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Nothing exciting... and it's an election year if you hadn't heard...

Sara Lingafelter
Sara Lingafelter
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So, it hasn’t been a very rock climbing month so far. I’ve been getting into the gym fairly regularly, and have been training pretty hard when I do… but then I think last week I hit a recovery wall. My hands were getting chronically sore… one night they went numb while I was sleeping, and later that morning I had a strange “can’t uncurl my fists” moment… so have backed off a little bit on my routine. I did a bit of bouldering on Friday and was going to go in on Monday but just decided to give myself a bit of rest. I’m jonesing today… I can’t wait to get in tonight and break a sweat.

There’s a slim chance of a day trip this weekend… weather at most of the Washington climbing areas is prime for sending. Sunny and in the 50s and 60s… definitely a good weekend to get out and hit your projects. I don’t know yet if I’ll be so lucky… but we’ll see.

During this less-climbing phase, I’ve been focusing more on my work, and it’s unavoidable to avoid the elections at this point. I’m less involved in campaigns than usual this time around… I’m just helping with one local race and have stayed out of the state and national campaigns. But, a couple of weeks ago, I was at an event where Peter Goldmark, candidate for Washington State Public Lands Commissioner spoke, and it got me to thinking… that’s probably an office that us climbers should pay attention to. I haven’t… I just recently started checking out the Department of Natural Resources website to see if I could figure out if or what the current Commissioner’s position was on climbing-related issues. I couldn’t. I asked around, and other climbers haven’t been following the race closely (at least, among the folks I asked).

I thought about contacting the campaigns directly, but seriously – I don’t have time. I think the best I can do is make a commitment to myself to keep a closer eye on DNR and to become thoroughly educated for the next time this office is on the ballot. So – come back in 2012, and I promise, I’ll have more information for you to base your decision on.

It did catch my eye that this summer the DNR undertook a “Sustainable Recreation Work Group” project, and that among the “newer forms of recreation” and “more traditional uses” rock climbing was not included. There also, from what I’ve been able to tell, was not a representative member of the climbing community on that Work Group. It’s entirely possible that climbers participated in the public comment, but I haven’t been able to find any yet. Recommendations to the state legislature will come out of that Work Group through a progress report in December of 2008, and final recommendations to the legislature in December of 2009 for the 2010 legislative session. I’ll keep an eye on the effort in my abundant free time; despite missing the “work group” meetings, there may still be an opportunity for climbers to get involved.

FYI, I think that Static Point and Little Si (Exit 32) are the more known climbing areas on DNR land… there may be others, there may not. Perhaps in another burst of “free time” I’ll map out the climbing areas and administrators (unless one of my fine readers has a link for me I can link to)…

Anyway – just another reminder that I can always do a better job of learning and getting involved where it matters, I guess.

Hope the weather report holds and that y’all get out there this weekend…

Not Climbing

Sara Lingafelter

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