Yesterday afternoon, I took a huge leap into the unknown and gave notice that I would be leaving my position as a Molecular Biologist. Though predicated upon a simple notion-that if you are not moving forward then you are wasting time, this choice was anything but and encompassed nearly a year of uncertainty, stress, and frustration. In a month's time I will be unemployed, a terrifying prospect given the current economic and political landscape. I will also, however, finally have the unfettered freedom to explore the many world class climbing areas that paradoxically seem so close and yet have remained so out of reach, and for that I could not be more excited. Planned stops are Hueco, TX, Joe's Valley, UT, Bishop, CA, Yosemite, CA and Red Rocks, NV. I'd also like to visit the Front Range as well as some of the smaller satellite areas littered throughout the West if time allows. While plans are still coming together, I can't wait to get on the road and look forward to getting on all the classic problems that up to now I've only been able to experience in print or video. QUIT YOUR JOB!