This year is a journey. Literally and figuratively. One that will include a month long backcountry expedition and my first experience with parenthood. Living in Utah to train for the spring has been only marginally effective as most of the last several months were spent nursing my injured hand–and not climbing. Healing. Growing comfortable. Now with the birth of my daughter approaching in just over a month, I have a limited time to do everything and be everywhere.
As I look at my predicament, I decide that challenges are an opportunity to design our response to become who we want to be. They give us incentive to grow, and without these challenges we stagnate. We need difficulty. Like diabetes. Like climbing. Like family life. Like all of those rolled into one big ball of wax. I don’t know how I’ll sort it all out–I don’t have a cut and dried plan for the next five years. All I know is what I need to do right now.
I’m going back on the road starting in early April, living out of my car for the next 6 months, give or take. I know that becoming a hobo doesn’t sound like much of a solution–but to be fair, I’m not looking for solutions. Destinations. I’m looking to get down to the nitty gritty and go back to the last place I felt the clarity of struggle, where creativity and inspiration breathe. Sitting in front of the computer, biding my time I only feel the irritation of uncertainty. If I have to get my hands dirty, I want to have something to show for it. I need to climb, train, connect and create–while logistically positioning myself closer to the east coast where the delivery will take place in May. Then after a short time, the 2014 LEAD expedition is on the queue, from July 14-August 14. I may as well go for it!
So here’s the plan. I’ll be on the road to promote diabetes awareness and empowerment. Again. Climbing wherever possible along the way and I’d like you to join me. Or I’ll join you for a coffee. My goal is to connect with as many people as possible and climb at new areas that I haven’t visited during Project365 or before. I’ll have tee shirts and DVDs and if you’d like, we can even set up a documentary screening when I’m passing through. Here’s the rough map of my planned sojourn (although you’ll want to follow along on our Facebook Page to get the fine details once I hit the road!).
I’ll be updating the blog and social media–there should be lots of photos to share–and I will be posting video blogs on our YouTube Channel so you can see inside the glamorous life of a diabetic climbing hobo. I can’t promise anything. Things might go perfectly to schedule, beautiful weather and no unexpected mishaps. Or the opposite of that. Not knowing, but going for it–that’s a great recipe for adventure!