On Jan. 20th, I headed to SoCal to meet up with Brad and climb in J-Tree. It turned out to be such an awesome trip. 100% relaxing. No pressure to complete some big climb, only have fun. Being in the desert always makes me aware of how much I enjoy a simplified life style. For two weeks, Brad and I worried about nothing other than what was the best way to have fun. Sleep in til temps warmed up enough, eat good, then climb. When the day came to an end, we'd again eat good and enjoy some beer by a fire while the stars sparkled above.
Half way through the trip, Glen, Anna, and Alder meet up with us for a few days. As always it was good to see them and fun to once again get to climb together. It got me reflecting on how times have change though. I could remember how we did what ever necessary to "dirt-bag" it on a trip and now I was sitting in a modified camper van watching a movie on an I-phone sitting next to a 14 month old....crazy. I must admit, it's nice not to have to dirt-bag it so hard anymore.
One of many approaches