01 Apr The State of Katie Address
Hi everyone! I’m sorry to have checked out for such a long time! The start of this year has certainly been hectic – but all in the best kind of way! To get back into it, I thought I would post a little recap of everything I’ve been up to recently…So here it is!
Climbing: Amazingly enough, California has been getting a lot of rain lately, and of course it always seems to fall on the weekends. Haha. Because of this, I’ve been training a lot indoors and have had many epic endurance sessions at my local gyms. I have been able to snag a few outdoor excursions though, including trips to Bishop, Red Rocks, and Joshua Tree, in addition to exploring some new-to-me local sites, the Malibu Tunnel Boulders and Sphynx Rock out in San Bernardino. I also took a road trip all the way across the country and was able to hit up the Red River Gorge for two days along the way, which I’ll definitely be posting more about later!
So far this year I’ve achieved my two highest onsights, 5.12a and V7, both out in Red Rocks, sent my most difficult and nerve wracking high ball, a V5 in Bishop, climbed my first offwidth and LOVED it, and was benighted on the side of a cliff! In addition, I’m now representing both Onsight Gear and Evolv as an athlete ambassador! So it’s definitely been an exciting climbing year thus far, and I’m really looking forward to training hard and seeing what the next few months will bring!
Flying: The rain and wind have definitely made for some challenging paragliding conditions this year as well. I think I’ve flown less in the past four months then any other time period since I started paragliding. There have been a few good flights sprinkled in here and there though. One excellent weekend saw three hike and flys in one day at my home site of Marshall! More recently, on a trip to Bishop, I was able to launch from my ridge-side campsite, fly over the bouldering areas, and eventually land right back at my tent. That was definitely one of the best flying experiences of my life! To be the only pilot launching at a new site was very challenging for me, yet so rewarding!
I also brought my wing with me on my cross country road trip, but life seems to be a comedy of errors sometimes and my poor Little Bird stayed tucked into the back seat of the car the entire trip! Needless to say, I’m feeling pretty itchy to get in the air by now. But never fear, there is hope on the horizon! A new wing and some other exciting developments might just be in the works 🙂 and longer daylight hours are definitely going to allow for some more flying time soon!
The Squall: I haven’t written much about my boat before, which I intend to change soon (!) but things have slowly been progressing in that realm. After several trips up the mast I finally got the old, wire halyards removed and replaced with rope, which allowed me to put two sails up for the first time since I’ve owned the boat! Woohoo! I still need to install one more pulley up top, but after that, the rigging should be good to go!
More recently, I stripped all the exterior wood from the boat and have almost finished restoring it. Next, I plan to repaint the deck and hull, before replacing the wood. After that, the exterior of the Squall will be mostly finished and it will be time to move inside!
Writing: With all my projects and all that’s been happening lately in the climbing world, I’ve definitely struggled to balance everything and I would say that my writing has taken the biggest hit. Although I haven’t written any new posts for awhile I did spend a few weeks designing this new site and transferring everything from my old blog over. Other than that, I’ve been working on my manuscript as much as possible. I was very happy early this year to get a lot of positive feedback from various agents and editors. There were many people who loved the concept and the last 3/4 of the novel, but the general consensus was that I needed to get the story moving more quickly at the beginning. So I’ve been doing a bit of restructuring and rewriting and hope to send it out for more feedback in the next few weeks.
All in all, 2016 has been a very productive year so far. I’ve got many exciting things lined up and also a few older posts I need to write, so expect to see more up on the blog very soon! I hope everybody out there is doing well and having a great year thus far!