I was in the city the other day — Seattle, the land of abundant takeout options. I grabbed a plate of Phad Se-ew and my fortune cookie made me smile from ear to ear:
“You will always be surrounded by true friends.”
Seriously, I could not make this stuff up. That fortune was fitting, given the topic of today’s post.
If you’d like to connect with the #climb Twitter friends mentioned in the post…
here’s the list:
Ben F: @generalbenson
Tom: @tmarkiewicz and @climbing
Ben W: @benwills
Jonathan of Climbfind.com: @climbfind
Jamie Clarke: @jc_climbs
There are so many other wonderful folks that have transitioned into my real life, including a host of really forward-thinking industry folk who’ve been incredible cheerleaders and a much-appreciated source of support. Brad Werntz of Pemba Serves, Larry Pluimer and Elizabeth Castro stand out in that list, but there are oodles more.
To the “big names” in the group who weren’t mentioned, I decided to err against the appearance of “name dropping.” But, since this is my blog, and I’m the boss, I will add — meeting Stephen Regenold (@thegearjunkie on Twitter and The Gear Junkie in the rest of the world) was a special treat. Stephen’s a “real” journalist, and his work is one of my inspirations for applying the level of professionalism I do to this blog. I had no idea how deep his climbing roots were until we met recently on a trip in North Carolina. It was a distinct pleasure to get to chat biz, writing, adventure, gear, and “other” with a dude who seems to be living the dream. Same thing for Stephanie Pearson, not on Twitter, but who I got the chance to meet because of Twitter (and, specifically, @jc_climbs and @eliz_castro). It was truly a pleasure, Stephen and Stephanie.
When I sat down to write that post for Climbing, I planned to tell each story, of each person I’ve now met offline… and realized, it would take pages and pages to do so. To those of you who made it into the story, and the many, many of you who didn’t, thank you for taking the time to get to know me, and I sincerely appreciate the chance to get to know you!
The full post is online here. Enjoy, and please share your comments below!
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