Epic 30

Step like you s***, Swing like you f***; Ice Climbing at Cathedral Ledge, NH

A satisfying little vibration reverberates through the tool as the axe lodges itself in the ice. It's a good stick. A few rocks up and down and the second axe lifts out of a pocket. A subtle glare gives away a small concave dip right at arm's length above my head and a touch off center, my target.  Keep the hips in, long arms. A swing and a thunk and the second axe tossed chips of ice back over me.  One more swing and the axe sinks itself in with a distinctively clean *thup*.  I give it a light tug to check if the placement is stable.

Epic 30

A life well lived requires risk. An epic story demands epic moments. In the run up to turning 30 this past November, I played the nostalgia game and considered whether I had been living life deliberately. In finding a mixed answer to that question, I've come to realize that I have not.  In a rushed lunge at the dying light of my 20's I started a push towards something I considered a more aggressively real life.  Much of this push has come from surrounding myself with fantastic people who undertake awesome adventures - one does as one's community does.

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