During my time in Turkey I was fortunet to get to meet Duygu Yarsur. A person that not only is extremely friendly and fun to hang out with at the
crag, but also an incredibly talented climber (and a master at baking
cakes). She gave me more than one technique lesson for climbing on
limestone. The perhaps biggest epiphany was seeing her using kneebars.
The first route I climbed with beta from her was Turkish airlines in Citdibi. I think I used about half of the kneebars she recommended and still my knee's where blue the next day.
I do not believe in either luck or faith. I used to think that for every adversity one has to suffer, there is something good coming to compensate for it. This theory is, as many others, easy to turn in to reality with a little help from an imaginative mind. However, from experience I have become aware that life isn't that simple. There are no certainties, no made out patterns to be followed and least of all, there is no such thing as justice. I should know. Comparing mine to many life stories I've heard, I've been incredibly fortunate growing up. I always had people close to me. Family and friends that wants nothing but my best and to who I can always turn in hard times. My parents especially, who has given their lives for me and my brother. I guess that is easy to think of as a certainty as it's something every parent is expected to do for their children, but it's not always how it goes.
"The world changes every day, but sometimes "change" means it won't ever be the same".
Swedish poet, Alf Henriksson has written a piece out of which I pulled the sentence above. I don't know how much justice my poor translation is giving his wisdom, but I hope you get the point. It's incredible how much one event can affect the life of you or others. It's also astonishing how fast one can be content with the turn of events. I have realized how easy it is to adapt to a reality, but also to be blinded by own concerns. While walking around moaning over an injured finger, I thought this year took off in a terrible way. Little did I know. Comparing issues however, won't reduce concerns. An individuals worries may seem nonsensical to the world, but they are still troublesome to the person they fall upon. I think it is good to be aware of this, but also knowing that even when you are tempted to think that life is as hard as can possibly be, you can't ever be sure...
Although I've stopped believing in the theory I speak of above, perhaps I have come to look at things in a different way. I have been proven that even in the most difficult times, if just seeing things from a slighty altered perspective, light might still fall on the good forces in life. I know I will never be able to make up for all the love and support me, my Mom and Brother has recieved lately. There are no words to explain my appreciation, but trust me when I say that I will never forget. So rather than putting down endless lines, trying to explain how thankful I am, I will keep it simple and hope you believe me when I say, that all my heart is behind these two – Thank you!
Ry invested many of his days in Turkey working a project in the Küllun sector. After seing how much soul and effort he put in to doing it, I was very happy for him when he got rewarded on his very last day in Geyikbayırı.
All the hard training Tom and William
had put in during the winter paid off all ready on their first
day on rock this season. Stoked after just having reached new levels by
sending Rabies, their first ever 7a, they jump straight on Dynamo to see if 7a+ was also within reach. Which off course it was, but just not on that very same day...