Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

A quick thank you to…

Rather than post another one of my vlogs today, I wanted to say thank you to all of you reading this.

As I take the next 2 weeks off my regular posting schedule, I can honestly say that I have had the most engagement and activity on any website I’ve ever had to date over here at PatagoniaDad. Thank you!!

I hope that people enjoy the various kinds of posts I put out each day, and that the regular nature of what I post does not bore you…and if it does let me know! I truly enjoy sharing what things I’m reading, what inspires me, what is on my mind, the music I listen to, and videos of my various family adventures via my vlog.

The fact that some people found my little corner of the internet and gave it a like or decided to follow means a lot to me.

If you ever feel like reaching out, you can always email me or hit me up on the various social media spots.

Until then…May the Lord bless you and keep you, and may his face shine upon you and bring you peace.

Quote to Live By (12/17/2019)

It’s so good for you to wake up to positive thoughts like this…

Look back and be grateful, look ahead and be hopeful, look around and be helpful

I don’t know who is credited with this quote, but I needed this when I first saw it Saturday morning. I hope this lifts your spirits today.

Links of the Week (12/16/2019)

I’ve been itching to get outside and climb again recently…so there’s a theme to this week’s links.

(inspired by true, but much less glorious, events in my dog’s life)

This just made me smile.

My Dog’s Perfect Day – semi-rad.com


I’ve always been motivated by goals. Evaluating my past experiences and then setting ambitions for the future is one of my favorite aspects of climbing; it’s helped me push through the grades, from sending my first 5.12, Ejector Seat in 2005, to sending Jumbo Love, my first 5.15b, in 2018. Almost every climber has ambitions, but often we simply don’t know how to move forward or at what pace—and so, perhaps, we plateau. Fortunately, there are five simple ways to track your goals and encourage steady progress.

​2020 is just around the corner. You know what that means.

The Top 5 Rules for Effective Goal-Setting


We get it: The idea of having too much tech in the backcountry makes a lot of people cringe. After all, we go out there to get off our phones, wean our eyes off screens and literally unplug. But what if we told you there were a handful of battery-operated items that could actually enhance your time at the crag, on the route, or on the approach? Whether your loved one is a first-timer or a seasoned first-ascensionist, these are the tech gifts your favorite climber will want to make their off-the-grid experience even better.

​Too much tech? Pssshhh!

Top 2019 Tech Gifts for Climbing


Imagine reading any of the above sentences to yourself 10 years ago. Each of these scenarios would’ve seemed unbelievable in December of 2009. And yet, as we close out the past decade and head into a new one in 2020, together these examples construe a rather accurate rendering of what the sport of climbing has become.

​I started climbing in 2004. 15 years has drastically changed how the sport is seen by the public. Climbing movies now are much more than following Timmy O’Neil around in Utah. (Although my favorite climbing moving may still be Return to Sender) This article gives me hope that Climbing isn’t becoming to tainted by the mainstream.

Sex, Death, and a Decade of Climbing in Review | Evening Sends

Links of the Week (12/09/2019)

Christmas trivia, how to name a hero, and the Bus Ticket theory of genius…

You are probably about to buy a dead tree and put it up in your living room. This is, if you ponder it, odd behaviour on your part. What’s odder is that the tree you’re buying is the Tree of Knowledge that was planted in the Garden of Eden and brought sin into the world, and the baubles you’ll hang on it are the forbidden fruit. But the explanation is pretty simple.

​Now THIS is an interesting article for this time of year.

The Origin of the Christmas Tree

I am convinced that a fictional character should have one dull name and one extraordinary name. It doesn’t matter which way around.

I wanted the simplest, dullest, plainest-sounding name I could find, ‘BLANK BLANK’ was much better than something more interesting, like ‘Peregrine Carruthers.’ Exotic things would happen to and around him, but he would be a neutral figure — an anonymous, blunt instrument wielded by a government department.

​Bet you won’t guess what the boring name is.

Indiana Jones and Stephen Dedalus

Everyone knows that to do great work you need both natural ability and determination. But there’s a third ingredient that’s not as well understood: an obsessive interest in a particular topic.

To explain this point I need to burn my reputation with some group of people, and I’m going to choose bus ticket collectors.

If I had to put the recipe for genius into one sentence, that might be it: to have a disinterested obsession with something that matters.

The Bus Ticket Theory of Genius

When he got home, Rowan would turn on his laptop and sit in front of the glowing screen for hours, or flop onto his bed, his phone hovering above his face. His Instagram feed flashed before him like a slot machine. His most popular account, @Zuccccccccccc, taking its name from Facebook’s chief executive, had 1.2 million followers. If his posts were good, his account would keep growing. If he took some time off, growth would stall. Rowan, like most teenagers on the internet, wasn’t after fame or money, though he made a decent amount — at one point $10,000 a month and more, he said. What Rowan wanted was clout.

​I have very mixed feelings about this article.

Here’s What’s Happening in the American Teenage Bedroom