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agrphoto My motivation, psych and dedication are feeling a strong sense of renewal after the last few days at the Outdoor Retailer show. How can you not be inspired when you're around so many amazing people? I'm finally feeling that push that the new year brings and I'm eternally psyched for the new opportunities and relationships that are developing at the moment. I can now, comfortably say I'm ready for everything that 2015 has in store. Especially getting back to and finishing off dream lines like this one. @joolyhart photo of me on Mind Matters (V12). Guanella Pass, CO || Late Summer, 2013 4d

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agrphoto Sometimes you gotta use more then just your fingers and toes to climb. Sometimes you need All Thumbs, (V10), in 20 degrees. Good day out with the California homies, @jessejessjeh & @von_perry_photography Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT || January, 2015 #agrmedia 5d

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agrphoto Can you tell how stoked I am to be at the 2015 Winter OR Show? Well, this is actually from earlier this month in El Potrero Chico, but the excitement is the same. See you on the show floor! Photo from the summit of Yankee Clipper by @joolyhart. El Potrero Chico, MX || January, 2015 6d

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agrphoto Hung out in Vail today and got to watch @noahmckelvin and @gleninthevertical climb the old #JeffLowe route, Octopussy (WI6 M6) and watch one of the scariest moves I've ever seen done... Double ice tool press, lean over onto the ice to stemming, then full commitment onto the dagger. Mad skills. Vail, CO || January, 2015 #agrmedia #vailice #iceclimbing 2w

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agrphoto The Crew, minus a dude or two. These folks are some of the smartest, bravest and genuinely nicest people I have ever met and I'm more then honored to call them my friends and my family. #agrmedia #ElPotreroChico #worldclassmegadank 2w

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agrphoto #ElPotreroChico. Originally I had thought it to be a rather care-free, benign destination, filled with mellow, mini-big wall sport climbs followed by delicious food and lots of margaritas. While I was accurate about the food, it became very clear that this is not a place to be taken lightly. On par with places like Yosemite Valley or RMNP, the climbing is burly, scary and very heads up, at all times. Sure, it's bolted and often rather well, but it takes a traditional climbers mentality to ascend to the highest points on the jagged limestone walls and descend as safely as possible.
Even before all hell broke loose on our final two days of this trip, we had shifted our mentality towards the place and realized just how out there you can truly be. This shot from New Years Day of @paulcreme on the 11th pitch of Yankee Clipper, a 13-Pitch 5.10b (or 15p 5.12a!) shows just how out there it can be climbing in the clouds, amongst the cactus and Palm trees, over a thousand feet off the deck. It was wild. #agrmedia @climbingmagazine
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agrphoto @joolyhart moves through the 8th pitch of Estrellita yesterday on our final climb of the trip and what was supposed to be a "fun in the sun day." Not long after we began our descent, a climber rappelling below us somehow fell roughly 300 feet and landed on the ground. Julie was able to call emergency services while still on rappel but unfortunately it was too late for the young climber from Arkansas. Many climbers with various degrees of medical training busted ass up Los Lobos Canyon to assist with the recovery and we spent about 2 hours moving the body down to the road. Once down, the group was hassled by the Mexican Authorities for a few more hours for trying to help and ultimately decided that we had done the right thing given the circumstances. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the climber and everyone else involved in this tragic accident, words can't describe how they must feel and coming together as a community is the only way that everyone will be able to heal from these events. Please remember to ALWAYS double, triple and quadruple check all of your systems, take your time and be vigilant, whether you're 50 feet or 1,000 feet off the deck. The rocks we climb are amazing and fun, but it's not worth what Julie and I witnessed yesterday.
El Potrero Chico, MX || January, 2015
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  •   dreamaliveproductions bummed that I missed ya'll. arriving in Monterrey tomm, to rope climb & boulder for a week. hope u had a good time @agrphoto 3w
  •   agrphoto Thanks everyone for the support and kind words. It's been a tough few days but they will only slowly get better with time. @abugsylife @jwittguide @j.tzl 3w
  •   agrphoto @thomaswoodson let's chat more in the next week or so and ACTUALLY meet up, for once. Jeebus. 3w
  •   agrphoto @smilingweswalker same man, all things considered, it was decent. We had unfortunate weather and an strong agenda which made for not much chill or relaxation and really made the work we had to do feel like actual work. Be safe out there and let's connect upon your return. 3w
  •   agrphoto @powelljasonr Let's talk this week when I'm back in Boulder. Should be back tomorrow afternoon. The family has requested that names be kept offline while they still make sense of everything and inform loved ones. 3w
  •   thomaswoodson @agrphoto haha well I'm finished on the 11th then around for a week until OR. Lets do it. 3w
  •   agrphoto Right on. Maybe grab some coffee later this week. I'll also be at OR. @thomaswoodson 3w
  •   scalahan7 I'm sorry you and @joolyhart had to witness that, but I'm glad you're safe! Surely a reminder to always be diligent about safety, and another story to tell the next newbie you mentor. I hope you're doing well despite what must have been a pretty jarring experience. (And I'm also in that WFR class with, and also even more glad for it) 3w

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agrphoto The mood is very somber around El Potrero Chico today reminding us all of the finite time we have in this life and to embrace loved ones, friends and complete strangers. Please remember to be safe in the mountains, this game we play although fun and typically rather careless is truly nothing to take lightly and every action can change everything in an instant. I feel very fortunate to be here and with the ones I care so much about. With that, @joolyhart and I have one more day left and we are going to make the best of it. El Potrero Chico, MX || January, 2015 #agrmedia 3w

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agrphoto Walking into #PotreroChico on Monday morning, we thought it was kind of crappy out and bad conditions for climbing. 4 days later and nearly 25 pitches, this was the last time we saw blue skies. Nonetheless, psych is high. El Potrero Chico, MX || January, 2015 #agrmedia #worldclassmegadank 4w

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agrphoto El Potrero Chico, MX || December, 2014 #agrmedia #worldclassmegadank 4w
  •   thepeopleschump Jurassic park 4w
  •   tippedcam Haven't read anything about this place in a while. I remember when Kurt Smith was putting up routes there. Is it still a destination? 4w
  •   vaz_m No way! Have fun, man. 4w
  •   theboyface That looks so awesome. 4w
  •   live4lifee I like this 4w
  •   agrphoto @tippedcam there is well over 100 people from all over here at the moment. Don't think it's ever been as much of a destination as it is now! 4w
  •   jpawleyp @agrphoto love that place!!!! 4w
  •   lenza_ @rackelback !!! 4w

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agrphoto Nickel plated guns and full frame cameras. Mountain Smith bags and mud covered beds. Wide angle views and StediCam moves. These are a few of my favorite things. Lacey Springs, AL || December, 2014 #agrmedia 1mon

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agrphoto Can't beat a little Christmas Day target practice!! @joolyhart breaks in her new Jimenez Arms .380 with multiple rounds grouped on target. Lacey Springs, AL || December, 2014 1mon

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agrphoto MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! To further continue this awesome day, I'm hosting a print sale from now until December 31st. Hit the link in my profile, screen shot a photo, email your pick to alton@altonrichardson.com and you'll get a 4x6 print for $50!! Image: Sunset over Arches National Park, UT || November, 2012 #agrmedia 1mon

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agrphoto That floor! Mmmm, oak. Very tasty. Big thanks to @pound_z for helping us do this the right way and @hewethr for being the "Foreman." Even though, @joolyhart is the true foreman. Cullman, AL || December, 2014 #vanlife #teambertha #57squarefeet 1mon

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agrphoto Rainy rest day = Van renovation day! Our new Oak wood floor is installed, now it's time for the new kitchen area and bed platform. Cullman, AL || December, 2014 #vanlife #teambertha #57squarefeet @joolyhart 1mon

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agrphoto Eeehhhhrrmmaaagggguuurrrddd SLOPERS!!! Amped like no other to paw down on the #ultraclassicmegadank slopers and crimps of #HP40 for the next few days with this fine lady, @joolyhart. ALSO, catch this image in @climbingmagazine issue 331 for #InstantExpert on sloper technique. Horse Pens 40, AL || December, 2012 #agrmedia #archives 1mon

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agrphoto G'Mornin' from the South!! Tennessee/Kentucky Border || December, 2014 #agrmedia @gopole 1mon

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agrphoto Standing here gazing up into the sky and with less then two weeks left at a full time job and a consistent pay check, I had no idea what the future looked like. Today, nearly three months later, it's never looked brighter with so many new opportunities and experiences to be had. Beyond psyched doesn't even come close.
Shot on assignment for @rab_usa. Glacier Gorge, RMNP, CO || September, 2014
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agrphoto Always wanted to be in a metal band, here @paulcreme and I pretend to be in one while in the 'Bama backwoods hunting for dry stone with @climbingmagazine. Little River Canyon, AL || November, 2014 #ltlotw 1mon

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