I recently celebrated another lap around the sun. It’s been a wild wild year, full of challenges and amazing experiences. I spent a lot of my time outside, with friends and family, and on wild adventures.
Personal highs and lows included accepting the REI Anderson Award at headquarters in Seattle, doing my first solo overnight paddling trip in the San Juan islands, enduring a divorce and starting the healing process, living through an epic flood in my hometown, learning to play guitar, saying goodbye to my grandfather, and spending lots of wonderful time reconnecting with old friends and family.
In terms of climbing, I had an unbelievable year. I climbed Mt. Hood, Mt. Olympus, S. Early Winter Spire, the north face of Long’s solo in summer and with a partner in winter, Agujas Guillaumet and de l’S in Argentine Patagonia, as well as lots and lots of pitches in Vedauwoo, Indian Creek, and the Colorado Front Range.
These days I am still selling outdoors equipment, teaching climbing and CPR and First Aid classes, climbing as much as possible, outfitting a van for full-time living on the road, contemplating wilderness therapy field work, dreaming about big walls, and training for another season in Patagonia.