Joshua Tree, Thanksgiving 2012

My experience in Joshua Tree this week was deeper than anything I could ever give justice to in this post. Joshua Tree National park is truly an alien place, and its clear the minute you pass into the park. Cell phone signals and power lines disappear, and...

Dynamic Climbing Robot

Paul Birkmeyer and I have created a version of his CLASH robot that now includes footpads with synthetic gecko adhesive. CLASH can now rapidly climb steep acrylic up to angles of 75 degrees. Our work was published at IROS...

Mt Winchell June 2012

Nick and I climbed the East Arete to reach the 13,768′ summit of Mt Winchell. We hiked in via Sam Mac meadows, where we spent the night in one of the more picturesque places I’ve stayed in the high sierra. The climb its self went pretty smooth, and we only broke out...

CLASH: Climbing Vertical Cloth

My work on Paul Birkmeyers CLASH robot has been published in IROS 2011. During the development of CLASH, I assisted by testing the engagement properties of the feet on loose cloth substrates using a custom built 2 axis force displacement apparatus. Testing revealed...

The Middle Palisade, Attempt #2

A couple hours hiking brought us to 10,800 ft, where we set up our basecamp saturday. Then, on sunday we got up at 3:30am and went for the summit. Unfortunately, it had snowed up there 1.5 weeks ago, and there was awful sugary 12 in deep snow all over everything,...