Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Endless Ascent Ends

I'm back home, sitting at a desk and trying to type with (seriously) blisters on my hands and a fingernail on my right hand that protests every time I use it to hit a key... Who gets blisters on their hands ice climbing? I've never heard of it before, and would not have thought it possible...

But the 24-hour push is done. Over the next few days I'm going to write more about different portions of the climb, from the nutrition successes and failures to the physical damage to the training and so on. There's just too much to put into one post, and I had a lot of time to think about things while doing the climb...

The main thing I'm feeling this morning is that I was incredibly lucky to be involved with such a fantastic group of people. Twenty three belayers, three "team managers," the dZi, the hundreds of people who showed up in small or large groups to cheer and keep me moving, so much incredibly positive energy from so many people. Today there is just no room for anything but an incredible sense of appreciation for everyone who was even in the smallest way involved with the Endless Ascent. What I'm going to remember most about the whole experience is not how much ice I climbed (I'm actually not at all sure about that number, lots of different route height guesses, comedy), how much it all hurt, but how lucky I am to be part of the community of people who came together for the dZi and the climb. It was a swirling mix of enthusiasm, support, shared love for the Ouray Ice Park, and excitement. I am deeply humbled and thankful for the experience, it will effect me for the rest of my life.

More later, my finger has had it with typing and it's time for another liter of water and another nap. Thanks, thanks, and THANKS!


Tom Comet said...

Dude, it was an awesome event to witness! A testament to what is possible when someone (you) is severely dedicated, talented has a plan and is not afraid to put it all on the line. Truly awesome! When I went back up there at 7:30am after a nice little sleep I wasn't sure what I would find. There you were still given 'er and still happy and relatively sane. Thanks for the inspiration!


Anonymous said...

My goodness Will. That was just o'h so kong solid.

Though not on par, I just get the mighty delirious-giggles when finally getting to bed after a big effort - trust you felt the same X 24!

Having pushed that boundary, where are you headed next?

Brilliant, just bloody brilliant.

Rob from Ozstraylia

Jake III said...

Thank you and the team for a stellar performance. Doing good for others certainly brings out the best in all of us. You are an inspiration.