"Dreams are the touchstones of our characters" -David Thoreau

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Autumn Colors

Greetings!                          (Click on pictures for slideshow)

The week has passed by fairly quickly as Johan and I got out a few times climbing.  Earlier in the week we had a nice climbing session at Rollarit again and did some sport climbing.  Last Saturday we snuck out to Kvarnby for a short nice session.  I led this one trad route called Lepakkomies which was pretty fun but for some reason I got the shakes pretty bad.  I don't know what it was but the route felt fairly exposed.  We thought it would be funny sometime to make a video sometime of climbing shakes and play a nice Elvis track along with it.  Then we climbed two other fun routes and headed off home in good spirits after a fun short day out.  Thanks once again to Johan for the fun sessions and nice climbing!
Otherwise there has been more home projects and a few training rides in the cool fall weather.  It seems like I have just been waiting for winter to come.  So much so that I have been dry tooling a bit in this one cave.  I made a short video here:   https://vimeo.com/75844248
I hope to complete the project this winter.  Otherwise we have had some nice walks in the ever changing trees outside with stunning colors.  I am ending this time with a goofy poem I wrote myself.  Enjoy and thanks for reading!  Stay tuned for updates!

Fall Colors brings a cool breeze
with light fading on the seas
as winter aproaches
with a frosty tease

The geese collect on the beach
looking out to sea like it is out of reach
they contemplate 
as they plan their journey on woods of beech

As ever there seems to be a hustle
as the squirrels bustle
to collect every last morsel
as the leaves rustle

The colors are so vibrant
that every twig has a bright quadrant
and the pumpikns 
are so glamorous like a bright Rembrant

Fall in it's gloriousness seems to try
and defy
the onset of darkness
so much so that it seems like it tries to be sly

Can't wait for the winter season to begin
as the cool breeze sets in
so enjoy Nature's colors 
before the season goes in the bin!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Local Climbing and Pumpkin Time!

Greetings!                 (Click on pictures for slideshow)

The week started off with Johan and I heading off to the local cliff five minutes from my house.  We climbed this one route called 'Huuhkaja' (E4 6a) that is probably one of the hardest I have ever led.  It took us two different days and loads of tries to finally get up. It was awesome once we figured out the hard bouldery moves that had a very special sequence.  We then climbed some other routes along the wall in the dark for the first time of the year!  It was a very fun day out thanks to Johan. I guess fall is really setting in and winter is just around the corner!
Then Annina and I headed to this funny little pumpkin festival that was very nice.  We strolled around through the funny venue that had a little troll forest and very fall themed little park.  There was also a funny museum and a little store that was nice to look at.  I had a great laugh at one radio they had in the museum since all the channels seemed to tune to each town.  Would be great if it was that easy nowadays.  Was nice to see so many people running around with big smiles on their faces.  It was a fantastic way to spend the evening together.
As the week was closing I decided to head to my massive mixed climbing project alone.  I have been able to do the individual segments together but it may be very hard or impossible to link them together.  Time will tell but hopefully I will be able to do it.  One problem is to protect the roof.  I think the grade will be in the M10-11 range as the roof actually goes down and then horizontal for about 10-12 meters and then hopefully in the winter there will be some nice ice on the 12meter vertical wall above.  It is quite a project and will take some special training!
It has been quite a week as I was also hopping along the shore in Helsinki on my bike and finished with a short bike ride with my teammate Marek.  This next week should be a busy one as I will try to get some more climbing projects done!  There are also a lot of home projects in store as well!  Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more fall updates!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

My Summer in Pictures

Greetings!                  (Click pictures for slideshow)

The cool air of fall is setting in and summer is coming to a close to begin a new chapter.  It has been a very nice summer and there has been many adventures!  There has been too many to write about so I decided to make a short slideshow of my summer.  Thanks to all of those which I shared my adventures with as there was some very nice memories!  I hope you enjoy and I will start up the blog once again.  Thanks for reading and stay tuned for updates!