So, when my Washington DC desk job ceased to exist, rather than jumping straight into another role of responsibility, I decided to embark on what I’ve jokingly dubbed my Epic Dirtbag Adventure*.
As climbers and backpackers we frequently spend time at our desks day dreaming about all the awesome adventures to be had–our thoughts culminating with a longing “one day!” We try to squeeze the most out of our Saturdays and Sundays, counting down the time until the next three day weekend, and spend 50 weeks of the year waiting for those two special weeks where we can really get away.
But instead of waiting until we’re 65 to actually enjoy our most precious commodity–time–what about taking the opportunity sooner rather than later? In my case, with my job of more than 5 years coming to an end, I’ve decided to take advantage of this opportunity and spend some time with a pack on my back, exploring a few of the most spectacular mountains and rocks out there. This is my journey from desk jockey to dirtbag climber…
For now this is my working list of destinations… Subject to change based on my interests, whims, and ability to find partners.
- Ouray Ice Festival Trip Report
- Second Week of Ice Climbing in Ouray
- Backcountry Ice – Climbing Dexter Creek Slabs
- Ouray Rest Day Activities (Or What to Do When Not Ice Climbing)
- Ouray Mixed Climbing with the Potomax Mountain Club
- Becoming a Better Ice Climber: Improving Form and Technique
- Road tripping through New Mexico and Arizona
- Joshua Tree, CA: World famous rock climbing, and a popular and long standing winter climbing destination.
- Red Rocks, NV: Attended the Red Rock Rendezvous (April 5-7, 2013)
- Venturing around SW Utah – Zion, Bryce, Grand Staircase Escalante
- Overland Expo in Flagstaff Arizona
- Lone Pine, CA adventures in the High Sierras
- Mount Whitney via the East Buttress
- World Domination Summit in Portland
- Squamish Mountain Festival
- Mount Rainier via the Kautz
- Mount Stuart via the North Ridge
- Mount Olympus
September – December
- Yellowstone and the Tetons?
- Devils Tower?
- Indian Creek?
Do you live near any of these places? Let’s meet up and climb or hike! Am I missing something really cool? Shoot me an email!
My Criteria: Attempting to minimize travel, maximize climbing; looking for a strong local climbing community where an outsider would be able to find potential partners; seeking moderate climbing opportunities (I’m not cranking out 5.11s, WI6s, or single pushing Liberty Ridge anytime soon). But I plan to focus on skills and locales that slant toward and prepare me for the bigger mountains and alpine–to me this means trad climbing, ice climbing, multipitch, and glaciated peaks. I’m sure there will be some sport climbing, bouldering, and pure backpacking trips mixed in for good measure.
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* Disclaimer: The words EPIC, DIRTBAG, and ADVENTURE are like WAY, SUPER overused–but that’s part of the cliche, ironic fun in my name choice! And obviously there are more mountains and climbs out there than can possibly be done in a single lifetime, let alone just an extended sabbatical, so obviously I won’t be able to do everything I’d like to do (nor do I necessarily have the skills at present to take on some of the things I’d like to). I’m just hoping to get a good taste of some of the amazing mountains, climbs, and nature out there…