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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Planting my roots

Last night I attended the Patagonia "Wild and Scenic" Environmental Film Festival. Fayetteville is the only stop in West Virginia, and it is also the only location to be entirely produced by High School students (The students had to review 100 trailers and select around 15 of them, and then create a program with which to view them).

Prior to the film, I was excited to get involved with the Plateau Action Network (PAN). Started in 1997 to create a voice against local issues, PAN is an all volunteer watershed group.Their focus is to promote responsible economic development while supporting sustainable environmental management. PAN played an integral part in working with the high school students, and were largely aided by Maura Kistler, (one of my new boss'). After watching the film, I felt like the puzzle pieces of my life were starting to come together. Right now I'm really excited to get involved with the local community, and to start planting my roots!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Farewell Colorado .....Hello Fayetteville, WV

For the past 5 months I've been stuck with a job I no longer cared for, and with the job market the way it is, it was turning into a dead end job.  My roommate, Trevor, accepted a new job in Salt Lake City and we needed to be out of his house by April 13th.  With the variables stacking up I needed to make some snappy decisions.  I decided to resign from my job (who quits their job during a recession?), and temporarily move into my parents house in Cleveland, TN.  Now, I'm scheming with an old friend, Dan Proudfoot, about moving to Fayetteville, WV and spending a season in the New River Gorge.  It would be a welcomed change to the life style I've been living over the last year, and a chance for me to get involved with the local community.

Where to?

Adam of Locksley, rapping off "Chunky Monkey"

Izzy, getting full face protection.

Adam topping out on "Tony the Tiger"

Early spring New River Gorgeous

Saturday, April 4, 2009

More Moab

Needing to escape more bad weather in Colorado, the crew headed back down to the desert. We made it to Indian Creek for a day, and then climbed around Moab for 2 more days.  If you are ever around Moab, check out the Maverick Buttress, it kicks ass.

Maverick Buttress

Gorgeous view from Maverick

Storm approaching? time to bail

"Wallstreet" - low commitment climbing, deluxe belaying.