I've never been much of a reader. I'm not sure if it's because my entire family consists of bookworms and it was my way of rebelling. Or if it's because I am too antsy to sit still for any measurable amount of time. For whatever reason, I'm just not that into it. I can usually make it through a medium length magazine article, as long as it has enough pictures to take up the majority of each page, but give me a book and it's just a lost cause. I've...

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Jan 05 2011

December comes and goes

For a good part of my climbing career, I dreaded too much time in the gym. Even though I lived within an hour of the arguably some of the best climbing gyms in the country, I couldn't hack day after day at the gym in Boulder.  I started to feel as if ants were crawling under my skin and an unquenchable thirst for anything but the blue mats, plastic holds, and florescent taped routes. Luckily for me, I could pretty much escape at any moment to the great outdoors.   This past...

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Nov 27 2010

Turkey Day

Food is one of my favorite things in the world. Aside from being imperative to our existence, I spend countless hours each week learning about all of its wonders. I think I've always been a foodie, even when I was a small child. I loved going out for nice meals, or preparing ones at home with my family. As a teenager I was obsessed with the process of baking. I would watch cooking show after cooking show about techniques, recipes, restaurants, etc.  When most of my friends were shopping, hanging out at the...

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Nov 24 2010

Starting point

My dear friend Emily was in town this past weekend. Unfortunately for our timing, it happened to be at the beginning of an early winter here in Yosemite. I would have loved to show her all the wonders of my backyard, but we've postponed that until spring. I love having friends visit. It's like getting Christmas presents only better. I get the same excited energy, but instead of material things, you get to have one of your most loved things in life come and play with you for several days.   I've...

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