After our latest video “Essential Items”, I have been getting so many emails and messages about what gear I use, what pair of shoes I prefer for a certain cliff, what backpack I recommend, etc… Instead of responding selectively it gave me an idea to just bang out a blog post and lay it all on the table. Gear is awesome and there are a lot of gear-heads out there and well… I get it because I love gear too! Yes I am a sponsored climber and use a specific product and might have a bit of a biased opinion, but the truth be told we all have a choice in what gear we use and I am specific so I hope this all helps. I look at every companies gear and compare and contrast all the time. I mean this is part of my “job”. I choose this stuff because it works for me, I am comfortable using it, it makes my life easier/safer and again… I am VERY specific.
After a quick visit to Rifle, Colorado to see friends, get some climbing out of the system, and bolt a super bad-ass new line, Colette and I both prepped up for another departure. It was great returning to the USA and we have now been here for 2 weeks. The jet-lag is gone, I am still going through a bit of reverse-culture-shock, and noticing lots of little things about our country when compared to the Europe. I love both completely equal and really get a kick out of being able to compare both EU and US. Mainly, Europe being so old, traditional and deeply rooted in history compared to the U.S., which is the contrary… so young, driven, hungry, fast, and equipped to a T. The only way you can realize these things is to physically compare them and this is through the experience of going there and returning. I love traveling for this aspect and I have been getting a lot of it lately.
It’s really starting to set in and kind of freak me out. We have been here in ES for 6 months, which is the longest time we have spent in one place for nearly 5 years. The time here has been a huge period of growth with my climbing, my character, and what I value in life. Of course we will be back and probably in a matter of months, but it’s sad to think of leaving right now. As they say… “All good things come to an end”. I believe living in the moment is the only way to really enjoy yourself and not get caught up in the “what if’s”. I operate like this and like to think that our next chapter will be just as stimulating as this has been. My life consists of different time zones, beautiful places, travel, climbing, friendship, goals, communication, and a total whirlwind of action… it’s non-stop and not for everyone… but this has been the way I live for the past 8 years solid. I live to climb and I climb to live… which brings all of the other elements into the picture.