FTR, I do not love ‘the cold’. But I love ice climbing and ski touring, and so I suffer (not so silently) 😉

I am grateful that I have a learned tolerance of suffering and that I know how to minimize my discomfort through extra measures of self-care, like:

  • stripping down naked to replace some key layers after the sweaty hike
  • climbing in the sun
  • avoiding deep-freeze days all together, if possible.

I wanted to write this blog to capture a moment in time. I am in a transition – but aren’t we (meaning I) always? I have had that sentiment of “This is as good as it gets” again (see previous blog here). This is a profound sentiment for me as I am the embodiment of chasing goals and greener grass. Its rare when I can find a space of appreciating where I am, realizing that one day I will ‘really’ know how good I had it.

fullsizerenderI find this profound too: Currently, I am using it on night shift on an industrial job in the world of avalanche control. I am using it as I transition into a new career. I use it to accept my path thus far (childless and without much financial stability/security).

Tim and I felt like weekend warriors last weekend. We are both working a lot and we took a couple precious days to play hard. We have times of tension between us when we are maximizing to make the most of limited days off – our stress gets darted across the front seat of the truck to the nearest beating heart. Unfortunately, that is not a great relationship strategy. But you know what is? Having full-day adventures together where the problem-solving requires a team effort.

We did one day of ski touring in the K3 cat-skiing tenure (where Tim works) and had one magical day of ice climbing on a rarely formed gem in the Okanagan.


I love uphill walking on skis


Snowpatch, the champion ski touring pup, so fun to watch her bounce through the powder!


My generous partner in the hills.


Did I mention, in true WW fashion, we needed our headlamps BOTH nights. We might of underestimated this day.

One highlight of our skin back to the truck was coming across a herd of caribou tracks.  I am so grateful to live on a part of this planet that these experiences exist.

Mythologic 140m WI6 first ascent info

It is a rare year when the cold lasts so long that there are numerous days to climb this route in the Florida of BC!


photo by JD Weaver Look closely for climbers in the setting sun 🙂


We dropped our lovely puppy off at doggy daycare and as a result we arrived late behind some other folks (Eric and Brent). Luckily, we had a few hours of self-care in the sun – as well as catching up with Granny J!


We finally felt brave enough to tackle this beast after a lunchtime nap.


The cruxy second pitch (much cleaning has been done)


Tim styling the third pitch, which is one of the most prominent pillars of the route.


Tim does not pose. Unless, I ask very nicely. Stunning position in the afternoon sun on this climb.


I love when there are little green lights in my photos.


Another photo by JD Weaver. I am leading the 4th and last pitch of the route. We summited at sunset. Thanks for the trail, hooks and abolocovs – which made our late-in-the-day ascent so effortless!


A golden magical sceptre calling to my heart and imagination,

Intimidating icicles, daunting approach

just out of reach for a nervous girl

I remember 

how to swing, kick, shake, and strategize

I remember

joy of finding ease

in back-steps, wide stances, long reaches, shoulder scums

dancing among icicles of

 frozen champagne glistening in the sun

the gift of sunshine

warming me from

the inside out

melting my fear, dissolving my intimidation

hell ya, hooks help

and my encouraging beau

grins at our success.


I am so grateful for my team, my partners, my loved ones.


January 19, 2017 · 11:01 pm

6 responses to “Mythologic

  1. Cheryl

    Jen, this is beautiful! I appreciate the honesty and courage I feel here. The poetry is also magnificent and moving. Love you, Momxo

  2. Wolf Riehle

    Fantastic trip report, Jen! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Taoya Schaefer

    Beautiful and heartfelt. I would love to have you and Tim over for dinner sometime when you are in the valley. Get in touch when you can.😊

    • jen

      thanks so much for your invite, we really want to take you up on that! April or May is going to be the best time! maybe after a ski, climb or hike? 🙂

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