Archive for the ‘rock climbing’ Category


Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

I’ve often wondered about the sanity of sports.  Basketball makes sense.  It’s fun, it’s good excercise, and there is enough competition to keep it interesting.  Football is a little harder to justify.  The chance of injury is a lot higher and it requires a lot of organization.  For football you have to have 22 people, organized plays, pads, helmets…  Sure you can play touch football with a few friends but that’s really only fun for the fastest sprinter in the group.

Climbing, mountaineering and especially ski mountaineering are even harder to justify but still it kind of makes sense.  There is something understandable about setting a difficult goal and then striving to accomplish it.  It’s a big bonus if achieving that goal has some excitement and adrenaline involved, like skiing does.

Nonetheless, some sports just don’t look fun at all.  Tower Jumping is one of those sports.  The New York Times has a very interesting video about this obscure sport.  Watch it here.

Exit 38 again

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

It was 88 deg F yesterday. That’s hot. I miss winter. But rock climbing helps get me through. Here are a couple of pics from yesterday’s excursion.

Eric climbs under the enormous chock stone towards the “Tunnel of Love”

The Tunnel of Love

Matt enjoying a mountain sunset

Sunset on Rock

After Work Climbing

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

One of the best things about living in Seattle is it’s proximity to some fantastic outdoors.  We have all of the benefits of a big city (except for decent mass transit) with the wilds of the countryside just a short drive away.  In that spirit Eric and I drove out to exit 38 after work to do a little rock climbing.

It has been quite a while since I’ve done any climbing so I was, shall I say, rusty.  It was great fun anyway.  We hiked up the Mt. Washington trail to the Peannacle wall.  The views are phenomenal.  It’s worth the hike just for the views.  We saw a fantastic sunset and then hiked out in the dark.  Unfortunately I didn’t have a camera with me to capture the way that the sunset cast its beautiful hue on the rock.  I guess I’ll have to go back.