TCA Sophomore Riley Ogier documented a day of climbing in El Salto, Nuevo León, Mexico, and a day of academics in Las Vegas, Nevada. Taking a photo every half-hour over the course of each day, Riley captured a glimpse of the rigorous yet gratifying schedule that The Climbing Academy follows wherever they may be.
Climbing in El Salto
The crew groggily files in for breakfast.
Fruit and café are served first.
Emma organizes her quick draws as we pack our backpacks and gear for a full day at the crag.
During a quick pre-climb pow wow, Sarah Anne finds one of the many El Salto insects on her hat.
Before heading out to the crag, Liv plays with one of the local dogs, Rita.
After a quick hike to the crag, Sean escapes the sun in his hammock.
Sean, Olivia, and Kieran relax in the shade while waiting for the wall to get out of the sun.
We are hard on our gear at TCA. I examine my shoe sole, which is in the process of falling off.
Brandon covers up from the constantly biting flies.
A pre-climb taco is an essential part of “the process” of projecting.
Brandon works out moves on his project before he climbs.
Olivia lowers off of her warm-up climb.
Nic applies liquid chalk before the send go.
A cute crag dog lays down to cool off in a pile of gear.
Nic laces up his shoes before climbing.
Nic packs his gear after a long day at the crag.
Liv has a quick snack before heading back to camp for dinner and homework.
After getting dirty and covered in poison ivy at the crag, it is time for a freezing shower.
Sandra and Ino, our kitchen staff, put out snacks to tide us over until dinner.
A dinner of tamales is served as a delicious end to the long day.
School in Nevada
Sarah Anne and her mentees make breakfast before everyone else is up.
Waffles are warm and ready for the crew.
Sometimes students carry their beds to breakfast.
After a delicious breakfast, study hall starts.
Jonah is still studying for looming finals.
Slight chaos ensues between study hall and first class.
Olivia is hard at work in her History of the Americas class
Quick break for lunch.
Who knows what to say here?
Back at it
Sarah Anne has fun while teaching class.
The girls’ room needed a clean up.
Olivia and Julia are tired after a day of school and cleaning our room.
Dinner prep starts.
Some students take a field trip to get bubble tea.
TCA likes to switch it up, and we sometimes go to coffee shops to study.
Sean poses post-shredding.
Dinner is still in the works.
Nic’s mentor group packs away the aftermath of dinner for sixteen.