Friday, May 23, 2014

"Cupcakes and Cigarettes"

Today at Red Wing, Ron told Pete and me that his winter climbing program was "cupcakes and cigarettes." It worked well for him; I will try it next winter.

Here're some shots of Pete pulling hard on "Space Warp."

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Aid Climbing On Saturday

Peter O., Marianna and I practiced some more aid climbing on Saturday morning. Lots of work cleaning on aid a traversing and overhanging route.

Friday, May 2, 2014

We're Pathetic. Really?

This article accuses modern people of being pathetic. Could it be that our ancient ancestors were more fit than we are today? I don't believe it.

From the the article: "...the hunter-gatherers of 30,000 to 150,00 years ago traveled extremely long distances while hauling all kinds of weight." Really? I can travel 500 miles in 10 hours with my car hauling multiple people and a month's worth of food. Could they do that? Doubt it. 

I'd challenge my ancient hunter-gatherer ancestors to hunt and gather with me. I'd out-hunt them when it comes to bargains; I'd out gather them when it comes to getting food. Could they hunt down a bargain airfare to Vegas in about 15 minutes on the internet? Nope. Thirty minutes at Costco, and I'm good for a couple of weeks of food. Could they do that in 30 minutes? No way. 

One part of the article I do agree with: "Cordain, for one, thinks we should eat and live like our hunter-gatherer ancestors, whose meat-heavy diets gave them more muscle mass and enhanced their athletic abilities and performance." I have a meat-heavy diet whenever I eat at McDonalds. And I eat there frequently out of respect for my ancestors.