Thursday, February 7, 2008


There seems to be a moment, when some of the best climbers in the world pull onto their project, that it is known; this is the burn. I have felt it many times and think for the natural simplicity of the situation at hand, it is a spiritual wonder.

You hold your breath for them. Sometimes, if you know it is the burn, you don't even look at them during the crux moves. The world and lives of everyone around now depend on it.

The silence is broken first by the sender, with either the slightest early smile of conquer, or by a recharging burst of decibels. Either way, you smile. You know you do, after all, the world isn't gonna end. Not today. And now, somehow part of you as a spotter, photographer, or spectator get to enjoy those last fews moves with him. And then, I think what feels best for everyone including Paul, is enjoying the 3 things that keep us humbled and distant through it all: A fresh breath, a big smile, and warm sunshine.

For all people, who are pushing their limits and chasing this feeling, you will always be an inspiration to the people around you. If what can happen in a dark little hidden corridor outside El Paso, Texas can reach people on the other side of the world, then what little thing can you do today to reach just one other person?


sock hands said...

posts AND photos setting new standards. well done.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful post.

A said...

Very inspiring indeed.