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PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 3, 2013 - 05:41pm PT
Hello everyone.

Meet Cory. He'll be 11 next week. We met through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program here in Fresno. For our first outing, I took him to the climbing gym here in Fresno and he has been hooked ever since. He also did a mock trad lead on the gym crack with my rack and a rope in tow.

We've gone on several trips to Yosemite to ice skate, build a snowman (a first for me too), scramble up to the base of Lower Yosemite Falls, he bouldered the first 6 feet of Pine Line in his snow boots, and we've started climbing outside.

Credit: PAUL SOUZA

Credit: PAUL SOUZA

Credit: PAUL SOUZA

Cory bouldering the first 6 ft of Pine Line in his snow boots.
Cory bouldering the first 6 ft of Pine Line in his snow boots.
Credit: PAUL SOUZA

Credit: PAUL SOUZA

On his first trip out, we rolled up to Square Nail with my buddy and his 9 yr old. I taught them how to build a trad anchor. We then fixed a rope and I rapped down. Danny hooked the boys up and they got to rap themselves and I provided a fireman belay just in case. We did some TR'ing and he did a 5.8 slab for his first burn, then did another lap back to back. We did a short multi-pitch on the way out.

Credit: PAUL SOUZA

Yesterday we met up with some peeps at Pat & Jack. After I got beat up on Sherry's Crack 5.10c, Cory hopped on for his first time ever climbing crack and he climbed like a totally different kid compared to his burns in the gym. He was head strong, great technique and foot work. He was doing moves I've never seen him do and got me starting to take notes. He motored up and finished the pitch for only his 2nd day out.

Cory on his first crack climb on his 2nd trip outside. Sherry's Crack ...
Cory on his first crack climb on his 2nd trip outside. Sherry's Crack 5.10c
Credit: PAUL SOUZA

Motoring up the 5.9 section
Motoring up the 5.9 section
Credit: PAUL SOUZA


He gave Nob Job 5.10b a go, but had to bail due to a bad stomach ache. Later we decided to head home. He puked on the way and started feeling better. We stopped at REI on the way home and unbeknownst to him, the Freedom of the Hills book I was buying was his b-day present that I shortly after handed to him. His smile wrapped around his head.

He is officially now training for After 6, Nutcracker, Royal Arches, Cathedral Peak, and Snake Dike. He's been scouring the ST guidebook pointing out the approach beta and the gear we'll need. He's also planning out his training circuit. His homework is to read a few chapters of the FOTH book.

He wants to climb El Cap this summer, but he has much training to do. I told him my only requirement is for him to have fun and that when he turns 18 he needs to take me up the NIAD. Hahaha. His mom says he's never been so happy.

So, he's been borrowing my buddy's girlfriend's climbing shoes, which Blaine later let him have. Thanks man! However, I need to send those up to Barry to get resoled. He only has 1 pair of shoes, which look like old school All-Stars. He has endured a lot of hardship, which I'm not going to post up any details. I'm wondering if any of the ST ladies have any approach shoes they'd like to sell in size 6.5 or 7 that don't look too girly....haha. :)Some running shoes would be nice for our training hikes. I'm not looking for free stuff. Rather some cheap hand-me-downs to get him by.

Cheers!

-Paul
enjoimx

Trad climber
Yosemite, ca
Mar 3, 2013 - 05:51pm PT
Good for you and him. Sounds like a fun kid to hang out with. Good luck getting some shoes.
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
Mar 3, 2013 - 05:52pm PT
Nice lead! This young man is lucky to find a friend to show him the ropes for real and for his life. The smile on his face says it all. I have friends that I have climbed with since they were young teens, and we have bonded for life.
bergbryce

Mountain climber
California
Mar 3, 2013 - 06:02pm PT
Wow Sherrie's Crack that quick?
I don't have any shoes to offer but I can offer a hearty pat on the back for doing some quality service. Nice work man.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Mar 3, 2013 - 06:22pm PT
Beat from the weekend .... and checking the Taco. Let me see if I have any shoes for him. Please post up again Monday or Tuesday with a reminder.

Cheers, Lynnie

Edit: can he wear a size 71/2? Does he have a high volumne or low volumne foot?
James Wilcox

Boulder climber
The Coast
Mar 3, 2013 - 06:23pm PT
Very cool, and I mean the both of you.
Dick Erb

climber
June Lake, CA
Mar 3, 2013 - 06:38pm PT
Absolutely Wonderful!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Mar 3, 2013 - 06:41pm PT
Two thumbs UP,, on fer each of ya! Wish i knew some one with small feet that had an extra pair!
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
Mar 3, 2013 - 06:52pm PT
It's fun being a Big Brother isn't it!

I have two Little Bros in the program, both in their mid twenties now, met them when they where 11 and 13.

Just got done doing the income taxes for one of them, now working full time at Lowes, and will meet him next week for breakfast, the kid is doing great, the other one not so.

Cory seems a wonderful young guy, and good on you for being a Big Brother!
Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Mar 3, 2013 - 07:07pm PT
Great, Paul. Show him Mirko's website. Mirko is 12 years old, lives in Los Gatos. It should give your guy Cory an idea how wonderful this climbing thing could be for him.

http://www.mirkocaballero.com
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Mar 3, 2013 - 07:41pm PT
Super Paul, there are lots of young lads out there looking for some direction and good on ya for sharing such an experience.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Mar 3, 2013 - 07:46pm PT
Good on you Paul. I'd like to do something similar, but I already have my hands full as a home carer. Best wishes.
Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Mar 3, 2013 - 07:59pm PT
good one, Paul;...thanks for sharing this post and for sharing of yourself.......it's a big deal, no doubt...Bravo to you!
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Mar 3, 2013 - 08:03pm PT
Paul, you're a hell of a good dude. I don't have any shoes for you, but thanks for taking the time to reach out to someone that needs you.
QITNL

climber
Mar 3, 2013 - 08:46pm PT
Yeah, nice one, Paul. I know it's not what you are asking, but here's another idea:

The nice thing about having small feet is you can often find good shoes at a substantial discount. Sierra Trading Post usually has a decent selection, here's one at Return Every Item:

http://www.rei.com/product/838809/adidas-terrex-solo-shoes-mens-2011-closeout

The kid deserves a good shoe. If a half-dozen of us were to kick in $10 each, Bob's your uncle. If you want to go this route, I'm in.
Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
Mar 3, 2013 - 09:49pm PT
What's his boys size in shoes and clothes? My son is the same age and big for his age. I may have some stuff that will fit him.
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Mar 3, 2013 - 10:01pm PT
Glad you posted this just 'cause it's a cool story and reminds us what it's all about! Maybe it'll motivate a few people to do something like that too? I'd check thrift stores, tons of cheap shoes of all sizes to thrash on approaches. REI used gear sale in Fresno usually has a good selection too.
The Lisa

Trad climber
Da Bronx, NY
Mar 3, 2013 - 10:24pm PT
Wonderful to see the opportunities you are giving Cory! Are you referring to a men's or women's shoe size? I would love to help with climbing shoes and running shoes. None of mine are at all girly, I promise ;)
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 3, 2013 - 10:26pm PT
Nice story! Good karma!
When he grows into men's 8 or so gimme a shout!
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Mar 3, 2013 - 10:42pm PT
Paul,

If you like, i will buy him some new shoes.
Maybe you can take him to REI and find out what fits and what he likes, and let me know.

Blair
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Mar 3, 2013 - 11:29pm PT
hey there say, paul.... very nice to see this share...

big brother, big sister... this is how life should be...
folks working together with the younger folks, ...

oure 'self', does a lot more, as to giving life, when it is 'self'less...

keep up the good work, and sharing life...

Conrad

climber
Mar 4, 2013 - 02:30pm PT
paying it forward

goodness abounds
mareko

Trad climber
San Francisco
Mar 4, 2013 - 02:45pm PT
Hey Cory,

It's Mark from last Saturday. I was at the top the Sherri's crack when you topped out. Congrats on the climb. Keep climbing strong and in no time you'll summit El Cap.

Paul,

Thanks for the topo on Superslacker. pretty cool climb.

Mark
Dick Danger

Trad climber
Lakewood, Colorado
Mar 4, 2013 - 03:02pm PT
Excellent! The kid is a natural. He's lucky to have you. Wish I had something I could contribute beyond this.
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Mar 4, 2013 - 03:24pm PT
Very cool, Paul! Unfortunately, no approach shoes to offer, but I'll look and see what else I may have lying around. In the meantime, if you need to borrow anything, give me a call.

John
PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 4, 2013 - 03:33pm PT
Holy smokes! You all are so awesome! The awesomeness of the climbing community never ceases to impress me!

Edit: can he wear a size 71/2? Does he have a high volumne or low volumne foot?

Lynnie, I think he's wearing a size 6 or 6.5 in womens right now. The Scarpa Technos

I'd check thrift stores, tons of cheap shoes of all sizes to thrash on approaches. REI used gear sale in Fresno usually has a good selection too.

I had those in mind, but the REI used gear is a couple months away.

If you like, i will buy him some new shoes.
Maybe you can take him to REI and find out what fits and what he likes, and let me know.

Blair

You are too kind! E-mail sent.

What's his boys size in shoes and clothes? My son is the same age and big for his age. I may have some stuff that will fit him.

I'll find out. Thanks!

michaeld

Sport climber
Sacramento
Mar 4, 2013 - 03:51pm PT
Thanks Paul for doing this!

You're changing that Kids life.
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Mar 4, 2013 - 04:49pm PT
Paul,

E mail responded to.
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Mar 4, 2013 - 04:57pm PT
right on zip! you all are awesome.

thanks for the share...


I guess that's one way to get a rope gun - grow one :)
Mees

climber
Mar 4, 2013 - 05:15pm PT
You're a wonderful person to do this. Cory is a natural!
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Mar 4, 2013 - 05:46pm PT
Good for you participating in Big Brothers program. Will keep an eye out for gear.
Levy

Big Wall climber
So Cal
Mar 4, 2013 - 06:07pm PT
What you are doing for him is priceless. Introducing a young person to the outdoors at an early life can lead to a lifetime love affair with the mountains & nature. I have recently considered mentoring someone like Corey & your post came at the right time.

You are doing a wonderful thing Paul, thanks for all of us!
drljefe

climber
El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Mar 4, 2013 - 09:22pm PT
What an awesome post.

You're making such a positive impact on that grom's life.
Good for you!
Keep it up.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Mar 4, 2013 - 09:34pm PT

Huge bump for you, Paul.
Let us know what else Cory might need.
The Larry

climber
Moab, UT
Mar 4, 2013 - 09:35pm PT
Right on dude!
Gene

climber
Mar 4, 2013 - 09:38pm PT
Paul,

Sent you a PM but just realized I have a helmet that may fit the lad. Please let me know if it's needed.

Safety first blah, blah, blah.

You both are awesome!

g
mareko

Trad climber
San Francisco
Mar 5, 2013 - 09:09am PT
Hey Paul,

I know you're not asking for any hand outs for Cory, but PM me and let me know what's on his wish list. I have so much gear I may have a few things and can pass over to our next generation of younger climbers.

Mark

Leggs

Sport climber
Home away from Home
Mar 5, 2013 - 09:18am PT
Hi Paul,

This is fantastic... thank you for sharing this.

I received a wonderful gift card (rock) at Xmas for the local climbing shop here. I would love to offer that gift to Cory. PM me and let me know how I can make that happen.

~peace
Al_Smith

climber
San Francisco, CA
Mar 5, 2013 - 11:26am PT
Utterly fantastic man. That there is what its all about
Beautiful_Corn

Big Wall climber
Brooklyn Park, MD
Mar 5, 2013 - 12:16pm PT
Thanks for posting this. Because of this thread, I am now filling out an application to be a Big Brother.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Mar 5, 2013 - 12:26pm PT
Paul, would a pair of 37 Mythos fit him? I have a brand spanking new pair I'll give to him if they fit.
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Mar 5, 2013 - 01:14pm PT
Your beard is so perfect that it looks like you're wearing one of those beanies with the built in beard
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Mar 5, 2013 - 06:02pm PT
THIS is the sort of thread that makes Supertopo the best climbers forum on earth.

One vote for this thread in the newsletter, and a big thumbs up to Souza!
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Mar 5, 2013 - 06:03pm PT
Thanks for posting this. Because of this thread, I am now filling out an application to be a Big Brother.

Rad
PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 5, 2013 - 07:00pm PT
Thanks to everyone for their generosity!

I'll put a list together when I have more time and people can volunteer for items on the list. That way I don't get a bunch of the same stuff.

Thanks again everyone! I'm proud to be a part of this awesome community and to bring a new padawan in.

Cheers!
PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 5, 2013 - 07:58pm PT
Thanks for posting this. Because of this thread, I am now filling out an application to be a Big Brother.

AWESOME!!

Let me know if you have any questions!
PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 5, 2013 - 08:05pm PT
Here's a preliminary list...

Climbing Shoes: Mark Hudon

Approach Shoes: Zip

Helmet: Gene

Belay with : ELM

Rain Jacket: Johnny

Rain Pants

Cool climbing shirts

Cleaning tool: Mareko

Extra Biners:

Books: Mark Sensenbach

Set of Nuts: Calico Jack

Cam: Ralphy

Let me know what you want to donate and I'll update this list. If you want to send money, you can PayPal me at plsouza82@gmail.com. I will post up what I buy with photos if you send money.
Gene

climber
Mar 5, 2013 - 08:09pm PT
Paul,

How do we get the stuff to you?

g
ELM !

climber
Near Boston
Mar 5, 2013 - 08:15pm PT
"Belay with locker" is mine let me know how to get to to you. I thank you for giving a boy in need an appreciation of the climbing and the outdoors!!
PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 5, 2013 - 10:44pm PT
I will email each person with my contact info and mailing address. if anyone needs any reassuance as to who i am or my character, Mark Hudon, John Elazearian, and Cragman can vouche for me.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Mar 5, 2013 - 10:59pm PT
No worries about Paul, that's for sure!
Mark Sensenbach

climber
CA
Mar 5, 2013 - 11:10pm PT
Paul I can donate a few books I think he would like and a cool t-shirt.
mareko

Trad climber
San Francisco
Mar 6, 2013 - 10:17am PT
Paul,

I have an extra nut tool. I'll go through my gear and check for extra stuff I can pass on Cory.
NorCalNomad

Trad climber
San Francisco
Mar 6, 2013 - 12:10pm PT
Props to you for contributing to a great cause/ organization (Big Brothers)
PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 6, 2013 - 04:59pm PT
I apologize for not getting back to people promptly. I don't have internet at home and am busy with grad school midterms.

CalicoJack

climber
CA
Mar 6, 2013 - 06:37pm PT
This is awesome! Let's get this dude's rack started. How about a set of nuts? PM me the address & I'll send em out tomorrow. Very touched by your work man.

Cheers,

Andy
Johnny K.

climber
Mar 6, 2013 - 06:51pm PT
Paul,sent you a pm regarding some items,cheers!
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Mar 6, 2013 - 11:52pm PT
Put me in your backup list, please. I have stuff and would love to help.

Cheers for the incredible love this planet has to offer when we come together . Oh Yeah, and Smiles, lynnie
micronut

Trad climber
Mar 6, 2013 - 11:58pm PT
Right on Paul. ST community at it's best. You know where to find me if you need gear in the kid range of course.

See you at the gym soon.
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Mar 7, 2013 - 12:01am PT
"Belay with locker"


no No NO! I strongly advise against letting him belay with locker. Though maybe he'll kick down a free resole so why knot.
Ralphy

Trad climber
Green Honda Element
Mar 7, 2013 - 12:31am PT
This is what it's all about! Paul, seriously good on you man. I wish I had some shoes small enough to give but I'm afraid they would all be way too big. I do have a pretty nice wild country cam I would be happy to donate, just shoot me an email when you get a chance.
I think this is the best thread I have seen on here yet. I cant imagine how awesome of an experience this must be for that kid, you are without a doubt changing his life in such an awesome way.
Major props,
Alex
PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 7, 2013 - 09:32pm PT
I updated the gear list. If you're on the list and haven't received an e-mail from me with a shipping address, please shoot me an e-mail.

Also, we'll be doing some hiking and backpacking this summer. If you come across anything that would be useful, such as a compass, topo maps of Yosemite, survival kit type stuff, please post up.

Thanks again! You are all so awesome! Even those who weren't able to contribute gear.

Cheers!
mareko

Trad climber
San Francisco
Mar 12, 2013 - 02:37pm PT
Paul,

Gear being mailed by the end of the week.

Mark
PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 12, 2013 - 07:57pm PT
Awesome!
micronut

Trad climber
Mar 12, 2013 - 08:33pm PT
Paul,

Its me the "dad" talking now, but you should really have him sit down and write a nice thank you, by name, to the Supertopo folks who helped him out. Its a great excercise we do for our kids and it would be good for him to grasp the kindness poured out on him by these strangers. He needs to attach grattitude to this stuff. And you could post the letter here and let him see what folks say. Just a thought. Actually no....MAKE him do this...its the right thing for him.

See you soon, I have your mini trax, maybe I'll write you a thank you letter!
gimmeslack

Trad climber
VA
Mar 12, 2013 - 09:22pm PT
Simply awesome...
PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 12, 2013 - 11:15pm PT
Scott,

I was already planning on it. ;)
Gene

climber
Mar 23, 2013 - 08:41pm PT
Paul,

Check your email. Thanks.

Cheers,
g
PAUL SOUZA

Trad climber
Central Valley, CA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 9, 2013 - 11:30am PT
Hey everyone, just wanted to give ya all an update. I have received all the gear from those who donated and I am beyond amazed at the generosity of fellow SuperTopoians. Iíve been pretty busy lately with grad school and am going to write up a TR of our recent trips to the Valley. Cory is beyond thankful and psyched!

Stay tuned for a new series of TRs on here!

Cheers!

-Paul Souza
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Apr 9, 2013 - 04:46pm PT
Hey Paul!

Awesome to hear that you guys are getting out and after it. I'm really looking forward to the TRs! Thanks again for what you've done for this young man, and thanks to the Taco community for helping make it happen!
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