First of all, thanks for all the great feedback I’ve been getting regarding the site and whatnot. It’s been fun. I’ve been getting a great deal of e-mails regarding training and how to improve, this is cool, because it shows that climbing truly is a connected community and I get stoked when I hear about people wanting to try hard and get better, it’s inspiring to me. I apologize if I have not yet gotten back to you, I have been on the road for over a week and compoooters are the last thing on my list.
First stop: Salt Lake City, Utah. OR. What a party. What you need to know about the retail show is that it’s important to pace yourself. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed after the first day. Lot’s of small talk with great people, there just isn’t enough time to play catch up with every person you want to. I missed out on a lot of great conversations and personalities but the connections I did make were golden.
The coolest part of Utah, was staying in a house full of PRO skiers and photographers. That world makes climbing look like the chess club. They party harder than we do and they make more money and they usually get more girls. I got to meet Julian Carr, the mad man who hucked a front flip off of a 210 foot cliff. So sick. We watched the video and he stomped it with style. I feel as though climbing has a wayz to go before we are really pushing the limits of what is possible. The house is a stone throw from Little Cottonwood, we climbed around a little bit, but it was cold and the rock up high was crusty and less traveled, but it was great to breathe the air and touch the earth.
Secondly, Drink responsibly at OR. Beer tastes great but Utah beer contains about the same alcohol content as pickle juice. Stick to mixed drinks, vodka and tequila being my favorite. When you know you are drunk, enjoy it for a while, dance, play and be merry but start drinking water as soon as possible or the next day you will feel like death on a stick. I’ve been there. The other bonus is that you prevent making a complete fool of yourself, it’s easy enough to do that the other 360 days of the year.
On the last day of the show we got word that Squamish weather was perfect – blue skies and warm. We packed the van and booked an all night 18 hour drive to climb High Mountain Woody 5.10a and run a few laps on Penny Lane 5.9 and Crime of the Century 5.11 – it was worth it. After two months of plastic in Canmore touching real rock of that quality was about as satisfying as…well…you get the idea.
Another ten hours of driving, listening to world beats and eating Big Macs – Corey and I are back in Canmore, Alberta. It was a whirlwind lighting tour with more than a few memorable moments, but not enough space to share them all here on this blog.
So, as my friend Paul Bride always says, keep your head up and your stick on the ice.