Even though this is a friggin' rap-bolted sport climb ...


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Trad Larry

Gym climber
Black Canyon, Colorado
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 26, 2017 - 09:10pm PT
This is a good read

Brian in SLC

Social climber
Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 26, 2017 - 10:13pm PT
Great read.

Poignant. We all miss KD... (local boy).

Mountain climber
Sep 26, 2017 - 10:42pm PT
TFPU! Enjoyable read indeed.

Hayden Kennedy writes very well. Might be genetically related :-)

Nice too that he has dumped social media.

Jim Henson's Basement
Sep 27, 2017 - 06:41am PT
Great article. Thanks for linking it

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, California
Sep 27, 2017 - 07:28am PT
How does climbing fit into “real life”? If we only take the surface level experience—endlessly chasing the next hardest project, the next most futuristic alpine objective—then, in my opinion, climbing becomes too much of a selfish pursuit.

I believe my "real life" has been lengthened and improved so far by climbing, both for myself and those I share life with. I have taken off a number of years at times from climbing, but not from being a climber. Selfishness, oh yes. everyone has to look at it in the mirror, some of us more than others.

Climbing is an irremovable part of my real life as a son, husband, friend, dad, community member. Goals had to be adjusted, life has to be balanced. We all need blessings, because we all f-up.

We are heading out to the Sierra today. Friends (and imbeciles ;)) going and friends staying to return to. That is the intent.

Maybe the most genuine aspects of any tale are the sputterings and the silences, the acknowledgments of failure, the glimmerings in the dark. And maybe one genuine reason to try to share our stories about days we actually send something, when we are alive and at the height of our powers, is to try to bring back what’s past, lost, or gone.

Perhaps by doing so, we might find some light illuminating a new way forward.

Climb on Hayden.


Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Sep 27, 2017 - 07:58am PT
Bravo Hayden....well written and from the soul! My first week in the Karakoram last year was waiting, with dwindling hope, for Kyle and Scott to return from their climb on the Ogre 2. The alpine does indeed extract an enormous toll.
Mike Friedrichs

Sport climber
City of Salt
Sep 27, 2017 - 08:07am PT
Now, all we needed was an actual climbing objective, which was in some ways the least important part of the equation.

Late Starter

Social climber
Sep 27, 2017 - 11:29am PT
Very touching and very well written....
Nick Danger

Ice climber
Arvada, CO
Sep 27, 2017 - 01:12pm PT
Outstanding! Extremely thoughtful as well as a real joy to read. I think we all face these various conundrums vis-à-vis mortality and loss. I have lost so very many friends, many to disease, but that doesn't make it any easier. The loss of friends so young and vibrant to the mountains always struck me as such a sadness. These days I mostly feel thankful for the blessing of having known them and of sharing an adventure, an evening, breaking bread with them, sharing a song or dance. When it is all said and done my cup has truly overflowed with friendship, love, and life. I am thankful.

Tiptoeing through the chilly waters of life
Sep 27, 2017 - 08:37pm PT
Really enjoyed this.
Thanks for posting the link.

Big Wall climber
San Diego
Sep 27, 2017 - 09:08pm PT
Great article, TFPU

Sep 28, 2017 - 12:43am PT
Great read - I enjoyed the introspection.

Thanks for the post.


Oct 12, 2017 - 12:09pm PT
Bump for a well-written piece, and because, well, f*#k.
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