I won’t be able to make it. I’m too sick to climb, and I don’t want to give whatever this bug is to everyone at the comp. So, there goes my awesome video footage and my shot at the raffle, but at least I won’t be a disease vector!!! I hope everyone does well at the 2018 Montana Bouldering Championships (MBC), and do me a favor – post some photos of it on Facebook so I can see them!!! It really bums me out that I can’t go and be part of this, but I couldn’t get on the wall if I tried right now. I miss climbing so much!!! Climb hard, everybody!!!
For those who don’t know what the 2018 MBC is, it’s a local bouldering competition at the climbing gym in Billings, Montana and people come from several states away and all around Montana to compete in it because the winners, one male and one female, get $1500 and a belt buckle each. The raffles at this comp are always really good and pizza and beer are part of the deal. Spectators, for $5, can get in on the pizza and beer, too. One difference this year is that competitors had to pay extra for a comp T-shirt and that used to be included in the $40 entry fee. New gym, new policies, I guess. I asked Jim, one of the owners, to hold a comp T-shirt for me (since I paid for one) and he said he would, so good on him. I was going to at least go and film some of the action and get in on the raffles, but that’s not going to happen. Too sick. This influenza that’s going around is no joke, and it leaves you wide open to a secondary infection like sinus infection, bronchitis, and pneumonia! So far, I’m being treated for an upper respiratory infection and I’ve been praying that it doesn’t drop down into my chest any farther than it already has. I have this cough that is not fun at all, thus the reason I’m not going anywhere yet again today. To climbers everywhere, no matter what you’re climbing today, climb hard and enjoy it!!! Do it for yourself!!! Do it for me!!!