Good to be back on El Cap! This time with @Bronwynhodgins on her smooth free ascent of Freerider over 5 days. I was support team, belaying and hauling and leading some of the easier pitches, but Bronwyn was leading the charge, smoothly dispatching the 5.13 crux pitch as well as all the burly 5.11 and 5.12 cracks, offwidths and slabs. This was her 4th attempt in 4 years, so good!
This was my 10th ascent of El Cap and I have now climbed Salathe and/or Freerider 4.9 times! Now to do some new moves! ;)
As I think about how time has been flying by and the end of the year is slowly creeping up (as in whoa the semester is ending soon and I have sooo many deadlines coming up). I keep thinking about how immensely blessed and privileged I am to have had such amazing opportunities awarded to me and such a lovely support system.
When I started this climbing adventure I’ll be honest, it was to prove something. It was to prove that I was good enough because I was told I was not, and to prove that I was capable because I was told I was not. When this seemingly just fun hobby turned into a full-on passion of mine, I gained not only a better perspective on what it means to make and work after goals, but also how important it is to surround yourself with like-minded people who want to see you succeed. •
Through this journey of climbing, I also learned that to achieve full happiness and enjoyment within this sport, I needed and to do this for myself. Through climbing a ton, training, and learning from such wise women that I’m so blessed to call my friends and climbing partners; I thought in addition to making this sport my own, “how can I inspire and help others?” As you all have seen, the rest has been history. •
This past year I had specific goals in my head that I wanted to achieve and I ran after each and everyone one of them. I don’t think I’ve ever been that driven before and it’s because I let my mind be conditioned to think negatively. I can’t begin to express the utmost satisfaction I feel every single day when I climb not only for myself, but for the greater good and uplifting of my community, specifically my underrepresented community. •
Even though I’ve been traveling and been apart of other fun engagements recently, I did miss most, if not all of the fall send season at my favorite home crags. Makes things a little bitter-sweet but that means that I can just set my sights on full on winter bouldering. Here’s to the gym being my new best friend again, fun times with my climbing partners, strong curves (it’s an inside joke), and future bouldering in the snow!
Saturdays boulder! This one felt really fun. If any one has seen @alexhonnold ‘s free solo movie he talks about the boulder problem where he has to do the karate kick over and I felt like I got to get a glimpse of that move on a 1,000,000x smaller scale.
Mount Olympus the ‘Home of the Gods’ in northern Greece. Start your hike early. The access is through the small town of Litochoro. Follow the signs and park at the furthest point up. The path is well marked. Around 10,000 people take this hike per year. You can do the hike in one day or book your stay at Refuge A for a climb to the peak the next morning. There are other paths and much more to see at this must do while in Greece. #travel#hike#thingstodo#mtolympus#greece#Litochoro#photo#mountain#climb
This well-loved Iconic beauty. What's not to like about this popular trail? Other than it being over populated. Soon, very soon in Jan, this trail will be closed for rehab. Enjoy your weekend Cape Town