Jason Kehl has been climbing for over 13 years and an artist for just as long. Climbing has always been a good creative outlet and his vagabond lifestyle and penchant for danger have fueled his adventures over the years. Jason's evolvement in the climbing world reflects theses ideas and he is willing to share them with whoever is willing to listen.
A pro climber that has been living on the road for the past 10 years, Jason always seems to find adventure. His highballing escapades have been well documented, including some amazing first ascents like- Evilution in Bishop, Ca and becoming the first person to solo 5.14d with his boulder ascent of The Fly in Rumney New Hampshire. You can also see what he is up to via his website www.cryptochild.com.
Six months out from surgery, time is flying now! The training routine seems to be paying off too! Although I would say that I am maybe only 80% back to me old self. Soon come. Well, the Outdoor Retailer Show came and went, but not without leaving a trail of carnage in its path. The four-day event is usually exhausting enough as it is. This year Abbey Smith and I came out a week early to help with the Mammut Bouldering Championships, sponsored by Native Eyewear This was my second year setting for the event and once again the Ne2C boys put on an amazing "Rock Show".
The Show can be tiring, but it is a great time to kiss hands and shake babies. My main goal this year was to rep my company CryptoChild and give the people what they want. We had a good showing this year with a slew of new handholds, a couple of new Tshirts and the sick new Iron Palm Hangboard. Like usual, we got everything done in just in the nick of time. If it wasn't for the late nights of jamming arrows in to a hot pink nude mannequin, none of this would of succeeded.
The routesetting this year was a great time as usual! Its always fun to set on a new wall, this year compliments of Walltopia. I was in charge of men+women's problem #1.
So iLL and CryptoChild were sponsoring the routes, so once again I had the inside job. Since I shaped most of holds, I already knew the intricacies and what positions could be most advantageous. After many years of being on the front line of Bouldering Comp's it's a nice change to be lurking in the shadows.
All the hard work paid off in the end. The Tradeshow and the Competition both went off with out a hitch. I think its time to chill for a little bit now. Check out the video below that I put together. A behind the scenes look at what it really takes to pull off one of the biggest bouldering competitions on US soil. Enjoy!