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.