Life- "If you're not living on the edge, you're not doing it right"
At the end of July I spent nine days camping and rock climbing at the Cirque of the Towers in the Wind River Range of Wyoming with a friend. It was an incredibly arduous trip filled with epic stories and monumental surroundings.
The more I climb and the deeper I dive into this world the more I am amazed at how much of the lessons I learn and the experiences I have on the mountain relate directly to my everyday life and my work. Out there, high up on a vertical wall, exposed to the elements, where you rely on instincts, adrenaline and mental focus you are reduced to the most basic of physical and mental processes. Everything unnecessary just melts away and you attain complete nowness. Aside from being an incredible sensation, witnessing your own mental process in this striped down state is incredibly enlightening, like taking away all the bells and whistles to see how the cogs really turn.
It is also a powerful way to master your mind
|Looking at Pingora and Lonesome Lake|
|Nathan examining our route on Pingora|
|Warbonnet and Warrior to the right|
|Can you see him? Approaching Cirque Lake|
|Warbonnet and Warrior from the Cirque Lake approach|
|Pitch 8 of Wolf's Head looking out onto Lonesome Lake|
|Cirque of the Towers, The WInd River Range Wyoming|