Oct 4, 2010 at 9:54 am #1263987
2010 has been a hard year for me. It's also been a brilliant year, especially since I finished graduate school in May. I've done at least four backpacking trips since then that easily make the lifetime top ten list.
There's a connection between the two. I left grad school feeling ambivalent. For all of April and May I was in full survial mode, and graduated feeling like I had rolled across the finish line in a heap, gravel down my shirt and under my skin. I would have prefered a more orderly, controlled end to the affair, but do give myself credit for making it at all.
I needed some centering after that, and my solo traverse of the Thorofare in May delivered. I was able to go into a summer internship, more adventures, and the job hunt with a much better demeanor. It took a while, but aside from a season of amazing trips, that calm has paid off. I (finally!) got a full time position last week, and will be moving a few hours north to Kalispell, Montana soon. It promises to be a great job at a great organization, and I'll have Glacier NP and the Bob at my doorstep.
I put this video together yesterday, as a way to review the year, organize my thoughts, and put some of the doubt and regret behind me. It was a nicely cathartic process.
Backpacking kept me mentally and physically healthy this year, and for that I am thankful.
To backpacking!Oct 4, 2010 at 10:05 am #1651288
Chris WBPL Member
Great video. Thanks Dave!Oct 4, 2010 at 8:43 pm #1651540
Brian CampriniBPL Member
@bcampriniLocale: Southern Appalachians
Cool video. Congrats on graduating and on the new gig. I always enjoy reading your posts and blog–lot's of good, useful info and fuel for trip planning. Pat yourself on the back.Oct 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm #1651554
Thanks guys. I foresee a good winter of backcountry in my future.Oct 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm #1652453
Great Video, Congrats on grad school.Oct 7, 2010 at 6:05 pm #1652475
Steven EvansBPL Member
Dave, that video was so good, I friggin' loved it. Your videos are always awesome. Congrats on your achievements.Oct 7, 2010 at 7:31 pm #1652504
Matt FBPL Member
Fantastic video. It hit home in part because I'm in the midst of my fourth year of medical school and time spent in the backcountry has been an invaluable source of balance (sanity?), and you captured this in dramatic fashion. It looked like you were (successfully) defending a thesis – Congrats on graduation and on the new gig!
As long as we're heaping praise on you, thanks for your contributions to the forums. You provide a lot of sound advice for rugged, skill-heavy styles of travel…the sort of thing that makes reading these forums worthwhile. Thanks for taking the time to share your projects and insights.
MattOct 7, 2010 at 8:06 pm #1652518
Nick TruaxBPL Member
@nicktruaxLocale: SW Montana
Always a pleasure. Gongrats and much props to all of your endeavors!Oct 7, 2010 at 9:30 pm #1652533
Travis LeannaBPL Member
Yes, to backpacking!
Nice video and congratulations on the landing of a promising job!Oct 8, 2010 at 7:35 am #1652585
Thanks everyone, I'm glad my stuff is useful for others.
Good luck finished med school Matt. My little sister is in her third year, and holy cow does it look like a stressful way to spend some time!Oct 8, 2010 at 7:46 am #1652588
Dale WambaughBPL Member
@dwambaughLocale: Pacific Northwest
GO GRIZZLIES :) Congrats!Oct 12, 2010 at 8:38 am #1653736
@tj_hikerLocale: Pacific NorthWest
Nice job landing anything in Kalispell! I'm currently saving to move their myself. I have to have at least 6 months income saved up so I can cover rent and other expenses while job hunting their. Ive perused the CraigsList ads the last few months and a few other sites and Ive come to the conclusion that it is slim pickins over there right now. Cant wait though! Should have enough saved up by May.Oct 12, 2010 at 9:24 am #1653755
Richard LyonBPL Member
@richardglyonLocale: Bridger Mountains
Great video! After you get settled in in Kalispell PM me and I'll introduce you to my friends at the Bob Marshall Wilderness Organization, based in nearby Hungry Horse.
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