“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.”
We as climbers love numbers. Hey, I’m guilty too. I’m always trying to climb the next number-grade. I find myself eschewing some beautiful-looking line because it’s not hard enough, for example, and that’s silly. Seems that we should be climbing after the bigger picture, in the name of exploration or just plain fun. That’s what’s awesome about climbing in the Park. There are so many unclimbed walls and routes, so much that remains undone, so much potential for adventure. So, as much to myself as any other climber, I say let’s leave the numbers behind and aspire only to explore, to have an adventure and to have fun!
So there you have it, something for everyone these days. Some alpine ice, some great scrambling, some dry alpine rock, and even still some snow-climbing and skiing. For climbers, mountaineers and skiers, RMNP is a great venue this time of year. Conditions continue to change rather quickly and, even with a dozen guides in the field every day, it’s difficult to stay updated on it all. So if you see something you think we should know about, or if you just have questions, please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m always psyched to hear from readers and happy to help out where I can! Do yourself a favor, get out climbing in the Park now ’cause this is about as good as it gets. While you’re at it, forget about the numbers for a while and just let yourself return to the essence of climbing, where it’s all about fun, exploration and adventure.