A new role at the Tower and Winter, or the lack thereof….

So from the stats for my blog  I’ve noticed that a lot of you are reading this from outside Canada, so with it being December, you might be expecting me to report tonnes of snow and freezing temperatures. Welllll that hasn’t exactly happened. Aside from a few colder days and the occasional flurries of snow, the last few weeks have been unseasonably mild, thanks to El-Nino. Me and Justin have already committed to 4 days of ski passes, two of which are at nearby Blue Mountain, so at this point I’m feeling a little nervous! To compound the frustration Whistler and BC appear to be the only parts of North America defying predictions and getting huge amounts of snow. They’ve already had more snow this year than all of last season!!

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This is not good….

In other news I’ve now moved across to the Guest Service department at the tower. These are the polite folks who drive the elevators and help people find their way around the tower’s slightly confusing layout. It’s a nice place to work, but obviously not quite exciting as hanging off the side of the tower all day. We had one of those special days where we were above the clouds, and I went positively green with envy when I saw my friend Steven come out for an inspection, while I was forced to look through windows! Nevertheless it is pleasant and more importantly steady work as the lessons at Joe’s have dried up somewhat in the run up to Christmas, and my hunt for a short GIS contract is proving tricky.

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I do love being above the clouds…

Another very different Christmas is on the horizon now, I may be going out for Chinese! At the beginning of the month I had to scramble to sort out my presents for the family. Packing everything very tightly into a shoe box, I had to use some presents as padding for others! I had a bit of a panic at the post office as well, as the package came to 37 grams over the small package limit. This would have added nearly $100 to the postage, so I had to annoyingly cut parts of the box off and unwrap a present to bring the total down. Top tip: Keep it below 2kgs!!!

 

2037 grams...

2037 grams…

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The season ends, winter climbing begins!

Autumn/Fall wasn’t quite done in the early part of November. A sudden warm patch got me up on the roof for a couple of warm afternoons, and a couple of extra shifts at Edgewalk.

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Nice day for a roof!

We were now down to just weekends at Edgewalk, and the occasional midweek shift if the weather was nice and there was enough bookings. This meant that I was now looking to Joe’s for shifts as much as possible, to keep the money coming in. This means frequent visits to look at the bookings and sign up for whatever lessons and kids belaying that I can. I’d estimated that at best I’d be earning just half of what I’d been earning at Edgewalk, more likely to be somewhere near 25 – 30 percent. This should be enough to just about cover my rent, but I’d have to work hard to cover my planned winter activities. At this point my plans include numerous trips to the ski resorts around Ontario, at least one trip to Quebec for more snowboarding, a muse gig, and perhaps an ice climbing festival. On top of this I need to feed myself of course, and I need to invest in some winter boots.

Soon the temperature started to drop and signaled the end of the Edgewalk season. Safe in the knowledge that I would (probably) be coming back to Edgewalk, and that I wasn’t leaving all my friends behind this winter, I was considerably less emotional at this year’s end of season party. We started off on my roof!

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It was lighter than it looks!

With the season over, my activities at Joe’s have ramped right up. This means I’m at the wall at least 3 days a week, so there’s plenty of excuses to climb, and so lots of training! So hopefully I should be able to build up my climbing abilities pretty well for next summer! Here’s a video of my sending a mid-range 5.10/6a, hopefully I can work up into the 7s in the next few months!