I’m on the road tomorrow with my climbing partner Ashely. We’ve been climbing together for a few years now, and I’ve learned some of my most important climbing and life lessons beside her; or, better said, I’ve learned them while gripping the rock above or belaying her from below. We’ve never been to Yosemite before, but we’ve patched together a solid rack of gear and are loading up her Forerunner in pursuit of another adventure. While I anticipate rad climbs on some of the world’s best granite, what I most look forward to is the poetry of partnership–the story that unfolds when two people take a journey–the conversations, the problem-solving, the alliance formed during the pursuit of common goals. The good times and the tough calls. The fatigue and the last final push. I look forward to eating roadside dinners of Ramen and PP&J, to meeting other climbers and sharing stories. To getting lost and finding our way again.
I’d like to christen our next adventure with a quote that Ashely recently found by Aldous Huxley: