Simi Hamilton


Archive for July, 2012


Friends in High Places

Topic: General News

High places? Scoff… ask me 8 years ago what I thought about the east coast and I would have supplied an answer somewhere along the lines of, “Oh the east? Yeah, there’s no mountains out there. Just a lot of trees, some rolling hills.” Okay, so maybe the whole geographical debate about cool places, big mountains, powder days, and cripps v. bloods is all relative, but I can unabashedly say that I’m a western boy who loves the east. For a lot of good reasons. First, people actually know how to drive (Utah just got voted the worst driving state in the U.S. for a second consecutive time). If you don’t have the cojones to pass a tractor on a double yellow around a blind corner on a deer-ridden backroad, you’re not going to make it anywhere in Vermont. Second, there’s water. A lot of it. And when it’s 96 F/85% humidity it becomes your best friend. There are more swimming holes and cliff drops in the east than there are Suburbans in Salt Lake. Estimated by experts to be in the millions. Third, there are some freakin’ cool places to explore. There’s a reason that some of the best outdoor athletes, ever, grew up in New England (think Coombs, Bode, Graham, etc, etc, etc). There are rock and ice routes, couloirs, ridge runs, and single track that will scare the shit out of you. You just might have to bushwack 4 hours to get to them. That keeps the riffraff out. And fourth, the people are awesome. You can find kind, generous, and funny people anywhere you go in this world, but in New England the practiced techniques of community, trust, and modesty bring all these people together . To wrap up, I’ll let you in on my motivation for this post. I just got back from a trip to Vermont where I surprised my girlfriend and hung with some of my best friends for a few days. I passed tractors on sketchy roads, I swam my ass off in frigid water, I ran to the top of high places, and I shared a beer with new and old friends at the end of the day.



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