Writing contributions from our friends
The Choss Boys invite friends who have shared in their adventures to contribute stories from their own perspective.
Megan recently moved to Sudbury, Ontario to begin a degree in outdoor adventure leadership. Consequently, she had a very busy fall starting classes at a new university, and settling into a new home. Nonetheless, Megan took the entirety of her midterm break to travel to California and visit me (Nick). Her love for the outdoors, and undying excitement for trying new things are two commonalities that brought us together. In Yosemite, we took full advantage of our first week together again after three months apart. Here are Megan's wonderful accounts of her visit with the Choss Boys.
Well, this post is quite overdue.
My name is Megan, girlfriend of one of the stud-muffin Choss Boys: Nick! In October, for my reading week I decided to visit the little gooseroonie in San Francisco. I knew leading up to the trip that I would be writing a guest post about it... But of course it has taken me weeks to get around to the task.
My defence: To start off, as a full-time student there never seems to be very much time to designate for fun writing, and to be honest, this piece may just be another distraction from one of many assignments and papers flooding my to-do list at the moment.
And then there is my thought, “oh my buhgoodness, how am I supposed to even begin to write a guest blog post for the Choss Boys? How can I follow up such incredibly talented, smooth and elegant writers when the majority of my vocabulary consists of words I conjure up in my brain pretty much as they are coming out of my mouth?”
Oh boy, here I go...
When I first told my family that I was going to Las Vegas to visit Daniel, my mother choked, “You’re going to elope?” and my father offered helpful advice, “Don’t gamble.” Of the thousands of people who jet off to Sin City every year, few are as lucky as me to spend two weeks camping in the desert, climbing majestic canyons, and gazing at Daniel’s clear hazel eyes and rippling muscles. The Choss Boys were gracious and accommodating hosts for the latter half of November. It was not without its troubles - the van Wesley’s electrical system gave out my first day of arrival - but for a girl whose main goal was to spend time with Daniel, my time in Chossworld was well spent.
Skye has been our kindred spirit for many years now. We became friends immediately when she started working at Wallnuts, our local climbing gym in St. John's. At first, our friendship involved frequent shenanigans that took place while she should have been working. As our companionship evolved, Skye accompanied us on several outdoor climbing adventures, camping trips, and has continually proven that she can party us under the table. Here, Skye writes about her experiences in Squamish during August, 2016.
Nick and Dan have been my climbing mentors since I was a young grasshopper doing my
first Learn to Climb course. By that I mean I was 20-odd years old and had just started working at a climbing gym with no idea how to climb. I was honored when they asked me to contribute to the prestigious Choss Boys blog, feeling that I had finally achieved "climber" status in their eyes. The beginning of the boys' epic 9-month journey fortuitously coincided with my first ever 10-day rookie climbing trip in Squamish, BC.