Oh hello there, nice to meet you…

It seems to be time for the remaining co-author of this blog to give his introductory blurb.

Unlike Austin, I cannot say I ever thought that “I was invulnerable to the erosive effects of tedium on the human spirit.” As a child I spent most of my time outside romping around Macungie, PA and I was lucky enough to get a taste of adventure through traveling to Europe on family vacations. This taste eventually created a craving. I always found myself anxious for something new which caused me to seek out study abroad experiences while attending George Mason University.

During my time studying I was able to spend large chunks of time in London, New York City, Paris, and the Peruvian Amazon. Within these extended trips I found myself taking shorter trips to numerous places including Spain, Morocco, Turkey, and Greece.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

A village in the Sucusari region of the Peruvian Amazon where I spent time working with the Maijuna people.

A village in the Sucusari region of the Peruvian Amazon where I spent time working with the Maijuna people.

Each trip only triggered ideas for the next. The anxious feeling caused by settling for too long was always satisfied during these trips but the satisfaction seemed to be fleeting.

Toward the end of my time at George Mason Some friends took me to Sportrock in Alexandria, VA where they climbed weekly. I immediately caught the climbing bug and began climbing multiple times a week, often bouldering on my own. Climbing became a rather big part of my life but I was simply a hobbyist. That is, until the “eureka moment” which Austin outlined in his first post.

If you find yourself watching the video of Jimmy Chin, Mark Synnott, and Alex Honnold talking about their adventures in Oman, you will hear Mark Synnott describe himself as a “professional adventurer.” I vividly remember turning to Austin and saying “why didn’t anyone tell me that was an option?!” Listening to the stories the three climbers had to tell planted a seed that quickly changed the trajectory of my life.

Our second trip to The New River Gorge!

Our second trip to The New River Gorge!

The climbing odyssey that will be recorded here is my solution to the fleeting satisfaction. Not only will Austin and I be traveling through a country that neither of us have explored extensively, but we will also be embarking on countless adventures. We will fill our time with climbing, mountain biking, camping, hiking, volunteering, and sleeping strangely close to another man.

Only 20 some days until this odyssey begins… speak now or forever hold your peace?