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Float

Sara Lingafelter
Sara Lingafelter
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I logged into Facebook this morning and was treated to this gem by Kris “Odub” Hampton of Power Company Climbing.  It caught my eye first because I saw that a friend had “liked” it.

Kris gave me permission to reprint the photo and its caption, and here it is:

“Float” is a word that I began using, while climbing, in about 1998. I would repeat it to myself to keep my confidence up through scary runouts or difficult cruxes. I still use it today, only now I apply it to every aspect of my life. A song by the same title, written with Misty Murphy, changed my life in a profound way.

After deciding on a font, I asked my brother, Shawn, a tattoo artist, to put the word “Float” on my forearm so that it was in a spot I could always see while climbing. It reminds me everyday that reaching for your dreams can oftentimes lead to realizing a life far beyond what you could  possibly have dreamt of.

Tattoo by Shawn Hampton.
Photo by Taylor Frohmiller.
Inspiration from so many.

Thanks.

-Kris Odub Hampton

I’ve been working on lightness in my own life.  I think about a white feather, when I need a reminder of lightness.  Of flow… of not forcing things, whether in my life or work or relationships or climbing.

But thinking of light … being light … feeling light … is something I try to be.  I love the thought of “float” … of floating … as something that I can do.

There is, of course, more to the story for Kris.  The tattoo is a tribute in addition to a mantra, and a little bit more about that context is here on Vimeo.

I am thinking about Kris today… and Brad, today… and the Skinner family today.  I am thinking about the family of Joe Puryear, for whom an assistance fund has been started.

And I am thinking, with a big smile and — literally — a tear in each eye, about the loving, accepting, creative, beautiful family that I am blessed to be a part of as a climber.  I feel a bit like I’ll wear my deepest gratitude on my skin today.  And thank you for being part of this family.

The climbing life

Sara Lingafelter

Sara (Grace) Lingafelter takes steps forward and backward toward a right-sized life on a daily basis.