On Squamish Climbing As Some Sort of Religious Experience, and Short People Problems at the Gym

Short people problems. It’s a thing. Today, using an auto-belay my first time climbing with ropes — save the proper belay course I took two days ago — I felt entitled to complain. Inside my mind. Because, yes, I know, in the words of that belay course instructor, bouldering is “very different” from rope climbing.Continue reading “On Squamish Climbing As Some Sort of Religious Experience, and Short People Problems at the Gym”

Corky is an Orca at SeaWorld San Diego. I Can’t Get Her Story Out of My Head.

I first learned about Corky, a killer whale living at SeaWorld, on Saturday. In the two days since, my mind has continually strayed back to her. Still living at SeaWorld San Diego. Very far from her home in Pender Harbour, British Columbia, where some of her family still lives. I came to this blog toContinue reading “Corky is an Orca at SeaWorld San Diego. I Can’t Get Her Story Out of My Head.”

Rich Roll, Russell Brand and White Men Talking About Their Addictions

Back in the day, Britney Spears shaved her head. Craig Ferguson, then host of The Late Late Show, took the opportunity to explain why he wouldn’t make any Britney jokes. What followed was a 12-minute, deeply moving monologue about Ferguson’s recent sobriety anniversary. Of Spears, Ferguson eventually said, “She’s 25. She’s a baby. She’s aContinue reading “Rich Roll, Russell Brand and White Men Talking About Their Addictions”

“What if He Had Fallen?” Yeah. But He Didn’t.

A few weeks back, as the Grouse Grind was opening for the season, I mentioned to someone that maybe I’d do it again this year. It had been awhile. I was feeling fit. A few days later, when she checked up to see if I’d gone, I said, “No!” With a laugh, like, “of courseContinue reading ““What if He Had Fallen?” Yeah. But He Didn’t.”

Amy’s Horrific ‘Big Bang Theory’ Makeover, Climbing, and Fear

I wouldn’t say Mayim Bialik is my hero like, say, Alex Honnold is my hero. But I admire her tremendously. She is unabashedly herself in an industry that pushes an alarming degree of conformity. She’s ballsy. Vegan. Openly religious. And you know she must have cringed when she learned how Amy Farrah Fowler’s story wasContinue reading “Amy’s Horrific ‘Big Bang Theory’ Makeover, Climbing, and Fear”

Let’s Talk ‘Free Solo’ And The Editorial Spin Put on Alex Honnold and Sanni McCandless’ Relationship

Update December 2019: They’re getting married! Good on ya, Sanni and Alex. ❤ Originally posted March 17, 2019 “Why do you want to do this? It’s a Totally. Crazy. Goal.” — Sanni McCandless Today I saw Free Solo for the umpteenth time. I use the word “umpteenth,” because the actual number is somewhat embarrassing. IContinue reading “Let’s Talk ‘Free Solo’ And The Editorial Spin Put on Alex Honnold and Sanni McCandless’ Relationship”

What is ‘Unconscionable’ in a ‘Shark Tank’ Deal?

Tonight on Shark Tank, the first entrepreneur, Meredith Jurica of Makeup Junkie Bags, didn’t need a deal. But she was a bit of an unusual case. She didn’t seem to be on the show just for the promotion. She sincerely wanted a shark partner, even after more than half the panel was out — refusing toContinue reading “What is ‘Unconscionable’ in a ‘Shark Tank’ Deal?”

‘Free Solo’ Shows Alex Honnold’s Extreme Difference

There’s a scene in Free Solo, the documentary about Alex Honnold’s phenomenal feat of scaling El Capitan without the aid of climbing ropes, where the audience gets a telling glimpse of his difference. It is a scene that seems to have nothing to do with climbing. Honnold and his girlfriend have just bought a new homeContinue reading “‘Free Solo’ Shows Alex Honnold’s Extreme Difference”