David Allfrey
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Every winter for the last 5 years I’ve hunted for ice around #LasVegas.  People always like to tell you “It’s not in”. I’ve learned you should always go look for yourself.  One disclaimer: Desert ice is a finicky, ephemeral thing. It appears and disappears quickly.  I’ll never forget @jessehuey telling me about Zion Ice falling down as he and @adamsonalpinist finished climbing it.  That’s a scary thing.  Every year I’ve hiked to the hose monster to look at it and I check a pinpoint forecast for temperatures morning, noon and night to make sure things haven’t been too warm.  While temps in Vegas might be quite cold, weird inversions can lead to warm temps on Mt. Charleston.  Yesterday we climbed the Hose Monster but also found some pretty scary conditions towards the top.  Ice was bonded to the wall at the edges but there was a tube with a good amount of water rushing behind. Since the flow is only 5 feet wide that’s not ideal, so if you are interested in the Hose Monster I’d recommend carefully watching the temps and waiting for a few days into our next very cold spell.  Have fun. Be safe. @thenorthface @thenorthface_climb #maximropes 📸 @alexhonnold
Every winter for the last 5 years I’ve hunted for ice around #LasVegas. People always like to tell you “It’s not in”. I’ve learned you should always go look for yourself. One disclaimer: Desert ice is a finicky, ephemeral thing. It appears and disappears quickly. I’ll never forget @jessehuey telling me about Zion Ice falling down as he and @adamsonalpinist finished climbing it. That’s a scary thing. Every year I’ve hiked to the hose monster to look at it and I check a pinpoint forecast for temperatures morning, noon and night to make sure things haven’t been too warm. While temps in Vegas might be quite cold, weird inversions can lead to warm temps on Mt. Charleston. Yesterday we climbed the Hose Monster but also found some pretty scary conditions towards the top. Ice was bonded to the wall at the edges but there was a tube with a good amount of water rushing behind. Since the flow is only 5 feet wide that’s not ideal, so if you are interested in the Hose Monster I’d recommend carefully watching the temps and waiting for a few days into our next very cold spell. Have fun. Be safe. @thenorthface @thenorthface_climb #maximropes 📸 @alexhonnold
The past few months have sped and crept by. They’ve been the sleepiest and most joyous I’ve ever had. Having a bad case of Creativity and Curiosity Surplus, or what the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders refers to as ADD, the only way I could stay in place would be through having a baby. Little Dean demanded that I stay in the present, a hard thing to do with a world of big walls and a bad case of CCS. But it’s changed my life and taught me important lessons.
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Instead of pounding pins, I prioritized training.  Both Dean and my Moonboard have taught me invaluable lessons.  You don’t raise a baby, or get stronger, overnight.
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Dean and I stayed home today. He held his head up by himself and almost rolled over. As Dean tossed about, I crushed six V6 benchmarks I’d never tried.  At the end of my session, I stared at the F12 sloping crimp thinking about what I want from climbing, what climbing has given me, who it’s taken and if it is all worth it.  I’ve envisioned climbing the biggest walls, the smallest boulders, too many friends lost and so many friends made, and all the places and people I would like to meet on the path.
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I’ve realized that life and climbing are full of distant goals buried deep under complex layers. But each one I peel back brings the next closer. Life might speed by but there is still so much time to see it all through. 
@thenorthface @thenorthface_climb #neverstopexploring 📸 @james_lucas
The past few months have sped and crept by. They’ve been the sleepiest and most joyous I’ve ever had. Having a bad case of Creativity and Curiosity Surplus, or what the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders refers to as ADD, the only way I could stay in place would be through having a baby. Little Dean demanded that I stay in the present, a hard thing to do with a world of big walls and a bad case of CCS. But it’s changed my life and taught me important lessons. . Instead of pounding pins, I prioritized training.  Both Dean and my Moonboard have taught me invaluable lessons.  You don’t raise a baby, or get stronger, overnight. . Dean and I stayed home today. He held his head up by himself and almost rolled over. As Dean tossed about, I crushed six V6 benchmarks I’d never tried.  At the end of my session, I stared at the F12 sloping crimp thinking about what I want from climbing, what climbing has given me, who it’s taken and if it is all worth it.  I’ve envisioned climbing the biggest walls, the smallest boulders, too many friends lost and so many friends made, and all the places and people I would like to meet on the path. . I’ve realized that life and climbing are full of distant goals buried deep under complex layers. But each one I peel back brings the next closer. Life might speed by but there is still so much time to see it all through. @thenorthface @thenorthface_climb #neverstopexploring 📸 @james_lucas
As a guy who loves to climb up anything, in any form, bouldering always eluded me. I have always just wanted to spend my climbing time exploring out in wild places and climbing the biggest things i possibly could on any given day I had to climb. But my love of climbing has grown, and I love the specific climbing challenge that bouldering provides. The minutia of every aspect of your body on the stone. The simplicity of it, no pitons, portaledges or widgets.  I also love the potential for improvement. I see a whole new door that i can open in my free climbing. I’ve always strived to be as good as i possibly can at all forms of climbing, the ultimate all arounder.  I’m sorry I skipped by bouldering over the years, I have some catching up to do.
📸 by @kalenglenn
As a guy who loves to climb up anything, in any form, bouldering always eluded me. I have always just wanted to spend my climbing time exploring out in wild places and climbing the biggest things i possibly could on any given day I had to climb. But my love of climbing has grown, and I love the specific climbing challenge that bouldering provides. The minutia of every aspect of your body on the stone. The simplicity of it, no pitons, portaledges or widgets. I also love the potential for improvement. I see a whole new door that i can open in my free climbing. I’ve always strived to be as good as i possibly can at all forms of climbing, the ultimate all arounder. I’m sorry I skipped by bouldering over the years, I have some catching up to do. 📸 by @kalenglenn
Red Rocks has a way.  What seems impossible will suddenly become possible. Like this gigantic roof or those wide stems. 📸by @planetkauffman @thenorthface_climb @maximropes @totemmt
Red Rocks has a way. What seems impossible will suddenly become possible. Like this gigantic roof or those wide stems. 📸by @planetkauffman @thenorthface_climb @maximropes @totemmt
I haven’t been out for that many days since Dean was born, I’ve been keeping my eyes on the prize and trying to put in some hard work to get in better free climbing shape while being around to enjoy some serious tiny baby cuteness.  But a couple weeks back @planetkauffman and I had a few days exploring some obscure routes in Black Velvet Canyon.  12a or 12d Geriatrics will keep you young. This route is full of wildly technical, thin and difficult face climbing, its got bolts, does that make it a sport route?  Just be ready to climb, this is some of the best hard, technical, thin face climbing that Red Rocks can offer. I have to admit I was happy to have a little chalk on the grips, until the previous attempt bailed halfway up the pitch and things went blank! 💪🏼🤘🏼@thenorthface @thenorthface_climb #maximropes
I haven’t been out for that many days since Dean was born, I’ve been keeping my eyes on the prize and trying to put in some hard work to get in better free climbing shape while being around to enjoy some serious tiny baby cuteness. But a couple weeks back @planetkauffman and I had a few days exploring some obscure routes in Black Velvet Canyon. 12a or 12d Geriatrics will keep you young. This route is full of wildly technical, thin and difficult face climbing, its got bolts, does that make it a sport route? Just be ready to climb, this is some of the best hard, technical, thin face climbing that Red Rocks can offer. I have to admit I was happy to have a little chalk on the grips, until the previous attempt bailed halfway up the pitch and things went blank! 💪🏼🤘🏼@thenorthface @thenorthface_climb #maximropes
‘Errybody wants to hold that little bugger.  A good weekend, despite sadness there’s a lot of joy around here.  Anyone feeling down about life or loss, come on through Vegas and we will get you a little joy-bomb 🥰😍😎
‘Errybody wants to hold that little bugger. A good weekend, despite sadness there’s a lot of joy around here. Anyone feeling down about life or loss, come on through Vegas and we will get you a little joy-bomb 🥰😍😎
Oh Brad...I’m going to miss our hour and half political discussions on the way to the VRG. Covering the price (beyond the 8$ you would have spent at chipotle) to get you a real steak at a real restaurant.  Laughing at your breakfast donuts. Climbing El Cap fast as fuck with you.  Getting burned off on the board by you.  And just so many great laughs with you.  You were one of the most (younger) brother like friends I had, I feel like I saw you change from a climbing obsessed goof ball to an incredible young man who wasn’t even that goofy anymore.  I’m going to miss you dearly my friend. Everyone in Vegas will, a day out or a gym session was always more fun with you around. @bradgobright .
@samuelcrossley photo.
Oh Brad...I’m going to miss our hour and half political discussions on the way to the VRG. Covering the price (beyond the 8$ you would have spent at chipotle) to get you a real steak at a real restaurant. Laughing at your breakfast donuts. Climbing El Cap fast as fuck with you. Getting burned off on the board by you. And just so many great laughs with you. You were one of the most (younger) brother like friends I had, I feel like I saw you change from a climbing obsessed goof ball to an incredible young man who wasn’t even that goofy anymore. I’m going to miss you dearly my friend. Everyone in Vegas will, a day out or a gym session was always more fun with you around. @bradgobright . @samuelcrossley photo.
It’s easy to forget how hard climbing is. But, it’s probably not as hard as creating a baby, which @martinazandophotography was doing 7 months ago!  But you can see it, try hard (photo 1), joy of success (photo 2) and I think we’re all a little addicted to that feeling. We did a quick dual fam trip to @joshuatreenps, had a sweet retro Airbnb with a great vinyl collection that catered right to Deans needs. @thenorthface_climb #neverstopexploring
It’s easy to forget how hard climbing is. But, it’s probably not as hard as creating a baby, which @martinazandophotography was doing 7 months ago! But you can see it, try hard (photo 1), joy of success (photo 2) and I think we’re all a little addicted to that feeling. We did a quick dual fam trip to @joshuatreenps, had a sweet retro Airbnb with a great vinyl collection that catered right to Deans needs. @thenorthface_climb #neverstopexploring
Stars. Grades. Whatever. Another great day out in the canyons.  @planetkauffman following tough. @thenorthface_climb #maximropes
Stars. Grades. Whatever. Another great day out in the canyons. @planetkauffman following tough. @thenorthface_climb #maximropes
If you happen to be able to get a Las Vegas Weekly or Las Vegas Sun, check out the article about me and Desert Vista Window Washing in there.  Or check the link in my profile!  I’m really proud of this article because over the last year I have put a lot of effort into my business, and it’s going really well!  I always tell my customers that I am also a ‘professional rock climber’ too, this leads to the obvious comments about heights and ladders. But the climbing world isn’t the NBA or MLB so we gotta make ends meet somehow, for me it’s proving to be with window washing.
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In the climbing world we always value the vagabond lifestyle, I still love it.  But 15 years into it and sometimes you just need a little $$$ to keep the wheels turning. Learning to balance work, climbing, and life is tough but this has actually helped me as it’s removed some crappy financial stress and actually helping me have more freedom to travel (big trips ain’t cheap!). I still have some balancing to learn but so far it’s alright.. @thenorthface @lasvegasweekly @lasvegassun @dvwwlv
If you happen to be able to get a Las Vegas Weekly or Las Vegas Sun, check out the article about me and Desert Vista Window Washing in there. Or check the link in my profile! I’m really proud of this article because over the last year I have put a lot of effort into my business, and it’s going really well! I always tell my customers that I am also a ‘professional rock climber’ too, this leads to the obvious comments about heights and ladders. But the climbing world isn’t the NBA or MLB so we gotta make ends meet somehow, for me it’s proving to be with window washing. . In the climbing world we always value the vagabond lifestyle, I still love it. But 15 years into it and sometimes you just need a little $$$ to keep the wheels turning. Learning to balance work, climbing, and life is tough but this has actually helped me as it’s removed some crappy financial stress and actually helping me have more freedom to travel (big trips ain’t cheap!). I still have some balancing to learn but so far it’s alright.. @thenorthface @lasvegasweekly @lasvegassun @dvwwlv
Big buildings in NYC got me really thinking about big granite across the globe.  I always try to stay focused on free climbing and training, on the one hand I want to be a stronger free climber, but my mind always returns to big walls and adventure. I think it’s time for a quick mish then back to the board! 🤘🏼 📸s by @ericbissell and I. @thenorthface @thenorthface_climb
Big buildings in NYC got me really thinking about big granite across the globe. I always try to stay focused on free climbing and training, on the one hand I want to be a stronger free climber, but my mind always returns to big walls and adventure. I think it’s time for a quick mish then back to the board! 🤘🏼 📸s by @ericbissell and I. @thenorthface @thenorthface_climb
There are two halves to my life lately.  Climbing and window cleaning.  A year ago After spending too many years really stressed about money, I did something about it and started my own company Desert Vista Window Washing, @dvwwlv.  I grew up washing windows with my father, he had a similar small company.  I was never really cut out to have a boss, regular schedules, or sedentary jobs.  So I return to the super fitness trainer that started it all for me: busting my ass washing windows followed by climbing sessions.  It’s been amazing to curate my own schedule and set my own parameters to the climbing working balance. Check out the article by @cmoonreed in the @lasvegasweekly about me, life, work, climbing, and even babies.
@thenorthface_climb @thenorthface
There are two halves to my life lately. Climbing and window cleaning. A year ago After spending too many years really stressed about money, I did something about it and started my own company Desert Vista Window Washing, @dvwwlv. I grew up washing windows with my father, he had a similar small company. I was never really cut out to have a boss, regular schedules, or sedentary jobs. So I return to the super fitness trainer that started it all for me: busting my ass washing windows followed by climbing sessions. It’s been amazing to curate my own schedule and set my own parameters to the climbing working balance. Check out the article by @cmoonreed in the @lasvegasweekly about me, life, work, climbing, and even babies. @thenorthface_climb @thenorthface
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