Well, I went to Spain for a month and then returned home for a week. Only to leave again for Colorado and Utah to shoot a segment for 60 Minutes Australia and give a talk in Utah. Now I'm finally home again. This time for two whole weeks, but it actually feels like a significant period of time compared to the hectic travel I've experienced in the last few weeks.
Spain was awesome, as usual. I love the country, the people, and most of all, the limestone. It's absolutely stunning. I tried one route the entire time, a 165 ft monster pitch called “Fisheye” at a cliff called Oliana, one of the most well known areas in the sport climbing world right now. I didn't manage to climb the whole route without hanging on the rope (usually the goal in sport climbing), but I tried really, really hard and gained some fitness in the process to that will hopefully help me prepare for my upcoming Spring trips. I wrote a short post about it on my personal site, if you're interested: http://emilyaharrington.com/
Me on Fisheye (Colette McInerney Photo)
My schedule after some much needed home time is even more insane. I'll be in Colorado for two weeks in April to train with one of my old coaches, then back to Spain for 10 days where hopefully I can successfully do “Fisheye”, then Washington DC to visit the National Geographic Headquarters and participate in a panel discussion on climbing Everest, and finally to Morocco for a month with my teammate on The North Face team, Hazel Findlay. We're attempting to climb a 2600 ft wall in the Atlas Mountains. It's a massive endeavor and I really hope we can work together to achieve our objective!
Phew. That's alot. It's a bit intimidating to write all that down and realize how much training, organizing, and traveling I have ahead of me. I'm trying to take it day by day and enjoy the time I have at home before all the craziness starts again. I love being home. I enjoy the days where I do small menial tasks, like cook and do laundry. Notice I didn't say clean, I hate cleaning. Maybe because I don't get to have days like that very often, they feel so relaxing and mellow. I get really into being “domestic”. I get all excited to bake bread and go grocery shopping. I love staying home for dinner and watching a movie. Those are things I look forward to and think about all the time when I'm away on a big trip and feeling homesick. Those activities are so rare and special to me, even though they sound kind of normal and boring for most people.
So that's pretty much it. I'm at home, trying to be chill and relaxed so I can recharge and get psyched for the upcoming adventures I have. No complaints here.