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Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 6, 2013 - 01:07pm PT
Such a cute son, Leggs. Love your robot pose above. Hope to see you in person at Facelift '13. How great would it be if both you and ekat could be there...

(thank you for the compliment about The Pickle... I love him so much! he worries me to no end, but he is such an innately caring, loving and giving young man, despite the normal worries and decision he makes I don't always agree with, I know deep down he will be just fine)

Facelift 2013:
Oh Sullly... that would be just perfect!
I can honestly say, I have "met" some remarkable women on this forum... would love to actually give lisa mae hugs to you both in real life.

{{If my photoshop skills sucked less, I'd photoshop a pic of the three of us "together"! hahahhahahahhaa!!}}

~love, leggies
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 6, 2013 - 01:17pm PT
Hey there Miss Leggs ~ I'm rooting for you on your lead climb ~ you've got it, have fun :-) !!!!

That means so much to me that you think so, Gal ... YOU are a f*#king badass climber, I find myself in awe at your talent and ability to keep a level head. I am SOOOOOOO terrified of heights, the last time Mr. Bee and I tried up at Ridgeline on the Lemmon, I FROZE at the second bolt. FROZE. (no meltdown, I simply stopped moving ... and then calmly came back down.) (shhhh, don't tell anyone!)


~peace and love, miss leggs
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Jul 6, 2013 - 02:59pm PT
Don't even worry about freezing up, it happens... just trying is the first step, then you'll be up to the 3rd bolt, next the fourth, then the top. I joke about "team climb" ~ if you freeze up and know it's not happening, no worries, a lower, then someone else gives it a go... try it on toprope and see if it feels more manageable. The lead head is a tricky thing and can mess with us all, some more than others... some friends I know never get freaked out... I am not one of those. And then i can't imagine what it would be like with an added fear of heights... keep on doing what you're doing, and it'll feel more comfortable as you expose yourself to a lot of different climbs... you've got it!!! Keep going for it! Did you know that the other day i was at the crux of some thing and it started hailing on me? Dang, that was a lower off & team climb episode ;-)
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 6, 2013 - 07:57pm PT
It IS normal to freeze up?! *Phew* Cause the first time I literally FROZE. Like, I could not move one more step up! (shit show!) I was only 15 feet off the ground! (something is seriously wrong with me! I've jumped out of perfectly good airplanes, I cannot move UP a rock I've sport climbed before?) Hahahahhaha! I was slapping myself on the head on that one!!

Today... well... today I went to Windy and learned a bit more about safety, as mentally I was thinking about the young Tito ... I figured, "OK, Lisa Mae... it's never a bad idea to review things."

One of these days!!

Gal, you should teach... have you considered that? I think you would be rad to learn from! Patient and understanding, with the right amt of "you go girl" enthusiasm!


Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jul 7, 2013 - 10:45am PT
Leggs something I've found useful, and this doesn't just apply to a rock climbing lead...

when you tell yourself you can't make it? When you think you won't make it?

You're too scared. Too weak. Its too unknown. You lack the confidence. Dark clouds are building. Its freaking going to snow in August, man!

Try the old two-step:

1. Acknowledge it - ok, I'm too... whatever, to make it. Got it.
2. No Premature Turnback - ok, you can't make it. But you have to go till something turns you back. Can you do the next move? Then do it. If you can't do the one after that, well, that's your turn around point. If you can do this move, sorry, you're not there yet.

That simple little mental exercise, don't turn back till something forces you to.... has got me up a lotta sh#t.

DMT
10b4me

climber
Jul 7, 2013 - 12:15pm PT
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Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 8, 2013 - 10:05am PT
Dingus... I love and appreciate the advice. Thank you.
I KNOW I can do it... and you know what? I will! This I know about myself ... for sure. ;) And, I best get my sh#t together so we can climb together, huh?



10b ... that photo cracks me up! I thought you were taking photos of the lightening in the West. *sneaky!*


Credit: Leggs
Let's do this!
Let's do this!
Credit: Leggs
Credit: Leggs
Credit: Leggs




~Enjoy Life


(Is it proper that my countdown to this concert has already started? I think YES)
10b4me

Ice climber
Middle-of-Nowhere, Arizona
Jul 8, 2013 - 09:30pm PT
(Looking at the video... I should have taken Jeff up on his offer of soap!)

When is the next t-storm?
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Jul 8, 2013 - 10:13pm PT
Meanwhile, up in Canada:

Credit: Jim Brennan
Credit: Jim Brennan
Credit: Jim Brennan
Credit: Jim Brennan
Credit: Jim Brennan
Credit: Jim Brennan
Credit: Jim Brennan
Credit: Jim Brennan
Credit: Jim Brennan
Credit: Jim Brennan
Credit: Jim Brennan
Credit: Jim Brennan
Credit: Jim Brennan
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jul 10, 2013 - 10:31am PT
How's Tucson this morning. Here's what its like in NorCal today:



Just another day in paradise, nawmean?

DMT
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jul 12, 2013 - 07:07am PT
Chase your dreams.....and finish STRONG!
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Jul 12, 2013 - 07:34am PT
cragman may i respectfully challenge your assertion stated above?

for yours seems a bit biased; of your saturation within western culture.

pursuit of dreams demands of us a frantic set of emotions
that search for a moving target.
thus we run about,
chasing our imagination
while depleting our psychic stasis,
often trampling our understanding
in the process.

i've not much studied eastern philosophy,
but i understand that monks and other seekers of mental poise
often sit still within a dank cave and stare at wee stones,

and it could be that the entire universe (all dreams included
even ones that we haven't dreamed up yet)
flows into the stationary
and calm soul, bloating the believer with useless genius
and applicable resolve.

i, like you, can't sit still.
and it could be argued that our restlessness
and our dream-stalking practices have
won us much reward.

but it could also be argued
that our manic love of the prosperity hunt
has stupefied us
such that we can't recognize the
dreams that have been assigned to us
of the universe's will,
and our maturing process
is on pause,
and we will never graduate beyond stupid americans
until we learn right to sit still
and let the beyonds chase us?

whew, that was exhausting.
i need a good cave-squat now.
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jul 12, 2013 - 09:08am PT
Weeg....great post.

I believe there are times when quiet repose is appropriate. I consider living where I live to be one of the best places for finding that exact place of calm and thoughtful mindset. Muir was correct when he said of the mountains, "....nature's peace will flow into you, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves."

However, I have come to realize in my nearly 52 years of life, that the very best things in my life....those things which I absolutely cherish the most....are the things that I have fought hardest for...conjured in my imagination....then chased down and made my own.

I am presently on yet another quest to achieve a new goal, and six months away from my family in order to achieve it....the ultimate sacrifice for me. (and them!)

I'm chasing this dream down...grabbing it by the balls....and finishing STRONG!

Cheers Weeg,
DR

EDIT: Worthy of mention would be the fact that I considered this current endeavor for YEARS before making the decision to pursue it....LOTS of quiet repose!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jul 12, 2013 - 09:12am PT
Nice illustration of Rhein er scene DMT

Good luck on your new pursuit crag, fascinating and Inspiring.
I started a new path when I entered a sped credential program at age 50!
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jul 12, 2013 - 09:38am PT
Thanks, Jaybro...and good on ya for getting that credential! Old farts rule!

: )



Hey Jim, WOW, those pics are grand! Looks like an awesome day in a spectacular place. Are you in any of the pics?
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 12, 2013 - 10:11am PT
Good morning Gentlemen, or should I say "Old Farts"?

;)


Jim... your photos are AWESOME. The action shots... fantastic... and the little child at the helm of the raft... makes my heart melt. Thanks for sharing!

Dingus... You're funny. And now I want to dance. But I always want to dance!

Cragman: I am so excited for you and the next 6 months will FLY by ... Proud of you, friend. You never backed away from your dream.

Weeg... your writing always leaves one wondering... which is a good thing.


I think everyone knows I love trains ... this happened in Tucson this morning, which when I heard, caused great concern in my heart... after listening to the story, I am happy to say no one is hurt, though my drive to work is officially jacked up:
photo by Jeff G.
photo by Jeff G.
Credit: Leggs

I don't mind a different commute to work. My magic hair predicts rain for our desert, I have Saturday off, I get to take wonderful photos of a photographer I admire (I am honored she even asks me!), a great production I am proud of taking up most of my time, a son who is safe and well and a Thanksgiving in July pool party this evening.

I get to see The Avett Brothers soon!!!!! That one makes me want to pee my pants! Oh, and a trip on the table to visit CO and WY once my show closes in late August. Much to look forward to!!
(Did I mention I love the Avett Brothers?!)

I feel pretty lucky. Actually, I feel damned lucky, and quite loved.

Appreciating every day and Enjoying Life, Leggs



Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jul 12, 2013 - 11:29am PT
Leggs.....you make me...

: )
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Jul 12, 2013 - 11:42am PT
newtons first law of motion,
"a body stays in motion unless acted upon by a periphery force,"
would suggest that train to tip the other way.

what kinda forcetex you zonians turning down there, legs?
Cragman

Trad climber
June Lake, California....via the Damascus Road
Jul 12, 2013 - 01:17pm PT
Weeg, I suspect a load shift on one of the flatbed cars in the background....maybe one of those SeaTrain boxes toppled and upset the apple cart.

Guys in the foreground on their cell phones are saying....DOH!!!!!
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Jul 16, 2013 - 01:33pm PT
good stuff here.

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