Suzie Gotis
A free­lance pho­tog­ra­ph­er based out of Port­land, OR, I am always out on the road explor­ing new loca­tions, climb­ing, hik­ing, or camp­ing. I have a pas­sion for all things out­doors, and doing things that make a pos­i­tive impact on oth­ers and the envi­ron­ment. See her work. 

Why Spain?
The amaz­ing red wine that costs next to noth­ing, the fresh olive oil that will make you drool, and most of all, the laid-back lifestyle that’s per­fect for climbers.

I didn’t know too much about Spain before the trip, oth­er than that it was Chris Sharma’s stomp­ing ground and that there’s great climb­ing. I didn’t real­ize the extent of the vari­ety and styles of climb­ing that exist with­in the coun­try. I fell in love with Spain’s land­scapes, end­less climb­ing options, and most of all the culture.

Some High­lights?
I start­ed with the inten­tion of only doing one climb­ing trip, the Siu­rana Sport Climb­ing Trip. Although after hav­ing such a fun week of climb­ing, and hav­ing Pablo as a guide I knew I need­ed to take advan­tage of climb­ing more with Rock­busters while in Spain.

A major high­light was dur­ing the mul­ti-pitch course. I had nev­er climbed trad, and had only done a few mul­ti-pitch climbs before. Hav­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ty to tack­le both of them at the same time, and push myself while feel­ing com­fort­able and trust­ing my guide was huge. There’s noth­ing quite like being six pitch­es up and 700 feet off the ground!

What Were Your Pack­ing Essentials
You real­ly only need climb­ing shoes, a har­ness, a belay device, and basic hik­ing essen­tials. Rock­busters pro­vides the rest of the gear. Which is nice, espe­cial­ly if you have trav­el­ing plans before/after the climb­ing trip, so you don’t need to wor­ry about lug­ging around heavy climb­ing gear.

Tell us about Rockbusters
I’ve nev­er done a guid­ed climb­ing trip before, so I didn’t know what to expect. Climb­ing with Rock­busters was amaz­ing, and so much more than I could’ve asked for. I was able to quick­ly trust my guide Pablo, his sense of humor and empha­sis on safe­ty real­ly allowed me to let go, climb hard, and enjoy the areas we were climbing.

What made the trip so special?
Aside from all the beau­ti­ful land­scapes and amaz­ing climb­ing, I made some great rela­tion­ships along the way. Also dis­cov­er­ing how incred­i­ble Spain is and how there’s so much more of the coun­try I’d like to explore.

Where do you want to go next?
South Amer­i­ca is next! It’s been on the top of my list for years. So you’ll find me in either Argenti­na, Chile, or Bolivia with­in the next year.


For more infor­ma­tion on book­ing a trip to Spain, check out our Clymb Adven­tures page here. 

Here the hum­ble cham­pi­on of sport climb­ing Chris Shar­ma trav­els to Aus­tralia for his first time to tack­le what’s often con­sid­ered the con­ti­nen­t’s best crag, The Grampians. The main fea­ture of this nation­al park in Vic­to­ria is a series of sand­stone moun­tain ranges, and among those ranges the most famous among climbers is the glow­ing orange, over­hang­ing cliff called Taipan Wall.

In this video Shar­ma tack­les Taipan Wall’s hard­est climb, Groove Train. It’s a strik­ing line with run out pro­tec­tion high up on the wall. The result makes for some gut­sy climb­ing up near the top where a fall is guar­an­teed to be a stom­ach-toss­ing whipper. 

Thanks to prAna for the video. 

soILL Climbing Commercial

 

As the fresh climb­ing com­pa­ny So iLL’s new com­mer­cial shows, the brand goes beyond the expect­ed. Nowhere do we see Chris Sharma’s mus­cu­lar back in a dynamo leap for a jug. Nor do we see gym rats mon­key­ing up an invert­ed over­hang­ing route.

This com­mer­cial fea­tures an ultra-styl­ized, super­bow­lesque nar­ra­tive of a guard in a booth com­ing up with an inven­tive solu­tion to halt park­ing lot poachers.

From the video, we get a sense of their cre­ative holds, like the tiny-bub­bled slop­er they call the Big-Roid. We see the ultra-bomber ure­thane is tough enough to get run over by a limo, but even more than a prod­uct spot, or a typ­i­cal climb­ing ad, we get an inside look into the cre­ative mind­set of this unique brand.

It’s hard to imag­ine anoth­er climb­ing com­pa­ny that’s got the cre­ative cojones to run an ad that doesn’t even show a climber, but then again, So iLL isn’t like any oth­er brand.

The unex­pect­ed is what we now expect from them.

If life is a jour­ney made up of many adven­tures, you need to be able to do three things: thrive on change, learn and appre­ci­ate the past, and look for­ward to the future. With a grass­roots begin­ning in a garage 20 years ago, sewing and sell­ing clothes suit­ed for climb­ing and yoga, prAna under­stands this bet­ter than most.

As prAna has grown, they’ve held on to the val­ues they believe in — sus­tain­abil­i­ty and being glob­al cit­i­zens – and not just incor­po­rat­ed them into their prac­tices and mate­ri­als, but aligned them­selves with like-mind­ed indi­vid­u­als like climber and prAna ambas­sador Chris Sharma.

Cred­it: www.prAna.com

Chris’ jour­ney has been beau­ti­ful­ly cap­tured in The Chris Shar­ma Anthol­o­gy, a vir­tu­al scrap­book span­ning 17 years of epic climbs and spir­i­tu­al growth. It got us to won­der­ing: What would your anthol­o­gy include? In what­ev­er it is you do – climb, ski, ride, swim, surf, or tri – where were you five years ago, and where do you see your­self five years from now?

We want to hear your sto­ries so vis­it us on Face­book today and share. Wher­ev­er you see your­self going, we hope it includes the mind­ful­ly-designed appar­el from prAna.

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