I've been climbing at Stronghold for about a year and a half now. I still miss the sense of community at Rockreation LA, but I do really enjoy the routes and general setting at Stronghold. The facility is in the old Edison steam power plant on the outskirts of Los Angeles. The boilers were removed a while ago, and now the large brick building from the early nineteen hundreds has nearly 50-foot climbing walls. Not a bad place to train.
I entered one of the Touchstone Bouldering Competitions a year or so back, but couldn't get into the spirit. You have to be a little pushy to get a turn climbing on the wall. I'll leave those comps to the young bucks.
Turning this drab little cardio room into a happy space with a nice bright abstract cityscape of Silicon Beach/LA. I really liked this color pallet. My favorite feature is the half power symbol reflecting in the mirror to make a whole. I now have intimate knowledge of Joshua Trees and Palm Trees.
The fan made the paint dry too quickly, so I had to turn it off which also turned off one row of lights. It was like painting in a creepy sci-fi episode, when you want someone to just reach over there and flip on the light switch...
Thank yous to Out-fit for the commission. Lisa P. for working with me. Pete Cross always, and this time for a little OT weekend painting spree. Olga S. for late night painting assists.