Priorities: time to sort them out at the crag.
It’s been nice being back in Mendoza cleaning clothes, enjoying summer and sleeping in over the past few days. I even got the chance to reconnect with a friend I hadn’t seen since 2005!
Along with the relaxation, came the more mundane tasks of cleaning, paying bills and the like. This is when a major question arose:
Climbing Aconcagua is very expensive and will put me very over budget for this trip. I can’t afford it. Should I go for it? Or should I redirect my energy to heading down to Patagonia solo, climb free mountains, dedicate more time to exploring new places and hope to come back in the next few years with more financial resources? The list of pros and cons are endless. There’s a sour economy, unemployment when I return to the States… But then again, when will I be so close, in great shape and have a great team to take something I’ve wanted to do for so long?
It’s time to do some thinking over the next few days.
This weekend the crew is renting a car and heading out to Arenales, a local climbing area in Mendoza that has both trad and sport routes. The place is known for its high quality granite and cracks, my favorite! I can’t help but think about comparisons with Yosemite Valley. We’re going to car camp, climb during the days and relax at night. A weekend of cragging in a new place seems perfect to think about the choices ahead and what steps to take next.