You find yourself with only days left of work. Hours really. You suddenly realize that the slow process begins. It almost creeps up on you. The transition between work life “you” and adventure “you”. The shedding of skin. We’ve all been there. The peeling off of workplace responsibility, the digging out of gear. Bedrooms, or home offices being monopolized by our backpacks, tents, and such. … Continue reading The Anticipation of Adventure
A classic adventure. What does it consist of? An objective? A peak? Solitude, or a shared experience? Are there Trials and tribulations? Is there Triumph or agony? Certainly one does not come without it’s counterpart. This is what makes a true adventure. No peak is without adversity. No summit push is as easy as one foot in front of the other. No two trips are … Continue reading A thought on Adventure
We go and go and go. We work, and train, and grocery shop, and train, and try to keep in touch with everyone, and train. It’s a lot. It’s good, but it’s a lot. I am training for upcoming running races, cycling races, and endurance challenges. Assuming they are all still a go. Albeit, it’s been a slow return. I thought I would touch on … Continue reading The Skip Day
So. Here we are. A world of adventurers. In a time unknown to us. Lost in the ripple effect of Corona Virus. At home (hopefully). Keeping on, keeping on. Isolated pods. How do we stay motivated. Moved. Moved to pick up a map and start drawing the line of our next adventure? Piecing together the next Epic? In short, by will. Please. Please do not … Continue reading In the void of adventure
In my mind I am an adventurer, an explorer, a seeker of the world around me. I look forward to the next big project. Whether it’s cycle touring, backcountry exploring, peak bagging, whatever. I cherish the long days on the bike saddle, or off the beaten path. In reality I am a 38, soon to be 39 year husband and father working in the city. … Continue reading Time and the Maintenance of it all.
So, in the world of just about everything, we all have our own unique twists on words, nicknames for things, acrinims. Our own isms, if you will. Surf culture has their own language. Ski culture has their own language. The “new slang” of it all, and not of The Shins varietal. I thought it would be fun to compile a list of slangs and sayings … Continue reading Alpine Chips, Juicy Danglers, and other colloquialisms.
Well, end of November, early December. The year is wrapping up, my climbing gym is closing soon for renovations. Small window in the weather saw clear skies last weekend, and with impending changes to the weather on the north shore of Vancouver, combined with me and my cousins newly anointed lead climbing course under our belt, we headed outside. After spending the last year gaining … Continue reading So we climb!
So here’s a short one. An update really. As I have been slowly getting into rock climbing, there has been this nagging feeling that eventually I will have to up my game. I have been climbing roughly once a week for about a year now. Tackling the slow progress with my brother and cousin. Top roping, building my strength and skill, and trying to imagine … Continue reading One step closer
A predetermined pick up point. A set location to hike. Blue bird skies. The only thing missing… My friends? So recently I had an opportunity for a quick rip up one of the Squamish local peaks. The weather had been perfect all week. Work was dragging on, and I needed a pick me up. I had put a shout out to my usual crew, but … Continue reading In the company of strangers
It’s only a handful of days until we pack up and make our way to Vancouver island for the annual MOMAR (mind over mountain adventure race) in the Comox valley. A 30/50km (depending on your level of masochism) multidisciplinary race consisting of kayaking, mountain biking, and orienteering. I am racing with my friend Jason, whom I have done MOMAR with before. Also joining us this … Continue reading What drives the Adventure Race?