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Archive for the month “September, 2013”

Sewing Seeds of Change

Our new home.

We’ve relocated from one magical forest to another. Hello, Portland. Thank you to the lovely Ashley for housing us while I make some much-needed cash before heading to the Southeast! Read: Canada is expensive.

Every time we get to a new destination, I am reminded how awesome the climbing community truly is.

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Getting Thunderballed, and What To Do About It

"Anyone can cut and run, but it takes a very special person to stay with something that is stupid and harmful." - George Carlin

“Anyone can cut and run, but it takes a very special person to stay with something that is stupid and harmful.” – George Carlin

Bouldering at one’s limit involves suspension of disbelief. At first the holds seem unmanageable, the sequence too cryptic, the moves too big. With enough hubris, confidence, or simple hard work, the climb begins to open up. Suddenly, one has completed a brand new set of moves. One has proven oneself equal to the challenge provided by nature and a first ascentionist. One has earned another tick in the guidebook.

Great climbing literature is based on this titanic struggle of human flesh upon unfeeling, unflinching stone. In The Boulder: A Philosophy for Bouldering, Francis Sanzano correctly states that

…one can learn all one needs to know about another by watching them boulder. We can discern if they are a fighter, if they make good decisions, if they are good under pressure…as if the skirt of consciousness has been lifted and they remain in the act, struggling like death before us.

Boulders are the canvases upon which we may paint moments of greatness. But that’s not what I want to talk about. I want to talk about the opposite. I want to talk about what happens when an easy-looking boulder problem turns you around, yanks your pants down to your knees, and spanks you…or as I like to call it, “getting Thunderballed.” Read more…

The Power of The ‘Book

Marissa Land leading an impromptu yoga class after the showers stopped.

Marissa Land leading an impromptu yoga class after the showers stopped.

The clouds have parted and a heatwave has now hit Squamish. But, hey, we’ll take that over the rain.

We’ve lost a lot of good folks the past week due to the sub-optimal weather conditions and it simply being the “time to go.” There’s a small contingent of us left, but the season for tent villages in the Chief campground is over. I think most of us have stopped checking the weather report- we now understand we are living in a temperate rainforest and the rain gods will do what they please, without warning and for-better-or-worse.

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