Community is a funny thing. Many of my climbing friends are tough, resilient, island like creatures. We go about our days often on our own, sometimes thinking we don’t really need anybody – but the reality is much different. We all rely on people everyday, for a belay, a ride, a beer, a place to crash, an extra #1 camalot for that secret proj, a job, you name it, WE are a community. The longer I climb, the prouder I am to be a part of it and the outdoor community at large. Generally speaking, we’re passionate people, who care a lot about our environment, and try to live as responsibly (and reasonably) as possible. We tend to see the world in a similar fashion, having similar concerns, dreams, ambitions, and that brings us closer together, no matter how far apart we might live.
One of our friends is in need of a bit of help right now, he needs no introduction in the climbing circle, especially if you’ve ever picked up an American Alpine Journal in the last decade. His name is Bean Bowers, and I’ll let his bio speak for itself, but in short, he’s an inspiration to us all. Please make time to go to this website and read the latest about Bean and the battle he has ahead of him, he is one of the best people I know, and if we can help him, in any way, why wouldn’t we?
Although I won’t be able to attend the auction and fundraiser in Boulder, Colorado on April 28th, I am sending a gift to be auctioned off, and I am also auctioning off a day of private climbing (location to be determined). But if you’d like to go climbing for the day with me, or if you have a dream line you want to tick off your classics list, but can’t recruit a partner or rope gun, or if you just want to learn rope work and refine some skills, then make a bid at the auction for a really great cause and I’ll be MORE than happy to spend the day with you, climbing/teaching/exploring – and hopefully we can all win. Besides, isn’t that what community is for, making a better life for everyone? Please click on the image below for more info. and Best wishes.