Will eyeing the crimps on Kill By Numbers in Joe’s Valley, UT.
Two peas in a pod. Good times at Joe’s, despite the lack of climbing :)
Oh hey Gunks! Only spent one sweltering day there about four years ago, didn’t send this classic climb (The Buddha) but looking forward to returning someday.
We goin to JOES VALLEY!! Woohoo! Missed out last season, gonna freeze our butts off but I have a new sleeping bag and lots of psych so it’s gonna be awesome ^____^ I’ve been looking forward to hanging out in the desert for awhile. Sandstone here we come!!
Soloing shenanigans on the 2nd flatiron today with Courtney ^_^ kneebars on slab, woohoo!! Can’t wait to do this again!
During the AORE conference today I was talking to a student about how I got started as an athlete; how I was sick of being indecisive about college so I moved to Colorado to pursue climbing and he looks at me and asks, “So how did you just, like… leave? How did you know you would move to Colorado and be successful?”
At the time I pulled a list of reasons off the top of my head; experience, building a reputation in NE over a period of years, going to trade shows, etc…
But really? I didn’t know. His question struck me later on because it didn’t matter if I knew whether I would be successful or not… I just knew what I loved so I followed it. It struck me also because this is a message I so badly want to spread (not necessarily leaving college per say, but the realization of passion and the drive to pursue it). This is why I want to get involved in the community; college, climbing, or otherwise. It is such a simple concept but at the same time it can be complex, uncertain, scary, and full of doubt. Do What You Love… so cliche I almost barfed and deleted it because of its painful overuse.
Yet it is so true.
This is why I want to connect with people. This is why I care, and why I’m an athlete; because I love it and I want you to love whatever you’re doing. Chase what you want and make it happen, not wondering whether you’ll succeed or not but knowing what it is that makes you happy. You will learn details along the way, and there will be bumps; but keep the goal in mind and “success,” whatever that is for you, will follow.
If you’re at the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) Conference in Baltimore this weekend, stop by the Adidas booth and I’ll give you a 65% pro-code if you mention this post!
I was also considering dropping by Earth Treks in Rockville if any fellow tumblr’s are in the area. Haven’t climbed in a week + getting over the flu so I might continue that trend but we’ll see.
This was a post.
Oh, and this happened… gangster Totoro (EAST COAST) and neon-Courtney throwing down at the Spot Gym’s (in)famous Psychedelia competition. Ghibli REPRESENT!!
(it was really hot to climb in)
Photo by Katrin Bell Photography