Solo Free Climber/Angler
This is something we believe fits completely in line with how people should view fly angling. Fly fishing can but doesn’t have to be an all inclusive or this or nothing type of sport. In fact quite the opposite. Whether snow shoeing, climbing, backpacking, mountain biking, kayaking or just about any other outdoor sport, even rock climbing, fly fishing has a place alongside all of these. Written by Chris Van Leuven, this story embraces the relationship between rock and water in both sport and nature:
"It’s sunrise in Yosemite. The rising sun slowly casts light up the 3,000-foot mass of El Capitan directly across the Valley. Chad Shepard, John Lloyd and I begin climbing up The Gunsight, a steep and technical 600-foot route between Lower and Middle Cathedral Rocks. John and I have a rope, rack and climbing shoes. Thirty-seven-year-old Chad, a park local, is in tight-fitting sticky approach shoes. Around his waist is merely a chalk bag, tied on with a thin piece of cord. On his back, he wears a small pack with his fishing equipment."
Read the rest here Chad Sheppard, Climber/Angler…
Written by Chris Van Leuven
Photo by John Lloyd