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Conquerors Of The Useless – Rock Climbing In Lander, Wyoming

Originally posted on roamwildandfree:
Climbing and unnamed route on the Shady Side in Sinks Canyon State Park, WY. We have had the pleasure of getting our ego’s handed to us on a rocky platter this past week in Lander, WY. We have been sluffed off countless routes, had our hands thrashed by sharp crimps, and our mental game shocked by sudden falls. This climbing trip has certainly pushed the both of us to the breaking point and yet we keep coming back for more. Sounds a little insane, right? It is, but we love it…why? I haven’t the slightest clue, but it seems we have become climbing junkies – absolutely addicted to the battle of mind, body, and rock. We can’t wait to get the next hit of adrenaline rushing through our veins as we pull a single move that will either sink our fingers into a bomber hold, or send us plummeting 20ft. Sometimes I just cling onto rock thinking “what in the world am I doing up here”? A morning warm up waiting for the…

Forty-Minute Forest Fix

Originally posted on mailbox mermaid:
During my childhood, I spent infinitely more time outside than indoors. There’s nothing I enjoy more than sitting perched on a stone or hiding under the shade of a tree! Even as a full-time employee, then, I try to use my lunch breaks as an opportunity to spend as much time active and outdoors as possible. Usually, this just takes the form of walking through town and climbing a few imposing hills, but I decided recently that I needed a bit more of an adventure. (My Kanken Mini and a good book were, of course, my sole companions!) A local bike path provided the perfect spot for a brief forest retreat: it winds behind schools and houses, under highways, and through countless groves of trees and ferns. The sheer number of people–from cycling commuters to families en route to picnics–gave it a very safe and friendly feeling.  Walking on a paved path through a wild, wooded space is an interesting experience–it lacks the pioneering vibe of hiking in the “wilderness,” and…