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High infatuation and the meaning of life

Sara Lingafelter
Sara Lingafelter
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“My pursuit of climbing was initiated by impulse. In reality it was never a choice, but rather a surrender to the inevitable. Even now, supposedly older and wiser, I make my most fundamental life decisions impetuously, based on what feels right inside, and I never look back. It’s the only thing I can do.” Steph Davis, in High Infatuation

Let’s see. Where to begin. Despite the long absence I am going to have to keep this short… we’ve had a very long day starting a business and my forearms are actually tired from typing for once, so I don’t have a whole lot of typing left in me. We had a fantastic trip awhile back to Smith Rock that didn’t result in many good pictures, so I never did a trip report, but I’ll summarize with a short list of what I learned.

  1. 10b at Smith is HARD but I will forever daydream about Chicken McNuggets
  2. It is possible (and fun!) to rig a belay over Asterisk Pass.
  3. The Terrebonne Depot is open sometimes, and when it is, it’s great food. I highly recommend their chicken sandwich (oh yeah, I’m no longer strictly vegetarian) substituting the hummus for whatever the typical sauce is. I’m salivating just thinking about it.
  4. The back side is well worth the walk around (or see #2).
  5. I like leading easy trad routes.

We climbed all over the place – lots of routes and areas we hadn’t done before. It was a lovely trip, with unseasonably good weather for being so late in the summer.

Since then, we’ve been on the work treadmill — things have been very busy for both Chris and I. To make matters more interesting, because that’s just what we need, we finally caved to colleagues’ pressure (and our own entrepreneurial instincts) and formed a new business today. It’s Chris’s baby — I’m just helping with the business side of things and maybe doing a little bit of web work with him — and we’ve already got customers in the wings, so that’s cool. He’s definitely keeping his much-appreciated day job, but this will be a nice little project on the side.

Otherwise, we’re both getting ready for our next trips. He’s headed to Squamish next weekend, so cross your fingers the weather is better than expected. I’m headed to Tahoe with some of my favorite lawyer girlfriends, so look out Lake Tahoe. I’m hoping to do a little tiny bit of bouldering, and maybe to see Lover’s Leap, but no roped climbing or anything big. If you have any climber-friends in Tahoe, please pass their email addresses along so I can gather some bouldering beta.

We got some incredibly sad family news today, but now is not the time to go into those details. Chris and I are both okay, but both in need of some time to process.

Oh, the quote. A few weeks ago we used a much-appreciated gift certificate from one of our climbing-friend-families to stock up on summer reading… one of my picks was the Steph Davis book quoted from above. There are ridiculously few books containing womens’ stories of rock climbing, and when I read the quote, above, I knew I had to own this one. Those four sentences so eloquently sum up just how much my life has changed in the last few years… maybe it’s turning thirty; maybe it’s becoming a climber; maybe it’s finally living and working in a community where we have friends and family nearby and have enough time to occasionally actually see them. Whatever it really is, that quote gives me a convenient scapegoat in climbing. Over the last few years I’ve developed a highly evolved “what feels right” gene… my “what feels right” gene is even stronger now than my “safety” and “security” genes.

But, that’s also for another day. Suffice it to say, I’m looking forward to Tahoe, I’m hoping for a safe and fun Squamish trip for Chris and our friends, and a lovely stay at Grandma and Grandpa’s for Hana while we’re gone.

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Sara Lingafelter

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