Monday, January 5, 2015

2014: A Year Review

I cannot believe how quickly 2014 has come and gone, but it has been another fantastic year! I still climb 3-5 days per week and have taken to actually enjoying practicing indoor climbing. Where I once abhorred color-coded plastic holds, I’ve come to appreciate their challenges with the simple thought of, “well, all that would be on if I were outdoors!”  :P

Anyways, the start of 2014 couldn’t come soon enough. I had received all brand-spanking new ice climbing gear for Christmas (2013) from my wonderful husband. Although he isn’t a climber and has absolutely no idea about buying climbing gear, he came through with gear I could call my very own. No more borrowing, renting or using ill-fitting second-hand gear. It’s new shit from here on out! 


Winter
And all that new ice climbing gear couldn’t come at a better time. I signed up for the AMC Boston Ice Climbing Program. I learned a lot - networking and gaining new climbing skills. I got to rappel down ice for the first time. And my first multi pitch ice climb (as a second) was done on Silver Cascades in Crawford Notch. As the winter came to a close, I got in more ice climbing at Frankenstein Cliffs and Kinsman Notch.


Spring
In the Spring I assisted Jeff and Anne in the AMC Boston Rock Climbing Program. I assisted with the Belay and Anchors weekend as well as the Multi-pitch Rappel station on Graduation week. I took an AMC-NH Backpacking workshop. And I got to do more multi-pitch climbs at Whitehorse Ledge and re-visited The Gunks with Jeff and Geoff.


Summer
My summer was filled with climbing and hiking. It was fun planning and climbing at Cannon Mountain with Sean and Tom. We did the first two pitches of Whitney-Gliman and a few weeks after that, completed the Lakeview climb. We even came across an angry Mama Black Bear on the trail! My most epic hike in the NH White Mountains ever was the Presidential Range Traverse with Tim B. 3 days, 21 miles and 9 summits with a man I had only met once and had never hiked with before. But Tim was fantastic and comfortable to hike with. In those 3 days we hiked together, I grew to trust him like I trust my closest climbing friends! Unfortunately, our friend Sue fell ill and couldn’t make the traverse with us. Tim and I dedicated our Presi Traverse to her.  As usual, I spent several weeks in August visiting with my ohana on Oahu where I learned to Paddle Board. I also spent time hiking with my cousin Darrell and friend Neil as well as with the Hawaiian Trail and Mountain Club and the Solemates of Hawaii Hikers. And to top it all off, I got a month membership at the local indoor bouldering gym. 



Fall
This year’s Fall season was full of super stokes! I did my first Trad Lead at Rock Rimmon. Jeff and Geoff were there every step of the way. And a few weeks later at Farley Ledges, I got to lead Trad again. And oi! All the climbing gear sales just starting up for the holidays surely could not be passed up! As an early Christmas gift, my husband bought me a dozen Black Diamond Express Ice Screws. Yup, totally stoked!


Winter
More climbing opportunities have opened up for me as the year ends. I have since changed gym membership to Central Rock Gym. Their Bouldering facility in Cambridge, MA just opened and I’ve enjoyed meeting other climbers and bouldering their routes. I also became an Assistant Organizer for Mountaineering, Climbing & Backpacking of New England Meetup Group and have organized a weekly indoor climb every Monday nights at CRG in Watertown, MA.

I’ve accumulated quite a bit of climbing and hiking gear and they are currently stored in two different rooms of my home, so I really need to get better organized. So our basement is currently in remodel mode (read dusty and construction). When all is said and done, I'll have new office with a closet for all my climbing and hiking gear.

Looking ahead 2015
I wasn’t able to do much hiking in 2014 like I had planned to because of arthritis in my left knee. But since September 2014 I have been on a Protein diet and as a result have lost 20 pounds and 2 dress sizes. My knee hasn’t bothered me since the weight lost so I hope to be able to hike more this year. So my goals for the year 2015 is to stay healthy so I can climb and hike. 

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