See you out there! -Andy
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Hello people. I'm sorry for the lack of updates lately. It's been kinda crazy. At first this whole blog thing was a novel idea, but lately, I've been just a little too busy to update it. When I do post now it feels a little too much like "spray" ( I don't like to be that guy :-) and above all there have been a few posts that have had negative impacts on what I do. Oops! So, I'm choosing to ditch this particular site for a more professional website, which I will launch after the summer, where I can display my best images and offer updates of my travels. Thanks for tagging along with me the last couple years!
Starting June 1st I'll be keeping a Pro Blog on Climbing.com as well as writing a Roadkill Column for the mag on being a traveling climbing photographer.
What a wild ride it has been the last 6 months. I guess it is true that you can achieve what ever you want as long as your willing to grind it out, study your ass off, work hard, and be willing to sacrifice it all for the sake.
I'm here in Boulder finishing off a few projects and then I'll be up in Vail the first week of June shooting the Teva Mountain Games and The Bouldering World Cup. Pretty psyched. On June 10th I'm leaving the US for South Africa's Rocklands with a wonderful crew of athletes and will be back by August 1st to catch my hommie Keller Williams at the Fox Theater!
RMH is coming...
Cheers! -Andy Mann
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Heading down in the morning to Keith's for a couple more days of shooting. So psyched to hang with good family! We will for sure get our 5.11s on at the end of the day, if we can convince the climbers to set us up top ropes. Funny, but it's true. photo: me.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
I'm off this evening to Saint George, UT for the next 10 days to do some climbing and hopefully get some good shots . The weather is suppose to be in the 70s with that sweet sunshine. Spring has arrived! I am psyched.
Monday, March 17, 2008
I am pleased (psyched, amazed, all the standard superlatives apply) to have provided the cover image for the newest issue of Urban Climber Magazine. The features in this issue are awesome, make sure to pick up a copy!
Monday, March 10, 2008
Today started like any other day. If I'm psyched I'll...
A: Wake up around 9, eat a couple Jimmy Dean (we southerners know him simply as JD) sausage patties, brew some coffee, play some guitar, and role out to the back door to check the weather.
Or, I may...
B: Wake on up around 6, drink some green tea, do some yoga, role on out to the front door to check the weather. I won't really know which until I wake that morning, so I stopped trying to prepare myself.
"Whoa, nice one today," I say to myself on this day, and after choosing previous option A, I'm getting out for sure!
Paul calls and says he'd like to go try 'Midnight Express' again." So, I'm out...but out the back door. Paul Robinson is a tricky dude however, and I always have to remember that any climbing day with Paul is always an Epic. "Good day for one though," i think.
As we leave town and start to head up Boulder Canyon, Paul says, "I hope we make it." I've been known to be the adventures type, so without asking what he is talking about, I say, "Me too." The digital gas gauge in his GTI reads that there are 10.0 miles worth of petrol left in the ol' vdub. "But Paul," I wonder out load, "it is 10 miles to the boulders from here. "It's downhill from there back he says...we'll just coast it. What's important is that we get to the boulders!"
And I'll now leave you with a visual image of Paul right after he says just this...
Good burns and good photos always equal a good time. But what happened you ask? Rock, wind, sky, and snow happened. Enjoying the woods, celebrating Monday, and tempting limits is what happened, and although Paul has dialed the upper sections of the climb, he didn't muster the problem entirely on this particular day, but he will soon.
But for now we must leave our projects, and figure out getting back to town...
The gas gauge soon says 0.00 mi. of fuel left in his car, but we are coasting in gear and blazing downhill. As the road flattens around the intersection of Broadway and Canyon, Paul says to me once again, "I sure hope we make it."
Ever heard the guy that says "Don't worry, it will always work out. It always does!" Yeah, so I'm that guy. And trust me, I will have usually "told you so." But this time I thought for sure I was going to have Epic on my plate. But not today folks, this day's blog ends like any good fable should...
with a shit eatin' grin on your face while trying to pump exactly 14.5 gallons into a 14.5 gallon tank!