Sunday, August 16, 2015

The summer of taking 'er easy

Mount Rainier from the Tatoosh range

This has been an interesting summer for me, one that is teaching me a lot of little life lessons.  In March I tweaked my knee pretty bad while hitting the park jumps at Red Lodge Mountain with my school group and it turned out to be bad.  As the most interesting man in the world would say: I don't always completely blow my ACL but when I do I make sure to be dressed in  a one piece Carhart suit while on the school ski trip.  Stay Gaper my friends.

I am planning on keeping this blog updated with the perspective of a climber in mind and all that the ACL surgery entails - as I couldn't find much written online about ACL surgery with a climbercentric view (The only exception being the great article written by Steph Davis on her blog).

Aside from not having an ACL in my left knee for the last 5 months it has been an awesome summer of climbing - I just have to stay closer to the car and not carry heavy packs (my own rules).

So here is a photo essay depicting a summer of taking 'er easy:

Austin Hart and I attempted Cathedral Point.  We got sandbaged on the approach and ended up running out of daylight (we did 1 pitch on the buttress).  We did climb the spire to the left as a consolation prize and found some tat on top.  Good old B-Tooths.

Austin Hart on top of a limestone palisade in the Red Lodge area

Audrey from NYC enjoying a trip up the Ramp (5.7).  Working for Beartooth Mountain guides this summer was pure fun as I couldn't carry heavy packs - so I got to do a lot of type 1 fun trips.

Looking up at Senor Clinton as he onsights an .11b pitch for the first ascent of pitch 1 of "Sundance" 

Looking down at Senor Clinton from pitch 2 of "Sundance"  burly.

I visited Bridget in Washington.  We climbed the classic "Libery Bell" via the NW face.

Bridget on Liberty Bell

Bridget on the summit of Liberty Bell

Chris Ebeling and I scrambled a bit of the Tatoosh traverse in Rainier National Park.  We did Plummer, Pinnacle, and the Castle.

Chris on the castle

Bridget and I also discovered surfing.  Surfing blew my mind and I already have surf specific trips planned for next year.  If you have never surfed you should.  My doctor was not psyched though.

Bridget about to get pitted

I also had the opportunity to work with a group of archaeologists as a rope technician in Montana.   I free soloed up a short limestone face and placed an anchor to rig a ladder.  The cave paintings were documented and the cave is in the works as getting donated back into the Crow tribe.  Larry makes a squeeze into the main cave system.

One of the paintings in the cave

I also got a chance to climb in the needles of the Black Hills.  I was very impressed with the quality of rock and the friendly locals who let me climb with them (I was on a short vacation with my Mom).

So even while injured you can still get out and enjoy the outdoors.  I am a classic coper - I am staying away from the mountains and turning down amazing trips to the Enchantments, Wind Rivers, etc.. so I am dying a little bit on the inside from that, but I feel super lucky to still be able to climb.  A summer of little lessons.

Cheers, Loren

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