the collective

climbing and bouldering and everything else

pins and needles


  We had been planning this trip for months.  Katie and I had mentioned going to the needles earlier in the summer to Gleason, and he seemed interested.  It was a good trio because none of us had ever been there before.  We tried to find a fourth, mostly in vain.   Most of the other people we asked had already been there, and didn’t seem to keen to go back.  They generally.. Read More


RMNP bus

The air was warm, fresh and clean as were the roads and transpiring landscape. The trees were increasing in density and the size of the mountains was steadily rising as we headed south from Wyoming. We had finally arrived in Colorado after a long drive from Squamish. It was the first time I left Squamish in the summer for an extended amount of time and it was the first time I had been.. Read More

The John Muir Tree

john mur tree 561

“There is always something deeply exciting, not only in the sounds of winds in the woods, which exert more or less influence over every mind, but in their varied waterlike flow as manifested by the movements of the trees…” -John  Muir “They got some big ass trees in Yosemite, damn…” -Mother Teresa In John Muir’s book, ”The Mountains of California”, he describes his adventure of climbing up a Douglas Spruce 100 feet above.. Read More

It’s always worth it

Just past Panorama Ridge when the going was still easy...

  The potential for first ascents has a way of drawing climbers in like moths to a flame (Pay attention now, that was foreshadowing.  Since moths will eventually get burned by the fire they desire, I may be hinting that my drive to get a F.A. might burn me as well.)  Sending a problem at the your personal limit is made all the more special if it is also the first time that.. Read More

Staying Positive Through Injuries

I have been meaning to write a blog entry forever!  I have not been climbing as much as I would have liked to be lately due to an injury so I was not sure what I would talk about. Then I realized, I should write about my injury and my road to getting healed so if others happen to experience the same or similar injury they would know where to start. They are.. Read More

Ten Year Plan

the ten year plan When I was growing up in Chattanooga my good buddy Matt Sims used to tell me: “Benny Boy…if you fail to plan, plan to fail.”  Now, at the time I wasn’t sure what he meant, exactly, but I knew that loaded into Matt’s mantra was a healthy dose of ambition.  I’ve always thought it was good advice, and since I’m an ambitious fellow, I’ve tried to take his advice.. Read More

Washington Apples


Sometimes when Chad Parkinson and I go on climbing trips together we don’t climb that much. It’s cool. We think it is funny and relish, in the fact that we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Mmmm, speaking of relish, on a recent bouldering trip to Leavenworth, WA we seemed to spend more time at the Bratwurst stand than out amongst the boulders. It was too hot still to climb mid day anyway. And.. Read More

Sublime Sending Summer

It’s the Fall Equinox and by all rights the summer should be over, but temps reaching higher than 100 degrees are telling me otherwise. The heat has me uninspired to climb although my body is craving the physical exertion; so, to make myself feel more at ease I will revel in my summer’s sends. After our July efforts on Leaning Tower we headed to higher ground. We headed to Tuolumne – where the.. Read More

Magic Ghosts and Science

Located an hour east of Seattle, Index Washington sits on the North Fork of the Skykomish River, just above its confluence with the main channel of the Skykomish a small river that the passing train crosses over on its way across the north Cascades.  The 150 inhabitants live in the woods by the river and wake to the sights of Mount Index, Mount Baring and the vertical granite of the Upper Town Wall… Read More