Thoughts Stirred by the Wind

It's was late, and I packed my Subaru with a full double rack. I stuffed my sleeping bag, pad, tent, and clothes on one another on the floor in the back seat--on the drivers side. I arranged the gear and the rope and the packs and the shoes and the chalk in the trunk--on the drivers…

Cryin’ Time Again

We climbed hard through the week, Wednesday-Friday. We had a solid day on Friday and drove back to San Diego from Idyllwild. I didn't allow the thoughts of my upcoming week dampen my mood, but somewhere deep inside I felt the fires light and my inner steel smelting and reforming into a different version of me--preparing…

Patience & Persistence

My name is Josh, and I'm an alcoholic. Sometimes My name is Josh, and I'm an addict. It just depends on who's in the room. June 6th will mark my eights years of continuous sobriety. I've been identifying as an alcoholic and addict since I was nineteen years old. I quit drinking before I was even legally…