From: Guy Edwards
Subject: MB pro/go?
If you’re an engineer, or similar professional, you will suffer a lot if you’re convicted for BUILDERING in canadian courts. With a criminal conviction – you’re not allowed to be a professional! Thus – I’ll turn the circle around – ha – I no longer want to be an engineer!! Lets try it.
Thus – MB. Simul? I was just thinking of a long pipe (like a big bro – but no spring needed), and just for a hang if needed, or rapelling. The weather’s good now. Ardarvin must be a worker – he’s not home during the days.
I was spooked, maybe looking for an excuse to bail on a rather committing adventure. So we climbed the Radical building instead a pleasant 7 story, well protected romp — memorable, but not near the level of objective as the MacMillan Bloedel building.
Thinking back, now 5 years later, I can’t think of any single event which I regret bailing out on more. In 2003 I was at the height of my climbing abilities. I’ve never been better prepared both physically and mentally than I was then. When Guy died, I lost that opportunity forever.
Regarding the sketchy gear, I now see that Guy constructed it merely as a token gesture for my benefit. There was no thought in his mind that he’d need to rely on it, whereas for me it was a crucial part of the climbing system. By far he was the more talented and confident climber. He was accustomed to soloing and alpine routes, along with all the relative sketchiness that goes with such things. I’m a trad leader at best.
Since that time, I’ve had a few offers to climb the MacBlo building with good friends and equally competent climbers. But these days, as I sit at my office desk now 20 pounds heavier, my most repeated mantra is “sure, when I get back in shape.” I just hope that when I get there I’ve got the courage to go through with it.