Mothers Day

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 Orson a day after his first bloody nose.

 Beautiful momma!

 Rowan

 Family project on Mothers Day. Remove barely living bushes, level soil, build bench, mulch, plant flowers, sit on bench!

Jane loves doughnuts and what better place to enjoy them then at the local doughnut shop!
Happy Mothers Day Jane. Thanks for being wonderful to the kids and me.
I love you tons : )

Rest Stop fun with the Family

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 Jane and Orson hanging at the park.

 Rowan liked chasing the front end loader.

Or ham : )

 Rowan got to fly to kite for the first time.

 He is learning how the string goes out fast when the wind picks up fast.

Rowan makes friends pretty quickly. He ran up to this boy and grabbed his hand and took off chasing and kicking his ball with him. After a few minutes they were laughing and playing together like best friends!

Hkiing with Rowan

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 Riggs Hill with Rowan.

 We went looking for monsters under and around the big rocks.

 Rowan crawling in to see if he can see a monster.

 Oh, we just found this turtle.

   Orson and his red skin. No allergies which is good, just exema.

Last Few Weeks: Reality Check

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I have taken the last 7 weeks off from training and climbing. Not because I wanted to but because I needed to. I was in the land of negative returns and falling further and further behind in every aspect of my life. It just kind of happened without me noticing until I was destroyed and a walking zombie.

I was not sleeping well, I was not keeping up with anything that needed to be done. I was not psyched and I was not wanting to do anything at all. This was a bad place for me. Very bad.

I tend to go all in when I do something and I was half-a##ing everything. It was time for a change and climbing and training had to step aside for while. The big problem was that I had spring break coming in quickly and I needed to be in shape to work on a new big wall project. More unnecessary pressure that I placed upon myself. 

So here I am with three days before break and totally out of shape. I went to Rifle just to see where I was at two weeks ago and confirmed that my fitness was gone. I stopped climbing early that day and was at the bottom and it felt terrible.

I considered strongly just quitting climbing all together. This is my 20th year playing on the rocks after all and I have had a great run at it. I have traveled the world, established many routes and gotten to know many wonderful people because of it.

Now, I am married and have two children who I want to be around to raise. Everyday that I am out on the rocks is not really together time. So it seems like a good time to part ways.

At this point I am still going on my spring break trip and will be traveling to Italy this summer to climb at my second favorite place, the Dolomites. Thanks so much to Arcteryx and CAMP and SCARPA for providing the means for me to travel and climb there today and over the past few years.

When I return, we will see where I am at. It is very difficult to be selfish about climbing when you are not thinking of just yourself. Something has to give and I do not want it to be my family.

I am not normally this open about what I am thinking or feeling and no this is not an early April fools joke.

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Snow Day with the Kids!

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A Winter Day in Ouray

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 On the last day of the semester I left this little guy at home and took my students to Ouray for a day of ice climbing and cross country skiing!

 We had the gear!

 The ice was fat!

 The kids did great!

 They thought it was tough!

 They tackled a couple ice lines.

 After a quick lunch we went and got a short ski in near the ice park.

 The day was perfect and we even saw some “wild” life on while skiing through the woods.

 Making tracks!

 Enjoying the winter temps in some warm clothes!

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Holiday Pictures!

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 D.O.U.B.L.E. T.R.O.U.B.L.E.

 This guy is sitting up and crawled over the holiday!

And of course, my wonderful wife made some delicious cookies for us to enjoy!

Random Collection

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 Adam testing his pinch strength on a 45 degree overhang. There is a lot of weight hanging on those hands!

 My first holiday tree as a family man.

 Rowan enjoying some hot chocolate.

 Sarah Watson (CAMP athlete) Setting some routes while in her Supernova female harness!  http://camp-usa.com/products/harnesses/supernova-380.asp

 Nicole owning some reach throughs on the systems board.

 Justin and his classic wall sits with hand squeezers.

 Orson and his Arcteryx baby blanket. Train not included.

 Skinning to the top of Powderhorn ski area before they open. Man, I have to get my cardio back in shape. The legs feel fine, but the lungs could be feeling better! Nothing like knee deep powder on your first day out in a couple years!

First Snow Fall of the Season

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 The back yard, normally you are looking into Colorado National Monument and beautiful sandstone cliffs!

 Rowan getting ready to rumble. Jane was thoughtful and taught him how to throw snowballs at me : )

 Snowman time!

 The proper use of Menagerie Climbing holds.

 Enjoying our hard work.

 Jane and Orson came out to play too!

 Rowan loves to shovel anything and I mean anything!

 Our snowman wanted to eat Orson!

 An attempt at snow angels.

The deuce.