Zach Zupancic

Zach Zupancic

Senior Designer, SolidWorks addict, AutoCAD zealot, Cyclist, Shade Tree Mechanic, & moderately tall. 

Total Inclusion and on my terms

As per my hope for the new year this past week has been filled with a bit of fun. Last weekend I was able to go rock climbing for the first time since 6th grade camp, and wow was it forever awesome. For a measly $20 you are able to rent a harness, shoes, chalk, and stay for as long as your heart desires. It is cheaper than bowling, longer lasting than a round of carting, and it gives you a great workout.

The idea came about when Martin and I were in pursuit of something to do while he was on weekend leave. At first he didn't think that I would be up for it, due to me being afraid of heights, but I surprised him with a willingness to par his own. Even though I knew that I wouldn't be able to do as well as he would, I knew that I would at least be able to have fun while we were there.

Around noon we started to get ready to head out when I got a reminder saying that I had a hair appointment in 15 minutes, and the location is 30 minutes away... we rushed out of the house, and I apologized for not remembering about my haircut, but as usual Martin was more than fine with it. Luckily I was only 5 minutes late to the appointment, and since Jeggi and I have been going to Amber every month for the last 4 years we get a bit of a leeway. Jeg was, like me, a bit late to his appointment. After we finished we all went to grab our usual after cut cup; essentially this turns our 30 minute hair appointment into a 4 hour awesome attack. Martin and I invited Jeggi and Mo to come Rock Climbing with us, and while they didn't want to partake in the climbing they would be more than willing to be witnesses to the event; mainly to see me fall.

So after the multi hour coffee experience Martin wanted to buy a set of shoes instead of renting. He figured that since he will be doing this quite frequently its best to have a set ready. We drove from Temecula to the REI in Encinitas, Martin found a set of shoes, and most importantly Jeg and I found some energizing Jelly Bellies; which are super delicious by the way. Once Martin got all of his things together we were on route to the Solid Rock Gym in San Marcos. We were separated from Jeg and Mo when we left REI, but we figured they wouldn't be too far behind and we started the process of renting, and getting geared up.

Martin was super excited about "bouldering;" which is as exactly as it sounds, you climb on a boulder. For Martin this is fun, and it is in a way: you don't need a rope, and if you fall there is a mat. The issue that I have is that I can reach the top of it with a bit of a jump. All in all it turned out quite helpful in reacquainting myself with climbing, and after about 30 minutes on the boulder we picked up some harnesses and started climbing the big walls.

Martin had me start on a medium difficulty rating of 5.6, and I actually did it without cheating first time up! (I call cheating when you stray away from your color path, aka rainbowing) Right when I got to the top I was hooked. We started to go around climbing harder and harder ratings. The ratings the the SRG gave were very vague. In some cases I was able to conquer 5.8s and 5.9s, but then when me moved to a 5.7 it was insane. At 11pm the gym was starting to close up, and we noticed that we had been climbing for a little more than 2 hours. All in all it was a cheap way to get a great workout and have a great amount of fun.

Here are a few shots that Jeggi took with his camera phone (I forgot my camera at the house).

Indoor Rock Climbing
Indoor Rock Climbing
Indoor Rock Climbing
Indoor Rock Climbing

The rest of the photos can be found HERE

On the car front; Martin and I replaced the water pump, and set the timing. I tried to adjust the carburetors once the car was warm, but I think I ended up making it run a bit too rich and fouling a couple of spark plugs. Now all I have to do is clean them off put em back in and take her for her maiden voyage. A few days earlier I painted the interior of the car, installed an ABS steering coupler and some polyurethane steering rack bushings.

[day 22]


>>This is just the primer coat to protect the exposed metal, I still have to finish getting all of the excess off of it before the last few coats of primer go on and the gloss baby blue paint goes on

-till next time