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So I graduate from a school next week. A school that took me three years to finish. I can't fully comprehend that it's almost over. A friend recently compared the course to "walking straight at a revolutionary war era firing line, without a weapon". It's the most apt description I've heard so far. You keep on walking straight while guys to the left and right go down. Before you know it you're stumbling around the British lines with no one from the beginning left, wondering when they're going to realize you don't belong. So yeah; blood, sweat, and maybe some tears.
In other news I went backpacking in the Greyson Highlands last weekend. I've lived in NC for four years and hadn't yet stepped any sections of the Appalachian trail. Well I don't know if the section I was on is exceptionally beautiful or if thats the norm, but either way I now completely understand why through hiking is so popular.
God I'm jealous of that class. I've gone through a seiko 5 using this guide (http://www.clockmaker.com.au/diy_seiko_7s26/) but would love to take an actual class. Think you could give a rundown when you're done?
- We looked like this! Is the face paint necessary? No but it looks badass. Each company of cadets was trained, advised and later hunted down by Special Forces ODA, who are ghost-people that get paid to travel the world and kill. They were batshit crazy individuals with incredible tactical knowledge and a great desire to fuck with cadets.
heh yup, they be crazy. If you're gunna put camo on ya better do it right next time. Face and hands, lights on darks, darks on lights. While you're at it go jump in a mud puddle. Aim for that dirty hippy look
- Two female cadets, not in my company, decided to eat a piece of C4 as per recommendation of a very stupid Specialist and were sent to a hospital, and then removed from West Point :(
A very stupid specialist? He convinced two would be future officers to eat plastic explosives. The mans a legend among the E4 mafia.
I thoroughly enjoyed the post, incredibly interesting and well written. It seems like the quality of training is extremely high, pretty damn cool man.
- Changed out the chain, needed to change out the cassette. Changed out the cassette, needed to change out the derailleur. Changed out the derailleur, needed to change out the cable. Also needed to change out the tires.
Changed the cable, needed to change out the brake lever? Changed the brake lever, needed to change out the handlebars? Changed the handlebars, needed to change the frame? Changed the frame, needed to change out the rider?
I'm glad you learned this lesson without consequence. It's one we all make and (hopefully) never make again.
I have a couple rules in regards to mountains and just general climbing/hiking/camping/whatever.
-Respect the Mountain- As cheesy as this sounds, it's absolutely necessary. Nothing man can do will beat the mountain. Never think your experience outweighs that giant storm headed your way.
-On that note-know your limits. Never be afraid to give up. While that is awful life advice, I'd say this is good staying alive advice. Also, watch your friends, and more importantly, yourself. It's easy to see changes in friends, but exceedingly difficult to notice when you're struggling.
-Be prepared for almost anything. Carry too much water. Carry too much food. Carry a little bit more water. Hydrate and eat well the day prior. Pack one jacket warmer then you'll think you need. Never leave without matches, a compass, a map, chapstick, and sunglasses. Triple check everything. I'd highly suggest doing this for every damn hike you go on. Build the habits early.
As you get into more technical stuff-PRACTICE FIRST. If your'e not comfortable with arrests run through them a couple times before you start. Run through every position(front, back, feetfirst, headfirst) and then throw a pack on and do it again. You should never be in a position where you may need to arrest if you aren't already comfortable with it. Once you master one skill add another-build anchors with an ax, practice roped pairs or whatever else you want to do.
Anyways, thanks for the post! Sounds like you had a great time, I'm quite jealous.. Enjoy the future hikes.
Current commitments preclude me from going for quite a few years. To be honest the older and the more financially stable I become the less I feel like college is a necessity. If I do go I think it'll be because I wasn't able to learn what I wanted by myself and/or intellectual curiosity.
Here for my semi-annual post on Hubski..
I've spent the last couple weeks in the Baltics. I haven't been able to travel as much as I'd like but nonetheless I've enjoyed my time here. I may do a trip report if there's any interest.
Apology to ThatFanficGuy-I never did get around to replying to your tutoring offer. I may get back to you on that soon, if the offer still stands.
On my front I've realized that I am absolutely horrid at expressing myself. This has been increasingly evident as I've needed to express opinions in Russian, and found myself unable to say anything even in english. So here we go, I think it's time to actually start commenting here and talking. Self improvement and all that. Maybe I should have gone to college after all?
I feel like that entire thing was set up for that last pun, and I'm not at all angry.
I had the pleasure of seeing this movie in Russian last night. On the plus side I could completely understand Annabelle Wallis as her only lines were "Niiiiiiiiiiiiiick, Niiiiiiiiiick".
I've just started learning Russian. I'm about a week in and frustrated as all hell. I have a teacher who doesn't speak english and doesn't really push us at all. I've been sitting in a class 6 hours a day teaching myself while fingerfucking whatever work she gives us. Ugh
Oh lordy, you can sleep with that thing hangin over you? Whole lotta weight sitting on your wall.
No, Pineland is modern day-1870 was liberation IIRC. Pineland has a fleshed out and rich history... That happens to somehow be very close to America's... Funny how that works
Woah woah, hold on.. M14's??? Has someone told WP that Vietnam is over? Don't envy you.. Nothing quite like seeing someone pass out in a parade and do some bayonet slice n dicing of their buddy