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100 Drawings about Climbing — Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante December 29, 2017 16:30

Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante

Simultaneously stoked and heartbroken as I make plans for Zion and Indian Creek.⠀⠀

Drawing No. 31/100 "Bear's Ears."


100 Drawings about Climbing — Tender Sender December 29, 2017 09:00

Tender sender

Drawing No. 30/100 "Tender Sender."⠀

We are all about that tender-hearted send. How about you?⠀

Words by Narinda Heng. Climber, potter, poet, friend.


100 Drawings about Climbing — Climb Like a Bulldog December 28, 2017 19:00

Climb like a bulldog

Drawing No. 29/100 "Climb Like a Bulldog"⠀

"You climb like a bulldog."
"Is that a compliment or an insult?"

Maybe not the most graceful climber, but gets the job done! 

Art by guest artist Justin Moynihan


100 Drawings about Climbing — Passive Aggressive Tricam December 28, 2017 00:44

Passive Aggressive Tricam

Drawing No. 28/100 "Passive Aggressive"


100 Drawings about Climbing — Buckle Up Buttercup November 28, 2017 09:10

Dynamite Starfish 100 Drawings About Climbing Buckle Up Buttercup

Drawing No. 27/100 "Buckle Up Buttercup."

Saw this on a street sign driving out of Lander, WY. Thought it'd make a good doodle. 😏⠀


100 Drawings About Climbing — Fortune November 22, 2017 06:30

Dynamite Starfish — 100 Drawings About Climbing — Fortune

Drawing No. 26/100 "Fortune."

“How can you be your most authentic self as a human and as a maker? You have to make the work that you make. You literally don’t have anything else.” -Maya Gurantz
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On making, on doing work, and on being a woman. On boldness.⠀

In Ten Sleep I got real introspective and made some sketches. Here's the third one. More than being directly inspired by the experience of climbing, these were perhaps more inspired by eighteen days spent on the road, away from the familiarity of friends and cities. Out here I was disconnected from my usual daily routine, but found that the new one I had embraced was quiet, peaceful, simple. Wake, eat, create, climb, eat, sleep. Over, and over, and over again.


100 Drawings About Climbing — Infinity November 21, 2017 06:30

Dynamite Starfish — 100 Drawings About Climbing — Infinity

Drawing No. 25/100 "Infinity."
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Whether it is your own, or another life source. Proceed with care, though we may be resilient. 💞⠀

In Ten Sleep I got real introspective and made some sketches. Here's the second one. More than being directly inspired by the experience of climbing, these were perhaps more inspired by eighteen days spent on the road, away from the familiarity of friends and cities. Out here I was disconnected from my usual daily routine, but found that the new one I had embraced was quiet, peaceful, simple. Wake, eat, create, climb, eat, sleep. Over, and over, and over again.


100 Drawings About Cimbing — Letting Go November 20, 2017 08:24

Dynamite Starfish 100 Drawings About Climbing Letting Go

Drawing No. 24/100 "Letting Go."

In Ten Sleep I got real introspective and made some sketches. Here's the first one. More than being directly inspired by the experience of climbing, these were perhaps more inspired by eighteen days spent on the road, away from the familiarity of friends and cities. Out here I was disconnected from my usual daily routine, but found that the new one I had embraced was quiet, peaceful, simple. Wake, eat, create, climb, eat, sleep. Over, and over, and over again.


100 Drawings about Climbing — Go Dolomite Starfish October 16, 2017 14:07

Go Dolomite Starfish

Drawing No. 23/ 100 "Go Dolomite Starfish"

I drew this in anticipation of my trip to Italy, and specifically for climbing in the Dolomites!


100 Drawings about Climbing — Wyoming Bush October 16, 2017 14:06

Wyoming Bush

 

Drawing No. 22/ #100drawingsaboutclimbing "Wyoming Bush"

 

The greatest bush in all of the state. On it's own, it's a gnarly little thing with a woody trunk and sharp, brittle branches. Its leaves are dry, with almost no color except the lightest touch of green, like a faded artifact. Even the youngest ones look somehow ancient. They often grow in groups, covering entire hillsides — stripping the landscape of color except for that lightest touch of green. That particular tone, combined with the uninterrupted sky, is how I know — I'm in Wyoming, and I love it here.


100 Drawings about Climbing — Rage and Shout September 22, 2017 09:54

Drawing No. 21 "Rage and Shout"⠀

How I feel about climbing and surfing these days.


100 Drawings about Climbing — Anatomy of a Dynamite Starfish September 14, 2017 21:07

No. 21 of 100 Drawings about Climbing
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"Anatomy of a Dynamite Starfish"⠀

Some people are confused about what a Dynamite Starfish is. Some call it "Dynamite Starship" or "Dynamite Starfrog." So here's clarification for those of you who aren't so sure of whatever this project is actually called.⠀

This idea came from a conversation I had a few weeks ago on the G.O. Get Outside podcast, where I ramble for a while about my "circuitous career path" and generally failing and flailing my way through life.

You can listen to it here!

http://www.gogetoutside.com/g-o-053-leslie-kim/


100 Drawings about Climbing — Extraction August 15, 2017 14:28

Dynamite Starfish 100 Drawings Extraction

 

sometimes painful⠀
to pull the thorns from⠀
inside your bony cage⠀
and interrupt⠀
white space

Another one on the border of "climbing related" and "personal." If climbing is some form of personal expression for you, then you probably wrestle with this idea as well. Putting aside things like fear, ego, and fixation can be like pulling thorns from inside your skeleton, but when you can push through your comfort zone, amazing things can happen. Maybe you'll do or say something you need to without fear of interruption, get on a route that you may not have previously considered, or just have fun without worrying about falling or sending.


100 Drawings about Climbing — Socks 'n' Stocks August 09, 2017 08:11

Socks n Stocks

 

This one is for a friend who believed this footwear combination was totally appropriate for camping in 20 degree desert nights.⠀

Share with a friend you love to suffer with!


100 Drawings about Climbing — Pivot Point July 17, 2017 07:37

I'm so sorry, 100 Drawings about Climbing project, I've been cheating on you with my own personal work as of late. When I started this project, I didn't expect that I'd go down this road. But I think when you make attempts to be more creative (in any aspect) you open doors for other channels. So, I suppose worlds will collide now and I'll post some of these as part of this "climbing-related" project.

Pivot Point


Drawing No. 18/100 "Pivot Point"

Contemplating the introduction of a thing, upon which everything must change. Perhaps some hidden beta, or previously unseen foot hold? Or fact of life gone by that eventually settles into truth. Either way, accept the unseen, and do not be afraid to change it all.


100 Drawings about Climbing — Crushed Leaf and Tiny Rocks July 15, 2017 08:00

After a day of multi-pitch climbing in Tahquitz, and some seriously inspiring conversations, I found this little scenario in my left shoe.

Crushed Leaf and Tiny Rocks


100 Drawings about Climbing — Pointless Commodities for Pointless Activities July 14, 2017 10:00

Pointless Commodities for Pointless Activities

My thoughts fluctuate a lot between what is useful and what is not, and whether there is value in creating something for the sake of creating. Where I've landed: I believe there is value in creating something, no matter what it is, as long as it is something you believe to be true. Anyways, I had a conversation about this recently and these words came out of my mouth in an effort to explain what it is I do with myself.


100 Drawings about Climbing — More Shooting Stars July 14, 2017 05:00

More Shooting Stars

A thought I had one night while sitting in a hot spring after days of climbing in Bishop:

"More shooting stars than can fit in your hand. Sends and shut downs. There is so much we try to control, but it's nice to be reminded of how much we are not in control."

 


100 Drawings about Climbing — Open Your Heart July 13, 2017 09:00

Open Your Heart

This idea was given to me by someone sitting next to me on a flight. We talked about how the outdoors can transform lives - first in small increments, adding up to huge life changes. She suggested I create a drawing called "Open Your Heart" with mountains inside, because being outdoors teaches you to keep your heart open. I totally agree!


100 Drawings about Climbing — We Lived, and Along the Way, We Became July 12, 2017 08:00

We lived and along the way we became

This one might not be explicitly about climbing, but after every near epic, after each sigh of relief, perhaps you realize that along the way, something has changed.


100 Drawings about Climbing — The Blackest Night in Joshua Tree July 11, 2017 06:00

Blackest Night in Joshua Tree

When the nights are darkest, and the gap between here and there is small, I find your deep ocean heartbeat. In that vacuum there is no up, down or relief into light. Only the pressure of everything compressing inwards. It's the blackest night in Joshua Tree... and you are there. A piece of you in every molecule I breathe.


100 Drawings about Climbing — Ocotillo July 10, 2017 08:30

Ocotillo

For much of the year, the plant appears to be an arrangement of large spiny dead sticks. With rainfall, the plant quickly becomes lush with green leaves and crimson flowers. (summarized from Wikipedia)⠀

Originally done as an acrylic painting, I made a digital reproduction because I think this plant is truly fantastic. Definitely of my favorite sights to see in Joshua Tree. 


100 Drawings about Climbing — I'm sorry for what I said while I was cruxing July 09, 2017 15:46

"I said TAAAAAAAAKE!!!"

Sorry for what I said while cruxing


100 Drawings about Climbing — High Maintenance May 18, 2017 10:56

"I have to get in shape"

"How's that new skin salve?"

"Icing my hands twice a day really helps my performance"

"I didn't have the right shoes for this climb"

Climbers—we may not have showered in 5 days, but we sure are high maintenance.

Dynamite Starfish — High Maintenance