Sometimes you need to set a goal to get something done. Sometimes things just happen, but having a specific goal in mind just puts you on your game a little more somehow. A couple weeks back, I made the annual Labor Day pilgrimage to the NF Payette for some classic steepness, great camping, hotsprings, and a huge crew, like always. Speaking of which, if you're free on Labor Day, go to Banks. Whether boating class 2 or class 5 or anything in between, there's stuff to had between the Main, the South Fork, and the North Fork, not to mention the great hiking and hot springs all around.
This year I had one goal and one goal only; a no portage, no roll top to bottom decent. I nailed it, once, on day two. Felt on top of the world! Here are a couple pictures of me routing into Rock Drop in the midst of Jacob's Ladder with Dan Rubido hot on my tail. (Photo Credit: Catherine Loke- Thanks Cat!)
Not sure what my goal might be for next year; The Vertical Mile? A No-brace, No-portage Run? A Moonlight Middle Five? An R2 top-to-bottom?
Whatever it is, I'll set it, I'll try my hardest, and hopefully notch another goal off the list.
Until next time,