Climber | Frenchman Coulee, WA | June 2019

I lead a low-risk life. Sure, I drive a car and fly in jets. But I’m not a thrill seeker — no sky diving, no zip lines, definitely no rock climbing. Gravity has earned my respect, as has its inevitable interrupter: the ground. From a tall ladder or tree, I’d tumble languidly to the center of the Earth if it wasn’t for the (very) hard fact of the planet’s outer crust. A splat zone that limits our journey.

[Safety tip: Climb cautiously, usually no higher than your head.]