I know we summitposers come in all shapes, sizes and forms. S'all good despite my trolls to the contrary.
Anyway, I have recently been festering on this notion. I spent a goodly portion of Oct on the road. Now part of that was a climbing trip, two thumbs up! But the rest was business.
And when I got home I was sick for a few days as well.
Then November came round.... and the old urges kicked in, I'm very predictable in this regard.
Now I am not going to detail when or what I did, nor how frequently I did it. Let's just say this... Dingus Gets Out.
I don't just type on keys on a keyboard, take the occasional walk in the park and dream of distant summits I will never ever see. OK I DO do that on occasion (I said doo doo hehe)...
Relentless. That's how I described it to a friend. For 30 years I have had a fairly relentless urge to Get Out and I have tried to sate that urge. It hasn't diminished in the slightest... so far as I can tell.
Gluttony? At times, sure. The bad habits of a lonely soul? For sure mates, for sure.
But I get shit done. Week in, week out, sick, injured, fat, skinny, happy, sad, good weather and better weather, I get out. And get shit done.
Now it occurred to me... all my climbing mates? They are the same. All of them. They GET OUT. And they get shit done, and have, for decades. That's what makes us tribal... not participation in a web forum, no. Don't get me wrong, this is cool and I have met the best people I have ever known through the internet. Summitpost in particular, just for the people I have met here, I'd take all the angst and do it all over again, happily.
But I'm not talking about web posting and clever html tags around a photo of flowers. No.
I'm talking about subject matter here, ostensibly the business at hand with summitpost.
I can look myself in the mirror, as well as any one of you in the eye, and tell you, punter though I be, I GET SHIT DONE.
Do you? Do you get out? Do you get after it? Week in, week out... month after month, year after year, till it spans decades?
Just curious. No need to answer though!