Moveoutside365 Week 2 Update

The second week has been fun and I even gained a partner for my lunch runs.

January 2019

8 2.0 miles with Mitch lunch through park 40 degrees, felt good
9 2.0 miles with Mitch lunch 32 degrees felt tired been up all night as my youngest gets potty trained. No sleep in killing me.
10 2.0 miles with Mitch at lunch 30 degrees. Increased out speed by almost 1 min 15min total. Running through golf course.
11 2.0 miles lunch Mitch 30 degrees faster time when running on sidewalk as opposed to the snowy golf course and having to hop the fences.
12 4.43 miles bangs canyon adventure morning hike 30 degrees
13 1.4 miles around neighborhood 6am in fog, 14 degrees going skiing then climbing training in evening
14 4 miles to and from big o tires, 6am 17 degrees, flat tire on the car, had to run to school and back
Week 2 Total: 17.83 miles
Year Total: 37.53 miles
Behavior of the week
“Company” Running alone is great and many people use some kind of noise to fill the miles, it might be music, podcasts or talk radio. I choose to run without any of the noises that aren’t naturally occuring. I love to hear my feet crunch on the ground, the wind blow, the cars honk, the leaves rustle and my breath pounding. The thought of going outside and listening to inside things seems to defeat the purpose of going outside.
If the company of yourself and nature doesn’t sound great or satisfying, then find a partner. Mitch (another teacher at my school) has willinging joined up on my lunch runs and even increased my pace. It has been great to push each other during my 20 minute break from my job at lunch. We come back sweaty and head to out next classes ready to rock and roll feeling great and like we actually got to do something outside.
Don’t stop now, you can do it. If you are just beginning your #moveoutside365, thanks and keep on going. It’s just one day at a time.
The boys and I before the snows came.
piz : )

Week 1 #Moveoutside365 Report

January 2019 
1     2.2 miles gym run 12 degrees snow on ground 5am
2     1.8 miles house -4 degrees clear moon planets 6am, need my reflector jacket, first mile blows then it gets fun
3     1.2 miles from climbing gym 7 degrees Patterson rush hour exhaust breathing felt good after a half mile
4     2.25 miles house to school 630pm felt good after skiing all day 25 degrees
5     8 miles Dominguez Escalante new route 10 degrees  great day exploring, lee fell on snowy slab
6    2.25 miles 5pm light snow 32 degrees
7    2.0 miles 1200pm to Lincoln park from school 36 degrees a little inside right knee pain
Week 1 Total: 19.7 miles!
I take short notes after each run and you are getting the unedited version. I won’t always feel good or go too fast but I will tell you how it went. It’s not too late to begin, if you need to only do 2 days a week or only 3 or whatever, just make sure that you follow through!
Behavior of the Week
“Follow Through”
If you don’t know what this means is to do what you say. It is just that simple. If you say that you will call someone in an hour, do it. If you say you are going to eat healthy, do it. No excuses. It is not always easy or even fun but stick to your word.. Your peers, friends and family will see the change in you as they come to understand that you are a follow through person.
Again tell everyone that you are doing this #moveoutside365 so that they help hold you accountable. I am using a Suunto Ambit2 to keep track of my runs/hikes. I am running in SCARPA Spin trail shoes. You can use an APP on your phone. I also take notes after each run: The distance, the time, temperature, location and how I felt. IT will help me see the progression!
What did I learn after week 1:
That I ran 19 miles my first week and that running in the freezing temperatures isn’t that bad : )
Skiing with my boys at Sunlight Mountain Resort
0104191320a0105191207_burst02Going to climb this little guy soon! Psyched.

Day 1 Run Log

2.2 miles this morning at 5:15am  It was 12 degrees. Definitely a two pair of pants kind of day!

Please let me know if you are going to join me in this quest. I already have 2 others joining me that I know of. I know you can do it.

If you think that you are too busy, here is a normal day for me.

Wake 4:45am or a little later.

Work at the gym at 5:15am until 645am

Shower and get to my high school by 7:03am

Work till 3pm

Pick up my kids from school by 3:15pm

Hike/Play/Climb with kids till 4:45pm

Help with dinner at house or get kids practicing piano or doing homework till 7pm

Books with kids 7:00 to 7:30pm

Bed by eight unless I train on the treadwall.

You can fit a 20 minute run in if I can!!!!



2019 is about to get a little bit busier for me, but in a good way and for a great reason.      

I am going to exercise outside everyday of the year.

I want to do this so that I can improve my overall fitness and health, but also inspire others to spend time away from their phones, laptops and tv’s. Recent studies have shown that the time spent per day on technology is increasing to absurd amounts for the average american.

As a high school teacher, I witness the loss of the connection with the outdoors on a daily basis. Students come to school everyday and anchor in on their personal devices and don’t ever come out, not even for a fire drill. We as a species are losing our greatest connection with the earth and that is the outdoors. The only way to get it back is to create a new habit of exercising outside everyday, rain or shine, hot or cold.

My expectations are simple:

  1. I will run/ski/hike outside at least 1 mile everyday of the year.
  2. I will record my journey on my blog once a week, so that others may know my progress.
  3. I will encourage as many people to join me in moving outside 365.

My goals are simple:

  1. Spend time exercising outside every day of the year.
  2. Inspire others to make a habit of being outside.

Please join me in getting others outside by making this your goal for 2019 and by also using the hashtag #moveoutside365 to let others know about it.

American Alpine Club Craggin Classics

This year I had the pleasure to teach climbing at the Shelf Road Event and the Moab event. I taught Climbing Technique for Arcteryx to an entire group of climbers with holes in the front of their climbing shoes. So we obviously worked on footwork all day, while we went over lots of other helpful energy saving skills. I really enjoyed the climbing and the people.

The Moab event allowed me to teach Huge Days with a Light Rack for CAMP. We had a super motivated crew practicing crack skills, learning how to be more efficient and racing to get safe anchors built that meet the requirement of being Safe, Redundant, Simple and Equalized. I think the big take away from the day was that you can do everything that you need with a minimal amount of equipment and still be safe and fast.

What I like most about teaching these clinics is that there are always new climbers at the events that we get to share our knowledge and excitement with. It is a great way to try new gear from some of your favorite companies (shoes and helmets and carabiners) and talk to the folks who know the equipment best (the sales reps and athletes).

I strongly encourage you to come to one of the events. You will climb, laugh and meet new friends, partners and even get inspired to visit new places and have new adventures!

New Routing, Passing the Torch

This Thanksgiving I will be taking two aspiring new routers who want to learn how to ground up bigwall first ascent into Zion National Park to attempt to establish a new multi-pitch line. Here is what is going to happen.

  1. I gave them a supply list of needed equipment. Without these tools of the trade, new routing is a slow and challenging process. Tools like brushes, clippers, hand drills bolts, hangers, cams, glasses, gloves etc.
  2. I prepped them on what a day to day experience will be while we are working in the Zion Narrows. Cold, cold, cold and sandy and wet. We will have to dress properly and be willing to shiver at belays.
  3. We will learn how to drill and the decision making process to decide when to drill.
  4. We will assess rock type and the value of a climb. This entails deciding where to begin the new climb and how dangerous it might be to establish it. Ultimately, you want to choose a route for one of two reasons: 1 everyone will love this and or 2 this is personal and I need to do this.
  5. We will learn rope work and ascending fix lines. There is a lot to leaving a fixed line on a wall safely. If you fix it to the wall in an improper place then the rope will rub and cut and you may die. If you place gear or a bolt in a bad spot you may loose your gear or cause the rope to fray and cut. Lots of logistics to be learned.
  6. When to call it good will be addressed. Should you continue through some poor rock and hope to get to the better stuff or call it good. Hard question to ask and answer.
  7. The free/aid decision. It is very tough to switch back and forth from free and aid. How do you keep all the crap that is hanging off of you in order and away to free climb and how do you pull it out and switch quickly and safely?
  8. There are more and I will get them down shortly.

Psyched to share this with you soon!


Falling in Fall

I am in shape, healthy (except for a 2 week staph infection) and psyched.

The weather has been cooling and the temperatures have been great. Even though all things are looking good for sending, I am still falling. It is certainly not the end of the world, it just means that I am not ready to send just yet.

My hard project, Ramsis is a 190 foot mixed bolts and gear line in Unaweep Canyon. It is a wonderful challenge that has forced me to work on my finger strength (crimps) there are a ton. It has also had me work on my control of body position and timing (as some moves are possible when you lean/shift properly and some are not). Finally, the route has had me work on my sloper lieback moves (these are my least favorite moves which is why I am working them).

I can one hang it at will at this point (I have been on the route around 7 or 8 times) and am surprised with my progress. Maybe one more cold day and I can complete it before the conditions change too much. If not I will tackle the challenge again in the spring. Climbing is for the long term and if it doesn’t happen today, it will tomorrow. I can count on that. So be patient for whatever you are working towards, stay focused and be specific and direct on how you train and it will all come together.

It’s Craggin Classic Time OCTOBER!!!

Hey all,

If you want to catch up or take a climbing clinic with me, now is the time to sign up. I am working the Shelf Road Craggin Classic the 20/21 of October and teaching sport climbing techniques from footwork to onsighting.

Then over the 26/27th of October I will be teaching at the Moab Craggin Classic. Huge Days with a Light Rack is the clinic and my goal is to get the group up a local big feature instead of staying Potash road. It should be fun and a great learning experience!

As always if you have questions on climbing or whatever send me a message and I will get back to you as soon as I see it. The other way to get a hold of me is through my instagram: rob_pizem.

I hope to see you at these two great community building events!                                      Have a great day on the rocks.

4am and What Not to Do.

I am still awake and figure it’s a great time to catch up with my blog post ideas. I hopefully won’t bore you with my thoughts. Now that I have a family and ultimately am no longer heading out of town on a climbing trip (like I did in my 20’s and 30’s) I have come to the conclusion that all the places and features that I would like to climb list will have to be shortened, a lot.

I don’t want to call it a dream tick list or even a dream list because climbing all these features is totally doable but I will will call it a what doesn’t makes sense list because going to obscure places for a rock climb when you could be playing catch or camping or coaching your kids becomes a tough decision. So what are some features or where are some places that I feel that I will remove off of my list?

  • Shiprock: I have always wanted to climb this iconic mountain on the reservation but will save my energy for unclimbed walls in mountains elsewhere. It would be cool to stand there on top over the wide expanse of the desert southwest but ultimately not sure it’s worth the drive, risk and potential challenge of getting permission
  • My 5 Mountain linkup in the Alps.: I have tried to do this link up for over 10 years and it seems like a dumber idea each and every time. The weather is what determines success in the mountains and I am always trying during summer when the weather is more unstable (wet) than the late summer or fall. So year after year I fail. After this years fail, I was so bummed that I decided to give up on not only all of the challenge but even for climbing the individual walls. I will live with looking at other peoples photos on the internet at this point and be happy with that.
  • Climbing in Alaska: I have wanted to do this for years, but no one that I have wanted to climb with was ever able to go or wanted to go when I could. It will have to be passed on for me and I will keep the goal of going to Alaska to hike/sight see and be immersed in the wild rather than climb something, anything cool.
  • Pakistan for Real Big walls: Years ago we had a trip planned. Unfortunately it didn’t happen. Experiencing the culture, seeing and climbing on the biggest mountains of the world and feeling completely and totally off the grid will unfortunately never happen. The time to go never coincides with my teaching schedule and the time away to have a meaningful trip is unattainable with my family and career unless I take a semester off (which isn’t likely)
  • Patagonia: This place has truly been on the list of places to go for me but again, the climbing season is during the school year and I am unable to take that time off. Also the weather is normally extremely bad and that is not too enticing.
  • I am sure there are a few others and I will add them later, but for now I am finally tired and going to try to sleep for an hour before the kids get up.