Sunday, October 10, 2010

Bone Cave

Fun. Sport. Lifestyle. Whatever you want to call it, whatever it is that you do just enjoy it. I have been trying to get up climbing more these past few weeks. As I struggle up climbs that were easy a few months ago I have to keep frustration at bay.

Other than getting out of climbing shape you also get out of mental shape. Your trust in your hands diminishes and you find yourself completely uneasy when you are leading. The only remedy is to climb. Comfort and confidence come back as you take a few falls and realize that the rope will catch you. This is one of the great things about climbing, it is a mental and physical puzzle that you have to work at continually.

My frustration was drown out by fall colors, friends, and cool autumn air.

The Bone Cave

The crew.

Brett Olsen. (Pictured above in a sporty blue brief for all of you lady readers. Sorry he is about to get married) He, along with all the other guys I climb with, seem to get what it is all about. We go up as a group of friends. It is about being up there. We don't compete, we don't feel like we are better than each other because of the number grade we can climb. This is just all about doing what we like.

I think a lot of times we can get so caught up in our hobbies that we feel better than someone else. It doesn't matter what it is, when it comes down to it you are not cooler than anyone else. So what if you can climb a 5.13d with one arm behind your back, who gives a crap if you can do some fancy trick on your laminated piece of wood that you scoot down a snowy hill on. These things don't make you cool. Do it because you enjoy it. The whole process of overcoming an obstacle is what all sport is about. Fun. Not being better than others.

If you want to rollerblade and do some hop skip twirl maneuver in a tutu, by all means, if that is how you have fun go for it. My way is in no way better than yours.

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