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.
So I am back in Hueco Tanks for another season and I am SO excited! Not just because this is one of the most badass places to climb in America for the winter, but I am finally getting back in shape and becoming comfortable once again climbing high up on the rocks. There is so much climbing to be had here its crazy and the weather is just getting prime.
Upon arrival, I was most psyched to get exploring. First I hiked all over the "tapped out" North Mountain. Surprisingly there are still some four star problems out there just waiting to be climbed. Some are right out in the open next to the classics and others are deep in the caverns near the summit. One of my best finds so far this year was a crazy tufa feature that climbs like nothing else in Hueco and is on some of the purest stone available. I named it Bloodline, good luck trying to find it.
Next up the East Spur Maze and a line that I have been spying for many years.
It's the huge arête to the left of the classic problem Jingus Bells. I always thought it looked too tall and dangerous with a bad landing. All of these things are true, but my desire to climb the line outweighed the danger this year. This was also a great step for my head, since I have been trying to stay away from sketchy things during my recovery. With the last move being the crux, it is a good test to make sure the mind is on point. I named this one Bold Breathless Heart, good luck trying to land on the pads.
I'm not even halfway though the season and my psyche for climbing is steadily rising once again. It is nice to be back on the rock finally. My knee seems to doing fine and adjusting well to climbing full time. I have also been on the program since I arrived and it seems to be paying off. There is a lot more out there to see and climb, way too much for this lifetime.
Also I would like to add: If anyone is going to be in Hueco this weekend. I will be throwing the first ever "CryptoChild Iron Palm Open" pull-up competition on Saturday the 19th, 7pm at the Hueco Rock Ranch. Whoever can do the most pull-ups on the massive slopers will take home the hangboard!