Category Archives: Climbing

Homesteading, Camping, Madness and more Conversations on Collapse

A friend emailed me a few months ago, and I’m just getting around to posting it now. We were going back and forth about climate change and peak oil. Both of them seem to be crazy issues that very well may impact civilization heavily.
Here is the email I received.

I feel as if there should be another side to the Evolver front, something much more concrete. Yes the Urban homesteading thing is good and important, I’ve even thought about storing up seeds for some prolonged emergency. I also have to wonder if I’m going insane.

I feel like there might be a need, either in myself or in the world around me, to relearn concrete skills like building things with your hands, or making things. How do you build a wall? How do make your own fabric/sew. Things that indicate self reliance, seem to be an important issue overall, but it almost seems like in the near future, things like: how to get clean water, how to feed yourself if you arent able to go to a grocery store, will become very important.

Then I have to stop myself and wonder: Am I just buying into the madness? If so, I feel that I’m doing so in a reserved way. Yes I have camping gear, and its all pretty new and usable. No I’m not going to get the most expensive sleeping bag and a economical backpack, and waste 500 bucks on a tent, that seems overkill. But yes I’d like to get a decent tent for camping purposes, or just in case I need a shelter asap, and that I can put it together and get inside it you know?

I dont think we’ll be forced to hide in our houses with the shades drawn, doors nailed shut, but it seems like a wise thing to have ready no?

I guess the good thing about going crazy, is that you don’t really know it.

How do we balance our daily commuter lives, and also plan/think about the coming changes to civilization? Big questions and big answers should be asked if we want to respond intelligently.

Personally, I’m working towards becoming debt free, and having a useful skill set that would help get me through some craziness. Maybe I’ll learn first aid? Maybe an EMT class?

Who knows. While we still have fossils left to burn, I plan on taking advantage. Seeing the world, and learning/experiencing as much as possible.

Jomo’s January Update

This month has been awesome! Tons of storms have been rolling in keeping me skiing in deep snow for most of the month. I’ve been using a month long pass to Metro Rock in Everett, an awesome climbing gym, attended my first psytrance show, and my dog died…
The various sky gods are clearly happy with us, or at least have been for the last few weeks. The snow has been unreal. Last weekend in particular, we were at Cannon and were absolutely going ape in the woods, It was full tilt mania, and the snow stayed good all day. The supposition was that the super cold temps in the forecast kept people away. No one in our party had any signs of frostbite, so I’m pretty sure it was more than fine to be outside. Check out my post on the White Room Blog for more info on this trip.
Climbing has been going really well. I’m able to finish most v3 problems at the gym now, and have started working on V4 problems. I can climb most 5.10 routes first try, though some of the longer ones require endurance that I’m still developing. Super overhangs, and cave problems are tricky for me, as my upper body, shoulders, etc still need to get bulkier to support that kind of behavior. Its on its way, and I have seen progress in these areas, the more I practice. Currently my favorite routes are balancy thinky problems, where one does not need brute strength, or ninja fingers. An example of this is an 5.11c route that I started working on. It is super techy, and doesn’t reaquire much strength, but mostly technique.
All the routes will be brand new in the bouldering section of Metro Rock Everett on Sunday, super excited about this, and the Newbury port gym, has all new routes since the last time I’ve been there. Overall climbing has really helped the winter bore fest that could otherwise surface.
After the previously mentioned and linked POW fiasco in the Whites, Tobin and I headed home to attend a “rave”. We must use the term loosely here as I am not too hip to the actual electronic show/concert scene. This was a Psytrance show to be most accurate. It is held in a basement level club called Machine, which is one of the more popular gay bars in Boston. The event was certainly of mixed sexual preference, and I could tell right away when I saw a few hilarious trannies immediately after walking down the stairs. (Being from NH, and specifically coming of age in the mountains, this is actually something of note.)
The event design was beautiful, and psychedelic. Neon lights hitting white yarn that had been woven into awesome mathematical patterns. Saw some hilarious and also incredible dance moves, awkward social scenes, and I created a few on my own. Some friends were at the event, and I got to spend some time with them, met a few new people, and we took off totally wiped around 2am. There was an after party going till 6 or 7, but I wanted nothing to do with it, as I was zombified from such a crazy full day.
Rinse, repeat, heading north to the Whites for a 4 day pow bender tonight after work. Wish me luck!

A Most Action Packed Weekend – Breathwork, Weddings, and Rumney. – Super late post.

This was a whirlwind weekend. It took me till Tuesday to recover. Got to cover a huge diversity of territory, including breathwork, a wedding, and sport climbing in Rumney NH. Thankfully I had great people with me along the way so everything I did was worth it.

Breathwork started early Saturday AM and went incredibly well. It was a small session I helped to facilitate at home. We had a lot of time in the prior days / weeks to get up to speed on theory and practice, so it didn’t take too long to set the wheels into motion. We came back to earth fairly well and spent some time grounding, sharing, and doing some art to integrate what happened in the session.

After this I was in a mad rush, and got a suit on for a wedding in about 4 minutes, including the time it took to iron some pants. I’m not very talented at ironing. The iron was warm, so this helped tremendously.

The wedding was fun, it was the wedding of an old family friend. She was super happy and the ceremony was in a beautiful and classically styled organ hall. Music is the religion of these people, so it was very awesome to see it tied in so well to the wedding.

They actually hired a band to come from Nashville for the reception. One of the musicians was a champion fiddler, and certainly could rip it up. I thought they were friends of the bride and groom and dressed in grubby tight jeans and sweaters, and was super wrong. These dudes had some super musical style, and were recruited for the wedding after the parents of the bride saw them play at a Bluegrass festival named GreyFox, followed by a second performance at Johny D’s. If I had the name of that band, I’d include it, but lets just say that they were good.

Got in bed at around midnight after packing for climbing, and woke up a short 5.5 hours later to head to the crags at Rumney. Got my act together, made eggs, and headed north with some friends. One of them is a great climber, and the other a novice, but still strong enough to get up a few 5.10 routes on top rope.

It has been raining for about 3 days straight, and just started to dry up, but despite that we wanted to get on a classic 5.10d route called Waimea. It was too wet, and we had to shop around for other routes.

It was soaked and we had to find something else. KJ decided he wanted to climb some routes at Bonsai, which was kind of close to where we were. The air was still super cold and just cold enough to make hands numb, and climbing harder. The climb is titled Centerpiece and its a real beauty of a climb.

We then went to Jimmy Cliff and ripped some more classics. Lonesome Dove, Drilling for Dollars, and Pine Tree Crack.

Overall super fun day. Left the crag at dusk, got home super late, watched some X Files, and then went to sleep. This is how I like to stack my weekends because the working world leaves so much lacking.

(This post is super late because it got caught in my drafts folder here. I think it has something to do with images just starting to function properly on jomo5.com.)