«Nos frotamos las manos y reímos
Nos lavamos los ojos y jugamos El horizonte es un rinoceronte El mar un azar El cielo un pañuelo La llaga una plaga
Un horizonte jugando a todo mar se sonaba con el cielo después de las siete plagas de Egipto
El rinoceronte navega sobre el azar como el cometa en su pañuelo lleno de plagas (...)
Todo es variable en el mirar sencillo
Y en los subterráneos de la vida
Tal vez sea lo mismo». Vicente Huidobro
How can you call this little baby savage?? (The Chinese board says, it’s a savage cat, touch with your own risks lmao)
Photo and words by @tunaturkeydog | What does it mean to be strong? It implies hardness and flexibility. It usually does. But in this field, you have to holster more than that. I'm writing this with ego out of the window. The trip to this small ridge gave answers to our daringness in its own unique way. It's a story we ought to carry. Our ordinary "moderate" Saturday climb menu offered a delightful quintessential series of events: Pouring cats and dogs, 70 degree ascents and descents that intimately hint crawling, mud sliding, rolling and yes...tumbling. A river crossing that bestow trials and tribulations - an hour and a half to cross a current strong enough to let you experience what it's like inside of a pinball machine. Rock scrambling and free soloing slippery marble rocks so just we avoid falling into a considerable volume of water with a depth extending far downward. We even rode a make shift motorized boat that's ready to capsize at any point - that had to pass under a small bamboo bridge at 20km/hour (We all ducked!). Side dishes coincide with getting lost and shivering under the rain...well you get the picture. It all sounds grisly but the truth is it produced mirth and explosive sounds of laughter. We heckled at ourselves while we earn bruises. We still had a good amount of visibility and was blessed with a great view. But it wasn't the greatest ace. The biggest lesson is we discover more of ourselves and our friends in this kind of dealings. One of few things you get from outdoors is you show this trait of power and ability to refine your skills and bond to your friends and to nature - that you can have this heedful anticipation of the needs of the people around you whether it's the folks you are travelling with, to yourself or the community that dwells along. Our passion is our shelter from the storm.
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.” - #AnthonyBourdain
Not all classrooms have four walls. Most of my lessons have been learnt when out in the midst of nature while, hiking to the highest locations, dipping your feet in a flowing river, immersing yourself in a natural hot spring, trying to put on snow chains, driving in crazy snowstorms, finding your footing on rocky beaches, falling asleep in the car, and waking up by the ocean overlooking the most perfect sunrises. Yup, it’s all worth it and you gotta take every lesson in. .