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Paul a film by Alex Savage, shares Paul Nadler with the world. I had the pleasure of living with Paul for a couple months last Summer and I’m thrilled to see his thoughtful approach to climbing shared with the community. 



// Swimming in a Sea of Granite//

I’ve been bitten by the by the Big Wall bug and after following Walker Emerson up El Capitan on the Salathé I can’t get enough.  That was a month ago and since then my partner Si Moore and I have been focusing our efforts on Freerider, which we hope to free next season.

Walker on Heart Ledge, where we pre-hauled supplies for our 2-day push to French-free The Salathé.

Spirits are high as we enter the light on Day 2 of our Salathé push.

Long Ledge, just past the Salathé headwall and our last stop before reaching the top.  Photo: Walker Emerson.

All smiles as Walker and I watch the sun setting from the top of El Capitan. 

Hanging with Si Moore on The Great Escape.  Yosemite, CA.  Photo: Si Moore.

Beginning the El Cap descent after a day working the Scott Burke off-width at the top of Freerider.  Photo: Si Moore.

Leading the crux pitch of Freeblast on El Cap.  Photo: Si Moore.

Si and me topping out Freeblast.  See if you can find us.  Photo: Walker Emerson.



Anonymous said: Height/weight/ape index? Stats.

Hi Anonymous!  My stats are 5’7”/120 lbs/+0. Born in SF. Raised in OR. Hella Northwest.



Ethan Pringle taking down the Oliana classic JoeBlau 8C+ during his recent stint in Spain.  Film and edit by Walker Emerson.  Enjoy! 



acutelyaskew:

For the first time since moving down to the Bay I’ve been able to get out and revisit the Yosemite Valley.  Heading out for a day-trip with Mark Heal and Max Zolotukhin was an excellent way to reconnect with this stunning area and remind myself why I’m here in the first place.

The past few months have been crazy.  Settling into a new job, a new living situation, and wrestling with all of the decisions that come with such a change has been eating all of my time and energy.  There just aren’t enough days in the week.  I’m just now beginning to find a balance with work, life, climbing, and everything in between.  My training as a setter is wrapping up and I’ll be transitioning to setting full-time through April, meaning that as of May 1 my schedule will be more stable and amenable toward trips.  This comes with the huge benefit of 3 day weekends, opening up my schedule to get out and do what I love.

These past months have been spurring a lot of changes, one of the biggest being my shift in focus from bouldering toward route climbing, with trad and big wall being my major goal.  While I still love hitting the blocks, after 3 years of nonstop bouldering I’m finding it difficult to fully invest myself into problems, both in terms of trying to finish things quickly as well as projecting.  In short, it’s been hard for me to try hard.  This, more than anything, is a blaring sign that a change is in order and I’m looking forward to rekindling some of the climbing skill sets that have fallen by the wayside. 



New Post is Live for the Planet Granite Blog

Since starting as a Setter earlier this year I’ve also begun writing for the Planet Granite blog.  My first post, sharing the experience of Mark Heal and Josh Horsley as they travel to Hueco, goes hand in hand with this post following Brian Hedrick’s recent Hueco trip.  In both I’m trying to capture the feel of the process rather than just reporting successes.  The lifestyle is what drives us and it seems like this is an aspect of the sport that often gets lost in coverage.  My other goal was to make this material accessible to a readership that may not live and breathe climbing in the same way that some of the more die-hard dirtbags would.  To that end I wanted to go beyond listing problems and talk more about what goes on in Hueco and some of the challenges surrounding access.  Let me know how I did, feedback is always encouraged and it takes criticism for me to grow and learn from this process.  Consider this an invitation.



Some photos from a recent trip out to Castle Rock to tie you over until I can get some thoughts out onto paper.  A lot has happened in the past few months since my move to the Bay, it’ll take a minute to organize everything into a coherent post.  Stay tuned! 

Photos: Primo David Rivera



2012 Photo Recap: Half Dome from afar.  Yosemite, CA.  Shot on an Olympus OM-2S, 50mm 1:1.8, Kodak Gold 400. 

2012 Photo Recap: Half Dome from afar.  Yosemite, CA.  Shot on an Olympus OM-2S, 50mm 1:1.8, Kodak Gold 400. 



2012 Photo Recap: Some morning coffee to warm the hands.  Squamish, BC. 

2012 Photo Recap: Some morning coffee to warm the hands.  Squamish, BC. 



2012 Photo Recap: Jeff Hansen and Krista Hoff on the approach to Mickey’s Beach, CA. 

2012 Photo Recap: Jeff Hansen and Krista Hoff on the approach to Mickey’s Beach, CA. 



2012 Photo Recap: Michael Donovan launching for a hold on Purple is Not a Color.  Lincoln Lake, CO. 

2012 Photo Recap: Michael Donovan launching for a hold on Purple is Not a Color.  Lincoln Lake, CO. 



2012 Photo Recap: Winter hits Central Oregon.  Smith Rock State Park, OR.

2012 Photo Recap: Winter hits Central Oregon.  Smith Rock State Park, OR.



2012 Photo Recap: Jeff Hansen on The Grand Wall, Squamish BC. 

2012 Photo Recap: Jeff Hansen on The Grand Wall, Squamish BC. 



2012 Photo Recap: Mike Donovan showing us what it’s all about.  Lincoln Lake, CO.

2012 Photo Recap: Mike Donovan showing us what it’s all about.  Lincoln Lake, CO.



2012 Photo Recap: Matt Pincus on Beyond Life, Joe’s Valley, UT.

2012 Photo Recap: Matt Pincus on Beyond Life, Joe’s Valley, UT.



Raised on a healthy diet of welded tuff and basalt, Chris began climbing at age 9. He competed throughout his childhood and on through college. Now back on the West Coast, he's climbing everything he can get his hands on.

  • Current Location: San Francisco, CA