Sunday, December 19, 2010

Albert Nugue: 10/26/75 - 12/19/2010

My old coach, Albert Nugue, passed away last month. This is dedicated to you, buddy.

You were one of the best people I've ever known. We all miss your laugh and great big smile you always seem to have. It seems unfair that you would be taken from your life so quickly, but only the good die young. You were the best. Always willing to encourage others, you always were able to create a bond within the people you were around with your commitment the group and especially the team. Your inspiration to us all to be a better person touched many lives, mine being one of them. I will always remember you as my other dad on team trips, and your breakfast burritos will go down in history. Thanks for being the greatest friend and mentor in climbing and in life. Your aspiration to live to the fullest and to make the most out of everything! You were the best coach, father, friend, and brother I've ever had. Miss you, bro.

One of Albert's favorite places, Shuteye Ridge

Albert's dog Baloo

Super Albert!

Good times

Winning the Regional Championships 2005

Tuolumne Meadows

Wherever I May Roam
Dedicated to Albert
by: Lindsay Fixmer

Friday, December 3, 2010

PG Sunnyvale Bloc Party 11/19/10

Quick post to get back up to date. A couple weeks ago I competed in the 3rd Planet Granite Bloc Party at PG Sunnyvale. It was great to get back into bouldering and have a great time climbing without stressing out over anything. The problems were great, there was tons of pizza, and the finals were amazing to watch. I ended up winning the redpoint comp, but since I didn't compete in the other three competitions I didn't have enough points to make finals. Thanks PG for putting on such a great show! Definitely looking forward to next year already. Here are a few pictures from the comp courtesy of Will Scharffenberger and Ivan Cua:

last move of problem #39
photo: Will Scharffenberger

working problem #40
photo: Will Scharffenberger

PG crew! Mike, Stephanie, Mitch, and Mike A.
photo: Ivan Cua

Eric Sanchez crushing problem #36
photo: Ivan Cua

Natasha Barnes dominating women's final #1
photo: Ivan Cua

topping out #37
photo: Will Scharffenberger