Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Sky On Repeat

I don't really read poetry; this is an understatement. I don't read poetry, which is odd, because its the sum total of my literary output these days. So where is this inspiration to pen weird little unrhymed verses coming from?- couldn't say, but I have a guess.

I listen to this kind of nonsense on repeat while I drive to places like Seattle and Leavenworth and Utah.

And then I write something like this.


And all the world is metallic and ticking and lit,
Lit when god intended darkness
- June 2009

There above us burns eternal the great map–
All the creatures of the earth and their lives empaneled,
(Deer and hare and dove and groundvole)
Dancing forever that vast turning cirque.
This was our guide,
By its mazes we steered our ships and raised up our towers
And every night we gazed through its windows and beheld the universe.
From those lines in the ensconcing hands of god must our futures have been determined,
For only in his palms was there any surety,
Any wheel returning to the same,
(Riding over mountains beyond mountains…)
Any firmament beneath our feet.

Was there ever such a map and was there ever such a time?
Could we see a path before us any clearer before we lit the night?
It is a marvelous symbol, yes,
Of how I feel I have lost my way,
A lovely consolation that we have sullied some primordial world,
And a ringing cry of helplessness before
The pathless, and the untrodden;
For the wheel loses a piece of itself with every revolution
(You cannot step twice into the same stream)
And all history may be written in such mazes,
But for the doors, the maps, of night
We have no key.

I am not sure I see a connection. I may have posted those purely so I can listen to them without screwing up my iTunes play-count.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Assorted Alpine Rock

Snow Creek Wall - Orbit (5.8+)
Photography mostly by Matt Lemke

 Snow Creek Wall, Outer Space route line visible on left side.

Approach slab to Orbit with S-shaped tree.

Second half of the second pitch.

Final low-fifth traverse of second pitch.

Looking down the technical-crux pitch 

Starting out on the runout mental-crux pitch

Start of fifth pitch.

Looking down Icicle Creek Canyon toward Leavenworth

Le Petit Cheval - Spontaneity Arete (5.7)
w/ Ryan Hoover

 Route follows the ridge-line on the right of the fin.

Liberty Bell and the Early Winters Spires

Hwy 20

First pitch of technical climbing.

Ryan on the summit, with Silver Star and the Wine Spires behind.

Big Kangaroo

Looking back at the second pitch of technical climbing.

North Early Winters Spire - West Face (5.11)
w/ Ryan Hoover

Liberty Bell

Final 5.6 slab pitch

Crux pitch, 5.11 section is out of sight below.

Silver Star massif and Kangaroo Ridge

Ryan on the summit with South Early Winters Spire behind.

Looking back at Liberty Bell and the Early Winters Spires