When I was immersed in my undergraduate studies, I was a B student. I got plenty of A’s but I also made a number of C’s. I remember asking a friend of mine who seemed to glide through classes how he did so well. He replied to me that for him, he simply focuses on learning the material. The grade was just a result.
The first time I related my climbing experiences to my students was for the more horrifying time during a students careers, and one that never seems to get easier: the fear of the test. Many times before I administer an exam, I quote Frank Herbert’s classic Dune. “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” – Frank Herbert.
One of the best things about being on the Evolv team is that I identify with this company’s name. Evolving is part of living, and it encompasses so many aspects of life: challenge, struggle, belief, persistence, and patience, all hopefully resulting in whatever glory we seek whether that be clipping the chains on a route, topping out a boulder problem, or more importantly becoming a better person.
Majorca's sea is not like others I have experienced, it has a subtle beauty to it. When you calm your mind enough you began to notice the way in which the sea and sand moves. If you look closer you see all the details you missed at first glance. Majorca's beauty lies in how you experience the movement.
Sunday May 17th had a lot of firsts. The IFSC Speed World Cup in Central Saanich, BC was the first of the 2015 IFSC season and the first speed world cup ever to be held in North or South America. It also happened to be my first world cup. On my first run in qualifiers, I was paired with the current world record holder.