Keeping the Psych

July 2, 2010

The psych is an elusive beast.  It is the motivation to keep going month after month, year after year.  Not to be a whiny Oregonian, but I believe climbers (especially of the alpine variety) in the Northwest have it especially difficult when it comes to keeping the psych.  There’s so much to shut us down: the terrible weather, the really good beer, heinous bushwhacking, super long approaches, the terrible weather, the rain, the copious amounts of snow in the mountains, the rain, you get the idea.  Marcus told me last year that the best part about winter climbing in the Cascades is that your tick list always stays the same because you never actually get to climb anything.  It’s funny because it’s true.  It’s also what makes climbing in the Northwest so special.

In my mind the year seems to end when it’s finally time to hang up the ice tools for a few months and focus on other things.  This past weekend I swung my tools into the perfect snow of Mt. Rainier’s Liberty Ridge and looked down in the early morning light.  My friend Matt climbed below me and presented the perfect picture bathed in the soft light of sunrise.  I didn’t have a camera, but I didn’t need one.

I’m psyched as I reflect on the past year and look forward to a future filled with mountains, ice, rock, laughter, friendship, love and madness.


One Response to “Keeping the Psych”

  1. Dane Says:

    Good stuff Bill. Glad I found your blog.
    Injuries? Count yourself lucky on the trivial 🙂


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