FRB: Davey, last time we talked we
getting so ill
tatoos, and drinking Fat Tire Ales
together at the
Telluride Bluegrass Festival last year,
how's life been
Dave: Busy! Dan and I have been
working hard to bring a whole new dimension to So ill holds. We have
developed a new line or soft goods which includes a clothing line, crash
pads, chalk bags, hangboards and new hold sets. We have updated our
current website with all the new product.
Check it: soillholds.com.
FRB: I'm sure your hard at work this
Have you been
escaping work and the
heat to do any
The heat in So iLL is absolutely crippling. Fortunately we have found
a few big boy cliffs @ lake Kincaid. We cruise out on a john boat and
attempt to destroy the 60 footers. Deep water soloing is amazing. You
have complete freedom to get a bit crazy. (don't you know I'm loco?)
FRB: You have basically put Southern Illinios on
the map as a
top bouldering destination.
After all the
years of development do you
think the rock
is taping out, or still expanding?
Thanks Andy for the props.
Its nice to see people taking advantage of our hard work.
It is insane how much rock is down here. The problem is nobody is on
the treasure hunt. We have found a few new super dope area's yet they
are either on private property or protected national forest. We have
spent many hours looking at Topographical map's, renting planes and
Arial photos. Its starting to get a bit on the expensive side. Hopefully
soon we will have the new found Mother-load. Or maybe I have already
found it but I am just not telling you.
FRB: You just got back from Arkansas where you
on Dosage 3 and climbing with
Chris Sharma, Jason
Kehl, and other friends.
What was that
Climbing with those boys is a very humbling experience. They know how
to get physical! Arkansas offers incredible sandstone climbing. Although
you have to be jazzed to hike off the beaten trail to develop problems.
But for me and the crew that's what climbing is about. Encompassing
the whole experience from the finding of new rock, prepping the stone
and sending. This is what puts me high up on the cloud nine.
I would like to shout out to
horseshoe canyon ranch for hooking us up big time. This place is amazing
for rest days.
FRB: Dave, you seem to be getting very strong
these days. What
are some of your favorite
My favorite problems are the ones that take dedication, time and energy.
The process of these sends were more educational then the send itself.
Projecting forces you to learn about yourself and dig deeper then ever
I put up Jackie Chancellor V10 a few years back. This problem was a
struggle for me. Multiple days were spent trying crazy hard before the
execution. I also hooked up a problem next to it called Body Karate
V9. This was a fierce battle that ended in a beautiful sought after
boulder problem. I am currently trying to link the two up into a final
masterpiece that would be freakishly cool. Last problem is this highball
I called Evil Empire. The problem stands around 30 feet tall with the
crux at about 25 feet. You are finding yourself with long reaches while
crimping out on a vertical face. In the meantime your shoes are positioned
on dime sized edges, praying not to take another spill from that height.
During the send my mind was saying, "God please get me through this".
My prayers were answered.
FRB: So Ill is coming out with a crash pad called,
By the way, that
is the best name I have ever
heard. Are you
Super psyched with the
new pads. We have 3 sizes in store for our customers. The Acne pad,
Hazmat and the Carcass Catcher. Dan and I spent many evenings brainstorming
and gathering feedback from climbers. We created our pads with the concept
we use for our holds Ultra freaking BOMBER. We beefed up our pads with
reinforced corners and some fly ass chrome buckles. We double stitched
the shoulder straps and added 1680 D. ballistic nylon shell. This keeps
it solid for the abuse Crashpads take.
FRB: There is nothing more hazardous than some of
problems. Thanks for saving
our asses! Can
we expect to see you in
Range anytime soon?
This fall I am committed to so ill and Arkansas. For some amazing sandstone.
I also find it hard to leave because of work and those Midwest girls!
FRB: Stevie Wonder or Marvin Gaye?
Neither, I am thinking more led Zeppelin.
FRB: Thanks for the interview Dave.
I would just like to shout out to all the people
who have supported Dan and I. I truly feel blessed when I think about
all the support we have from friends and family.