Queen of Trades; Travel and Photography- Category [Life Stories]

We just got done doing a competition at my gym. Its called Thanksending and it was a crazy weekend. On Thursday we started to strip the walls completely so that we could then set all day Friday. To set in the gym you have to be creative, able to work twelve to eighteen hours and just be on a constant go, go, go. This was my first time setting for a competition and I have to say that it is mentally, physically and emotionally exhausting. I'm still an apprentice at our gym so it wasn't a requirement for me to stay for the full eighteen hours. 

Competition style setting makes everything twice as difficult as setting for your usual clientele. When you have people who literally compete as climbers you have to think of more diverse moves. You have to be able to make the climbers think about the route and make each route harder than the last. Usually, we keep anything below a V2 scale all at a 48-inch reach so that kids can climb about 15% to 20% of what is in our gym. After that, the 48-inch reach goes out of the window. For competition style, the 48 inches reach still applies but it gets difficult because if you add too many feet that V1 just became a VB. You have to think carefully, place carefully and keep in mind what you are setting for. 

This apprenticeship has been a lot to take in, a lot to learn and a lot to handle but I think it has been good for me as a climber. It has forced me to have to think about moves I didn't think I could or would ever do and it has started to force me to be a better climber. 

Of course, after we did the competition I then had to work all day the next day which added to my level of exhaustion since I had been trying to keep up all weekend. I also got some photos of people as they climbed and even though they weren't from up on top of the wall they still were a lot of fun to capture. 

If you guys have never been to a climbing competition then you should try and attend one. Its super fun to watch people put all their effort into the routes and try to figure out puzzles that setters put up for them. It shows all kinds of determination and power. 

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2019-11-18 13:59 by Sarah Denninger
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Climbing has been an aspect of my life that has literally changed everything. It has changed the way that I look at my fitness, the way I look at people, and the way I look at myself. I have met so many people through climbing and I am eternally grateful for everyone that has come through my life. I honestly don't think I would be where I am without this sport and the support I have from everyone at the gym. It jus tis one of those things where I never expected to be where I am and yet here we are. I am so happy with how things have turned out and I am excited to see what the future holds for me. 

If you haven't seen my climbing photos then here is a quick picture of some I took when we went outdoor climbing. 



And again I am so sorry for the delay in videos and posting. This weekend was way crazier than expected. So please be patient with me. 

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I'm not sure if this will be useful to anyone in any way but I discovered an easier way to get jams out of their containers. But first, let me explain. 

So, every year I do a small donation to Goodwill. I go through all my belongings and decide what I do and don't want anymore. Ninety percent of the time I end up just getting rid of clothes but every now and then I will make my way to the kitchen to see if there is anything that needs to be donated in there. Over the past few years we have attained glasses (specifically pint glasses) and we just never use all of them and we have so many that they overflow to the countertop. To try and minimize the amount of stuff we have I end up going in there and add glassware to my bag. It doesn't happen too often but it is nice to do every once in a while. 

Some times though I end up going through the fridge while I am making my rounds and more often then not I get stuck there. Usually, I find that our fridge has one or two things that are expired and as I was rummaging through I found three jams, one old pesto sauce, and some old salad dressing. Trying to figure out the best way to get the jams out without making a mess and fighting the product I thought "hmmm Maybe if I just fill it with water and let it sit, it will come apart and be easy to dump" but of course that takes time. 

Instead, I filled it up with water, put the cap back on and shook it for a few minutes. As it turns out the jam comes right out. I did this with the dressing and the pesto and it worked like a charm. It was fast, easy, and not messy. I don't know if this will help anybody, or if it is of any significance to anyone out there but I thought it was a neat little trick. Of course, I could also be late to the show and you knew this piece of information already which means, it won't help in any way but, hey I thought I would put it out there just in case. 

So if you are in need of a quick clean out then here is something that may help you get rid of those expired sauces, dressings, and jams quickly and efficiently 

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One of my favorite things to hear is "You've got balls". Every time I hear it my eyes almost instinctively roll into the back of my head. Sometimes I can stop it but other times, it just happens on a random occurrence and I just can't seem to stop it in time. Most people will most away from the subject because of the reaction but others seem to persist to let me know why they felt the need to say something like that to me. 

It all comes from the fact that I travel alone and I have been doing it for about five years now. The past two years I have traveled alone to other countries and the reason comes down to people not committing fully to going. Honestly, it's frustrating and I have talked about this in my previous posts. Most of the people that I know will say that they want to go somewhere or do something but 95% of the time they back out. 

So when the phrase "You've got balls" comes into the conversation I usually get pretty frustrated. When I go to explain why I do what I do most people get quiet. My reasoning is simple. 

I don't have time to wait for people. 

I don't have time to spare waiting, wondering if people will ever fully commit to something. Honestly, it's one of those things that I preach about. If you want to go somewhere, why wait? Why waste all this time, energy and resources to just sit around and wonder if others will actually go with you. Not only is that pain for you but it also leads to disappointment when things don't work out. It could even lead to you spending money that you might not be able to get back. 

Things just get complicated when it comes to waiting for people and if your friends are those kinds of people who you know are finicky and arent 100% into committing it might be best to create a system that works for you. I always make plan A, which is the plan with my friends in it and then there is plan B, which is the trip with just me. I think it helps to have both plans so when things don't really work out then you have something to fall back on and look forward to. 

So no matter what people think, just go on the adventure. If people think you have balls, just take it as a compliment and move forward. 

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It's not very often that people get seriously injured around me. I have crazy stories for days but when it comes to people getting hurt I luckily have not had anything bad happen. Until now. I was out running yesterday and as I was getting into the groove and getting ready to sprint the last half mile I saw another guy heading my way with a dog so I decided to go ahead and switch over to the other side of the road so that not only would I give him space but the dog space as well. I didn't know how the dog was with other people so I thought it was an appropriate thing to do. 

So I'm running and trying to get myself geared up into the sprint when a car goes by. When the car passes I notice that the guy who was running with his dog was on the ground, rolling. Literally rolling. His phone was in the road, his dog was running around freely, the guy was clutching his face and then attempting to stand up. It was the whole craziness of it that sent me in shock. I stopped my watch, stopped my music, looked both ways and came over to him. 

"Are you ok?" I asked trying to get a gauge of what the appropriate thing to do is. This had never happened before and I was lost. When he didn't respond to my question but kept crying out in pain and trying to stand up only to flop back on the ground I asked him again. 

"Are you ok?" He glanced at me and finally responded "No"

Well, at least I got an answer. I proceeded to pick up his earphones and his cell phone and moved them to the grass where they wouldn't get run over if anything happened and caught his dog so that the dog didn't get run over either. After a minute I looked at him. 

"Do you want me to call someone?" He didn't reply. I was ready to call 911 or even a friend. I assumed he lived in the neighborhood and because of that, I was hoping that he wasn't far from his home. After a few more pants, and rolls in the grass he replied with "no.." and proceeds to stop for a moment. He grunts in pain and looks at me.

"Are you sure you don't want me to call someone?" I ask again trying to make sure that he was ok enough to get home or to call someone on his now cracked phone. I literally was the only one around helping and it didn't feel right to leave him when he was bleeding everywhere.

For a moment he paused and started sitting up.  "No...I think I broke my wrist". Oh. Great. 

I had no idea what to say. I could only imagine how much it hurt. I tried to be polite while he got up and hobbled to his dog. I made sure to back up some and give him some space. I offered probably five or so times in our conversation if I could help him but he refused every time I tried to help out. I watched as he ignored me and started to walk slowly back to wherever his home was. With a heavy sigh I shrugged it off and got back to running. He refused assistance and I wasn't going to force it on him. I just hope the dudes ok.  

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