19. Bill insisted I bring the laptop to the hospital so he could check in with work.
Feb. 20 Bill is discharged from the hospital at 13:00.
Feb. 20. Settling into the motorhome to continue his healing.

Supersition Hiking (Feb. 18-19, 2015)

Managed to sneak in a couple of hikes in the Superstition Mountains with my parents while Bill was healing up and getting strong in the hospital in Scottsdale. Here are a few shots from those trips.


samedi 7 février 2015

Photographie Experimentale (2015)

To kick off 2015 I borrowed a few lenses from my friend Michael and experimented a little bit. Here are some of the results:

mardi 18 novembre 2014

Jam Night (Nov. 14, 2014)

It's shoulder season. That time of year when the climbing gear is put away and the skis are not yet waxed. And it's the perfect time to play music with friends.

We got a crew together (Michael, Kevin, Tanis, Zenn, Bill and I), circulated a set list via email, practiced for a few days, and then met on Friday to make some noise together. It was pure fun! We can't wait to get together again!

Set List :
1. Society (Eddie Vedder)
2. King of the Road (Roger Miller)
3. House of the Rising Sun (The Animals)
4. Bad Moon Rising (CCR)
5. Where is my Mind? (The Pixies)
6. Creep (Radiohead)
7. Blackbird (Beatles)
8. We are Going to be Friends (White Stripes)

Left to right: Michael, Tanis, Zenn and Bill

Kevin setting up his clever portable drum kit

Kevin banging our drums

Michael singing "Hey There Delilah" with Kevin on bass drum

Zenn playing his slick new black Fender

Michael has a nice sunburst Epiphone Les Paul

The crew listening to Michael sing "Hey There Delilah"

dimanche 2 novembre 2014

Red Rocks 2014 (Oct. 9-30, 2014)

Desert Road Trip!

After a snowy September, the nice temperatures returned and early October provided me with some extra rock guiding days. My season ended Oct. 8 and the following day Bill and I packed the car and hit the road. He had nine days off in a row and we were intent on capitalizing on this. The desert is our favourite place to visit. There's something special about spending time in the desert - we always return home more grounded and quieted. Bill and I are not the only ones who make annual fall pilgrimage to the desert. We encountered many friends along the way and knew of others in nearby parks and states.

Below are some photos of our adventures in Red Rocks Canyon. During our stay we encountered many animals including a tarantula, a rattlesnake, a road runner, a hummingbird, deer, hare, bunnies, coyotes, and wild burros. The desert is certainly alive!

Red Rock Canyon at dusk
Bill climbing Pitch 4 of Chuckwalla 5.9

Bill climbing Pitch 6 of Chuckwalla 5.9
Bill on the summit of Global Peak. We accessed it via the Black Velvet road.
Most Red Rocks rap stations are questionable. This one is no exception. I backed up this hollow tree with two nuts. Or perhaps it's the other way around!
Bill climbing Beula's Book 5.9
Renee at the top of Pitch 1 of Arrow Place 5.9. Crux start moves were protected by a 00 cam
and a Wild Country Rock 1 nut.
Bill rappelling Arrow Place 5.9 on Burlap Buttress
What a bargain. For $5.99 we had two days worth of lunches for the two of us!
This homemade sandwich with leftover steak was also pretty delicious.

Bill's nine days off came to an end and I saw him off at the airport. I hotelled it for five days while waiting for Zenn to join me. I also had the chance to climb with other friends, reconn an approach and check out the limestone on Mt. Charleston.

During Zenn's stay we climbed 5 out of 6 days. We certainly got our fill! Here are photos from these adventures.

Here Zenn is employing the "Tai Chi" zen approach to climbing Frigid Air Buttress behind a very slow party of 3.
Zenn waiting in line for the last pitch of Frigid Air Buttress 5.9+
Zenn coiling a rope at the top of Frigid Air Buttress
A section of the 4th class approach to Inti Watana on Mt. Wilson
Zenn leading Pitch 4 of Inti Watana 5.10c
Enjoying a lunch at the half-way ledge and checking out the topo.
Zenn all smiles while finishing the last few moves of the final pitch (12) of Inti Watana 5.10c

jeudi 2 octobre 2014

Squamish, Sanskrit and CJ! (Sep 25-30, 2014)

Bill was well overdue for a vacation so last Thursday we loaded up the car with camping gear, climbing gear and 6.5 boxes of Sanskrit books and drove to Vancouver. With the UBC Sanskrit delivery mission accomplished on Friday we then headed out to Squamish for a couple of days of climbing and visiting with cj. Below are photos from our two cragging days together. Bill also climbed with us (very well, in fact) but somehow expertly eluded the camera!

Two crackpots reviewing crack technique together
cj climbing at Burgers and Fries
cj on Octopus' Garden 5.8
cj starting out on Klahanie Crack 5.7, not yet knowing of the epiphany that would quickly ensue!
cj in mid epiphany!
Ending the day on Mushroom 5.9 at The Papoose