It’s Not That Serious

So I've really been preoccupied lately and have not neglected writing, but have been consciously choosing to spend my time doing other things in order to maintain my sanity. As I've noted in prior posts, I could have never estimated the psychological effects that my injuries would have, nor did I expect them to be…

Dancing With Myself

It's freeing not being accountable to anyone. I experience this in so many different parts of my life, and because of it I am able to drift in and out of situations when I want. There are hardly situations where I feel completely trapped. When it comes to work, I've made a career of being…

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…

Modern Alchemy

When I first started SaftyThird, a month ago, the subheading was: Style, Fun, Safety; in that order. I had never really considered myself as being too obsessed with image. That was until I really started getting into climbing. I remember being at the climbing gym one day in short shorts, and they kept creeping up…

Realistic Goals

I was climbing with a friend on Tahquitz in Idyllwild a few weeks ago and we were talking about personal climbing progression. He didn't say it outright, but I felt like he was gauging his performance with mine, despite my being twenty-five years younger and bordering on becoming a full-time climbing dirtbag. I mean seriously, I climb…