Monthly Archives: October 2012
“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” ~Jack Kerouac
Here are a few quick pics from this weekend’s rock climbing trip to Obed Tennessee. The climbing was great, though the weather was a bit wet at night. Overall it was a great trip, and I’d definitely head back if the opportunity ever presented itself.
Just a quick FYI to let you all know that I’m heading out of town on another climbing trip to the dirty south. This trip’s destination is Tennessee’s Obed region for some sandstone cranking.
I’m really looking forward to it, and can actually admit to training a bit in preparation for it (shocking, I know). Anyway, as long as we all make it back alive and we don’t have a replay of last Thanksgiving’s road trip drama this should be pretty awesome.
To all my fellow Canadians, have a happy Thanksgiving and pass the pumpkin pie!
There’s been a lot of buzz around the New York Times article called: The Honorable Clan of the Long-Distance Runner
Amby Burfoot and George A. Hirsch’s article discusses the feelings and philosophy behind those of us who call ourselves runners, and the revulsion that accompanies events of cheating (or misrepresentation) in our beloved sport.
We have rarely encountered tales like Litton’s and Ryan’s. For true distance runners, to lie about time or distance is to lie to ourselves, to diminish the importance of the many sacrifices we make to reach the starting line. Focus and discipline form the core of a runner’s being; they are what make us put on a reflective vest and run six miles into the sleet at 6 on a dark winter morning.
If you have a few minutes, give the article a read and let me know what you think in the comments below.