"Not all those who wander are lost"

Joyous Christmahanakwanzika and Happy New Year!

The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.

-George Carlin

 

It’s that time of year again.  The time when the rocks are getting cold on the fingers and the days are so short that it barely warms up.  My trip came to an unpleasant end, but round two of the Red River Gorge and seeing friends from, both new and old, helped to make the last few days fun.  Now I’m a snowmaker at Sunday River.  The honeymoon phase wore off pretty quickly, but things will be getting better now that we can make snow more often instead of just hauling towers and hoses around the mountain.  Things got drastically better this week when I walked into The Big Adventure Center (a Bethel attraction with laser tag, party room, games, and most importantly a climbing wall).  Their wall is about what I expected: mostly top-roping, small, no routes set, few problems set, and overall sub-par.  Sounds like it’s a not good, but I just saw an opportunity and now I climb whenever I want, set whatever I want, and basically get free rein.  My future looks like climbing, snowboarding, and hiking up and down the mountain making snow.  That sums out my recent activities, if you have any suggestions for what I should do or where I should go after this spring (mar-apr) then let me know.

 

But the real reason I’m writing this isn’t just to fill you in on me, but to say thank you.  With as much time as I spent on the road mooching off everyone, it would have been impossible without generous people.  I couldn’t have done it with out you guys.  Thanks to everyone who helped me out on my trip, belayed me, got me a beer, gave me food, and shared  good times with me.  And special thanks to the people who made the continuation of my trip possible when things went wrong: Chis (& Jen) who put me up for over a week when I had my car fiasco, David who got my computer working again, Jack who saved my from sleeping in my car/tent when Flagstaff got almost a foot of snow,  Caitlin (& roommates) who were great to me in more ways than I can count when my life was stolen, and everyone I saw who gave me shoes (thanks Brett), jackets, climbing gear, and a brighter outlook on my return home.  This year I had well over 100 days of climbing, not bad since I didn’t do any for over 3 months when I tore my ankle and haven’t done much for the last two months.  I’ve met so many great people and made so many new friends this year.  I plan to keep it going in 2012, so if you’re in the mood for an adventure, want to climb, or just want to hang out when I go through let me know.  So far possibilities include, but are not limited to, Mexico, New Zealand, Hawaii, Turkey, South/Central America, Europe (not until warmer months), and Southeast Asia.

More climbing, more adventures, more friends, more fun!

 

 

 

(Obviously not my picture since I don’t have that stuff anymore, but my future trees will look similar)

 

(How do you think Santa gets to your house?)

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