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Involuntary Vertical Layoff

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Much against my will, I’ve not climbed since Monday night. Not that I’m complaining: I am absolutely blessed to be able to climb as much as I do. But I’ve got this goal (more on this some other day), and three days off doesn’t advance it at all.

I have subbed every day this week, and since that work comes right off a three-day stint guiding up in Placid, I’m beginning to feel worn out. Ugh, old age!

There are tentative plans to run up north Friday evening and climb until well after dark, then head home. Of course, I’ll then be heading back up there the very next day. Sounds like I’m gearing up for a rerun.

Pieces Parts

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Settling back into home life after the long weekend has been anything but settled. There was of course, snow to shovel, broken things to repair, phone calls to make, emails to read and reply to, and all the assorted things that go along with getting home after being away, plus a few more. But it’s still good to be here.

I worked today, substitute teaching. Good classes for the most part. I showed videos – typical sub duty – but got a chance to introduce the topic and discuss it before and after viewing.

I look at a lot of the kids and see so many with little or no interest in school and academics. Don’t know if I blame them. We’ve created a culture of drudgery. I firmly believe scholastics would improve if we pushed a higher degree and frequency of physical activity. If they could get beyond the bounds of discomfort and comparison shopping between exercise and entertainment, they might learn to enjoy physical and mental challenges. Learning to love challenge, to take on difficult things, is probably the single best lesson a person can learn.

I also went to Rocksport in the afternoon. Simon showed up with Amanda and together, we bouldered awhile (Simon found out his V2 line is actually more like V5, but he has already done half of it), took turns leading the ceiling (nice whipper there, I won’t say who), and in general had a good time together. I left a bit earlier than usual, as I’m still tired from the weekend.

Despite the weather, ice season is drawing to a close, at least here on Crane. The night temps are dropping below freezing, but not far below and not for long. That will knock the stuffing out of all but the most sheltered ice. Once we get some sunshine, I’ll be heading up to the summit cliffs for some rock climbing action.

Back from Placid

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Wow, what a weekend. Three days in Placid. Olympic fever running high up there right now.

Great time with my folks this weekend, despite the huge snowfall making the backcountry downright unsafe.