Saturday, July 5, 2014

Product Review: Joshua Tree Skin Care Sunscreen

After writing various product reviews for Stonewear Designs and for other companies as part of my work with, I've decided to continue the process. One caveat here: I'm not going to write reviews of products I don't like. I don't feel the need to spread negative energy about anything. I will, however, be honest in telling you the pros/cons about the items I do review. Mostly I'm just going to review things I love. What's to come: my favorite summer clothes & my favorite winter clothes. Today, I want to review my new favorite sun screen--Joshua Tree Skin Care's SPF15 sun screen with clear zinc.

I've always disliked sun screen in general. I put it on, and immediately I have an awful taste in my mouth that lasts for at least an hour. It's a chemically, nasty taste that doesn't go away even if you eat or drink something. So, when Dave Lawrence and Che Wentz came to Lyons for the Lyons Outdoor Games (they sponsored the event), and brought me a bunch of samples of their all natural sun screen, I was super stoked. It's definitely all natural. And I love it. I love it so much that I carry it with me everywhere. They have a bunch of different kinds (see them all by clicking here). My favorite is the item that is pictured, though I also like the Sun Stick (though not as much because it feels stickier than the lotion).

I love it mostly because I don't end up with that nasty taste in my mouth, but also because though it's made with zinc, it doesn't make your face white (or fluorescent green or pink :) I love it because when I put it on I feel like I'm also putting on moisturizing lotion. I don't feel like I have to wash my face immediately when I get home, and I can apply it over and over again without feeling like I'm poisoning myself.

The only downside to this sun screen is that you do have to apply it frequently in order to avoid sun burn. As the bottle says, "reapply liberally every 2 hours and after swimming or towel drying." So, if I'm out for a really long day of rock climbing, I have to resort to the other kinds of sun screen. Also, I think if you have children, you'll have to be super diligent about reapplying it on them really frequently. But, pretty much for everything else that I do besides long days rock climbing in the mountains, I will always have this lotion on hand.

Monday, June 30, 2014

It has been awhile

I've been up to numerous fun things lately. After wrapping up my part as the marketing/PR/sponsorship manager for the Lyons Outdoor Games (read more about my involvement on my website by clicking here), I took off for a week and climbed at Freemont Canyon with an old Yosemite pal of mine. A few weeks later I attended the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, where I enjoyed myself immensely but also worked hard on managing the social media for Planet Bluegrass as a volunteer. I'm still posting and building their social platforms. Check out their Instagram page, which I started and for which a half dozen awesome photographers are regularly contributing. Thanks guys! Also check out their Facebook page; click here to see one of the posts that got more than 1000 likes. I've never had that happen with a post. People are so engaged with the music scene and the Planet, and music is my new passion. I play my mandolin and practice singing at least 5 days per week and wish I could do more. Luckily I am not working too much this summer, and so my focus will be on music. I still love climbing, of course. I always will. But it seems less important now, especially since the floods. My focus has been to do a bunch of fundraising and rebuilding of Lyons, and luckily music is an integral part of Lyons. Check out this video I made just 2 weeks after the flood. It was the first video I had that actually went mini viral; it got 4000+ views within a few weeks, which blew me away since I just created it to express myself and nothing else. It's not even very well edited... :)

Next week I'm off on a rafting trip, and then later in July I'll be building a Ukulele at RockyGrass Academy. Stay tuned as I'll be recording the process daily on social media. Sending all my friends, community members, and family (and my two cats) big hugs and lots of love! Life is super sweet, and I am grateful every day for each and every one of you.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

I have an article in the Alpinist 46!

Super psyched to have recently published an article in The Alpinist magazine on my battle with ankylosing spondylitis and how it has affected my climbing life. :)

The Lyons Outdoor Games

I am super stoked that the Town of Lyons/Louzan Consulting asked me to run the PR/Social Media/Sponsorships for the Lyons Outdoor Games. This event means a lot to me, especially now considering it's a fundraiser for our parks & trails. Here's a press release on the event that I recently wrote. More to come!!!


Contact: Lizzy Scully,, 303-903-2768

Lyons, Colorado, April 15: Lyons to hold 13th Annual Lyons Outdoor Games & Oskar Blues’ Burning Can Beer Festival May 31st to support Parks & Rec Flood relief. Anders Osborne to headline

The Town of Lyons, Colo., announced today that despite floodwaters damaging most of its parkland, trails, and waterways, it will still hold its signature Lyons Outdoor Games multi-sport festival and the accompanying Burning Can Beer Festival on Saturday, May 31.

“The Lyons Outdoor Games is one of the premier events on the Front Range, showcasing some the country's finest canned beer, most exciting extreme sports, and this year, Anders Osborne,” said Parks & Rec Director Dave Cosgrove. “The Games are a Lyon’s tradition. We have a long history of offering world-class opportunities to both expert and aspiring extreme athletes in kayaking, mountain biking, and rock climbing, among others. The floods devastated our town, but not our adventurous spirit.”

The event will be held in unaffected portions of Bohn Park and will include the Outlaws of Dirt BMX series, a rugby tournament, limited pro kayaking events (slalom, freestyle, and BoaterX), plus a family friendly area with slacklining (by Gibbons) and a bike area for kids. New Orleans national touring act Anders Osborne will headline Saturday night’s concert, and the Burning Can Beerfest will bring more than 40 national canning breweries to Lyons.

Bringing the Games back is an important way to revitalize Lyons, stated Chad Melis, Oskar Blues’ Marketing Director and the Director of CAN’d AID, the non-profit fundraising arm of Oskars.

“The Games brings together many aspects that create the social fabric of this creative and outdoors centric community,” Melis explained. “We have celebrated the Games under views of Steamboat Mountain and Rocky Mountain National Park for 13 years, and this year it means even more to come together and continue to raise funds following the flood.”

“With the lineup of events and music that we have, this will be the Town’s finest Lyons Outdoor Games yet,” Cosgrove said. “Lyons is thrilled to be able to offer one of its flagship events as it works through its recovery efforts. We are excited to invite visitors to join us as we celebrate the outdoors and our dynamic small town.”

All proceeds from this fundraising event will be donated to Lyons’ Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Events’ rebuilding efforts. The Town needs approximately $18 million to rebuild its St. Vrain Corridor Trail, which was completely destroyed, as well as significant portions of its kayaking features and its two main parks.

About the Games
The Lyons Outdoor Games: Local kayakers created the Lyons Outdoor Games to bring world class athletes to its famed White Water Park to compete in freestyle, downriver, and slalom events as early as 2001. Since its inception, it has steadily expanded to include dozens of other events, from dog events and running races to BMX biking, dirt jumping, and the Oskar Blues Burning Can Beer Festival. For more information, please visit:

About Lyons Parks & Rec
The Lyons Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Events strives to develop and enhance recreational and cultural opportunities for its residents and visitors, while improving and preserving its community parks, open space, trails and facilities. For more information, please visit:

About LOG Title Sponsor Oskar Blues Brewery
Founded as a brewpub by Dale Katechis in 1997, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse in 2002 using a tabletop machine that sealed one can at a time. In 2008, the makers of the top-selling pale ale in ColoRADo, Dale’s Pale Ale, moved into a 35,000-square-foot facility in Longmont, ColoRADo. The brewery has since experienced explosive growth—packaging 59,000 barrels of beer in 2011 and 86,750 barrels in 2012. In December of 2012, Oskar Blues opened the doors to an additional brewery in Brevard, North Carolina. Together, the breweries packaged 120,000 barrels of beer in 2013, distributing its trailblazing craft brews to 32 U.S. states.

In addition to breweries in Longmont, ColoRADo, and Brevard, North Carolina, Oskar Blues operates the original brewpub in Lyons, Homemade Liquids & Solids Restaurant (Longmont, 2009), a craft casual burger joint, CHUBurger (Longmont, 2013), the Bonewagon Food Truck, REEB Cycles and The Oskar Blues CAN’d Aid Foundation.  Oskar Blues also announced the opening of Cyclhops—a Bike CANtina, and home to REEB Cycles retail location in December of 2013. Oskar Blues also revealed in 2013 that the 5280 Craft Bar and largest rooftop deck in sports house a second CHUBurger location. The Denver craft casual burger joint location will open during the Colorado Rockies home opener on April 4th, 2014.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Lyons Adventure Film is just one week away!

Hey y'all, we've got a full website up and running with info on the Lyons Adventure Film Fest. I hope to make this the first of many annual film events. You can now buy tickets online, and you can check out some of the swag that is being auctioned off. Check it out!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Flood Update from Lyons: Thanks for all the support

Yesterday I spoke with my friend Matt. He said that he felt that many people in town claimed they had processed the flood, that the worst had past, but that he also thought, really, that we were still collectively grieving. We agreed that we sometimes try not to see/feel that grieving because it becomes too much, but that it underlies our existence.

Every time I look out my big picture window I see the devastation. I see the river now... the trees are all gone. And the landscape is full of cobble stones, wrecked cars, old trailers, and a few giant trash bins that are sunk deep in the ground. One of the cars is so packed with mud, my friend Steve told me, that he can't even move it with his large excavation machinery.

"I don't know how long those cars will be there," he says as we stare across the open space at it. "The bank owns that property now. Who knows what will happen to it."

 This devastation that we see every day inspires in many Lyons residents the need to push hard, to work hard, sometimes too hard, in order to make a difference. We want our Town back the way it was. And it hurts us so much that there are often tears in our eyes when we talk about it. I cry whenever I stand on the bridge over the St. Vrain... knowing we won't have our parks back for 3 to 5 years, maybe more. We need millions of dollars to fix our infrastructure, but we don't have that kind of money. We are a Town of 2000, when everyone is here, but 280 people are still displaced. This is all not easy.

Plus, we are uneasy. We don't know what the spring runoff will bring. With record snows this year, it could flood. We have no idea. We aren't being unreasonable. We have just been through the worst experience of our lives... at least most people I know feel this way... 

Eight months in (or is it 9?) people are always asking me, "Is it better?" Well, sure it's better. But it's still really hard and painful.

 I guess what heartens me the most and what brings me so much joy is that there are so many people out there who care, all over the country. CR Gruver is coming up from Louisiana to do a show tomorrow night at Oskar Blues. He and others in New Orleans organized Nolorado, a big music event to raise money for Lyons. And, I've had no fewer than 40 people agree to donate items for the Lyons Adventure Film Fest Fundraiser I'm organizing at Oskar Blues for March 22. Not one of my friends in the outdoor industry has said no when I've asked them to support this event, the proceeds of which will go toward rebuilding our town's beloved St. Vrain Corridor Trail, which happens to start 100 yards from my front doorstep. There's still a 30-foot piece of the concrete trail down there; that is all that is left. In the next 3 to 5 years, I'm dreaming that it will extend a few miles all the way out to Route 36. And when it does, I'll thank y'all one more time for your support. Thank you.

With much love and appreciation,

Monday, February 3, 2014

Lyons Outdoor Film Fest, Saturday, March 22 Hosted by Oskar Blues Brewery: I am organizing a fundraiser for the Town of Lyons Colorado trails & parks, which were completely destroyed during the flood. We have postponed the event to Saturday, March 22. I’ll be doing a brief multi-media show on alpine rock climbing in Greenland, which will be followed by a Boulder Mountainbike Alliance freeride film, & another to-be-announced short film. Plus, the awesome dance band Meniskus will be closing out the night. Get ready for a sweet evening out in Lyons. We also will have an auction with gear provided by Petzl, Metolius Climbing, GORE-TEX Products North America, Mountain Hardwear, Evolv, & many more awesome outdoor industry businesses. Thanks for all your support! — with Quinn Brett and John Dickey in Greenland.