Thursday, February 25, 2010

Murder in the Snow (FREE TIBET!!)

Just a short post, since I am currently studying for my stats class. Today I had the opportunity to attend a talk by Luis Benitez a world renowned climbing guide who witnessed a horrible atrocity on the slopes of Cho Oyu, in Tibet. Refugees from Tibet were attempting to cross into Nepal to escape the clutches of communist China when the Chinese opened fire on them killing a 17 year old nun! In addition to this there are rumors that 7 more Tibetans were executed and thrown into a crevasse. The response to this by the climbers at base camp was to try and forget these events and move on. If it wasn't for the few who did speak out the first documented and filmed act of murder against the Tibetans wouldn't have been captured for the world to see. To find out more about what happened watch Murder in the Snow. If you want to learn more on how to help the Tibetans please click the link in the sidebar or visit these sites below:

Murder in the Snow

Save Tibet

I feel that it is our responsibility as climbers to do all we can for the people who live in the mountains that so many of us either aspire to climb or just admire the sheer beauty of the Himalayas.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Climbing Comp

So there are some sweet photos and videos made from the climbing comp. last Saturday and I posted one in this message. You can see me fail at the second dyno at 7:37 minutes into the video (haha). I am confused since yesterday at the gym I easily got the third dyno, yet I still can't get that second one. Oh well I guess it really plays into peoples different strenghts.
Lets see not much else going on, I am sure no one wants to hear how Stats, groundwater, and physics are going (just had to remember intergration by parts the other day...)
Oh one other thing about the climbing comp. was that our school paper covered the event and wrote an article about it and messed up. So they listed the top finishers from WWU in the article and said that this Andrew Peterson dude got 4th in intermediate, but that was totally me! Oh well I guess I won't get to clip my name out for my scrapbook some day hahaha

link to video

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Dub Step

So last week a bunch of homies and I went down to Seattle and saw Rusko. He is a rad Dj who mixes dub step music. If you haven't heard it before then you are missing out for sure... My buddy levi shot a bit of the scene at Club Trinity
video

Also on Saturday I competed in a climbing comp. at WWU and got 4th in the intermediate divison, which blew me away since I was super nervous at the start. I had some reservations about signing up for the competition since I climb for the non-competitive nature that it has. I love climbing because it gets me outside to experience new things and challenge myself on many different levels. Climbing inside has one purpose: to make me a better climber outside, but Saturday I was stoked to kick it with some friends win some sweet prizes and climb some astetic lines (major props to the route setters!)

Thursday, February 4, 2010

So this is my first post on my blog. I set this up in order to share trip reports that I have, also things that go on weekly in my life. I am really bad at keeping a journal so I hope that this blog might be an easier way of jotting down some of my thoughts, as well as a record of my travels. I hope that you enjoy the blog and check back in...