Thursday, September 29, 2011
Finish Line Picture - actual chip time was 2:08:37. For reference with my fitness last year, I ran the first half of the Baltimore Marathon in about 1:45 and still had enough left to do it again.
Hidden Treasures Half Marathon
Thursday, September 8, 2011
This is a short review of a book which I believe every aspiring alpinist should read. Well it’s not really a review, more of a recommendation with a really great passage from the book.
“Why climb, especially in Patagonia, given such failure? As I said in the opening chapter, there is no sentence, no paragraph that will explain why. Why refuses distillation. Consider those two classic alpine saws: “Because it’s there" and “If you’ve got to ask you ain’t ever gonna know.” Both strike me as true, but inadequate. And then my favorite, courtesy of Donini: “Because it’s the only thing I’ve ever been any good at.” Great sound bites, yes, but whole truth does not jump out of a sound bite. Such quips are also dismissals.
Perhaps the best answer is: because I love it. I love it even as I am freezing my ass on this cold, dark bivy high on the walls of Aguja Saint-Exupéry. I love everything about it without qualification. I love to coil ropes and to carry heavy loads. I love the sky and I love the storm, the ice, and the stone. I love to succeed and I love to try. I love to wait and I love to act; I love to shiver and I love to sweat. I love the freedom and I love the discipline. I love Patagonia, and I love to climb.”
Crouch, Gregory (2002-03-05). Enduring Patagonia (Kindle Locations 2471-2479). Random House. Kindle Edition.
Monday, September 5, 2011
I just got back from my first trip to the Red in 3 years! Some stuff has changed since then. There’s a new guidebook and Miguel’s has more than one bathroom. One thing remains constant, if you are looking for the best high friction single pitch sandstone climbing ANYWHERE, head no further than the Red River Gorge, Kentucky.
This was a crazy weekend. I don’t know if it was the heat (Saturday) or rain (Monday) but there was hardly anybody there – on a holiday weekend. Or maybe nobody does trad anymore?? In fact, at the trad crags we hit we were alone almost the whole time. This trip ended up being about quality, not quantity. I basically spent the entire trip leading 5.9 trad. All 4 and 5 star climbs, no waiting in lines!
Other areas we visited were Long Wall, Dip Wall, and Fortress.