As the days go by on Middle Cathedral Rock

Yesterday was day 7.

Selft portrait high up on Middle Cathedral Rock

Self portrait high up on Middle Cathedral Rock

Does that make my new route on Middle Cathedral a grade VI? The funny thing is the route in probably only half way done as far as total work days go. So maybe it will take 14 days, a grade VI+.  If I was smart I would of spent those 7 days  down on the valley floor pebble wrestling (read: bouldering).  Supposedly that is my weakness as told to me by a well know “Professional Climber.”  When I informed him that I had actually been spending more time sport climbing in the last year than I had in the last 15 years he half joked and half stated that I wouldn’t want to work on both of my weakness at the same time….

Dana Drummond contemplating stepping out of the aiders on ground up 5.12 terrain

Dana Drummond contemplating stepping out of the aiders on ground up 5.12 terrain

But what is a weakness?  I can name a few more than the two weaknesses in myself that “Mr. Professional” kindly pointed out.  I’m not a great writer, I hate doing the dishes, I really dislike not being in control, making the bed is like pulling teeth and I never wash the van.  But I’ve found ways to deal with those weakness, I take photo’s instead of write, I only have one bowl, and one plate so I don’t have many dishes to do.  I became a climbing guide so I was always in control and now I work for myself.  I rarely make the bed, Kate just does it for me.  And well washing the van,  I haven’t really figured that one out.  I am ok with how I deal with my weaknesses, I’ve come to terms with them.  The same way I have with bouldering and sport climbing.

Jeremey Collins hand drilling

Jeremey Collins hand drilling

Does it bother me that I don’t boulder double digits or climb 5.14 sport routes?  No, not at all.  If that is what I wanted that is what I would be doing.  Currently I am doing exactly what I what to be doing, and that is climbing.  Climbing for adventure, climbing to climb a huge rock wall, to hangout with the birds and bask in the excitement of going ground up on a 2,000 ft wall without another route in sight.   But “Mr. Professional” is probably right I should be down on the valley floor pebble wrestling another 15 foot piece of rock covered in people, chalk and beta spray….

Dana Drummond coming down after a long day of whack and dangling

Dana Drummond coming down after a long day of whack and dangling

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  1. Can’t remember exactly who, but I remember reading an article not too long ago with a “Professional Climber” who said he thought he could climb 5.14/15 if he trained harder.But if he trained harder, then he couldn’t spend as much time having fun. Or eating cheesburgers or drinking soda. It’s all about the fun factor! No matter who you are…