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.
"It's like you're the lone captain on this big ass ocean liner, man. And it's like god damn, I need people to cook the food, I need people to run the motors, I need people to make sure we don't go into the rocks and so forth, like that."
Mark Borchardt American Movie: The Making of Northwestern (1999)
So, I have been in So ill now for the past month trying to make it all work. I'm here with Abbey Smith trying to climb, cope with the global warming, take photos, make videos, shape holds while at the same time trying to get my life together. We have a full day every day but the light always seems to run out sooner than later. The climbing life down here is a lot calmer than most areas, most of the time we are the only ones out at the boulders, which is a nice change. This also means that we are a 2-man show, which is a tough challenge but with little distractions it seems easy to stay on task. This means remote controls, taping cameras to trees and tons of climbing.
After last months computer and external hard drive crash its nice to be out in the woods during the day, but at night I am back on the wagon, trying to prefect my video editing techniques. Life is a lot like bouldering, there is always an intriguing problem around the corner and depending upon how you break it down to solve it, the process could be an exciting adventure.
The fall weather is upon us and the foliage is peaking, this is always an exciting time of year. Change is always good, even though this year it may have come later than most. People are talking about this global warming and how the dinosaurs probably caused it. Too bad our sport is one of the few it affects negatively. Maybe it will make us stronger. We will have to adapt or reverse the hands of time.
Sandstone has always been my favorite type of rock to climb on. The shapes are organic and friendly, the movement is usually physical and squeezy, and most importantly, the lines are pure and obvious. There is nothing like going out to new sandstone boulders and brushing off some moss to uncover a beautiful line. The chalk really brings the boulder to life, which is super weird considering we are in the woods, standing next to a rock and rubbing white stuff all over it. Climbing is bizarre though. So are we bizarre for doing it? I hope so!