Belay Specs Blog

This blog has less to do with Belay Specs and more to do with our employee's climbing and outdoor outings.  We'll talk about exciting news about Belay Specs but we'll talk much more about the trips we've taken and the places we've checked out.  We'd like to share some of our experiences in the hope that they inspire you to check the areas out for yourselves. If you read about an area or activity in one of our posts and have questions on beta, route recommendations or anything else, leave a comment and we'll try to fill you in.

I’ve been working as a contract engineer since the beginning of the year and it runs out today. While killing time on my last day of work, I started thinking about the road ahead. Taking the jump from making belay glasses as a personal side project to making them my occupation is exciting and intimidating but my time on the rock has prepared me for the challenge.

Climbing has taught me much more than the physical motion of climbing. It taught me how to approach and evaluate the challenges, when to go ahead and when to back off. Evaluating the potential benefits of success and comparing them to the consequences of failure, and the likelihood of either, is essential to staying alive in this sport while continuing to grow and improve. I could have top roped in the gym forever where the consequences of failure are pretty minimal but I would never get to appreciate the solitude of being high on a wall gazing at the landscape below. I could continue to work jobs that leave me feeling empty and bored, that slowly sap the joy from life until I become grumpy and have a mid-life crisis, but I have decided that it is better for my mental and physical health to live than to simply exist, to get on the sharp end and venture into new territory.

Stepping out onto the high wire of entrepreneurship has risks but the rewards are very appealing. The freedom of working on a product that you believe in, one that will improve people’s life experiences is a pretty neat prospect. In grad school my research focused on designing and refining a hand-powered tricycle for paraplegics. I pulled long hours 6 to 7 days a week, taught a class to pay for school and I loved it. Being passionate about what I was working on made the work enjoyable. I’ve had a few not so inspiring jobs since grad school and I’m excited to work on Belay Specs and help people get more out of their climbing days.

What our users have to say

 In my 20 years of climbing, my neck has not been so happy so BelaySpecs has once again created a symbiotic relationship with my neck and torso.
Mike Whipple, San Francisco, CA

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