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Connecting with incredible people this past month in Kauai has been a great experience. Traveling with absolutely no plans has been an awesome way to explore, learn, and grow with new friends from all over. More on that soon. For now, @jeffcarlsonphoto and I are off to venture around the islands canyons. Pictured here is a newer friend of mine @caleblarimer who is a high liner from the Black Hills. Looking forward to meeting up with @younghawk_ and Caleb again soon!
February 26th, 2017
I was very fortunate to come across @dan_lea00 as a climbing partner this past winter. He led us up a large majority of the routes in Hyalite Canyon. I can’t thank him enough for driving us up there 3-4 times a week all winter, letting me borrow his extra ice gear, and teaching me the basics of ice climbing. I can vividly remember the first climb where he sternly told me I needed to keep my heels down as I kicked into the ice, and that stuck! (Pun intended.) We had some brutally cold days, unusually warm days, steep approach days, multi pitch days, blue bird days, and trudging deep powder in whiteout condition days. Lots of laughs, stories, and great times had.
Pictured here, Dan on the longest most beautiful approach of the season. Dan was nice enough to let @kyle.crapster tag a long, which was crucial for Kyle’s sanity at the time as he was/still is buried deep in the darkness of Graduate School and needed some type A fun to let his mind wander. Kyle helped me in breaking trail through the very deep fresh snow all the way up to Twin Falls. At one point Kyle was literally neck deep in a tree well near the top of the climb. (A tree well is basically an unstable hole or depression that forms around the base of a tree when low branches prevent snow from filling in and creating snow pack around the trunk.) Needless to say, the way down was a lot faster via glissading the trenches we made on the way up! #OurWild
Maybe in 2018 we should all work together in reminding each other to live the life we always promised ourselves, because we're all guilty of steering off the tracks from time to time. Make those trips happen, build those relationships, and stay connected with the people most important to you. We can easily get wrapped up in the word 'more.' More is usually what ultimately steers us off the tracks in the first place. More projects, more deadlines, more likes, more materialism, more money. While it can be important to focus on how you're earning and spending your money, what's most important is how you're spending your time. Because, well... the latter isn't prospering. Enjoy 2018 everyone and may it be time well spent!
Today was kind of a bummer in Utah, but I appreciate all of the awesome folks that came out to the Utah Capitol this weekend to show their support. Here's a shot of one of my favorite places to camp in the desert southwest. It's size was reduced by 85% today via an administration that's never even stepped foot within its boundaries. #OurWild
Hope everyone had a great day with friends and family yesterday.
A lot of people probably assume I'm in shoulder to shoulder humans right now crying because I didn't get the last limited edition Ninja Turtles bath robe. However, I'm actually reminiscing the first time I climbed Elevator Shaft with @dan_lea00 and the times when freezing temperatures were worth every numb digit.