It snowed today. Tomorrow it will be 60 degrees. It’s hard to know what to do. Birds are leaving, hares are changing color, beetles and wasps are swarming. The whole world is just sort of milling about. The Needles highway is closed, but climbing at Devils Tower is still possible. It feels like getting some last licks in rather than progress, though. I suppose sport climbing or bouldering are options. Not consistent options, just things to bide time until winter. To harmonize oneself with nature’s state in this season only one activity suffices: climbing rock with ice tools.
It’s pointless and a little dangerous, but it feels right about now and besides, it makes waterfall climbing look downright reasonable.