Thursday, January 28, 2016

The San Juan's Keep Surprising Me!

Me and DB decided to hit some big lines for his birthday, but were a little suspect on what the conditions would be like. We hadn't had much snow, but then... Smack it! We doing everything right. For starters, our plan was to go really high, and to get deep in to the peaks to avoid the crowds. Then, the inch-an-hour snow started to fall. We got shut down on the first coliour, but then found a more protected shot, what we called, Mini Granite. A 6000 ft day (descending), a happy day!


Our First Shot...

Unfortunately, my GoPro fell off while at the peak (didn't lose it), so no evidence of the ultimate rad we shredded. Oh well... I think I'm good for it though, right :) 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Invictus

Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
      For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
      Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
      Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
      How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
      I am the captain of my soul.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Reminded Of The Simple Life - 180-Degrees South

Stop, and take a look around your house, or the room you're in... What do you see? Is your space cluttered? Do you see things you really don't need? Is everything in your house serving a purpose? Now go in to your mind... Are there emotions and issues that don't serve you? Would you be better off not over-thinking about an issue or potential problem in your life? Do we actually complicate our lives unnecessarily? These are questions that struck me after truly digesting the movie 180-degrees South. A movie about replicating the famous trip by Doug Tompkins and Yvon Chouinard to Patagonia (check out the trailer below).



In the movie, Jeff Johnson, the replicator of the famous climbing trip to Patagonia, retraces the journey to find himself, the wilds of Patagonia and to learn from two sages of the climbing and mountaineering world - Tompkins and Chouinard. But what wowed me wasn't just the images of Patagonia and the story line, but a deeper message... Live simply... To be honest, I've over-complicated my life with so many stresses, things, expectations, desires, worries, fears, shit-I-shouldn't-be-doing, hungover days, and more. And this movie brought the question back to me... Why? Is there a reason for all this complication and shit? Nope!

So I'm challenging myself to live a more simple life... And that may mean just removing some excess worry and stress. It may mean eating less meat. A simple life may mean using my money to preserve a part of nature. It could mean I clean my house out. It could represent a more authentic way of living. It could mean being quiet when I want to speak (it probably should). It could mean I let things happen instead of forcing them. It will mean I live life with intention, concentration and the awe of what I want more of: the wilds and power of the mountains. I leave this blog post with a quote...

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Bike-Packing Deep In Russia...

Incredible footage of a bike-packing trip in Russian Georgia...

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Going To Be A Lot More Of This...

I freaking love the back country!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

It Isn't Just The Universe Giving To You...



I read an interesting Taoist thought about life, and it truly struck me... The Taoist belief in the Universe is positive thinking will only heighten your mind. In other words, expect better blood pressure, cholesterol levels and more smiling. But just a positive attitude alone will not give you what you want. The Universe is lazy, and really doesn't want anything to change. So, your positive attitude is great, but nothing may come of it (you won't get the job, or summit the mountain). The Taoist believe that you must put more energy in to getting what you want, solving your problems, obtaining spiritual growth (whatever it is) by putting in more energy than the Universe. This is how you seize as much of what you want in life, and how you change the world!