The meaning of fatherhood.

My 11-year old daughter lead climbing at Smith Rock.

ircling turkey vultures look down as I hang from miniature knobs halfway up a sheer ten-storey volcanic tuff wall. While I’m safely strapped fear climbs alongside.

“Are humans intended to scale these walls?” fear asks.

Once safely down, each of my children takes a turn completing the 80-foot climb. Unlike me who can only climb safely strapped to a securely anchored rope, my older two carry…



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