I just wanted to say thank you to anyone who has or continues to visit my blog.

I am not the most fluent with my writing and I just try to share photos and moments that my family and I have had recently.

It’s fun to look back to see what we have been up to and I look forward to seeing what adventures lie ahead.

Cheers to a safe and exciting 2015!

piz : )

I love Zion!

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There is one place that I never have to think twice about going climbing at and that is Zion National Park.

Above are some photos are from myself and Jeremiah Watt. I can’t wait to play there in 2015!

Hiking with my students

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I have been taking my students out on hikes for years now and the last few trips hve been greally great fun! We left the trails in some nearby areas and really got to explore, get dirty and find our way through the wilderness.

What is great about giving the kids these opportunities is that they get to problem solve, work together and succeed or fail together based on the real decisions that they have made on the hike.

If they don’t bring water they get thirsty, if they don’t have food they are hungry and if they aren’t in shape, then they get tired.

Keep up the good work folks and I hope you continue learning and exploring outside.

piz : )


Delicate Arch Hike

Rowan wanted to hike as far as he could but often ended up getting stuck in the bushes and throwing dirt and rocks.

 Jane showing that you can be 23 months pregnant and still crush uphill hikes.

 Me and the boy on the slick rock.

 A little bit of snow and ice on the trail. We saw some city slickers slipping and sliding here.

 No worries.

 Ah, success at last.

 Hanging in the sun. It took Rowan a little bit of practice to walk on the uneven terrain. He was scared most of the time and needed us to hold his little hand.

 Jane glowing.

 The La Sal Mountains in the background on the way back to the car.

 Rowan ready to test his skills.

And the final meltdown.

Get outside and have an adventure!

piz : )

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Mount Garfield with My Students

We went out to hike up Mt Garfield near Palisade, CO last week.
I find that we never stay on the trails very long.
Enjoy the photos and hopefully more of my kids will attend the next hikes in March!

Get outside and have an adventure!

piz : )

 Getting ready in the parking lot on a perfect morning.

 The first hill is a slap in the face. If you are not used to going up steep unrelenting hills it will destroy you for the day.

 Taking a break with a nice view!

 Look over the valley of Grand Junction and the Colorado National Monument to the right.

 As usual, I am always looking for cracks to climb!

 Getting air born over the gap.

 Cool formations in the shale.

Sliding back down to the cars after getting all dirty and tired out!
What a great way to spend the morning in Colorado!!

Thanks to my amazing sponsors: Arcteryx, CAMP-USA, SCARPA, Sterling Ropes, the AAC and WIndX-treme

Sunday Hike that will Turn into a New Route!

 As I took a snowy hike last Sunday, I found this little guy that I will come back to clean and climb. There are two options for the first pitch (the right or left dihedral). Then I will move up through that overhanging off width to the top. It should be pretty good and I suspect that there won’t be too much loose and dangerous rockfall. The wide bit up top looks like #4’s, but I have been wrong before at this distance away. (My eye sight is getting worse and worse every year).

 The views from the hike. The hike started with a totally overcast sky and it cleared out within a half and hour of trudging through the snow and wandering the loose hillside.

 I started with a down jacket on and ended up wearing just a t-shirt and vest!

By the time that I got to the end of my hike, I had no intention of going back the way that I came. I was tired and did not want to get into the shade where the walking was easier. (I actually fell through the ice earlier on the hike and did not want to navigate the edge of the meandering creek again).
So I luckily found a few passages up and out of the canyon and managed to indirectly find the road back to the truck. I did feel lost even though I knew where I needed to go. I was running through the pine forest following deer tracks and rabbit tracks through washes and over the flat terrain. It felt like a movie, all was silent, I was along and just charging through the empty desert. Pretty rad.

Normally after I find a new route, I immediately come back with a helmet and rope and see what the new route is all about. As the winter days get colder and the breeze stays consistent, I find that a         WindX-treme neck gator is my go to article of clothing (that is the red thing on my neck).
Get outside and have an adventure!

piz : )