School is OUT!

It’s not about writing like they told you to in English class. It isn’t about numbers. Perfection does not exist. Balance is temporary and finicky for a reason: to keep you moving. It isn’t about being like anyone else or beating them. It’s about the moment. It’s about being open to the actual adventure…open to-‘engage in hazardous and exciting activity, especially the exploration of unknown territory.’ Everything I have done is small and fairly insignificant on a large scale. But I can tell you a good story about every town I have been to, about the people I’ve met, the mountains I’ve climbed, the horses I’ve ridden, the crazy jobs I did, and all the times I’ve embarrassed myself. For me, it’s not about quantifying anything or putting a grade or a time limit on things. Life isn’t a race or a test. School is out. Breathe freely and live your fleeting and finite life!

“Some of his classmates mocked him for earning his keep as a janitor, but others were mesmerized by the stories he wrote of his wide-roaming life…” (Haley, pg. 3)

“He quit in a rage and became a hobo, riding the rails and experiencing the penniless subculture of vagrancy. To his surprise he met brilliantly read men among the tramps…” (Haley, pg. 2)

-Wolf, The Lives of Jack London by James L. Haley-

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South Park, CO

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South Park, CO

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Buena Vista, CO

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Buena Vista, CO

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Don’t know his name, but he was nice, and he let me take his picture

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Thriller

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Summit of Huron June 9, 2016

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Getting up to no good @ 14,000ft!

 

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I thought, I’ll just stretch my legs today and take it easy…but ended up feeling good and climbing to the top of Quail Mountain…in my bball shoes…totally unintentionally.

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Quail Mountain summit (13er)

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For being such an easy peak, Huron sure has good views!

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Last year at this spot, as I was descending, I told these poor old ladies they had another mile to climb and another 1,000 vert ft. but really they had only a few switchbacks left.

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Just out of the trees on Huron

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Sunrise on the Decalibron Loop with my new ice axe šŸ™‚

 

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