First Exposure to the Outdoors
My Dad worked for the State Department which at the time meant he was a CIA spy. They were running money over to the Chinese nationalists but whatever, he got tired of that and settled down. He landed in Central Connecticut where there are these awesome trees hemlock trees that grow up and they’re the perfect climbing trees, they couldn’t invent a better tree for climbing. So I lived in the trees when I was a kid. We didn’t have TV or if we did we were allowed to watch like McHale’s Navy every Tuesday or something. We got into lots of trouble and we were the original free range kids. One of our favorite things to do was climb into the trees or in the apple apple orchards and steal apples and that’s what we lived on, apples. Hemlocks get huge and we’d climb up and hang on pretend we’re in the crow’s nest. I used to climb around on those and there was this cliff in the neighborhood. We would rake the leaves and my dad is an environmentalist always hated burning leaves. So we would throw them off the cliff you know just to let them decompose, that became our crash pad. It was big springy and bouncy. We’d we’d climb around on those cliffs until we fell and hit the leaves, and then we’d bounce off and do it again. We had a lot of fun. My dad was also a sailor in the summer and so we spent a lot of time on the sailboat. So I got really familiar with knots and ropes and rigging. When they packed me into a traveling summer camp in 1969 I went to the Tetons. My climbing lesson it turns out was with Pete Lev. He was my first climbing instructor. I’ve actually been hanging out with him a little bit and we’ve reconnected. I was probably climbing five eight, you know here’s this 14 year old and I knew all the knots and stuff and was climbing 5.8. People ask me you know how long have I been climbing and I’m like I never stopped, I grew up climbing.
Things we talked about
I think two things one get off your damn phones and two is, it matters where you shop. I don’t care whether you live in Des Moines Iowa or Boulder Colorado we’re not going to survive as a society unless we support the communities in which we live. Shop local, whether you’re buying coffee or buying groceries.
Other Outdoor Activities
walking his dog
climbing at the gym once in awhile
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson
The Beast in the Garden by David Baron
Best Gear Purchase under $100