Where'd I go? I know, it's been a long while since I've posted on here but the glorious 'Life Exploring Stone' got put on hold for a bit, hence the 5 month hiatus.
Lets cut to the chase. Why? I was born with a chronic illness, it was in remission for 8 years, it came out of remission and I got sick for a while. Ya it sucks, blah, and that that is why this post has been so hard to write, I don't like talking/whining about it, it's a bummer dude.
I left Ontario this winter as my usual bright eyed self, ecstatic about our winter adventures in the land of the free. And I came home with a totally new appreciation for life after being so sick for months. Not what I expected but a welcomed new outlook on life. Hard times give you unexpected perspectives.
I've had a bad luck stretch, but the tide always rolls back in. I'll be waiting for when the timing is right and I'm feeling alright :)
Rewinding through my photos from our winter in the US, we still had some amazing times. We rented a place in Mesquite, Nevada while I was sick. And despite my health, I got out climbing when I could muster the energy. Rock climbing became more of a nature therapy type thing, like going to church to pray. It was nice to feel the rock in my hands and the blood moving through my body. I just had to listen to my body and not push myself too hard.
|Trilly in the Utah Hills.|
|Surprised to find these pics of me while flipping through the local guidebook: 'The Limestone Bible'|
I had a rather spiritual experience near the end of our stay in Mesquite on a climb that has been on my Life List called 'The Great Red Roof', 5.13 Trad. This route was the one of the only things that kept me sane while I was really sick. I fantasized about it all winter, hoping that I would eventually be well enough to try it. As my health started to improve, I started to climb harder and sent a bunch of classics around Vegas and Mesquite to build fitness for the roof. I had a couple weeks left before we moved back home and as expected, the roof was just as cool as I'd imagined. I one hung it 6 times during my few days working on it, getting closer each attempt; but we then got completely rained out for our last week. This rain allowed me to step out of my obsessive rock climbing bubble and realize that I needed to go home and be an adult. A sign from mother nature to stop being so damn stubborn and take care of your sick ass self. So we said goodbyes and hit the road. This climb isn't going anywhere and I will be back.
|The Great Red Roof 5.13 trad, Red Rock Canyon, Nevada. Life List!!!|
|Pet Shop Boy 5.12d is one perfect piece of power endurance. Nice to crush it quick!|
|Brendan "Shadow Cruiser" O'Neil makes 'Old World Lullaby' 5.14 look cruizzee|
|Misty Murphy crushing a 5.12 at the Simian Complex. Cool to get to know this bad ass lady and her legendary status hubby Bob Ohran this winter.|
|Views from another perfect day at the Wailing Wall, Utah Hills.|
|Getting weird on 'The Weirding Way' 5.13a|
Here is a peek at some of my first few attempts of the Great Red Roof 5.13
Max effort! Ha
And how's this for a silver lining...
Arc'teryx has offered me a spot on their climbing team, and I obviously accepted!
Really honored and excited to work with this amazing clothing company. They truly make the most incredible technical clothing out there. I've never owned stuff so nice!
|Superpower line up thanks to Arc'teryx, La Sportiva & Flashed!|
I've had some days off conveniently timed with perfect weather!
|Catching a ride.................... :)|
|Jany Mitges climbing one of the best 5.10's in the Beaver Valley: Homecoming @ Devils Glen|
We will now resume the regular broadcasting of 'Life Exploring Stone'!!!
I am feeling a lot better these days! Fitness is returning, guiding has been amazing. On the Rocks is still the best job in the world. I have had a few absolutely stellar climbing days in the Beaver Valley and a couple at Lions Head as well. Dave Zieleniewski and Kyle Thomas bolted and cleaned a route called "Showered with Gifts" 5.11d at Metcalfe Rock and I was showered with the gift of the FA when I flashed it after guiding all day. It is just to the left of 'Split Image' and it goes up the blank white face. A classic!
|Kyle Thomas on his FA attempt of 'Showered With Gifts' 5.11d. The FA race was on!|
|Kyle Thomas creating a new gem on the Peninsula|
Just really happy to be feeling better and to be home doing what I love :)
Great to be out at the local cliffs, see all the familiar friendly faces about.
Made the drive up to Sudbury to ARC Climbing and Fitness a couple weeks ago. I ran a training session for the Youth Team, ran a Technique Course for the members and finished with a slideshow and swag from La Sportiva, Sterling Rope, Flashed, Sanuk. Good times getting to meet this amazing climbing community in Sudbury, and its a great gym with really nice routes, if you happen to be in the area.
|Everyone loves swag! Thanks to La Sportiva, Sterling Rope, Flashed and Sanuk for the support :)|
|Teaching technique to lots of awesome folks|
|Climbing with the ARC Youth Team in Sudbury, Ontario|
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Well I'll cut it off here, I went from having so little to say to so much to say! I think that is a sign of changing tides. Looking forward to another summer climbing on the Niagara Escarpment! SO much thanks to my amazing husband, friends, family, and sponsors for being so incredibly generous, positive, kind and supportive through all the ups and downs. I am still the luckiest lady in the world. Big love to all :)