It was fantastically great to get back on real rock this weekend. With the group from the local climbing gym, I went bouldering in Aculco, basically here:

The rock was nice and I did a variety of problems. I wasn’t working on anything too hard, but I sent everything I tried in a couple of attempts, except for one which was a big jump move. Apparently, there are quite a few other local climbing crags that I need to see as well, but I’d like to go back for bouldering here any time. I think I’m climbing with people who don’t boulder as much as I do, but I guess I will have to adapt. I definitely need some different shoes if I’m going to be climbing sport, and I’m tired of wasting my good shoes in the gym.

The first picture is me trying the big jump move, and looking a little awkward on the rock after some months away. The end of the day was also interesting with the beer stop on the stoop of the local beer tienda. The roof dogs in Mexico are also a great and constant sight.

 

 

I’m back in the office today after a great experience yesterday with some youth at a local non-profit organization, a residential education facility called El Puente de Esperanza. Another volunteer and I are trying to start a mentoring program for the youth that are interested in science/engineering careers. We took them on a tour of a CONACYT center where they could see the machine shops and talk with a couple of engineers about the work that they do and the work that the center does. I want to organize a tour of my center so that they can see the basic science side of things. It’s exciting to get into this type of work, and I have a lot of ideas for this type of program. I’ve only been in the office a week, so I need some time to get a tour here organized, but I’m motivated.