The Quest Continues

2017 was rough.

Emotionally, spiritually, physically. At the beginning of the year, I made a wacky, wicked-crazy goal: to climb grade 5.13a by the end of the year. Well, 2017 has come and gone and today I climb not much harder than I did when I began my quest last year.

In 2016, I sustained a major finger injury that took forever to heal. And in mid-2017, I had another major physical set-back: a skin tumor on my back that required surgery. I was out the entire fall outdoor climbing season.

And this year, more than ever before, it felt I was needed more at home. Life got crazy.

I’m super-excited to reinvigorate this pie-in-the-sky goal, to again press towards it with renewed passion and purpose, and to take you along for the journey. Here’s to 2018!

[Pictures here are from our recent family climbing/camping trip to Stone Fort/Little Rock City, Chattanooga, TN]

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It’s Mental

I love this article by Hazel Findlay for Black Diamond on mental training—not just for climbing, but for life.


It’s important to remember that we all have God-given abilities and affinities, but more often than not, we are more limited by our mental capacity than by our physical. A progressive mindset is necessary for breaking through our physical boundaries.

Goal-Setting is essential for personal growth; but even more than this, we need to know the answer to the question “why?”.

Read her post here: http://blackdiamondequipment.com/en_US/experience-story?cid=hazel-findlay-mental-training-part-3