Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Bridge Over Troubled Water

I've ridden my mt. bike over this foot bridge so many times that it isn't funny.
But during an early morning ride one summer day, I rode right off the bridge and landed in the small creek below on my right hip. It was painful.
Now I tend to walk my mt. bike over most small bridges.
I can't overcome that fear of falling again.
It's funny how certain things mess up your head for life.
"Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind.
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind."
S & G

Sunday, January 11, 2009

On a Shoestring Budget (or 3 screws)

Ice climbing gear is expensive. In 86', I was a poor graduate student. I could only afford to buy 3 ice climbing screws.
So, up I went.
Each belay station only had 1 screw for an anchor. That left me with a single screw for my running protection.
Even though Shoestring Gully is a moderate climb, it was my 1st ice climb that I lead from top to bottom (in full winter conditions), so having a few extra screws would have been nice.
But I learned on that cold, windy day that "faith in equipment replaces faith in oneself".
That mindset has always stuck with me in everything that I do, even to this day.
And the thing is, I still have all of my original ice screws and I still use them because I trust myself more than I trust my equipment.
Shoestring Gully
Mt. Webster, NH