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I have gone deep into both rock climbing and mountain climbing in the last few years, and they are both an incredible way to enjoy nature, get really fit, as well as spend all of your disposable income on gear, lol. I didn't start climbing until I lived in Mexico City. Turns out there is a ton of rock climbing and high altitude glaciated mountains within hours of the city, and there I caught the climbing bug big-time. The mountian climbing started gradual, beginning with longer hikes and then working my way up to the larger mountains (as I got the requisite gear to do so). Iztaccihuatl was a milestone for me and my climbing partner, being our first high altitude (5,230 m (17,160 ft) glaciated peak that introduced us to how intense and rewarding climbing can be. You really do have to be able to deal with suffering, and take a methodical approach to these type of objectives. To take our mountain skills to the next level, including the use of ropes, we then enrolled in a rock climbing class. I do think its important to take a class or apprentice under a very well qualified friend, because you REALLY have to know what you're doing in any sort of vertical rope work. But rock climbing has an interesting and varied culture, and is a great way to make friends. Many people start with indoor gym climbing before climbing outdoors, I've only recently enrolled in a gym for the first time recently. My skill level with outdoor climbing peaked around leading 5.9, and some 5.10a routes, so I'm hoping to use the gym to compliment and grow my skill level here. I recently moved back the pacific northwest usa, and am astounded by the mountainous paradise that surrounds me now. Looking forward to tons of mountaineering here, and trad and alpine climbing is a whole other discpline that I want to learn now. I'll add some pics in the next post
Just got this through the post yesterday and it's been on repeat pretty much all the time since then. I think these guys are one of the only bands that can do twenty minute long guitar drone tracks that never get boring. I'm loving the full on doom power chords at the end of 'Liana' too. I wasn't quick enough to get the bonus cd boomkat were selling with it though... anyone manage to pick one of those up? http://www.thrilljockey.com/thrill/Mountains/Centralia#.UPwp2jxFDbU