Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Pretty Lights Coming Back To Telluride - My Kind Of Teaser

The good folks of Pretty Lights are coming back to Telluride, August 26th, and we couldn't be more excited... So, as I contemplate the radness of this show again, I figured an MTB teaser should be in order... Enjoy...

FLOW - The Elements of Freeride (Pretty Lights Remix) from North 40 Productions on Vimeo.

Oh, and the original Pretty Lights remix is here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAXz2z4giws

Monday, March 07, 2016

So Changes This Place

There we are,
In a place as before.
There are the mountains,
Opening to both of us.
There we are,
the two of us...
We reach out our hands and grasp
an empty clasp.
There we are...
Alone, and still taken by dreams.
Moments still wander like gusts.
They beat upon our mountain, resolving nothing.
Yet, uncovering a beauty, a thing...
A whisper, only so soft to sing...
This is a different place, and so are we...
And there we are...

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Monday, February 22, 2016

When I First Recognized OUR Power!

I was 12-years-old and playing with my friends on the playground. I think it was kickball or something like that. The sun was out, but there was a slight chill in the Oklahoma City air. At the Catholic school I went to, there were some tough kids. The neighborhood was full of lower middle-class kids, like me and my sister. We didn't like taking shit, and neither did the other kids. Be that as it may, there are always bigger kids. On this day, the ball we were kicking around rolled over to the big kids. I ran to it. One of the larger boys picked up the ball and instantly started teasing us. He didn't want to give it back. I walked up to him and told him to drop the ball and give it back. He approached. It was then that he pushed me. I pushed back. A crowd started to form around us. He was much bigger than me. As he started to come forward to me, clearly in fighting mode, I told him, and the rest of the kids, "I'm not afraid of you... I will never be afraid of you!" He said something about how I should be, but I reinforced my original message... "I will never be afraid of you!" He grabbed me and we started wrestling. I kept telling him how I wasn't afraid, and I would fight him, lose and fight him again! What amazed me was that my messages threw him off... It wasn't that I had superior strength to fight him off - I didn't at the time. It was how determined I was that took the fight out of him. Power is in the mind, and in the heart! Power is bigger than you! Power starts and grows within you!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The San Juan's Keep Surprising Me!

Me and DB decided to hit some big lines for his birthday, but were a little suspect on what the conditions would be like. We hadn't had much snow, but then... Smack it! We doing everything right. For starters, our plan was to go really high, and to get deep in to the peaks to avoid the crowds. Then, the inch-an-hour snow started to fall. We got shut down on the first coliour, but then found a more protected shot, what we called, Mini Granite. A 6000 ft day (descending), a happy day!


Our First Shot...

Unfortunately, my GoPro fell off while at the peak (didn't lose it), so no evidence of the ultimate rad we shredded. Oh well... I think I'm good for it though, right :) 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
      For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
      Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
      Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
      How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
      I am the captain of my soul.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Reminded Of The Simple Life - 180-Degrees South

Stop, and take a look around your house, or the room you're in... What do you see? Is your space cluttered? Do you see things you really don't need? Is everything in your house serving a purpose? Now go in to your mind... Are there emotions and issues that don't serve you? Would you be better off not over-thinking about an issue or potential problem in your life? Do we actually complicate our lives unnecessarily? These are questions that struck me after truly digesting the movie 180-degrees South. A movie about replicating the famous trip by Doug Tompkins and Yvon Chouinard to Patagonia (check out the trailer below).



In the movie, Jeff Johnson, the replicator of the famous climbing trip to Patagonia, retraces the journey to find himself, the wilds of Patagonia and to learn from two sages of the climbing and mountaineering world - Tompkins and Chouinard. But what wowed me wasn't just the images of Patagonia and the story line, but a deeper message... Live simply... To be honest, I've over-complicated my life with so many stresses, things, expectations, desires, worries, fears, shit-I-shouldn't-be-doing, hungover days, and more. And this movie brought the question back to me... Why? Is there a reason for all this complication and shit? Nope!

So I'm challenging myself to live a more simple life... And that may mean just removing some excess worry and stress. It may mean eating less meat. A simple life may mean using my money to preserve a part of nature. It could mean I clean my house out. It could represent a more authentic way of living. It could mean being quiet when I want to speak (it probably should). It could mean I let things happen instead of forcing them. It will mean I live life with intention, concentration and the awe of what I want more of: the wilds and power of the mountains. I leave this blog post with a quote...