I just noticed a weird similarity in the two sports... and I was wondering if anyone else who is a tourist is also a big wall climber.
Here's the thought process: pick a sport - climbing or cycling. The most common way to practice the sport is to go out for a few hours or all day, carrying as little weight as possible, going as fast and as far as possible (pitches or miles), and having as much fun as possible. You try really really hard not to be out at night. The sport has a huge contingent of weight weenies and gear geeks. You weigh gear in grams. You try to be as skinny as possible, to improve your performance. You don't go out if the weather is bad.
Now do it "loaded." Do the sport for a long long distance. Go out for multiple days. You spend the night out on purpose. You carry all your camping supplies with you. You move slowly under the weight of all your stuff, ofen suffering under the weight. You collect huge amounts of gear, and spend inordinate amounts of time thinking and talking about it: you even make some of it yourself. You go to unbelievably rad places under your own power. Sometimes it's hard, scary and dangerous, and you can't just go home. You have a fantastic story to tell at the end. It's ok if you weigh a few extra pounds, because hauling all that gear around is easier if you are a bigger person. You try to go out when the weather is good, but if it goes bad, you just suck it up and keep on going.
Anyone else, or is it just me? And WHY?
In Yosemite, getting ready to climb the walls again.
Yosemite is the valley in "valygrl"