The Return to the “Real World”

My NCS extravaganza was excellent! As always, I met and had the opportunity to teach some amazing people; people I hope to stay in contact with over the next few years. Time will tell if that goal becomes realized, but for now, it’s going pretty well (thanks Facebook).

My experience as a participant was great, but my experience as an instructor in Missouri was much better than I expected. I’m jealous of Bartle’s facilities when it comes to climbing. Their tower is very much like ours but in addition to the tower, there are three caves on site (two of which we explored) and a natural site with an 80′ rappel (40 with feet, 40 under a roof) and some climbing. All in all, spending 10 hours in a car each way was worth it.

But now, I’m back in the “real world” and have been since Monday. I have to admit, spending time at NCS and then again out with the directors last Saturday make me question my current line of work. I feel like my time is better spent teaching actual physical skills to people than it is sitting in a cube, writing workshops. If nothing else, it’s made me seriously consider going back to graduate school for either Outdoor Recreation or for Education. I know that I would enjoy those fields more than the one I’m currently stuck in. There are some other paths I’m considering, but I’m not sure they’re going to be worth pursuing.

Anyway, I can’t think of anything else to write about, so here are the photo albums on Facebook from the last two weeks:

COPE NCS at Ransburg
Climbing NCS in Missouri

That’s all for now.

I am strong if you are strong

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