Day 81 - 88

Katherine Choong warming down on Kaleidoscope (5.13c) after working the line, Thug Lyfe (5.13d) in the background.

It's official. We're leaving the Red River Gorge tonight after being here for five weeks! It's been an absolute pleasure working and photographing Katherine Choong and her climbing partner, Jim Zimmermann. To give a brief history of Katherine Choong; she's a Swiss-National Professional Sport Climber powered by Mammut and Scarpa, as well as several other sponsors from Switzerland. She's competed many times at the European World Cup tournaments, and is constantly training in order to become the best climber she can be.

The last two weeks, I've primarily tested the light at certain locations with other climbers in preparation for the recently-completed photographs of Katherine Choong. Though, I'm extremely eager to share with you my best photos of the Red River Gorge, I have hopes of sending them out for publication and syndication.

While I'm not looking forward to leaving the company of so many great people, Ben and I must continue on our journey. We'll be making a stop at the New River Gorge for a brief period. As soon as the weather window closes, the two of us will be headed westwards towards Colorado and Wyoming where we'll reside for the months of June and July.

Sean LeBlanc, warming up on Belly of The Beast (5.12c) at the Bronaugh Wall.

I would like to once again make many thanks to the Ventura Family who own Miguel's Climbing & Pizza Shop, Katherine Choong and Jim Zimmermann for being the best subjects to work with, Michelle Watt for being so supportive and a great friend (sorry we can't make it to NYC!), my Hueco Tanks family who will remain in the Red, Alan Hsu, Jen Guo, Brian of Anvil Crashpad Rentals, De-Na-Li Clothing for providing us with a sponsorship and great products, Dru Mack for being a great talent to work with, Marcus V. (Granola), Cody Grodzki (Granola), JustGoClimb, Edwin Teran for being an absolutely great friend, Nick Duttle and Kathy (Petzl), Brendan Leader for letting me come over to the house and borrowing a lot of aid gear, Sean LeBlanc, and Antoine Aube.