Category: Alton Richardson

Boulder, ColoRADo

Falling asleep last night concluded the end to a few special things. First off, it sealed the end of my 1st week in Boulder, Co. Secondly, it was the end of my 1st day working as the Art Intern for Climbing and Urban Climber Magazines. Something that I have wanted to do since the spring of 2008.

The last 7 days have been a whirlwind of acclimating, integrating and establishing myself in this new scene. The Boulder “bubble.” Which I have yet to really tap into nor see per se. I have missed flights, taken busses, skipped busses and blown threw a tire on my bike. Been social and anti-social. Explored and ventured into the Flatirons. Attempted to onsight solo the 1st Flatiron only to downclimb about 300ft of perfect sandstone. Bouldered without pads by myself and gone to movie premiers. I’ve flashed 5 spots at The Spot and enjoyed lunch at Moe’s Bagels. I’ve done more here in the last week then I would in a few weeks back home in Livermore.

But above all, I’m living the dream. I’m in BOULDER! What else would I rather be doing? We’ll maybe actually climbing.

When I left California, I left my safety net. I had friends, I had family and I had a steady job. Though I have found actual employment out here (unpaid intern) I have none of the previous. But this is alright. Because I now have something that I didn’t have back home. Freedom. To me having freedom is what life is about. Naturally one must be “tied down” by something. How else are we going to survive? But this new found freedom is something that I have never really experienced back home. It is different out here. It’s comforting yet scary at the same time. My days aren’t set in stone and I never know what will be happening in the next few hours.

I came here feeling strong and confident. Both about who I am and in my climbing abilities. I still feel pretty much the same but I will say that I also feel like I’m learning how to climb all over again. I’m sure after a while that will change too as I settle into this new life. It is still to soon to say if I like this town better then Bay. But it is growing on me. My heart will ALWAYS be in California. In the Sierra’s amongst the Jeffrey Pines. But, like I’ve already said, this place is growing on me.

Here’s to the next 3 months of totally new experiences and friendships. To say that I’m psyched is an understatement. Being psyched is a momentary feeling. Here, I feel it all the time. For everything is new and wild and crazy and fun and scary. Now I just need to get on real stone and a go A Muerte!

However, it needs to stop raining. So tonight I will go to the gym and climb. Where new friends await.

Bishop Selects: Part 2

This past spring I spent quite a bit of time in Bishop. About 15 days in total over 4 trips to be exact. During those trips I primarily focused on shooting video. Which is something fairly new and very exciting for me. I love working with moving pictures. It’s such a different process then still imagery and an separate art of its own.

I did however manage to grab a few stills every now and then. I didn’t always bring out the strobes which is what I usually do and instead shot mostly by “natural” light. This forced me to break out of my comfort shell a little. Which is rather hilarious given its much more complicated to shoot with strobes. Especially climbing. But I find it very easy to hide behind flashes and burn the crap out of people’s retinas so a little “sun” is good for me.

Here are 3 images from a trip in March and April.


Eric Sanchez cruising the crux of Secrets of the Beehive (V5).


Eric runs a quick lap on The Hunk (V2) late in the day.


Eric snatches the lip on the 3rd Ascent of Half Shark Alligator, Half Man (V11).

This climb (to my knowledge) was originally called Sun Catcher. Dan Mills did the FA about 2 months ago. On that first send he dabbed pretty big time. However he went back and did a proper ascent with no dab then changing the name. Word has it that Charlie Barrett did the 2nd ascent about a week before Eric did. This line is really amazing. Super hard pocket pulling with an aggressive low percentage crux move. This problem will be included in a soon to be released Bishop short film.

-Alton

Bailey Bike Park: Pittsburg, Ca

A few weeks ago I went with my old buddy Brian Peer to the Bailey Bike Park in Pittsburg, Ca. It’s a new joint with a SWEET Dual Slalom course that looks gnarly. Jumps in and out of the berms, back to back step up and step downs and other crazy bumpy stuff that looks fun and scary to ride.

Shooting biking is SUPER new to me but I enjoyed it a lot. I hope to get out to Bailey again soon but for now here is some images from the day.