Getting Up Close and Personal

I have to admit I am a geeky geologist. I love walking in the mountains, looking at outcrops and imagining how they formed, or how many dinosaurs could have potentially walked there. I wanted to start climbing, perhaps with a slightly different motivation than most people. Malin for example (as most climbers I guess) has the goal of becoming a better climber, she fantasizes about the difficult routes she wants to be able to climb by the end of summer. Her motivation is becoming a stronger, better climber. When I mentioned what my motivation for learning to climb was, I was met with raised eyebrows and suddenly had an idea for a new post.

My strongest motivation for climbing is that it provides another excellent possibility of getting really ‘up close and personal’ to outcropping rocks. I want to climb at different locations and rock-types, and see and experience the difference. I am serious. It might be possible to compare it with a biologist studying an animal from photos vs. actually spending time with the animal? Well, maybe I sound crazy now, and maybe my motivation will change with time, who knows.

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Kate and Ole-Mattis surveying the route (Photo: Malin)

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