As I wrote on my last update, I believe that when you try really hard to make something happen then other forces conspire only to help you. Perhaps I believe this because I am an exceptionally lucky individual, or maybe it’s because I always get stuff done, but whatever the reason it definitely continues to happen.

Flat hunting in Innsbruck is a mini epic with so much competition for so few apartments, but it must be that James and I have a magic charm, trusting faces, or some sort of assuring mannerisms. Whatever it may be, we have been offered every flat we’ve looked at, including many that we didn’t want to live at. The big prize was the super nice flat we viewed before leaving Innsbruck, and whilst we were there we did everything we could to charm the landlady. When we left I was very hopeful, but a little sceptical. Why would she choose foreigners over all the people who already live in Innsbruck? I guess our charm must have worked on some level as she called us on Monday to let us know that we could have the flat! I was a little shocked but very happy as this means the dream is most definitely alive.

I have only to pack my car with my life, which comprises of my computer, my climbing stuff, and my stereo, then hit the road for the long drive to Innsbruck. I’m not sure exactly when this will be taking place, but it’s safe to assume I’ll be spending the summer climbing in Austria. This gives me the opportunity to put some of my new found enthusiasm for route climbing into practice. I have no idea how that’s going to unfurl, but my main goal is to manage to climb something above 10 metres with style, grace, and an abundance of smoothness. Now that I’m at home and the reality of the move is dawning on me it’s becoming a bigger fish than I thought I could fry. I made a random decision that I wanted to move abroad, and then I made a decision that Innsbruck could be the location. Without thinking too much I put that possibility into practice and now I’m seeing the result. Many people want to do this or that but they lack the real determination (or perhaps madness) to go through with it. At the end of the day only one person is in control of your own path, and that is yourself. If you want something to happen then make it happen, without fear of excuses, without fear of consequences, without fear of the unknown. I have no idea what’s going to transpire when I arrive in Innsbruck, but I know that a change will bring a new adventure and that’s enough for me. It’s a case of turning “I want” into “I will”, and that’s how I’m trying to live my life. Some people might think it’s not that simple, but in reality it couldn’t be any simpler. Take care of what you love, and what you love will take care of you…

Other than that I have a whole heap of editing to do. I want to get on top of the font film as I’ve got so much footage of Ty’s rampage through the forest. I’m really hoping that something good can come out of it… If I get my A-game on then perhaps a few previews can leak out over the next few weeks. I’m just hesitant to put something out there that isn’t the best I can achieve. I feel like whilst I was on The North Face roadtrip I was constantly cursed by time and the end result was something which I felt wasn’t to the best of my abilities (or perhaps not as good as I imagined it could be). I guess I’m not (yet) slick enough to do amazing good things in short amounts of time! Practice makes perfect…

As for now, I’m ready to return to a simple life of climbing, training, and sleeping. The good life…