Volume 1, Issue 5 - November is Quite a Month

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Friday November 16, 2018.

November is a month that is filled with time off for someone with a salaried job. It’s quite the opposite for someone who works in an hourly position. That broad distinction is obviously not perfect, but it rings true to me. I’ve already had four days off this month, with two more coming next week. Six of ~20 days in a month is a significant chunk of time to have, essentially, to yourself.

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Volume 1, Issue 4 - Proving yourself to yourself is a process

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Friday September 14, 2018.

When I got home from my attempt at climbing Denali in 2016, I was positive that my days of mountaineering on that level were over. I was disappointed, tired, angry, and had a severely bruised ego. In my own head, I was done. I knew I wanted to continue to do some leisurely climbing, backpacking, hiking and all of that, but gearing up and getting serious was probably in the past. I had even told people, including my climbing team on Denali, that hitting that summit would mark the end of my mountaineering career.

The Headwall

A view of the headwall and fixed lines up to Denali’s West Buttress from camp at 14,000...

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Volume 1, Issue 3 - I'm in a nostalgic period

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Wednesday August 29, 2018.

It’s weird that we’re at a point in time where the 1980s count as “nostalgic” for people, but man are we getting old. This seems to have been kicked off by me watching Atomic Blonde recently (with a small nod to Call Me By Your Name—the “Love My Way” scene was tremendous), and falling in love with it. Not because it’s a great movie—it’s a good movie—but because of the way it felt to see it. The setting, the music, the spy stuff. It’s a really fun movie, and also a good one.

The music alone makes it a must-watch for a second time, which I’ll be doing soon. The performances are all pretty great. John Goodman is solid, and Charlize Theron is excellent....

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Volume 1, Issue 2 - Everyone is a competitor, right?

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Monday August 20, 2018.

As I wrote the entry about the Dust Devil Sprint Triathlon, I worried that I would come across as maybe a bit too, competitive, I guess? I’m not sure if that’s a word that generally has a negative connotation, but it did to me in this case. Part of what I want to convey, but am a bit afraid to, is that when I run or ride or hike or do anything with a physical angle to it, I look at everyone around me as the competition. That’s not to say that I look to crush all opponents in everything I do, but I definitely look to those around me as baselines to either strive toward or leave behind. I am...

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Volume 1, Issue 1 - Let's Get This Started

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Friday May 11, 2018.

The past year or so has been a busy one for me getting out into the wilderness. In January, I started a training plan to see what I could do with it. I plan on utilizing the methods put forth in the book Training for the New Alpinism to the test at the end of the month when I take on Mt. Shasta. Of course, there will be an update when the happens.

Otherwise, some of the stuff I’ve done have had accompanying blog posts. I went out to Great Basin National Park with a couple of friends in July and we hit the top of Wheeler Peak. A couple weeks prior to that, one of those same guys and I got to...

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