It's been nearly 6 months since I've stepped foot on US soil and it's been a wild ride to say the least. I would love to continue the adventure, but if there is one thing I've learned on this journey it's that other countries don't want you sticking around for more than 3 months. I barely escaped before the visa cutoff in South Africa and in a few days I will be doing the same in Europe when I jump on a plane for San Francisco. Better to be safe and bail than get fined and banned from the EU.
The last few days here in Switzerland have been terrible. The constant fall of raindrops outside is starting to feel like nails securing me into this wooden coffin of an apartment. That's probably a bit of an over exaggeration, but after nearly perfect weather for the last month, it's a painful transition. On a lighter note, this recent stint in Switzerland, for me, was a ground breaking experience for my personal climbing. I am absolutely and completely obsessed again. Mostly with seeing bouldering progress and discovering the lines of tomorrow. Switzerland continues to captivate my attention as an area steeped in bouldering history and poised to sculpt the future. It's safe to say I will be returning as soon as I'm allowed.
That being said, I'm seeing this return to the US as a new, amazing experience for me. As someone who is entirely burned out on the Colorado energy and scene, I'm welcoming the Bay Area with open arms. It will be really nice to spend more time with family, catch up with old friends, and revisit climbing areas from my past with a fresh eye.
To commemorate the return, I've put together this little video about some time that I spent in California last Christmas climbing in Bishop and Castle Rock State Park. Check it out!