Archive for August, 2007
Thursday, August 30th, 2007
Ms. Pear and her friend Em are avid hikers who love the adventure of ascending mountain peaks. They recently took a trip that started with a day on the Upper Exum route of the Grand in the Tetons, then drove to Seattle to complete Mt. Rainier. Below are some of the pics from Rainier. Thanks for sharing the pics, Ms. Pear.
Friday, August 24th, 2007
The night bouldering posse hit up the rock at The Gate a couple weeks ago where the combination of the granite and heat shredded our finger tips. The crew consisted of Shaft, Severhead, SP, Doughy, Triznut, Trent, Rafiti and myself.
The Gate was probably a poor choice for bouldering as it really was rough on the fingers, especially with the heat. Here SP got a nice little flapper, to which he applied some of Doughy’s concoction.
Severhead rockin’ the Crystal Problem.
Rafiti looking strong despite the harshness of the rock.
Doughy wobbling so hard his garments are showing. I love it!
Thursday, August 23rd, 2007
Twice a year the outdoor retailer show comes to Salt Lake City, drawing in thousands of people. There are a number of cool events and parties that take place, but as a climber my favorite event is the climbing comp. There is a citizen and pro comp, but I only watched the pro finals.
The pro-finals were in the parking lot of the Shilo Inn. Whoever organized the comp must not have been a Utah native because the wall was placed facing west, meaning the wall was in direct sunlight with temps of 90 degrees. The women had the brunt of the heat, but still managed to cruise up the problems.
Another woman contestant working the crux move on the third (out of five) problem.
Me and Mr. Math having a grand old time. We had ridden down on our cruisers with B and his neighbors.
Salt Lake had two local climbers compete: Porscha Menlove and Steven Jeffrey. Here Steven and his Hello Kitty chalk bag are working on problem four.
Daniel Woods on the last problem.
After the comp was the Revolution after party. Good times! Free drinks, music, go-go dancers and climbers everywhere. Pictured are Shaft and I on the dance floor.
Dr. C and Dr. M on the dance floor. Dr. M busted out some madly impressive dance skills.
Trend setters Shua and Ms. Orange hopped on an empty stage and next thing we knew the stage was rockin’ with people.
All beer was served in Mammut beer glasses, which could be taken as a souveneir. We all thought they were great … and some of us stuffed our pockets.
Thursday, August 23rd, 2007
Mr. Math and I decided to head down to Division Wall one lovely Sunday so that I could hop on Liquid Oxygen and he could get in an endurance workout. On the way we met up with T and a couple of her friends and then ran into the Stone Face Killah, A-zilla and Quiet R at the crag.
Mr. Math putting in a lap on Liquid Oxygen while Stone Face Killah figured out some beta on The Abyss.
The Stone Face Killah working on the moves on The Abyss. Both her and A-zilla snagged the redpoint on Liquid Oxygen this day. Yay!
Me working on Liquid Oxygen. T and the Stone Face Killah gave me some great beta, making the climb actually feel do-able.
Mr. Math real smiley even though I don’t know if he got enough laps in for the day.
My lil’ one was quite tuckered and slept part of the time inside Mr. Math’s backpack.
Friday, August 17th, 2007
I am still working on the recovery from the small ankle fracture that occurred in April. I tried approximately 5 weeks of physical therapy but barely noticed a difference and felt like I could do all the exercises at home. A friend of mine urged me to see an acupuncturist he had used with an injury and I have been blown away with the difference. I have now gone to this gentleman four times and can see a substantial increase in my ankle’s range of motion.
If looking for an acupuncturist or are currently experiencing an ailment, I would highly suggest Dr. Ding Chinese Health Clinic located at 3090 East 3300 South, Suite 400. The phone number is 801-487-4370 and he can usually schedule an appointment within a few days.
Friday, August 10th, 2007
Lately I have been a little bummered out. I typically am an up-beat and optimistic person, yet lately have been getting down each day. Over the past couple weeks I have tried to pin-point what it is exactly that is bothering me. It most likely is a handful of variables, but I believe the main portion is from the current misalignment between where I want to be in life and where I currently am.
I have lived in Salt Lake City 6 years as of this August. I love Salt Lake and I consider it my home … yet I am ready to move on. I am ready to move geographically, start a new adventure, try a new career, go back to school, meet new friends, learn a new language….. something…. something other than what I am doing here.
It isn’t that I am not happy here; it is just the point that there is more to life than what is entailed within one city / state / country. The completely frustrating aspect is I yearn for something new, but for some odd reason I can’t quite seem to get all the “ducks in a row” to make things happen. And I think I realized that maybe there is a reason for me to be waiting. I don’t know what the future entails but I do believe that things happen for a reason. Perhaps I need to consider more options. Perhaps I need to stick around because a new leaf will turn in Utah. Perhaps I have yet to make a contact that is necessary to open a door. I don’t know. I guess I will keep on brainstorming and hope that soon a new opportunity will come my way.
Thursday, August 9th, 2007
Yet another great weekend at the SLC crags, starting Saturday morn at Broads Fork.
Triznut throwing up a rope for us.
Shaft redpointed one of his projects and came real close to another. Good job!
Me working a climb that seemed a lot easier on top rope. Funny how that works. =)
Sunday morn Triznut, Shaft, BW and I went up to Ferguson canyon to work on some trad lines. Ferguson canyon is great because the rock is completely different than Big and Little Cottonwoods, plus dogs are allowed. Sunday was exceptional because it turned out to be “wildlife day”, as we referred to it. This huge owl flew through the canyon and watched my dog while we were at the first crag (yeah, it made me a little nervous). A hiker mentioned seeing two rattle snakes up the trail and the second climb we hopped on had a small bat hanging out in the crack.
Shaft being so kind to try and keep CB warm. CB is cold if the temps drop below 90 degrees.
Every once in awhile Salt Lake City looks like it actually has some foliage besides that of sage brush. This is from the top of the second climb, name unknown right now.
BW on lead.
Triznut feeding my lil’ munchkin strawberry cream cheese. I’m pretty sure that is included in her diet, right?
Me real smiley even though I am exhausted from the weekend.
Sunday, August 5th, 2007
My employing firm has a summer intern who has not only been fantastic to work with and completely gung-ho about learning the ropes of venture capital, but he has enlightened my life in many different aspects. For instance, he is a lover of classic films. After one of our conversation concerning a classic movie, I thought I would go home and give one a try. I was instantly hooked! The films I have seen so far include:
- Bringing Up Baby- One of the sillier, but still enjoyable, films. This film was produced by Henry Hawk in 1938 and includes Cary Grant and Kathryn Hepburn. The story line is about an absent-minded, well-to-do girl (Hepburn) who randomly meets the conservative paleontologist (Grant). The two end up on a wild adventure pursuing a leopard, making the paleontologist miss his wedding.
- Casablanca – A definite must see classic produced in 1942 including Henry Bogart and Inga Bergman. Set in unoccupied French territory Cassablanca during World War II, the story is entwined with a former freedom fighter/current night club owner’s (Rick Blaine’s) ability to help rebel Victor Lazlo escape to the United States. Lazlo, however, is inconveniently married to Blaine’s only love, Ilsa. The most well known quote from this show is, “Here is looking at you, kid.” I have now watched the movie twice and would eagerly watch it again.
- North by Northwest – fantastic! Yes ladies, it is true… Cary Grant is as handsome as the rumors suggest. This film is another Hitchcock produced classic that includes Cary Grant as an executive who is mistaken as a government agent and chased across the US. One of the most popular scenes is when Grant is alone in a mid-western field and is being dive bombed by an airplane.
- To Catch a Thief – another fantastic Hitchcock produced film! Created in 1959 and including Cary Grant and Grace Kellie, the plot is based around a jewelry thief in Nice whose robberies are being blamed on the previous jewel thief (played by Grant).
- Citizen Cane – My friend PE Bruce suggested this one. I actually need to re-watch it as I was so tired that day I only made it halfway through it. What I did see was great.
Sunday, August 5th, 2007
After the redpoint of my nemesis, Right Pile, I was eager to try the 5.12a Pile Surgery right next it, especially since the climbs link. I had worked out the moves the week prior with Kathryn and felt like a redpoint was actually possible. Deebx was jazzed to get out and climb on Wednesday, so the two of us ran up to the Pile to get some laps in for the day. After a couple attempts, I snagged my first 12a redpoint on Pile Surgery. Yay! As H.I.P. #1 said, it was a great way to start off my birthday month.
Deebx, thanks so much for you patience, wanting to get out that day and the great belays!
Sunday, August 5th, 2007
Last Monday, the night bouldering posse met at the 5 mile boulders. The crew included: (pictured from left to right) Deebx, Triznut, myself, Ms. Orange, Doughy and Shua. Not pictured were Shaft and Severhead.
Deebx working one of the Smiley problems.
Shua working the Surfboard.
Doughy on Sharpie.
Ms. Orange working the Surfboard in a skirt. Atta girl….
Me doing the heel hook mantel on Sharpie.