Figuring out where to go on a climbing trip is not just about which areas have the best rock. For me the hang and the weather are huge decision factors. I think this is mostly because I tend to take climbing trips when I am not focusing on competition. My outdoor adventures are really about decompressing from all the hard work and pressure that goes along with being a competitive athlete. After ABS Nationals my decision to go climbing in Bishop, CA just made sense.
Every year, OUTSIDE’s adventure travel veterans scour the globe to find the coolest mountains to climb, food to eat, rivers to float, guides to hire, beaches to lounge on, and lodges to luxuriate in. And this year, OUTSIDE’s speaker of choice goes to FUGOO.
I’m not going into the unknown of life or death. I will not change the world or cure cancer by doing this. I will definitely not win a nobel prize and be showered with sponsorship offers or be considered the greatest hiker of all time. But, I will once again be a changed person and have the personal satisfaction of not being afraid to step out of my comfort zone. I may also inspire someone else to step outside their comfort zone.
One of my favorite days in Belize was when we hired local fishermen named Nolan to take us out on his boat to tour the South Water Caye Marine Reserve. It is the nation’s largest marine reserve located about 10 miles off the mainland, and we had the reef all to ourselves. Calm turquoise water, palm-fringed islands, mangroves, and thriving marine life – was this heaven?