I haven't posted anything in over a month. In the two years Rock and Sky has been live, I have never gone that long without posting. As I was explaining to a friend today, when I write, it's like I'm giving out a piece of myself. There is no such thing as "just a post" for me, not really. Each thing I write takes effort, has emotion and inspiration. When I write, it's my gift. But what happens when you just don't have anything to give any more?
If you know me personally, you know that I am loyal to a fault and constantly hand out the benefit of the doubt. I'm more like a 10 strikes and you're out person, rather than three. That's why I'm a bit hesitant to write this post. The intent isn't to bash anyone, but to post an experience that I hope will be a lesson learned for some people.
So here it is: How my 15 minutes of fame came and went without me knowing.
That. Was. Incredible!!
And also the first official climbing competition I've been to. As a volunteer and spectator, I got to see all of the work and effort leading up to the showy and brightly colored finals round. Climbers and crew alike worked to create tonight's final event, and it was awesome.
It's been a busy day at Movement. The weather is great, and the crowd is growing. The finals lists were just posted outside the gym. Here is who will be competing tonight:
1. Sachi Amma
2. Ramon Puigbianaque
3. Sean McColl
4. Jakob Schubert
5. Jork Verhoeven
6. Romain Desgranges
7. Manuell Romain
8. Matty Hong
1. Johanna Ernst
1. Mina Markovic
3. Momoka Oda
4. Charlotte Durif
4. Maja Vidmar
6. Angela Eiter
7. Sasha Digiulian
8. Akiyo Noguchi
And a quick look at the rules: http://ow.ly/6S0wg
Qualifiers are done!
The unusually grey and rainy day here in Boulder did nothing to curb the action indoors. It did, however, make sitting outside in a tent suck.
Here are the results.
THIS weekend the World Cup Lead Climbing Competition comes to Boulder, the first Lead comp in the us since 1991. I scored the sweet gig of volunteering for the American Alpine Club in their sponsor tent, so I'll be up close and personal with all the action. I'll be posting pictures and video of the events this weekend, but in the mean time, here is a little info about the competition.
This post might get me shot, but it’s something I’ve been meaning to write for a while now. A few conversations and a similar post by Amy (expandoutdoors) gave me the push to put pen to paper, so here I go.
Femininity, Sexuality, and Being a Woman:
I don’t claim to have the answer to what it means to be a woman, but here is what I’ve figured out so far: I am complicated.
The following are excerpts from my very first (!!) paper for grad school. They asked me to describe what my professional identity will be when I'm a counselor. Ya got me, I barely know up from down at the moment, let alone what I'll be when I'm done with this program. It reminds me of a similar paper I wrote for undergrad about what kind of teacher I'd become. I'd never taught a class.
So why speculate?
To get my brain rolling towards the future I suppose. To begin to associate myself with my future profession. This is a good practice for any of us with a new future ahead: Begin to visualize your self in it. Speculate. Relate. Own it. Create your space, and move in. Here is what I see in the distance.
Thanks for reading. :)
High camp on the Grand
Ah the glory of the mountains! The fresh air! The vistas! The gaping, awe inspiring, rolling majesty of all that is huge and way out there....
And then something starts to itch.
Or you are bored.
Or cold, or smelly, or whatever, and the discomfort is all you can think about. On some level, the challenge of living in the mountains is about overcoming your baseline zone of comfort and trying something new. Without stretching our boundaries, we won't grow. No one, however, said we should be miserable.
After spending considerable time this summer training for and summiting the Grand Teton in Wyoming, I looked through my gear and pulled out a few not so standard items that were life savers. These tiny things don't add much weight and made a huge difference in the quality of my trips.
So here are: The top 10 essential (or not) pack items.
My ever growing and changing world has expended yet again. As I continue to look into what it means to be bold, I find that it's often wrought with moments of insecurity and uncertainty. But those moments are always followed by even bigger moments of growth, reminding me that the lessons I learned earlier about stepping out of my comfort zone, and remembering my plan, are paying off.
I started grad school this month.
And the first thing I did, was perform a skit...