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  Posted: May 16, 2012 2:32 AM
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Goblin Valley has to be one of my favorites spots in the #desert. Such a magically surreal zone of mud hoodoos and mini-spires. Epic third-classing mayhem to summit these muddy nuggets. If you live the desert, you gotta check this valley out. #nothingelselikeitintheworld
  • In complete agreement. It's a big-kid playground.

  • Did you actually touch the rock? Because looking at it isn't enough...

  • @criddle5 I'm not a parking-lot tourist like you, CBH...

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User Image jthesenga Posted: May 27, 2017 2:29 AM (UTC)
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Thankful for a life well fractured.
User Image jthesenga Posted: May 13, 2017 1:47 PM (UTC)
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The steel chains of success were elusive these past few days in Rifle, but still had some good times falling and failing with @bookofsamuel and @joekinder. Not to mention I finally got to meet my #1 fan, the Enormobaby (aka, @enormocast's one-year-old kiddo, Miles).
User Image jthesenga Posted: Apr 22, 2017 12:50 AM (UTC)
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Good to be back in the canyon with @bookofsamuel, here mid-crux on a new 5.14 creation from Steve Hong. I've been climbing here since I was 20, and year after year the canyon changes and yet the old familiarity always welcomes me back.
User Image jthesenga Posted: Mar 25, 2017 2:18 PM (UTC)
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User Image jthesenga Posted: Feb 26, 2017 1:55 PM (UTC)
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Birthday girl @brittany_griffith celebrates her 17,155th day with a few of her fishiest new friends in Zanzibar.
Yes! Thankful that yesterday, after many, many days of toiling in the scorching northern Kenyan sun, we redpointed the last remaining pitch on our new route on O'Lolokwe. We named the route "100% Not Losing" (IV 5.13), which was what an optimistic Samburu villager told us was our chances of success on the 1400-foot wall after we had expressed doubt. We redpointed all the pitches this year, but a one-person, all-pitches free ascent can wait for the next adventurous spirit—we are more than happy to have freed every pitch. It was a true team effort to get this one accomplished and I'm so happy to have shared another epically awesome experience with @brittany_griffith @katerutherford and @ericbissell!
A very, very stoked @ericbissell tramming back into the belay after redpointing the crux fifth pitch of our new route on the 1400-foot southeast face of Mount O'Lolokwe in northern Kenya.
User Image jthesenga Posted: Feb 12, 2017 11:54 AM (UTC)
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The drought in northern Kenya is very, very real. Only two days of rain since December and no rain to come until the next rainy season in April. Entire rivers are gone. Livestock and wildlife are perishing at alarming rates. Last year we got water on the summit of Mount O'Lolokwe from a small stream. Now? Nothing. The stream is a distant memory. With no other options, I climbed down into this four-foot deep pit to scavenge some funky, stagnant green water from a murky cocktail of dirt, bugs and leaves. #Thankful #BetterThanNothing 📷: @ericbissell
User Image jthesenga Posted: Feb 9, 2017 3:56 PM (UTC)
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Once the evil sun leaves the face of O'Lolokwe at 3:00 it's all systems go to maximize the shade. @brittany_griffith punches it for the belay on the upper crux pitch as @ericbissell and @katerutherford work on a pitch lower down.
User Image jthesenga Posted: Feb 9, 2017 3:50 AM (UTC)
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Always fun when the monkeys are as curious about us as we are about them. During our lunch stop while driving the six hours from Nairobi to O'Lolokwe in north-central Kenya a family of monkeys piled down from the trees to check us out. This little dude came within inches of us—I'm guessing he'd never seen an iPhone 6 Plus before...
User Image jthesenga Posted: Jan 31, 2017 12:15 AM (UTC)
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Four days and counting—the packing scramble has begun! Stoked to be headed back to Kenya on Friday to finish off our new route on O'Lolokwe with @katerutherford @brittany_griffith and @ericbissell. Let the adventuring begin—again! #YOLOOlolokwe
User Image jthesenga Posted: Jan 7, 2017 9:36 PM (UTC)
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Today's forecast: 10 degrees with a wintry/shitty mix of SLC smog, slush, ice and snow. Definitely has me daydreaming back to warmer times on sunny rock, like Meteora and Crete with two of my favorite people @bookofsamuel and @holhansen (plus a brief cameo by my fav Brits, @hazel_findlay and young Jonny). The sea, towers, tufas, fried octopus... now THAT trip was a proper climbing vacation! Looking forward to traveling back to Kenya next month for warm rock, elephants, and adventures. Until then, I'll continue the daydreams.
User Image jthesenga Posted: Dec 29, 2016 11:15 PM (UTC)
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Two days and not another person at the Battle Of The Bulge Wall in Indian Creek. Unheard of. I was sick with a head cold and couldn't really climb. Didn't matter. It was t-shirts in the sun and I never stopped smiling, my mind reflecting on my first visit here 28 years ago, all that I've experienced here over the years, and all that is ahead. Then on the drive home last night I got word that @barackobama signed into order the 1.35 million acre Bears Ears National Monument, of which the Creek will be part of. Yes! I soon saw comments on social with people worried such a designation would draw increased visitation numbers. They are right. It will. But the simple truth is this: to preserve something, we need to protect it. And the BENM will protect this beautiful place from extraction industries, cattle overgrazing and jackass OHV users. If the BENM brings more people to this incredible slice of southern Utah desert, so be it. I love this place dearly and I hope, with the BENM designation, more people will come here and gain a deeper appreciation for why this place is so important to protect, preserve and love.
User Image jthesenga Posted: Dec 27, 2016 11:46 PM (UTC)
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One person's "badland" is another's "wonderland". @brittany_griffith exploring the maze of Seuss-ian mud hoodoos and carved-out gullies and ridges of the Bisti Badlands, a sweet desert detour on our way from Albuquerque to Indian Creek.
User Image jthesenga Posted: Dec 26, 2016 3:53 PM (UTC)
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Snow. Sand. Toothpaste. Flour. Milk. Frosting. Blow. Pick your white and get creative with it over the holidays. Legend status if you combine all seven.
User Image jthesenga Posted: Dec 24, 2016 6:05 PM (UTC)
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That ain't snow. @brittany_griffith barefooting it through the 250 square miles of white sand dunes in New Mexico.
User Image jthesenga Posted: Dec 22, 2016 10:52 PM (UTC)
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Barefoot in the sand... in 45 degree temps... in New Mexico... at a missile range... that doubles as a national monument. Not quite the same as Brazil 12 days ago, but whatever. Sand is sand, and barefoot is barefoot. I'll take it.
User Image jthesenga Posted: Dec 9, 2016 10:18 PM (UTC)
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Boom. Just like that our stay here in this kiteboarding paradise has come to all-too-soon end. Tomorrow the travel grind back to SLC begins. Hoping the weather isn't full winter gnar immediately upon on our return. Massive thanks to Jean Luca and Sara from @pousadacasasuica for treating us with such kindness and generosity. I will be back!
Clam shell: 1. Brittany's foot: 0. A busted shell carved a deep gouge in @brittany_griffith's foot while she was launching her kite, sending us hustling to the nearby clinic in tiny Itarema where Brittany scored a quick—but painful—rinse, clean, and wrap courtesy of Brazil's free emergency care. She'll be fine but her kite-cation is officially over—no sand, no ocean... doctor's orders. Thanks to Jean Luca from @pousadacasasuica for rallying with us to help translate!