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March. I listen eagerly for the first snippets of spring birdsong. Just when I think they aren’t here yet, I hear them. Their voices are to my ears what the shafts of sunlight through the clouds are to my skin. The lake is still a frosted disc of solid ice. Subarus trundle slowly out from the beach, loaded up with hardy folks who will set up folding chairs far out on the ice and drop a line deep into the black water. March is what January was supposed to be: moving into alignment with my values, taking focused action upward, forward. March is playing catch-up after January and February were spent shackled to persistent illness, stress, and the dense cloud of seasonal depression that thrives amidst the couch cushions and cough-medicine. March is about movement. About habits. About building a foundation. It is about taking careful notice. It is about cultivating a marriage between mental fortitude and a compassion encompassing self and others. March is an invitation. A gentle whisper. “Come closer.” It says, a breeze just strong enough to knock last year’s leaf from the branch. “Go deeper.”
Famed blind climber Erik Weihenmayer on “Goat’s Foot” at Pok-O-Moonshine, Adirondacks today. The weather was a bit Scottish, but we managed a couple of fine routes. #climbadk#northeastice#wearerab#bluewaterropes#alwaysbetweenyouandtheground#camp1889#iceclimbing#campcassin#erikweihenmayer
The Brits’ call it a torch but we know what they mean. With darkness quickly descending and no other good options I placed an ice screw straight down into the ice at my feet. Feeling in no rush I glanced up with my headtorch, carefully inspecting the 20’ of 2” thick, iced, runout slab climbing sequence ahead. Inhale. Exhale. Calm. Go. #itscalledaheadlamp#keenevalley#climbadk#timetoplay@mountainpeakfitness#whenindoubt#iceclimbing#PateysGully#imuptheresomewhere
“Ice Storm” today with Rob Belensky. I did the second ascent of this great Alex Lowe route back in 2002, it hasn’t gotten any easier! The upper section was aerated, dry Chandelier ice, #climbadk#northeastice#WeAreRab#bluewaterropes#alwaysbetweenyouandtheground#camp1889#campusa#iceclimbing#campcassin
“Wilheim Jorge” today with Rob Belensky. This rare route was in today, though in tough conditions. What an amazing early season we’ve had here in the Adirondacks. “Power Play” seeing never ending ascents. “Positive Thinking” has seen a number of ascents. “Dream within a Dream” seeing multiple ascents, and “Stingrey” seeing an ascent in December, a route that hasn’t been climbed in five years. The warm up coming over the next couple of days looks grim, but hey, it’s still early season. #climbadk#northeastice#WeAreRab#bluewaterropes#alwaysbetweenyouandtheground#camp1889#campusa#iceclimbing#campcassin
With Mark Meschinelli and Rob Belensky at Chapel Pond today. “Rhiannon” and a great line to the left of “Pussy footing with Lilith” conditions are so good at the pond that there was literally a constant stream of teams on “Power Play” from early AM to after 4:00 PM. Congrats to all that plucked that plum! #camp1889#campcassin#campusa#iceclimbing#iceclimber#alwaysbetweenyouandtheground#bluewaterropes#WeAreRab#northeastice#climbadk#adirondacks
A great view of Blue Mountain from Castle Rock. The leaves may be gone but the anticipation for winter isnt! 🍂❄️ - - - - - - - #adk#adkmountains#adkbound#bluemountianlake#climbadk#adirondacks#adirondacklife#adirondackvibes#nofilter#fall#fallhiking#noleavesnoprobs#soontobewinter#whereisthesnow
I can't believe it's been a month already since I spent a week climbing in the Adirondacks with this rad crew! I'm so grateful to have had this amazing experience with you all. 🤗🙏💗 . . #tbt#tbthursday#outlivingit@first_descents@alpineendeavors#volunteerphotographer#cancersucks#climbadk
We are all explorers, venturing bravely into the unknown. - We might not all discover a new continent, or touch the summit of an unclimbed mountain. In fact, we may never be a first or a fastest or a farthest at all, at anything. - But there are horizons within ourselves that we cannot see beyond from where we stand right now. There are frontiers of spirit that we have never pioneered. Continents of courage, solar systems of possibility just waiting to be discovered by us. - There are worlds within us that only we have permission to explore. And sometimes, a discovery inside ourselves is even more exciting than anything we could ever find out there. It is collaborative, constructive. We build these facets of ourselves even as we “discover” them. - And trust me, it takes just as much courage, or possibly even more, to go into those unknown parts of ourselves, as it does to venture into the dark forest, or the snowy peaks, or the infinite universe. - And it’s worth it.
What have I been doing all week, you ask? Oh, nothing much. Just hanging around. It's been such an amazing week so far getting to be the #volunteer photographer for @first_descents ADK. Special shout out to the guides from @alpineendeavors for keeping everyone safe and secure while out on the rock and for hooking me up with some sweet photo spots. You're the best!! 💕💪 Thanks for the 📸📸 @tallereric 🙌 Big thanks to @cloudelements ,who helped me to be here in the first place! 🙏 #lovewhereyouwork#outlivingit#grateful#adirondacks#adk#climbadk#takemypicture#adventurephotography#climbing#climbingpics#climbny#climbinglife
It used to be that having good cellphone reception and a stable connection to the Internet was a luxury. The luxury now is having the freedom to turn it all off. - And what's better than being afforded the luxury of switching into "airplane mode?" Finding yourself remote enough that airplane mode doesn't change anything. - A place with peaks and valleys so far removed from cell towers that there's simply no reception, no matter how hard you try or how high you reach. - A place where the only thing on your phone aside from pictures of your adventures are the clear letters at the top: "No Service." - Here in the Northeast we need not go far to experience such wild places. World-class wilderness mixes with world-class climbing to create perspective-shifting experiences. A mere four miles can mean the difference between the anxious pull of the world and the freedom to grow and explore. Without reception one is free even of the temptation to look outside oneself. The desire to distract. It narrows one's focus to the moment, while ironically broadening one's perspective. It forces us to connect and attend to that which really matters. - All it takes are those nine little letters on a phone. - Pictured: Visible Rob aka Hot Flash warming up on a hot day with some mellow crack in the Adirondacks.
Team building with some of our awesome lady guides! #climbadk#guidelife#outdoorwomen#sendit#bouldershoulders#adventuresports#adventuresportsrafting#indianlakeny#lakegeorge#lakeplacid#getit#climb#sportiva#takemoreadventures#goatworthy#exploremore#geologyrocks#nature#neature#adk#adirondacks#lovewhatyoudo#explore#goexplore#stayandwander#beawesome
Throwback to the time I climbed Tower of Power and fell from the deceptive crimp near the top 🙈. Crazy high ball...not sure I'll ever have the guts to give it another go. . . . . . #tbt#girlswhoclimb#climbadk#climb#bouldering#optoutside#beeoutside#hstribe#seekthetrails#outdoorwomensalliance#forceofnature
Look! No hands! This was a neat no hand stem challenge one of the girls at Rocksport showed us. It took a few times to get the balance and core control right, but in keeping with the "s**t rock climbers say" video, it "played to my strengths". 😂 We haven't been climbing in a while since we're in full-on training mode for Infinitus and The Grit Experiment 2, but I hope to get out on some real this summer! . . . . #tbt#girlswhoclimb#climbadk#alltheadventures#rocksportny
At the beginning of 2017, instead of making “resolutions”, I chose words that I wanted to define my year. - The word that I spent the most energy focusing on was COURAGE. I wanted desperately to be a courageous person. - There were many days throughout the year that I was shut down and disappointed by (what I interpreted to be) my lack of courage. There were days that I cried. Days that I slammed my fists against the rock and screamed in frustration. I would lie awake at night thinking that my word shouldn’t be COURAGE, when clearly all I was excelling at was FEAR. - But when I look back at my photos from the year, I don’t see the memories of a fearful person. I don’t see a coward looking back at me from all those days at the crag. I see a woman who was shut down and disappointed over and over, who still went out and tried again. - I faced my greatest fear of all and got on the sharp end. I climbed my first trad routes. I talked myself through some truly scary climbs. Off the rock, I overcame my crippling stage fright and played music in groups and in front of others. I said “yes” to things that I wanted to say no to simply because I was afraid of looking the fool. - I’m sure 2018 will bring new challenges and new fears (and thinking about them ties a pretty tight knot in my stomach). I’m sure I will scream with frustration and end the day in tears sometimes. And I believe that these challenges and fears will be even bigger and more intimidating than those from 2017. In which case I’ll make sure I do a proper safety check on the knot in my stomach and start climbing. - Because COURAGE is not something that I want to have. It is something I already do have.
Some SUOC climbers headed out to Wallface this weekend for an awesome advanced climbing trip! Like climbing? You're not gonna want to miss REEL ROCK - the definitive climbing film festival coming to Cuse November 10th! Tickets on sale at link in bio. Come to our meeting TONIGHT at 7:30 in Heroy Auditorium for more information - or to get out with us next weekend! PC @kake_junz#suoc#suoutingclub#coolerthanyourfriends#climbing#climbadk#sunyesf#syracuseuniversity#rockclimbing#watchoutforthatledge
Doing my best Rugged Mountain Man impression. - Fall temperatures are finally here! And what a start to the cool weather yesterday was! Almost 2,000 feet of climbing as we raced up and down the rock simul-climbing through pitch after pitch. It’s a great way to not get stuck behind other parties on the trade routes! - What are you climbing/hiking/sightseeing this weekend?
To uncover an invisible line up a featureless sea of possibility feels magical. This is part of the joy of slab climbing. But sometimes - just sometimes - when an obvious crack appears, you follow it. #climbing#lifelessons - #throwbackthursday to an easy slab I've climbed many ways, but never up the obvious crack until the day this photo was taken. Turns out the crack eventually fades into nothingness and you find yourself back in the position of infinite possibility (with no protection).
I've never liked the Buffett "it's five o'clock somewhere" reference, but I can certainly get behind a "there's dry rock somewhere" sentiment. The beauty of living in Vermont is that we're ideally positioned in the center of amazing climbing. Vermont itself is stellar - and people haven't fully realized it yet, so the crowds are small! And on one side we have the 6 million acres of the Adirondacks, while on the other we have the exceptional White Mountains with its amazing granite (and schist in that little place called Rumney). When it's raining in one place, we can often find dry rock no less than 2 hours in another direction. And when the whole region is rained out? Come on... we're Vermonters. We'll usually climb it anyway. 😜. Pictured here is a little warm-up climb in the Adirondacks.
I wouldn't specifically identify as an autumn super fan, I'd say I'm a holistic admirer of seasonal change. That being said, that change is coming. The air has a certain crisp coolness, and the beginning of vibrant colors are appearing in the treetops. Change can be pretty lovely. 🍁🍂 . . . . . #adirondacks#adks#climbadk#rockclimb#girlswhoclimb#climbon#exploremore#wander#ispyny#scenicny#wildernessbabes#wildernessculture#outdoorwomensalliance#outdoorbella#radgirlslife#liveallheart#autumn
Some days are more challenging than others, and often it has nothing to do with the climbing. Intended to warm-up on the classic Wiessner Route on Upper Washbowl and then hop on the four pitches of Hesitation. I was seriously looking forward to it. But as soon as I started the hike in I knew that I was exhausted. Then the sun turned out to be relentless while on Wiessner. Had me second-guessing the decision to do Hesitation and bake in the sun for four pitches on a sweaty run-out lead while exhausted. And when we made it to the base, a party was just getting on it. That sealed the deal. Made a retreat to a shady, empty cliff with a short approach, stayed out of the sun and had a great time making the best of the variables. You always have to be prepared to read the situation and pivot.
Fear is the backbone of freedom. It is the foundation of joy. Behind almost every triumphant summit selfie is at least one moment of self-doubt, one moment when we ask ourselves "Can I really do this?" Everyday life is full of those moments too - often more so. On a rock climb, hopefully there is only one really scary or really difficult part, but in any given day you could have a number of scary conversations, risky confrontations, and face any number of fears and stressors. My ability to act courageously in the face of these fears has gotten better, but it's not easy for me, and even little acts of courage make me feel absolutely exhilarated. But even though it's hard, I'm learning that these small acts of courage are the threads weaving together a life worth living.
Drove for hours in the torrential rain yesterday and tossed and turned all night on creaky camp beds. Woke to a crisp late summer morning with a hint of fall in the cool air and enjoyed coffee outside on the porch. Fingers crossed the Notch is dry by the time we get there! Where did your adventures take you this weekend?
We hopped on this line a stone's throw from the parking area while we were goofing off waiting for the others to arrive from VT, but it ended up being the most exquisite line and the highlight of the trip. Balancey and delicate moves on minute crystals and tiny patches of texture. Could it be that after a year of dreading and loathing slab that it might be becoming my favorite? Yikes!