Archive for November, 2015

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Some downtime and Sintra Topo

November 24, 2015

Today is November 23rd and I “stopped” climbing around beginning of June so that’s… 6 months!  When I say stopped I mean that I climbed (let me see) on around 10-15 days in those 6 months.  Sporadic days.  Loooong stretches in between.

I felt a deep lull in motivation in June and about that time I started playing a ridiculously fun and immersive computer game (yes… yes…) called World of Tanks.

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World of Tanks – T37

God that must sound lame but I have been really obsessed with this strategic multiplayer realtime game.  Amazing graphics, amazing strategy, steep learning curve.

In addition to the game I was playing more music on my concertina and both of those I could do at home which just took away from my desire to go to the climbing gym and do the saaame routes over again…

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Minutes before the break

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A few days before the break

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Post-break… so ugly

Man I’m so bummed about Drive On.

So on the 1st of July I left for a 3 month visit to Europe.  2 months in Portugal and 1 month touring around England, France and Spain.

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Water, Sun, Climbing – Portugal

Portugal is so amazing, and so are the people living there.  I miss being able to call up a friend and drive to a cliffside crag, jump in the water in between burns and just be in nature.

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Mateus and cousin Gabriel

Had an awesome time catching up with some good friends and seeing what was new in the bouldering world.

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Enjoying the beaches of Portugal

After close to 3 months with only 3 days of climbing I got to Fontainbleau and oh my it is such an amazing place!  Fully lived up to all the expectations.  I felt so happy there.

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Fontainbleau playground

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Fontainbleau playground

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The Little Prince in the village of Fontainbleau

So now I’m back in Oakland and, after a month and a half, still haven’t restarted my climbing gym membership.  I tell myself I’ll do it beginning of December so that I can still enjoy the winter season in Yosemite but we’ll see…   I hear the new youngsters in the climbing gym have gotten super strong so maybe I’ll go get some inspiration by climbing with them 🙂

Until next time!

OH!  And that rambling and I forgot to mention the main reason I was posting!!  SINTRA has a new bouldering Topo by the ever-present one-and-only Macau.

Check it out at: https://bouldersintra.wordpress.com/topo/

 

 

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