The Mormon settlers believed this to be their promised land. I’m not sure I can say that, but damn if it hasn’t been a fun five days here. I’m headed over to tour the Black Diamond factory before heading back to Vegas in just a bit, so this has to be brief- mostly to say, good times with good people.
After skiing on Tuesday I went for a walk and settled in for an excellent and cheap latte at a place called Coffee World near 9th and 9th. Trendier than I care for, but quality coffee is important for the soul. I also did some “shoe modifications” to address some of the issues I’ve been having with my feet.
Wednesday morning I was very privileged to attend a training session at a very unique gym. For those of you who know, you can correctly expect that I am still sore. I look forward to returning to this place as it is allowed.
I spent Wednesday afternoon in a tree dialing in some aid climbing skills I will likely need in a few weeks. It was gorgeous out, and frankly I loved the fact that no one really found it strange to see a guy suspended 20′ in the air in a tree in a public park.
Wednesday night I met up with a good friend from my NOLS course in 2007 who lives here and works with behaviorally challenged youth. Bryce is one of the most upstanding dudes I know. A walking example of integrity and kindness. We were able to spend some time on the granite crags in Little Cottonwood Canyon with Bryce’s friend John on Thursday afternoon. I was extremely pleased with both the quality of the climbing and the companionship.
I’m headed south this morning to meet a friend from Portland in Vegas. It seems to be the spot where partners, weather, and pitches all line up. More on the upcoming plans soon. Thanks for reading!