Introduction to Rock Climbing

Cool! Tomorrow, a friend is taking me to her gym to go rock climbing tomorrow evening. That’s something I’ve never done before, though I’ve thought it was definitely interesting. One of the first times I ever saw people doing that in person was during a geology trip to Devil’s Punchbowl in Southern California. It was pretty rad to see people scaling these vertical rock walls. Anyway, I’m looking forward to it! Perhaps this will be a new hobby to take up? Perhaps it will also help me conquer a slight fear of heights that I have. I’ll have to report on how it goes tomorrow evening.

A local online newspaper/magazine up here wrote one of the best article’s I’ve yet seen on this subject, documenting the potential earthquake dangers in the Bay Area. It’s five pages long. I got through the first page and thought it was interesting, so I emailed a link to my mom and my sister. Then I kept reading. Big mistake! I’ve managed to scare both my sister and mom out of their minds. Anyway, the article paints a pretty bleak picture for this area. It scares the crap out of me too, maybe that’s why I’m so interested in studying earthquakes however.

I’m also entering the research I did this summer for SCEC into an undergraduate research competition that is being held throughout all the CSUs. I submit a summary of the research on Monday. If they like it, I’ll have a chance to present it, along with other students at our school in two weeks. The top candidates in each category go on to represent SF State. So if all goes well, I’ll potentially have the chance to represent my school in Sacramento at the end of April! So I’ll probably spend the majority of this weekend writing my summary and preparing a presentation just in case!