Climbing and a Pow Wow

Apr 15th 2007 — MSU Pow Wow — 5:38 pm

Its been a good week. Busy, but good. On Thursday I went rock climbing at one of the closest local areas, Practice Rock, with Joe and Luke. I had been there before but not since winter had arrived. I was quite proud of myself as I did my first 2 lead climbs using “traditional” protection. (You climb up with the rope trailing you, place protection in the rock, clip yourself to it, and keep climbing ) Leading a climb is more difficult (and scary) than being the 2nd person up. And trad climbing is another level of difficulty above just sport climbing (sport is where there are pre-placed bolts that you the clip the rope to as you climb)

It was a lot of fun and makes me look that much forward to summer where hopefully I’ll become familiar with all the local areas around here. I found out that the class I’m teaching is only 3 days a week. I did a fair amount of climbing when I was going to school in Chapel Hill, and not much since then. It has been a good to return to something I enjoyed so much.

There was also a “Pow Wow” here at MSU this weekend, about a block from my house in the basketball complex. I’d never been to one but I believe they are much more frequent in the western part of the country. It was really interesting, and I could go on for awhile about that as well. However, for the sake of brevity here are a couple of low-quality films shot by my camera and then sent through You Tube to make sure they end up looking extra cruddy.



  1. That dancing is tiggggggggghhhhhhtttttttt

    “Trad” climbing (am I allowed to say that?) sounds really quite scary. If you fall it’s always ok though, yeahhh?

    Sounds like a great time in ye ‘ole montana!

    Comment by Davy — April 15, 2007 @ 10:50 pm
  2. Please be very careful.

    Comment by mom — April 16, 2007 @ 4:42 pm
  3. I am curious–what is the surface the fabulous dancers are dancing on?
    Even if they just stood around in those amazing costumes, they’d be cool. The dancing makes it even better.

    Rock climbing is an amazing sport–I didn’t know you were involved! When we lived in Oregon, Erin and Kyle learned rock climbing on a butte. There algebra teacher was also a climbing teacher. I was a belayer, couldn’t work up the courage to ascend. But we got cousin Sally to go up, all the way up. She was at the time 65 yrs. old!

    Comment by Binky — April 18, 2007 @ 4:29 pm
  4. Binky, They are dancing on the floor of the basketball arena here. That is where they held the pow wow and the basketball court was marked off to do all the dancing. I should have had my camera for when there were a hundred or so people in costumes like that dancing around at the same time. It was pretty awesome.

    I used to climb back when I went to school in Chapel Hill, 2001 was the last year I was there. I really hadn’t done much since then and then last November I got into it. Glad you have enthusiasm for it! That is great that Sally went up. If you guys ever make it out to Montana maybe we could find something reasonable to climb up!

    Comment by Michael — April 18, 2007 @ 7:34 pm

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