Monday, January 14th, 2013
To infinity and beyond! – Buzz Light Year-toy story
For the month or so after returning from Argentina, I went on a whirlwind trip through the Southeast. It started in the New River Gorge, and was followed by Chattanooga, TN and many of its great climbing spots. I had a great time climbing with Jimmy Webb, Ben Spannuth, Mike Williams, and many other good people along the way.
In a dizziness of visiting so many areas that were new to me, I figured I would try to send as many classic lines as possible. I managed to send 20+ routes at 5.13 and above, and had a good day out bouldering at one point during which I flashed a V10/11 and sent 3 other V10s. I was pretty darn surprised to be able to send any boulders since all I had been doing for months was climbing on a rope. It was eye opening to see that according to the math, I could attempt to send 50 new 5.13s and above in a month if I make a good plan and everything comes together. So that is one of my goals for 2013. It fits in nicely for training for my project as well.
I figure as long as I squeeze in some bouldering, tons of routes of all different styles, plus some other regular cross-training, I might just have a chance of realizing my goals in the mountains. I now find myself looking toward the future with the same dreams I imagined as a young child. Having been challenged in so many ways in my life, I now realize it is my life’s work to continuously meet new challenges, overcome them and quest for the next. I still see those pictures I drew of myself as a kid – envisioning myself as a professional athlete, and I am amazed at the power of settings goals. The thought of turning my body into that of a world class athlete seemed more than nearly impossible as a weak and frail boy. The powers of determination, belief, and a strong heart have carried me to my dreams. I now look back to that little boy drawing those pictures in a simple class assignment of what you would like to be when you grow up, and I smile.
On that note, I have a little request for anyone who has ever climbed in the Red River Gorge, eaten delicious food at Miguel’s Pizza, or anyone who is interested in supporting some wonderful fellow climbers.
Here is my little buddy Cedar Ventura. She is my friends’ Dario and Emily Ventura’s daughter. Cedar must undergo a pretty big time surgery, as she was born with an incredibly rare (like 1 of less than 200 cases ever) liver disorder. It is a very expensive procedure that will allow Cedar to explore life and live out her own dreams.
If you are interested in helping, here is the link to make a donation towards her surgery.
Thank you so much!