Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Spain

Seems weird to leave the good weather in Sweden but that's what I'm doing. Tomorrow I leave for Spain. I'm jazzed. Here's some random pics from a previous trip.






Spring!

Spring has come to Sweden! Flowers are bursting from the ground and the weather is near perfect. It's easy to forget the long dark winters when the sun is shining (not that I would know).
The pictures were taken in a little park 1 minute from our house.



Monday, March 23, 2009

Busy Week

Spring has brought good weather and I've been trying to utilize it, climbing 5 out of 6 days. The skin is raw but the spirits are up.
Highlights from the week are...
1 The Mad Salad (aka Henrik) decided to not fall off the mantel and just did Vodoo. Congrats
2 Kalle Boström sent High Voltage, finding new beta for the top.
3 Little Lars put up a new blind dyno in
Sandsjöbacka. (have you named it yet Lars?)
4 I scraped up Supermongo.
5 Fredrik is "really close" on Rongorongo.
6 I still can't distinguish between the names Peter and Petter

Her's a couple pics from
Sandsjöbacka


Peter (or maybe Petter) on Lar's new dyno


Supermongo all dressed up

Peter on Supermongo

Lars gets his dyno on

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Damn it Feels Good to be Lars

While driving out to the islands on Sunday Lars introduced me to the Ghetto Boys and their classic hit "Damn it feels good to be a Gansta". Needless to say I was impressed and I'm seriously considering getting a "drop-top Benz" and a pimp suit.
Anyway, being unable to get the song out of my head and having some footage of Lars crushing a couple boulder problems I threw this together.
I apologize for the vulgar language used in the song but there's no way around it if you're a gansta.


video

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Chasing the Dragon, aka Enter the Dragon's Ass

Apparently there has been a bit of discussion about the boulder problem Chasing the Dragon. The obvious sitstart to Enter the Dragon was given a big number despite lacking any moves that are actually that difficult and recently this long, steep problem has had several repeats due to new beta eliminating the crux dyno and making the problem 3 moves shorter. Now climbing between the original exit and Draggin' Ass (a problem I established to the left) people are proposing that there are two different problem that should be graded differently. Of course none of this would matter if grades weren't involved but egos need to be stroked and the roof will probably end up looking like a connect-the-dots, having 6 different problems depending on which hold you touch.
The problem was already soft, to use the parlance of our times, and now it's softer. Who cares? Maybe the best option is to combine all the could be problems into a single name and grade. I suggest Entering the Dragon's Ass, V-who-gives-a-shit.

And now to stroke my own ego, here is a vid of the new beta for Chasing the Dragon, aka Enter the Dragon's Ass.


Chasing the Dragon, aka Enter the Dragon's Ass from Walker Kearney on Vimeo.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Three is the Magic Number

For those that haven't heard, Lina and I will bring another human being into this crazy world. That's right, life as I know it will be over sometime around July 17th. No more 200 climbing days a year and living a van for months on end. No more surplus bank account and good nights sleep. No more fun or having a life of your own. At least that's what I've been told.
On the other hand I've got some friends that serve as living proof that climbing is a possibility A.B. (that would be After Baby). I reckon it won't be so bad realizing that climbing isn't the most important thing in the world and we're looking forward to the addition with lots of excitement and just a little bit of dread. It'll be an experience to say the least.


The first baby pictures.

It's gonna be a soccer player.

A ballooning belly isn't the best thing for climbing but the training wieght will pay off big in the end.

See the resemblance.