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.
The last several months have been a whirlwind. It all started back in August, when I flew to Delhi for a month and a half on a bouldering expedition in the Indian Himalayas, dubbed the “Zanskar Odyssey”. I’ve traveled a lot all over the world, but nothing had prepared me for the culture shock I was about to experience in India.
We were on the bus for five days and check out 4 different options for our climbing basecamp and none of them seemed to be suitable for a month long stay. Not to mention that the bus broke down three times on our journey. Times were rough but finally we were left with only one option before the bus had to be on its way. We chose an area in the Miyar Valley, which was know by the locals as Zardo. So after a week and a half of travel we were finally headed to our last stop. We would be calling this home for the next 34 days.
The next morning we loaded a bus full of gear on to 13 horses and started the 20 mile hike to basecamp. They were carrying food, tents, 5 live chickens and crash pads, which I had never before seen on a horse. We arrived at night so it was hard to tell how good the boulders were, but we knew huge granite blocks surrounded us.