Supporting a Dream - Long Distance Love

Supporting a Dream - Long Distance Love

In the spirit of the Vertical Year ethos of chasing dreams, my partner in life, Bec Perkins shares her story and experience. How do you talk about this dream with your partner or family if it means you are contemplating moving away? How do you know if your partner is going to support you or panic at the idea and potentially give you an ultimatum?  How do you do the ‘long distance relationship thing’ or even talk about that as an option?

Progress

Progress

The past month or so has been a fantastic period of progress for me personally, prompting me to reflect not only on my process, but the question of why. What values underpin my motivation for progress and what influence does that has on how I choose to progress.

The BIG ONE - Polar Circus

The BIG ONE - Polar Circus

Today I realised a dream. I climbed probably the most iconic and one of the toughest ice climbs in the world - Polar Circus (V, WI5 - 700m). Probably my proudest achievement is that I lead my first grade 5 ice pitch on this route. To do this on such a classic climb is something very special to me. It has been the culmination of a lot of work and progress, mostly on the mental side of climbing over the past month. 

Bourgeau Left

Bourgeau Left

Bourgeau Left is one of those lines that when you first see it, you stop dead in your tracks. A sprawling flow of ice, 185m in length, appearing like a singular white scar against the Limestone southern face of Mt Bourgeau. It is long, aesthetic, challenging, committing, has a colourful history and is respected. It is a route that provides everything you could look for in an ice climb and it certainly represents the best qualities of climbing in the Canadian Rockies.