It's been said to us climbers that what we do is dangerous, and irresponsible. How could we risk our lives like this? And distance trail running, if it compromises our health why do it? How dare we take that time away from our families? And yet, to even make mention about a different lifestyle, one of weight, obesity, and all of the very dangerous and risky components it involves is socially disgraceful, insensitive, and cruel. I bring this up only to show how much weight, in general, is not "ok" to talk about. It's a sensitive subject, even, no, especially, for those of us already at a healthy weight who use our bodies to their fullest daily...
Now, this blog is about running, ain't it? Yep. So while there's a lot of "weight" we could cover in this "weighty" area, we'll just go over one. Running.
Running and weight are intertwined. I'd like to say that this post is primarily for the ladies, because we typically store more weight t…
kids. it's one subject that everyone seems to avoid in the back-country. I daresay it's even more controversial than bolts/chopping bolts, the purpose of 200 mile slogs, or the benefits/costs of lake powell.
why is it so unpopular? most of us have kids, and we all were kids once. still, most outdoor peeps love a crag dog and will "oooh" and "aah" over an obnoxious pup getting tangled in their gear, but will groan when they see a few kids at a climbing crag. even in utah, other peoples children are generally viewed as distasteful as the little bags of dog poop the poop fairy forgot to come back and pick up off of the trail.
fortunately, kids are nearly as common.
"the backcountry parent"
"free range parenting"
"little training partners"
“Think now history has many
cunning passages, contrived corridors, and issues, deceives with whispering
ambitions, guides us by vanities. …The tiger springs in the
new year. Us he devours.” another new year startled us
today. somewhere between the late night meandering into a warm bed, after the
clock already struck a replayed chime marking the change of calendar (for, we
can DVR the change of year and play it in every time zone,) and after the
morning coffee, sunrise, prayers, or routines—the time has changed, and so have
we. the Wasatch is a flurry, the
new recreational pursuits settling into it as the heavy snow settles onto it.
it has been a dense year of both snow and increased use of the snow. although this mountain range
sits above a major metropolitan area, it retains pockets of wild refuge still
hidden from its’ own mountain refugees. these pockets of frozen time are still
filled with change. no man steps into the same Wasatch twice, for it is not the
same Wasatch, nor is it the…