Back in May I received an offer only someone who hates climbing, traveling and friends would not accept. I got a text message from my homies at "Louder Than 11" saying they have a project they would like to talk about to me and my great friend and bad ass photographer- Vince Scheafer. Before we picked up the phone, Vince said to me "what do you think they have for us?". I didn't have a clue, but maybe they wanted us to film a local climbing comp or do an Ivan Green reenactment?
The phone call began...
LT11: "What's up homie bro dawgs?! We have some news that you might like. We got a email from "Epic TV" (a European TV company) about filming and climbing at 10 of the best climbing destinations across North America."
Us: Oh.....wow! (In a calm voice but very excited with what will be said next...)
LT11: They want to pay for 2 guys to do a lifestyle focused road trip to 10 areas and spend 10 days at each one, consecutively. 100 days on the road, climbing, chillin' and you will be editing the videos to release after each area. A 10 video series, fully paid for.
Us: ........(jaws drop and I slap Vince directly in the face)........
Us: So...you want us, to do this?
LT11: Ah, yea!
Us: Holy damn! (Vince slaps me in the face) We can't even think straight right now guys, we want to do this for sure, it is a once in a life time trip and we want it.
LT11: The trip has to be done by the end of November and you pick the dates and places. We will follow up with details later in the week, we are psyched!
Us: We are at a loss for words, thank you. Lets talk soon! Peace!
60 days after that phone call Vince and I have already purchased a 28' RV fully paid for by "Rockwerx", assembled a plan, locations, dates and a team. Our 10 locations in order are - Rumney, Gunk's, Squamish, Yosemite, Bishop, Red Rock Canyon, Moab, Rocky Mountain National Park, Hueco Tanks and The Red River Gorge!!!
I have been to half of these areas and I can not wait another day to get on the road! We leave July 30th to get "Lost in North America"! 4 years ago my life couldn't have been more of the opposite. Now I stand here 100% happy with my life, the people that I surround myself with and the opportunities that come my way. For the last year I focused on climbing competitions and while some went very well, some didn't.
Feeling like I might need to switch it up for a few months after the last ABS Nationals, I thought I should do more outside climbing. Well, here is that chance right now, 100 days of climbing outside. When I return, I feel I will be fully recharged for comp season, training and work.
Look for us online at www.epictv.com or at your local climbing spot and help share this incredible trip to others and don't settle for anything less than living your dream.
"Stay classy San Diego"