lcarreau wrote:Don't make excuses like I did in my life.
Don't get married. Don't even think about getting tied down. Do something for yourself, and you'll be patting yourself on the back for it later.
willb wrote:Hi there! Sorry I haven't been here in a while. However, shortly after posting here for the first time I joined a hiking club which was going to snowdon. This was quite a large step for me, joining a group of people I've never met to go hiking, which id never done before was quite scary. So i bought all the gear, worried it was a waste. We got to snowdonia and the first day we were there i went with the easy group. Easy my arse! within about 15 minutes of walking up a mountain next to snowdon, i was exhausted wondering what the hell i was doing there. We finally neared the top and i got a sudden burst of energy, eager to get to the top. I got up there, sat down and had a sandwich. It was awesome! the views were incredible and i was so pleased id made it up there.
We did snowdon the next day, which compared to the previous climb was easy. But i loved it, being way up there in the clouds. I want to do more, but I'm low on cash, with no job. Transport is also a big problem. I want to do more, but I'm finding it hard to motivate myself, I've slipped back into my unhealthy lifestyle, sitting around all day doing nothing. I am job hunting but its really tough at the moment.
I have asked around my mates, but most of them are more interested in blowing thousands on a holiday to Ibiza again and drinking themselves to death.
Thanks for the post mate, hope to hear more from you!
Ben B. wrote:20? Just quit school? Feeling lost and don't know what to do?
I have a suggestion... It's along the lines of what I wished I'd done when I was younger, instead of get my girlfriend pregnant and have to start REAL LIFE early. I think you should sell all your crap- clothes, toys, video games, computer, whatever you have.. and try to find working transport to the USA. If you give it some effort, you might find a ship needing hands bound for the US.
Once you get here, buy climbing gear and the cheapest POS fuel economic car you can find... $500 will get you a pretty decent early 90s Civic or similar. Get a Haines or Chilton repair manual, and a $10 socket set from Walmart. Buy used climbing gear off http://www.mountainproject.com, and fill the trunk with it. Start climbing... sleep in/out of your car. Wash at bus stations or in bodies of publicly owned water. A sponge bath from a pot of hot water will get you perfectly clean "enough" for weeks between bus stations.
Use public library computers to find odd labor gigs for cash on craigslist. Dirt-bagging it, you can live on $100 a week, if need be... and you can make $100 in one 10-hour shift moving dirt or packing lumber. These odd jobs will also help keep you strong for climbing, and vice versa.
Climb... climb... climb. Anything and everything... solo most of the time, partner up when chance joins you with other climbers... but climb, climb climb. Alpine, rock, ice. Humble yourself to the wind and keep a journal.
Go west, young man!
I don't see how anything could possibly go wrong with this plan
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