Category Archives: Motivation

Distraction, Reflection, Direction

ChangeChange – such a loaded word.  In many cases it instills fear and worry.  It is something to be resisted and avoided.  It is uncomfortable.  Change is sometimes tough because we fear the unknown, and everything on the other side of Change is unknown.

But there comes a time in every person’s life when “enough is enough”.  Also a time when “not enough is not enough”.  I’d venture to guess that we’ve all thought or said outloud, “Something HAS GOT to change!!”  It is in these cases that we view change as a good thing.  I propose these 2 thoughts to ponder regarding Change:

(1) It is happening all around us whether we embrace it or not

(2) It is not the change that is good or bad, it is our attitude toward it that determines the type of effect it will have on our lives.

I would like to illustrate this by being transparent with some of the changes here at Real World Climbing.

When I talk about being a climber living in the Real World, what I mean is: I’m just like 95% of the climbers in the world.  I am fairly obsessed with this ‘activity’ and I think about it all the time the way a golf enthusiast thinks of their golf game.

But with all of the Real World Climbers out there, I have responsibilities: a 40+ hr./wk job, a never-ending honey-do list, a spouse and children that I need and want to spend time with.

While working in a cubicle and closet sized office environment for a several years, I have often dreamed and schemed of ways to make a living in something I was truly passionate about, as opposed to something that just pays the bills and allows small pockets of time to pursue climbing.  After nearly 2 years without a full-fledged vacation, this agitation only magnified.

To be in full disclosure, I don’t think like the average employee.  Having owned/operated a freelance business for several years, I am an entrepreneur that happens to have found himself in traditional employment.  Needless to say, sitting in a cubicle, performing mundane tasks, and dreaming about climbing, at times I became a bit edgy and at times irritable.

I began drawing up plans for starting a second business, a Real World Climbing themed business.  I found small pockets of opportunity and was launching into them, again on a freelance basis.  It felt good to be on the front end of the change process, to be in control.  Until… changes started happening on their own.

Baby #3

Baby #3

We found out we were expecting our 3rd child.  And honestly, we were excited about the timing.  As we neared the date of birth of our 3rd son, I notified my bosses on several occasions that I would be taking a full week of vacation.  ‘No Problem’.  Earlier in the year, the director of our department took another opportunity.  A month after that the VP over the department transferred to marketing.  It took nearly 6 months to hire even one of the replacements and when they did, this new director came into a tough situation.  I don’t blame him for making his next decision, bpink sliput it still stung.  One by one, I saw my counterparts being let go… the ones that worked out of satellite offices.  I worked in Minneapolis, our department was based in Indianapolis.  So when I announced I was taking my week vacation, they politely thanked me for my service and let me know that I would not be needing to return after my son was born.

So in a matter of days, I was out of a job and welcoming Gavin into our family.  80% of me was completely relieved, but the 20% uncertainty remained.

You may or may not have noticed a 6 month blog posting hiatus here at Real World Climbing.  I do apologize for my silence.  I have really taken this opportunity to spend great quantity and quality time with my family.  It has been extremely fun.

Mother's Day -- May 11, 2014

I checked off many long overdue items on my honey-do list.  Like a complete kitchen/dining room face lift.

March 2014 014 kitchen remodel







I also built yet another section to the Garage Climbing Gym.  I couldn’t resist the itch… besides, I had a bunch of plywood donated and had to do something with it, right?

New Headwall Section ~ 15° to 75° to 15°

New Headwall Section ~ 15° to 75° to 15°

And I got serious about making a Real Living with what makes me feel Really Alive.  I am thankful for how much I have learned from my 1st business.  I am thankful for how much I have learned in my first year blogging on this site.  And I am thankful for all that I have learned about climbing through books, videos, blogs, mentorship, and trial & error.

So enjoy the changes as they are rolled out here on Real World Climbing.  Some small logistical changes are already in place.  How do you like our new look?  Like a new dedicated Twitter account: @realworldclimb  And a much more interactive medium for Real World Climbers to collaborate on our brand spanking new facebook page.

rwc fb

Some of the exciting things to come include: more consistent content updates from me and guest writers, interviews with our fellow Real World Climbers, a video tour of the entire Garage Climbing Gym, and some further insight in how Real World Climbing is Really Making It.

Thanks for sticking with us!

~ Climb 4 Real ~


Reconnect with Nature – Health Benefits of the Great Outdoors!

This article from explains it all!!  I’ve been feeling like I’m experiencing ‘Cabin Fever’ already and it is actually PRIME CLIMB TIME!!!

The weather has been so amazing and I walk out of the office on a lunch break or on my way home and ask myself, “What the heck am I doing inside on a day like today breathing recycled air?” and exclaiming, “I should be out climbing, this is perfect climbing weather!”

So if you ever feel lethargic and just plain blah… these 4 reasons could just turn things around for you!

4 Reasons to Reconnect with Nature – Health Benefits of the Great Outdoors!.

~ Climb 4 Real ~

The ‘What If???’ Game – Episode 2

Wow!!! It’s been about a month since Episode 1 of the ‘What If???’ Game. Pretty good responses.  I know how hard it can be to squeeze out a few minutes to both compile a thought and get it into writing.  I don’t take it lightly that you even take the time to read, let alone type up a comment.  I wrote a post earlier listing some climbing sites I loved and frequented often that could use a pick-me-up.  According to my click-through stats, you guys really came through, and several have even shared new content.  Thank you!!!

Well, it is time again to warm up those imaginations and share some inspiration.  Remember, anything goes! (as long as its PG)  Another Special Notice: This post will only be fun with your participation. [Comments are still open on Episode 1]

Here we go again…

You have access to:

And room for 2 more stamps on:

And one of these:

What country will you fly to first?
What sectors will you climb at?
What dream routes/boulders will you climb?
How long will you stay?
And then where will you go next?

Re-cap:  You have one month and access to a Flex Jet program and can climb in any 2 countries other than your own.

Dream HUGE and share below with the rest of us.

~ Climb 4 Real ~

The ‘What If ???’ Game – Episode 1

It’s time to use our imaginations.  Pull out all the stops.  Special Notice: This post will only be fun with your participation.  I call this the What If??? Game.  Here’s how it works: I will set you up with the ‘What If’ scenario and you will let your imagination take over.  Anything goes! (family friendly content, of course)

Please DO share in the comments what your IDEAL scenario would look like.  This blog gets readers from all across the world, so I’m certain that we can share some AMAZING ideas with each other.

So here we go…

You have:

3 Months ~ 13 Weeks ~ 90 Days

And enough:

Fuel and Money

And one of these bad boys:

Where will you go climbing first?
Who will you bring with you?
What dream routes/boulders will you climb?
How long will you stay and then where will you go next?

Re-cap:  You have 3 months to go climbing anywhere you can drive to.   You have enough fuel and money to live comfortably in your Sprinter RV.

Dream BIG and share with the rest of us.  (bookmark & return if you need more time)

~ Climb 4 Real ~

Shoutout to the Obscure States

Being a climber from Minnesota, I’ve often been asked in disbelieving or even sarcastic tones, “What is there to climb in MN?”

It’s quite obvious we are not a mountain state. But be ye forewarned, these “flat” states in the midsection of the United States are producing some of the best up and coming climbers. If the U.S. were a rock climber, we’d have great CORE strength.

Over the celebration of our country’s Independence and through that weekend, the nations youth competition climbers put all their skills to the test at the SCS Youth Nationals. The top competitors from this competition would go on to represent the U.S. on the International level. So of course, we can count on there being really tough climbers coming out of states in the Rockies or Appalachians.

But how about these kids pulling hard right smack dab in the middle. Minnesota, Oklahoma, Texas.

Team Texas represented really well. In the female categories, five Texas climbers got invites for the U.S. National Team including first place finishes by Claire Buhrfeind in Youth B and Delaney Miller in Juniors. Two male climbers from Texas also made the team.

Minnesota climbers Kyra Condie and Noah Ridge also received invites to the U.S. National Team in their respective categories. Check out this awesome interview with Youth A 1st place finisher, Kyra Condie on JustClimbMN.

And I came across this News Piece from Channel 4 in Oklahoma City. Youth C Champion Chloe Massenet comes from one of the flattest states in the country.

I’m proud of the entire country and all the youth giving it everything they’ve got. See all of the results at  Go get ’em on the World Stage!!!

~ Climb 4 Real ~

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