Coming full circle
Yesterday was my last day at AYUSA. I wrote my last “Testimonial Friday” email and based it off of my journal from my Spanish exchange experience in 2001. What I had forgotten was that I wrote in that same journal when I lived in Argentina. Better yet, I journaled while I was climbing as part of a haphazard expedition in the Cordon del Plata–the very place I will be climbing next week. As I scanned my entries, I nearly fell out of my chair when I read my thoughts from 3/26/05:
“Today is Easter and we’re going down to the refugio. I’m annoyed with everything because I haven’t eaten anything in 3 days. I decided today that if I ever come back to the Andes to climb, I’ll do it with an American expedition…
Maybe when I climb Aconcagua, I’ll do it with Argentines, but on my terms. I want my gear, my quality, real food and extra time if I need it… I want my next climb to be Rainier or Shasta, then maybe Aconcagua and Denali. In between, I could climb thousands of smaller peaks with various grades of difficulty. I’d like to come back to the Cordon to give Cerro Plata one more try.”
Wow. I am going right back to the place where I wrote this. Now I will have my own gear, my friends, 5 more years of experience climbing in the Sierra, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Shasta and many more. And I even have a stash of the food that I wished I had had when I wrote this–and tons of Clif Bars. I’m back for one more try and without knowing it, over the past five years I’ve done exactly what I dreamed and thought necessary to come back and be successful. Time to put that plan into action.