On March 3 through 6, 2012, Eric attended ice climbing school in Ouray, Colorado, and then participated in two days of intermediate-level ice climbing. Eric hopes to climb “big mountains” some day. Ice climbing is the first step to learning that type of mountaineering. Eric learned belaying, rappelling, basic knot awareness, ice climbing in moderate and steep terrain, ice climbing and snow travel in multi-pitch terrains, and anchor building principles. Eric and his guide, renowned climber and guide Eric Frank, climbed Dexter Falls, a WI3+ Grade III ice and snow climb just north of the city of Ouray on March 5. In the background of this photograph is a partial view of the Ouray valley mid-way up the Dexter Falls climb:
The day he left for Colorado, Eric weighed 184 pounds. He had weighed close to 300 pounds just a year earlier. This trip illustrates one of the adventures of life that has opened since Eric started to lose weight. That Eric could participate in an activity like ice climbing at all reveals that weight loss and most physical activities are largely mental activities.
Have an ice day!