An Organic Anniversary

An Organic Anniversary

Today marks the 2 Year Anniversary of the day Mrs. Narc and I got married.  Right around the time we got married I finally convinced her to try climbing, and she hasn’t slowed down (much) since then.

When thinking of what to get her for our anniversary, I didn’t have to think long before I came up with the perfect answer.  Inspired by Sock Hands, I decided to finally get Mrs. Narc her very own Organic Bouldering Mat.  Behold the custom creation made just for her:

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Not to be left out in the cold, Josh Helke at Organic was nice enough to hook me up with two items that I needed very badly:  brand new chalk bags!  One for routes and one for bouldering:

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The entire ordering process was very smooth and I can’t thank Josh enough.  If looks are worth anything, all 3 items are pretty stellar.  As for their functionality, we will be putting them through their paces in Yosemite next week and I will report back after that.

Mrs. Narc also hooked me up with a new sleeping bag and a nice daypack!  Sweet action…

Tonight we are going to see C.C. Sabathia’s first game as a Milwaukee Brewer and then Thursday night we are off to California for 11 days!  Maybe life isn’t all that bad after all!

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16 Responses to An Organic Anniversary

  1. Kate C July 8, 2008 at 8:37 am #

    Happy Anniversary! Boy, she does look happy! You know you’re a real climbing couple when your favorite anniversary present is climbing gear and not jewelry. 😉

    Whenever I hear somebody talk about climbing “routes,” I flashback to a strange conversation my husband had with somebody, possibly from Canada, once. When we informed the fellow that we were going to hike up to the Monestary for the day, he commented “I hear there’s a lot of routes up there.” Only he pronounced the word as “roots.”

    Mark looked at him in confusion and then said “Well, I’ll watch where I step then.” And hiked off.

    Have fun in Cali!

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  2. peter July 8, 2008 at 10:36 am #

    Sweet Action. I can’t recommend bouldering at the sentinel enough. Lots of moderates, perfect landings, all in a unbelievably beautiful location. David and I spent an afternoon there when we did a Yosemite tour sans pads after the last California nationals. I have many fond memories.

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  3. JP Williams July 8, 2008 at 11:04 am #

    Don’t forget to check out the Cathedral Boulders! Some stellar stuff there.

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  4. phil July 8, 2008 at 11:05 am #

    Hey Narc – cool gift idea. Just wanted to let you know, I was just bouldering in yosemite over the weekend, and it was really hot. Parking was kind of a pain too, they ticket everywhere. I would definitely recommend checking out Touloume Meadows if you guys have time – lot’s of bouldering and swimming holes, good temperatures, and no tourists.

    Have fun, hope she likes the new pad

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  5. Narc July 8, 2008 at 11:13 am #

    Thanks for the update Phil. Miraculously the extended forecast is in the mid 70’s for next week so it looks like we might get lucky. Although a check of other sources than weather.com show a forecast in the high 90’s or higher so that is a bit odd.

    I distinctly remember the parking situation being rather brutal last time out. We plan on taking buses as much as possible I think.

    Bouldering areas to visit:
    Candyland
    Sentinel
    Cathedral
    Le Conte/Curry Village
    Awahnee

    Hopefully we can find enough V3 and under problems there for a nice rehab circuit.

    So many places to visit/climb at and so little time…

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  6. Ryan July 8, 2008 at 11:20 am #

    Nice! Hope you guys had a great anniversary, it always makes me laugh at what gear junkies us climbers are. Let me know what you think of the Organic stuff I have been debating getting one of there crash pads.

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  7. JP Williams July 8, 2008 at 12:09 pm #

    getting to candyland will be tough as the parking (listed in the guidebook) is not accessible due to the road rerouting– unless they finished with all the construction. Of course you should be able to walk there without any problems. I think I have a GPS coodinate for it’s location at home. You may want to recon before “just trying to find it.”

    Loads of rehab-able problems.

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  8. steve schultz July 8, 2008 at 12:22 pm #

    you have to go to the camp 4 boulders. there is really no question. have fun out there. I remember having a decent time at the LeConte boulders too.

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  9. Narc July 8, 2008 at 12:25 pm #

    We bouldered in camp 4 last time. Hard hard hard. I got farther on midnight lightning than half the v2s I tried. However we will be camping there so I’m sure we will play around. I can’t say I am a big fan of the level of polish on most problems there though.

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  10. You Know Who I 'Am' July 8, 2008 at 2:39 pm #

    Here we are Narc — it’s no longer One Step Closer but The Time is NOW….

    I cannot wait to test out the new bouldering pad – should save me from another broken ankle 🙂 …were I into innuendo, I would say that testing out the new sleeping bag will be much fun too 😉

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  11. Craig B July 8, 2008 at 2:54 pm #

    Dude, It’s your anniversary. Man it seem like just yesterday i forgot to go to your wedding. And just so you know I am boycotting this blog due to the shameless promotion of products, selling out you journalistic integrity for a chalk bag. Shame Shame. Have a great trip. ps Who is sponsoring this trip?

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  12. Tony July 8, 2008 at 4:29 pm #

    Keep an eye out for my pops and emily at the game tonight.

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  13. Narc July 8, 2008 at 4:31 pm #

    This blogsite is not for sale, thanks for checking…

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  14. Sweatpants July 8, 2008 at 5:17 pm #

    Congats on the anniversary guys!!! Be safe and have fun in Yosemite. I look forward to a Dodge session when you return to health. Talk to you soon.

    Sweaty

    P.S. even with C.C. they are no match for the cubbies!

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  15. Narc July 9, 2008 at 8:00 am #

    We shall see, we shall see…

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