Took me long enough considering I always have a buddy with one. Sad story behind it though. A friend ripped her hamstring a few months ago climbing and kept retearing it whenever she would climb so her doc said she can never climb again if she doesn’t want that to happen. So she is selling ALL of her gear.
Watched Touching the Void. NEVER complaining about my own shattered knee/surgery/recovery again.
Joe Simpson and Simon Yates were climbing a 21,000 foot peak in the Andes, reached the summit, and then on the way down Simpson broke his leg. Except he didn’t just snap a bone or whatever. HE SHATTERED IT AND HIS FRICKING TIBIA PUSHED UP THROUGH HIS KNEE JOINT INTO HIS FEMUR.
Then all sorts of chaos ensues, its below freezing cold and snowy, Yates cuts the rope after they are hanging for more than a day because he has no way to tell if Simpson is alive and he is about to be pulled off the mountain to his own death. Simpson then falls around 150 feet INTO A FRICKING CREVASSE AND BARELY LANDS ON A LEDGE instead of just plummeting to the bottom. He wakes up in a fricking pitch black hole in the ground and has not eaten or had any water in probably days, is dehydrated, and somehow is able to rappel down the crevasse, finds a hole, and makes his way miraculously out. Ends up a few meters away from his camp where he is finally found. Yeah. He also had to CLIMB out of the hole. Ice climbing. With a seriously fucked leg. With no energy. And he lost 1/3 his body weight during this whole thing.
He is honestly one of the luckiest men alive today. I swear to god.
And that is why he is fucking incredible. Also, he was climbing two years later. JUST SAYING.
First film shown was Towers of The Ennedi. And was my favorite.
Such an amazing place visually. So beautiful!
Plus it had Alex Honnold free soloing some insane towers in the middle of Africa! I had no idea he had done that and was just settling down to watch the other climbers do some quality stuff when BOOM the Honnold shows up on the screen!
Favorite part was when another climber was commenting and said “You look to the left and Oh! There goes Honnold by himself again!”.
Lots of incredible stuff though. Some crazy, some heart breaking.
Link below for descriptions of all the films I saw if you are interested:http://www.mountainfilm.org/tour/stop/hampshire-college
OH. And I won a membership to the Appalachian Mountain Club. Plus the chalkbag I won earlier. Sweetttttt. And a new Nalgene. Yahhoo
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Mayn oh mayynnnn I must still be walking on cloud nine from going to my favorite rock gym yesterday. Today I just went to my schools wall and did two climbs I have tried and failed at multiple times. Both were hots. And I am moving on to one called High Roller. Its a fire which roughly translates to a 5.11.
I REALLY WANNA CLIMB IT. I got the beginning down today and now I think I am at the crux. So stoked.
Got to do so many fabulous and challenging climbs at the gym. I also decided I am finally buying shoes THIS WEEKEND. And going to Central Rock every Wednesday with some of my teammates. I LOVE IT THERRRREEEEE.
Also did a little bouldering. I do not boulder however. I go to v2 and I stop. I get nervous because I don’t like to fall/land on my bad knee. I have said this a lot and it still holds true.
Anyways, brought some delicious almonds to snack on while I was climbing for a few hours. And it was a great choice.
ALSO I got a bunch of free Clif bar stickers in the mail (thank youuu!) and I put one on my Nalgene. Thought it was a plain sticker but I put ice in and SNOW FLAKES APPEARED ON THE LOGO. So easily amused. Thank you very much.