Vital Videos

"Lizard King (v8)" by Christian Celestino

This climb has been a personal long-time project of mine, and has been one of the most satisfying to send in my very short climbing career. This amazing gem was found by my friend, Kevin Sian, in Box Springs, Moreno Valley, CA, an area that we began calling the Backyard Boulders. In late 2011, he showed me this climb the very first time I bouldered outdoors, when it was still a project he called Lizard Tail. I was not even able to stick one individual move on it. 

After a couple years of visiting the climb here and there, working it on and off, Kevin finally got the first ascent in mid-2013. My psych level for the climb blew up, and I began visiting Backyard frequently, just to jump on this line. I was stuck on the last few moves for quite some time, until November of 2013, when I was consistently slapping for the last move. 

I got my very first v8 send (Angry Beaver) in Tramway, CA on December 15, and made a goal to finish Lizard King for my second v8 send before the new year. This short vid is footage of my attempts the day after Christmas, which resulted in a shredded right hand, and then the one and only attempt a day before New Years, which resulted in the second ascent. 

It has been such an awesome journey thus far, being able to track my progression off this climb. As I reach my third climbing birthday in a couple weeks, I'm looking forward to finding new projects to work on, to get haunted by, and to obsess over, but still be able to still look back and appreciate the journey, the adventures, and the people that have helped me enjoy climbing, and do what I love doing.