Thanks. Have been trading since spring 06, but seriously started in the fall 06 and have to say that I had some “dark” moments. We pretty much exclusively trad climb at the Gunk’s, except our winter trip to Mt. Lemmon, AZ, so sometimes I don’t know what route I will end up and how sandbagged it really is, the classic Gunk’s set up :). But I really really love it.
Actually, I think, in that photo I did not wash my hair in about 5days :)...I have a love/hate relation ship with my helmet. I almost knock my self of a climb couple of times, while looking for pro and not realizing my helmet comes further out than my head. Every time it was a very airy, of balance feeling in not so good stance...so I do realize I am making a choice between safety and safety...thanks, though, for your concerns I am fully aware...
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe