Monday, April 1, 2013

Tieton Photobook

I don't trust myself around boys. I let them do everything. It's a bad, bad, bad habit. 

I sit back as they lead the climbs, coil the ropes, start the fires, plan the routes. When I was working at New River Academy I let them load 17 kayaks on top of the van every morning. I'm serious, I don't think I loaded one boat during a paddling road trip that lasted a year. I figured, what the hell, they're taller than me, they're stronger than me, they're better at this than I am, and they don't mind. 

But what do I do when the boys evaporate? Because let me tell you what I've learned: Boys. Evaporate. 

Lisa and I went climbing in Tieton this past weekend, just the two of us. She set up the tent by the side of the road while I got the fire started. I put up slow, halting leads. We learned which cracks lurked with rattlesnakes and which buzzed with wasp nests. Tieton is not for the faint of heart. 

The routes we'll frequent this summer may look different than last year; not so big or majestic or tricky or rugged. But we'll get there, or somewhere close enough, we'll inch along. 

Here are some photos from a weekend where there was nobody taller, nobody better, nobody stronger, nobody more capable than us*. Here is what we did ourselves. (Oh, and as it turns out, when there is one of you climbing and one of you belaying, you can't get too many climbing pictures.)
*Except Jeremy Park, who we keep running into. He's everywhere. And so handsome! 

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love it! You are truly gifted! You'll be back on those big rocks in no time!

Michelle T said...

Awesome! Yes, our best girls stick around. What a wonderful weekend!
:)

Angela said...

"Boys evaporate"... love it! Yes they do. Men, however, (good ones, that is) tend to stick around. But it sounds like you really don't need one!:))

Awesome weekend, awesome pictures! Such great writing! I keep coming back for more!

Glad you are enjoying your great adventures!

Cheers, Angela

Catherine said...

Girls kick butt. And even better: they do NOT evaporate. I love those first two photos. The skies are amazing!

Liz Stout said...

I do the same thing with boys and totally didn't realize it until I read this. They DO evaporate. Hmm, I better get my game-face on this weekend and begin to rectify this situation!

Bryan McLellan said...

Evaporating boys awesomely packs much life and story into two words. Love it.

R y Recker said...

Malina thank you for being honest. That is more or less what I am going through. I feel like I will never be able to go on adventures again. If you have a trip planned and need another girl...give me a heads up and I can see if I can get off!

Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com said...

This gives me an itch for a girls' climbing trip like no other...mmmm =) I guess I know what I'll be trying to convince my old climbing buddies to do over the next couple weeks! =P

I'm glad you're enjoying your adventures - boys or not!

Anonymous said...

Love your blog and love your photography. You have lots of heart and guts and I love your honesty and real feelings that you put out there for everyone to read and feel with you. Do you have any links to your photography? Cameras, lenses, editing, etc.? I'm always trying to improve my photos and like the way yours look. Good luck on the boy issues.

meg@ourwaytoeat.com said...

I have "gotten soft" and really started relying on my husband to do the dirty work, because he's taller, stronger and doesn't mind. I have to remind myself of all that I used to do by myself. Change car tires, haul old couch to the curb, take out and store my monster air conditioner at the end of the season... I hope he won't evaporate, but I also have to be sure not to evaporate too. I am new to your blog and enjoying it. It seems I like everything that ETST likes, to be honest, it is a nice break to find someone who isn't a Mom blog, I need some adventure!

Amanda said...

Um, snakes? I'm getting scared just thinking about it.