Day 5, Thankful


Climbing with friends in Red Rock Canyon

Climbing has long been my sanctuary sport. It’s the place I go to find my zen. (Corny, I know, but it is what it is.) Today, I’m feeling angsty  about recent news (political in nature) and apprehensive about my job right now, so in an attempt to stay uplifted, I’m choosing to focus on the positives in my life, and climbing tends to fit this criteria a lot. Although it seems like the one constant, climbing wouldn’t be as fulfilling if it weren’t full of amazing, inspiring, and fun people.

Meeting new people and running into them in different parts of the world is exciting. Recently, I was fortunate to have a friends in town for the Holiday from Bend, Oregon. I keep running into them in Seattle, Vegas, Oregon, and Germany that now we try to see if our plans intentionally overlap! It’s a lot of fun spending time with them and their two kiddos so it’s a no brainer if I can make it happen.

A friend I’d made from my time in Kalymnos, Greece was in town for a conference (she lives in Germany now). It was a real treat to show her some of the climbing Vegas has to offer and include her in her first American Thanksgiving celebration. Another climber was in a clinic of mine in the Red River Gorge and came all the way from Burlington, Canada to spend the week training with me in Las Vegas. I also randomly ran into another climber who was in that same clinic and we all climbed together.

While the world feels like a big place with so many people I don’t know, it’s a warm feeling to randomly (and not so randomly) run into people I do know wherever I go. Climbing has become this community where you can instantly be like family all because of this shared interest.  I appreciate all those who share this passion with me and thank everyone for helping create these memorable moments.

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Sunset over Turtle Peak, Red Rock Canyon

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About Audrey Sniezek

Audrey Sniezek is a rock climbing athlete and computer software/technology enthusiast.
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