Getting-outside
By Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin, Field Instructor and Diversity and Inclusion Manager at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
; Photograph by Ashley Wise

The frigid wind was whipping at what must have been 60 miles per hour. Ok, maybe it was 30. All I know is I couldn’t feel my face. “This wind . . .,” I yelled back to my husband, Jamie, trying to come up with a euphemism for what I was really thinking. Words like “sucks” and “blows” were at the tip of my tongue, but as I glanced back Jamie gave me a look of warning. The message was clear: Don’t say what we’re both thinking. Not in front of our son, Kieran.

Hearing the whiny tone in my voice, Kieran—who was leading our pack of three up the trail to the climbing wall—stopped his hustle and faced me, looking expectant. I bit my tongue, patted him on the back of his head, wiped the snot off on my jacket sleeve, and pushed him forward. “Good job buddy! I’m proud of you!,” I said, in my cheeriest voice, urging him up the trail.

I tried to be optimistic. The weather had to be better up at the climbing wall, which radiated the sun’s heat. Up there was sure to be a whole new world; a different weather system. Right?

Wrong. We spent the next three hours climbing easy routes exposed to gusts of wind that blew down from the high country. Every few moves, I’d hang, unzip my jacket, fleece, and base layer, stick my numb hands as far into my armpits as possible, and try to regain feeling. Then I’d make a few more moves while my fingers screamed.

And Kieran? He was having a ball. He was in his “cozy spot,” a little land of jackets, fleeces, and a sleeping bag that we had created between a boulder and a juniper bush. All the plastic animals were out, reenacting a scene from one of Kieran’s favorite movies. What was the deal with that kid? It’s like he couldn’t even feel the cold!

We persevered for the next three hours. The day ended with sore forearms, bloody fingers, and . . . a happy and tired kid. Later that evening, drinking tea in the comfort of our living room while Kieran slumbered, Jamie asked, “are you happy we climbed today?” The answer was yes. It’s always yes. The moral of the story? It’s always better to get our family outside in s****y weather than never to venture out at all.

Comments

  1. rip dvd to mkv
    November 29, 2011, 9:50 pm

    I admire the courage of this little guy, I think he will be the next super X game player.

  2. 披露宴ドレス
    November 30, 2011, 4:45 am

    真実はあなたの披露宴ドレスは、いくつかの変更を必要としない場合には非常に珍しい花嫁になるだろうということです。しかし、どの程度現実的に花嫁の服調整することができますか?とどのくらいのタキシードかかりますか?ほとんどの花嫁衣装は、いくつかの調整を必要とし、あなたのガウンは最低限で、列車を持っていない限り、それは後ろに縫いバッスルが必要になります。ので、値札の状態よりも、ウエディングドレス格安コストにもう少し追加のために準備される。平均的には、花嫁は変化に間$ 75$ 250を費やしています。

  3. red bull hats
    December 2, 2011, 2:42 am

    thank you for your article,My problem has been resolved.
    http://www.discounthatsshop.com/

  4. snapbacks for sale
    December 2, 2011, 4:11 am

    really appreciate YOU — thanks a lot!

  5. Žogi
    December 2, 2011, 5:42 am

    Hope he will beat chuck norris :))

  6. Shelli Johnson
    December 2, 2011, 3:29 pm

    Great post. I totally agree! Like I think Tori McMurden McClure said at the recent NOLS annual meeting: There’s no such thing as good weather or bad weather, just inconvenient weather. (Or, something to that effect). LOVED IT AND IT STUCK WITH ME. I think the weather, like mother nature, is a metaphor for life. I think the saying is, “You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.” :)
    We can’t always pick the conditions.
    I block out Friday mornings for my endurance training and most of the time, during skate skiing season, the weather or trails have for some reason sucked during this 3-hour window I set aside. But given the alternative, staying inside and working, I’ll take it! Any bad day outside is better than a good day inside, eh? It’s all character-building. And most importantly, your beautiful son was better for the adventure.
    Thanks again. I am enjoying your posts, Aparna!
    xo
    Shelli

  7. Shelli Johnson
    December 2, 2011, 3:30 pm

    I am so sorry… Tori Murden McClure… my mistake.

  8. snapback hats wholesale
    December 4, 2011, 7:47 pm

    really appreciate YOU — thanks a lot!

  9. snapbacks wholesale
    December 4, 2011, 8:02 pm

    I agree with your Blog and I will be back to check it more in the future so please keep up your work. I love your content & the way that you write. It looks like you’ve been doing this for a while now, how long have you been blogging for?

  10. Marc Jacobs bags
    December 4, 2011, 10:38 pm

    This is a very popular brand of products accepted by the public and welcome!

  11. Antarctica Cruises 2011
    December 5, 2011, 2:38 am

    Interesting post. A little boy is looking so cute. I like his dad that he is trying to teach his son that never think about the whether just cut it and make your aim. A like the post tile mostly.

  12. snapback hats wholesale
    December 6, 2011, 8:19 pm

    I agree with your Blog and I will be back to check it more in the future so please keep up your work. I love your content & the way that you write. It looks like you’ve been doing this for a while now, how long have you been blogging for?

  13. Office 2010
    December 8, 2011, 9:40 pm

    Microsoft Office 2010 recently delivered the first service pack for both Microsoft Office 2010 32-bit and 64-bit versions of its flagship Microsoft Office productivity suite, Office 2010. As of now, the Office 2007 office 2010 updates are available as a Microsoft Office 2010 professional manual download only from the Microsoft website, and will be added to the Microsoft outlook 2010 automatic updates list of Microsoft Office 2007 Windows Outlook 2010 Updates in the coming months. The Microsoft outlook release of SP1 coincides with the Microsoft office 2010 trial first year anniversary of the Microsoft Office 2010 key launch of Office 2010, which has enjoyed Microsoft Office professional 2010 a fairly good adoption rate. The Office 2010 home and business service pack includes usability and security fixes for almost all programs that come bundled Office 2010 home and student with the package.

  14. UGGs Cheap
    December 8, 2011, 10:09 pm

    This site is very interesting and also great. I’m glad to find out this ste immediately. It’s very informative.

  15. Laptop Parts
    December 12, 2011, 8:32 pm

    I block out Friday mornings for my endurance training and most of the time, during skate skiing season, the weather or trails have for some reason sucked during this 3-hour window I set aside. But given the alternative, staying inside and working, I’ll take it! Any bad day outside is better than a good day inside, eh? It’s all character-building. And most importantly, your beautiful son was better for the adventure.

  16. Nike Hyperdunk 2011
    December 13, 2011, 4:12 am

    I think he will be the next super X game player.

  17. PWT Health Tips
    December 14, 2011, 1:27 am

    Interesting post .and beautiful pic

  18. north face outlet
    December 27, 2011, 12:47 am

    I am looking forward to the next show, I hope it will be full of passion and exciting things.

  19. excel classes
    January 6, 2012, 10:55 am

    I prefer to go to the gym for workouts. Though I still do a lot of outside activities (tennis, working in the yard…though I hate it, etc.) I prefer the gym because it is temperature controlled and there are no bugs. I live in an area of the country that has weather extremes, heat, cold, rain, and bugs galore, gnats, flies, spiders. I know I don’t have to deal with all of that at the gym. I also feel like I will stay committed to what I’m doing when I have a regular schedule of doing my workouts instead of relying on just going outside. It’s a psychological thing for me.

  20. Seth Zaharias
    January 19, 2012, 10:55 pm

    Good on ya for getting your boy outside and adventuring! Our country needs more of this. Starting your boy so young, he’s going to be tough!!!!!!
    Seth Zaharias
    http://www.cliffhangerguides.com

  21. Cheap UGGs
    February 11, 2012, 3:11 am

    A nearly century-old hunting Cheap UGGs is catching on with a younger generation that sees the utilitarian footwear as hip.L.L Bean’s familiar duck UGG Bailey Button with leather uppers and rubber soles – designed for slogging through mud and snow – has become something of a statement owing to its newfound popularity on campuses, UGG Amberlee the company said. Another reason is new styles, UGG Tularosa including something Leon Leonwood Bean surely never envisioned in 1912: bright blue and pink leather, new for spring.Part of the success of the UGG Kensington is its versatility, in barnyards or in cities, in snow or rain.Defying a trend toward offshore production,UGG Bailey Button Triplet the outdoors retailer is adding 125 full-time employees to its Maine manufacturing operation to keep pace with orders.
    The well-known UGG Classic Short Sparkles appears to be benefiting from a retro trend, whether it’s penny loafers or Gap’s 1969 series blue jeans, said Candace Corlett, UGG Caspia president of WSL Strategic Retail in New York.Another factor that could be helping Bean: There’s been little that’s new and exciting in footwear in recent years beyond UGG Montclair boots and Crocs, said Alexander Geyman, editor of Focus on Fashion Retail. Trendy UGG Classic Cardy boots and the Timberland brand outstrip Bean’s in sales, he said.
    The duck UGG Classic Short carry the “Made in the USA” label, something that’s hard to find these days in footwear. Nationwide, the number of shoe-manufacturing jobs dropped from more than 200,000 in the 1970s to 12,500 this year, UGG Fox Fur according to the U.S. Labor Department. In Maine, shoe-manufacturing jobs peaked at more than 25,000 in the 1960s, UGG Delaine and last year there were 1,300 jobs, according to the Maine Department of LaborWell-known Maine brands like G.H. Bass, Cole Haan, UGG Knightsbridge Sebago and Dexter are now made abroad. But L.L. Bean has resisted the notion of making its Bean UGG Plumdale.As the story goes, L.L. Bean created the hunting UGG Classic Tall for himself after his feet got wet and cold on a hunting trip, and it was not an instant success. Ninety of the first 100 pairs sold in 1912 were returned after the leather separated; Bean had a satisfaction guarantee, UGG Annabelle so he returned customers’ money.These days, UGG Retro Cargo the original L.L. Bean Hunting Shoe is available unlined or with various linings, UGG Finnegan including Gore-Tex, Thinsulate and shearling. There are plenty of other variations, including quilted, canvas and plaid, UGG Sheepskin Cuff and even bright blue and pink leather. There are low-cut versions as well.All of them are still made by hand. The rubber soles are made by L.L. Bean workers in Lewiston, UGG Mayfaire and they’re sewn to the leather uppers at an L.L. Bean plant in Brunswick.All told, there are 320 workers at L.L. Bean’s factory in Brunswick, making UGG Highkoo, dog beds, canvas totes and other products.Each Gore-Tex liner is inflated and dunked in a tank to make sure it’s watertight before being dried and put in the UGG Roslynn.

  22. Zxctrade
    February 15, 2012, 5:28 am

    Cheap NBA hats:http://fashion-saler.com/

  23. magnetic separator
    February 22, 2012, 9:09 pm

    I ended up retiring from my state job in Wisconsin a year or so early when our radical governor destroyed the unions and demonized state workers.