Saturday, June 28, 2008


I just got the pictures that Steve took from our Colorado climbing trip and wanted to put a few more up. Check out the crux pitch of Medicine Man. Steve shot pictures of me trying to follow his lead. Man, i'll have to try that one again some time.

Also, I just got back from the New River Gorge where i spent an amazing, rain free, 8 days with my girlfriend, now fiance (more on that later) and my dog.

On the first day I asked Tracy to marry me by hanging a note and a ring at the anchor of a climb that i led. I thought it felt kind of hard for 5.9 so as I was climbing it I asked her "are you sure you've done this one before?" and she responded curtly, with a "Yes, i have!", relaying a tone as to say what do you think i'm not good enough to get up this. I just wanted to make sure babe. So as she followed up the route and neared the top, I waited and watched for a sign that she saw the note and ring. Everything worked out perfectly. The sun emerged from the clouds, the wind sat idle for a few minutes, and the only sound audible was the lulling of the waves breaking on the shore from Summersville Lake, as she made her way to the anchor. Finally, I heard her laugh and all the tension that seemed to swell in my throat in a matter of a few minutes vanished. She turned around and said yes with her huge glowing smile and in that minute i knew that my life I had began to merge on a new path, a path in which I've envisioned for years but couldn't quite find until recently. Life feels so new and invigorating to me now. Instead of just me on this wild path, I now have my lover, my best friend, my emerging clan with me. It's hard for me to admit this because i've always prided myself on being a "lone wolf' so to speak, but I've come to realize that there is great comfort in knowing that i'll never be alone again.

So that was the main priority of my trip to the New, but we also climbed a whole lot, made killer gourmet meals at camp, played Catch Phrase, and hung out with old and new friends around the camp fire. By the end of the trip I had climbed my hardest sport climb to date and felt strong enough to onsight a classic trad climb called Agent Orange. I planned on taking pictures but I forgot to charge my camera's battery. Doh!


Shayna said...

Tracy just sent me the news that she was engaged and the link to your blog. You sound like an awesome guy, and a perfect match for Tracy (which is a great compliment). Congratulations!
~Shayna (Tracy's roommate from BYU)

Andrea said...

Hi Joe and Tracy it is Andrea. I am really glad you guys made it to your new hood safe and sound. Mom tells me you said it is really cool. I can't wait to hear more about your new home and I hope Kevin and I can visit you sometime soon. Keep me posted on how your first day of school goes. I love you guys and Kevin says to tell you hi.