“The Climb”

I recently finished reading “The Climb” by Anatoli Booukreev and G. Weston DeWalt. It was written in response to “Into Thin Air” by John Krakauer about the 1996 Everest expedition where 8 people died, including the famous guides Rob Hall and Scott Fisher. John Krakauer was quite critical of Anatoli in his book and it was nice to read another point of view. It was so heartbreaking to read about the strength and heroism of Anatoli, yet to know in the back of my mind that he perished in an avalanche on Annapurna on Christmas day a year and a half after the infamous Everest tragedy.

One paragraph in the book really caught my eye. Anatoli was talking about what a strong client base the Mountain Madness team had and he described Charlotte Fox:

“Charlotte Fox, thirty-nine, and Aspen resident … was a highly qualified find for the Mountain Madness expedition. She had summited two 8,000ers [meters] in her climbing career and had climbed all fifty-four of the 14,000-foot peaks in Colorado. Unassuming and secure, she was a team player, and Fisher regarded her as a true asset, somebody who could perform with a minimum of maintenance. She knew how to take care of herself in the mountains.”

This struck me because this could easily be my resume by the time I am 39, or even earlier. I identified with her (BTW she lived, but it was close) and it sort of hit home that I have considerable experience in the mountains. Troy always says that I am too modest about my climbing history, that he has to brag for me (and he’s not much of a bragger, well not really much of a talker either). Reading this book brought out a flood of feelings in me about my own mountaineering experiences, especially my trip to Peru in 2001 with my dad. I am slowly coming to realize that I have done (and continue to do) some amazing things in my life. My love for the outdoors (fostered by my parents) is so strong. I am so lucky that my parents felt the need to foster and fund my outdoor trips growing up, they have such a sense of adventure and I am glad I inherited it! I had a conversation with Annabelle while on a hike last week about what I hoped I could pass down to her. I hope that my love of the outdoors will rub off on her and that she will find as much solace, and reward in the outdoors as I have.

I highly recommend “The Climb” to anyone who has read “Into Thin Air”. It’s the other, less draumatic/theatrical version. And most likely, much more accurate, being that Krakauer was “being rescued” and Anatoli was “doing the rescuing”.

Off on a Big Trip Soon!

Monday I leave on a big trip!! Annabelle and I will be driving to California to visit my parents for several weeks. My mother in law, Marla will be riding with me all the way to Truckee, CA where she is living part time. We will be staying with my grandparents in Salt Lake City Monday night and then going on to Truckee and staying there Tuesday night, and then Annabelle and I will go alone to San Jose on Wednesday morning. On Feb 15th Troy is flying out to California to drive back to Colorado with us. We are going to be apart for two and a half weeks and it’s going to be a little tough! I will miss you, Boo!! Kiss Kiss!
However, it’s going to be GREEEAAATT to see my mom and dad. They recently got a new puppy, named Maggie, so it will be fun to meet her. From what I can tell she is quite the ornery rascal! Here is a pic of her:
It’s wild to think I am traveling back home with my new baby. My parents house in San Jose really feels like home, and to have Annabelle there with me will be great! Dad and I plan on doing lots of hiking and exercising and cooking, and I’ll try not to call him “grandpa” too much! It is going to be great to show off Annabelle to lots of people.
So, please think good travel thoughts for us as we make the trip across the states. I feel that we will have a safe and uneventful trip, but good thoughts along the way always help. I hope that Annabelle does well on the trip and that she is happy and peaceful. I will be updating my blog often while I’m gone!!
Happy Trails!!!

My hidden talent

I took a quiz on this “blogthings” blog and this is what it yielded, not too shabby ehe?? I especially like the part that says I have killer intuition. I have always had strong intuition and have been learning to trust and follow it more recently. I think as a mother it’s an important sense to tap into.

Your Hidden Talent

You’re super sensitive and easily able to understand situations.
You tend to solve complex problems in a flash, without needing a lot of facts.
Decision making is easy for you. You have killer intuition.
The right path is always clear, and you’re a bit of a visionary.


I just wanted to write a little bit on how much I enjoy cosleeping.
1. I don’t have to get out of bed and go into another room to nurse at night.
2. I catch Annabelle when she is getting fussy, way before she is in a full blown cry (which makes it impossible to nurse, until she has calmed down).
3. Troy has become a more solid sleeper now that he has learned to sleep through diaper changes, nursing sessions, and the light being turned on.
4. It’s warmer!
5. We all get more sleep.

Power Nurser

I am happy to say that Annabelle and I have finally figured out our nursing issues. My little one LOVES plastic. We know that she has allays been fond of her pacifier, and has the tendency to prefer the bottle to the breast (much to my dismay). Last week we tried using a nipple shield (yea, scary sounding) and she LOVES IT!! I think that she is able to control the milk flow better and added to the fact that she loves plastic, we have had several days of extremely successful nursing. I am looking for my little 25 percentile (in weight, she’s 75% in height…thanks to daddy) baby to start catching up now! Her nursing sessions have gone from 5 somewhat traumatic minutes, to 15-30 blissful peaceful minutes. There hasn’t been a single session where she cried and refused to nurse, she sees the nipple shield and latches on right away. I finally feel like we are having Hallmark moments in the nursing department. AND, she is falling asleep at the breast, which has almost never happened. So yes, while it’s a small step for babykind, it’s a big step for our family!

This just reminds me how much we moms have great ideas/intentions of how we want to raise our babies, and then they come into the world, and they dictate everything. I never thought that following the lead of my child would result in pacifiers and nipple shields!!

Annabelle Update

Annabelle is getting to be quite fun! She has discovered several things the last few days.
1) She can fit her hand in her mouth!
2) Her tongue is cool, and even cooler when she sticks it out!
3) She can scratch herself 🙁

I have added photos of all of these new milestones. Sorry that some of them are fuzzy, taking pictures of a moving baby is tough!! It’s so neat that she is smiling and interacting with us now. We make funny faces at her and she gets the biggest kick out of it. It’s really rewarding to see her little face light up and to see that huge toothless grin.

Game Weekend

Troy and I had a great weekend playing games! On Saturday Mr. Pid (Troys bro) came over and we played some really cool games that he picked up from Cheap Ass Games. This is a way cool company that puts out fun games at an affordable price. The games are well thought out and fun, but don’t have a lot of fluff and fancy colors to them. We played a game called Deadwood, where you are a dead beat actor trying to make money. Instead of fancy game pieces, your dude is a 6 sided die, and the number facing up represents your rank. I thought it was a smart idea! So don’t pay bank for good board games any more…buy from Cheap Ass Games!

On Sunday, Troys friend Chris came over and we played Skip Bo and Settlers of Catan, two of my all-time favorite games. I won both…duh! I believe I am undefeated in Settlers, and I’ll give you my secret…you must secure the longest road!

New ring Sling

I made a ring sling this weekend. Ever since I saw one of my friends wearing her baby in a Maya Sling, I have been wanting one. I looked into them new ($54) and checked out all the consignment shops for one (no luck). I was checking out the Maya sling website and they have a “Low Cost Options” section. Here they had directions to make your own Maya sling! So I picked up some fabric at the fabric store ($8) and I had already purchased some rings a few months ago ($3). I followed the directions and an hour later I had a new ring sling. Here is my homemade sling. Not to bad huh? Annabelle looks quite cozy!