Achtung Kamele: Climbing in northern Germany

Earlier this year Dirtbagjens was invited to speak at a conference in Germany. It was the perfect opportunity to visit his family and check out his native habitat.  I immediately booked flights and did my best to squeeze as much German into my brain as I could. I found one really great podcast called Coffee Break German, which I listened to…

Dirtbag dining: Mango salsa wraps

For a long time adventure lunch was a sad combination of tinned tuna and cheap muesli bars.  If you have a little bit of time to plan ahead, lunch can be filling and delicious.  These mango salsa wraps will give you the fuel you need to keep doing whatever it is that you do outdoors. Ingredients…

Dirtbag dining: Spicy chorizo soup

Here’s the recipe for one of my go-to camping meals: I call this one Spicy Chorizo Soup. Ingredients At least 2 chorizo sausages When I say chorizo, I’m talking about a Spanish style sausage.  Apparently there are a bunch of other tasty things out there that get called chorizo.  I’ll make it my mission to…

Lacquerhead – a tale of projecting, training and video making

Last weekend I sent my project, a short and dynoie climb called Lacquerhead (25) on the central coast. It was super fun and I learned a lot during the process. Firstly I learned that structured training for climbing works really well. The weeks before I climbed Lacquerhead was the first time that I actually stuck…

Pulse Climbing – Winter Warmer Boulder Series

Tonight I took my camera along to the third and final round of the Winter Warmer Bouldering competition at Pulse Climbing. It was awesome to see so many people taking part.  High school girls floated up steep climbs effortlessly.  Parents figured that if they had to take the kids to the gym, they may as…

11 tales of epic adventure

I love being outdoors. I love going on crazy adventures and having type two fun. Adventures are great and all, but sometimes it’s nice to just curl up somewhere comfortable with a cup of tea and your nose in a good book. Below is a list of my most treasured adventure stories.  I hope you enjoy…

Coastal climbs and boutique beer

Dirtbagjens has been experimenting with film lately. I can sense a new obsession developing. We had to buy a box for all the batteries, SD cards and camera lenses that are multiplying in our tiny apartment. New attachments and other gadgets are being 3D printed as I write this. Last weekend all the cameras made…

12 and a bit things I wish I knew when I started climbing

I started climbing about four years ago and have found a lot of joy in the process of becoming a better climber. Along the way I did a lot of things right and a lot of things wrong. I got stuck and I broke through plateaus. I faced many challenges I had not anticipated. Here…