Rock Climbing in the Bahamas

Sailing, climbing, and surfing in the Bahamas.

Beach Bouldering

Unfortunately, the Golden Era of Tampa Bay area buildering has passed with the destruction of the great lines at Fort Desoto.  No longer can you park in the lot on the beach, walk 30 seconds to the walls, put on your shoes and get a classic session in.  Fortunately, Egmont Key still provides fun climbing …

Nautical Themed Engagement Shoot in St Petersburg

I recently had the pleasure of photographing my friends Mike and Megan for their engagement.  We took to the high seas of Tampa Bay to capture their love with a watery twist.  Every one managed to stay on board, despite Mother Nature’s and Megan’s 4 inch heels best efforts.

40 hrs & 40 kts – the call of the Tortugas

190 nautical miles due south of St Petersburg, FL lies a cluster of small shoals and islands more reminiscent of the Caribbean than of the typical Gulf of Mexico beaches.  In mid-April, we set a bee line course for the Dry Tortugas.  The rough 40+ hour journey in gale force winds and large, confused seas …

Adventure Surf in the Gomex | Round 2

As a strong cold front barreled its way across the Southeast, plans emerged to check out Egmont Key for potential surf.  After a promising exploratory mission to Shell Key a few weeks prior, the gang was psyched to see what a stronger system would produce wave-wise in the Gulf of Mexico. The front pushed through …

How To: Giant Gear-Ripping Whipper

I recently dusted off some terrabytes and found some old classics.  In this new How To exclusive, Laban Swafford demonstrates the proper way to take a Giant Gear-Ripping Whipper. Step 1:  Find a big, bad-ass route in North Carolina that has yet to be freed.  (Wear your hard hat for safety of course)

Adventure Surf in the Gomex

The numerous islands off the southern coast of St Petersburg in the Gulf of Mexico have long intrigued many for their unkown surf potential, but the logistics of actually getting there pose quite a barrier.  On Tuesday, it all came together.  Though not the head high glass every surfer dreams of, the pounding beach break …

Hurricane (surf) Season

The waters of the Gulf, Caribbean and Atlantic are heating up.  How long until the swell is pumping?  I dug up a few shots of Anna Maria doing its thing during Hurricane Wilma:     Nice little Caribbean Vid:  

Storming Castles [part 2 - the sequel]

This is part 2.  Check out part 1. See Rock and Ice Issue 195 for the full feature on Sierra adventures.   It seems that for every backcountry objective ticked off in the Sierra, a dozen more pop up.  The entire range is filled with unimaginable amounts of fresh granite beckoning the adventurous climber.  The …

Rock & Ice Cover

Psyched to have the cover and a feature article in the current issue of Rock & Ice.  That really is legit beta, folks.  Summer in the Sierra is about as good as it gets.  Pick up an issue at your local retailer.    

Sailing the Bay

There’s something alluring about the ocean, the wind and the ability to go wherever your mind steers you.    

storming castles

See Rock and Ice Issue 195 for the full feature on Sierra adventures.   Two days into our supposed one day approach, near the summit of Mt. Whitney, things were getting grim. It wasn’t really one thing that was causing discomfort, but more of a combination of many minor and not so minor issues. The …

St Petersburg Grand Prix

    The international world of grand prix motorsports descended onto the streets of St Petersburg, FL over the weekend for the first event of the 2011 IRL season.  With half of downtown and the airport cordoned off as part of the track, and the other half of downtown playing support to the myriad workers, …

Backcountry Motivation

‘Tis (almost) the season for backcountry climbing.  Warm air is slowly making its way into the mountains while thoughts of remote f.a.’s and the associated logistics slowly creep their way into my mind.  The Sierra have so many options it seems the hardest part is narrowing it down to just one. Last year Josh Finkelstein …