More thankful than ever

Hummus and crackers are a fine way to jumpstart a chilly Yosemite morning

Hummus and crackers are a fine way to jumpstart a chilly Yosemite morning

I live a charmed life. Occasionally I’ll be stopped in my tracks when I stumble upon an old photo…was I really there? Did I actually drink fermented camel’s milk in Mongolia?!?

This year, I have even more reason to be thankful. It’s also the main reason I haven’t posted in a while. Next year, I’ll be an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences at Santa Clara University. It’s an absolute dream for me to make this next step, and I couldn’t be happier at the prospect of joining such a wonderful group of people.

One of my few leads. I spent a lot of time thrashing around as I hadn't climbed since August!

One of my few leads. I spent a lot of time thrashing around as I hadn’t climbed since August!

I wasn’t able to get out much this fall as I was super busy with the job search and PhD work. I also messed my ankle up really badly in late September. I’d never rolled my left ankle before but I tore pretty much everything. I’m in really good running shape now and lifting as well, but mountain trips were off limits this fall. I did sneak off to Yosemite Valley for a quick weekend with my good buddy Mike. He led all the hard pitches and I climbed pretty poorly but loved every minute. Found a great veggie burger and milkshake on the way home too…Hula’s in Escalon is tasty!

The view of Half Dome after topping out on our last climb.

The view of Half Dome after topping out on our last climb.

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