All posts tagged: Zion

For the Love of Climbing

I don’t know many people that would willingly lend a complete stranger a few hundred dollars. You can’t trust anyone these days – or at least that’s what my grandma tells me. But she’s right. We live in a world where people can’t fall asleep unless they know their front door is locked; a world where locking your car doesn’t always keep people from stealing your iPod or wallet. This past summer I went for a long solo run on mountain trails through Grand Teton National Park. When friends and family heard that I went by myself, most responded with, “wow, be careful out there” or “really, you’re not scared?”. And they weren’t referring to the bears or potential storm clouds – they were referring to the people. Maybe it’s for good reason, but the climbing community has reminded me that although there may be a great deal to fear in today’s world, there is also an amazing amount of generosity and kindness. When Adam and I stopped at Zion National Park in May of …