Rock climbing is my passion!
Click here for some rock and climbing pictures, and a list of some of my favorite climbs.
You can also take a look at my main climbing partner Ric Otte's impressive climbing page, though that belongs to another order of magnitude in mountaineering, and a list of some philosophers who climb
I was also quite passionate about trapeze for more than ten years, (flying with the greatest of ease, etc -- not all of that applies in my case ...), after starting with the Trapeze Club of New Palz NY, and especially when I had the chance to take lessons at the circus schools in Oakland and San Francisco. But since 2012 I have pretty well let it go, in favor of gym climbing, to augment the rock experience.
I find cats enormously intriguing, since I grew up with one (my childhood companion Pintje) though I don't now have any of my own. But now some dogs, for example Zoe and Charley & Leo, , entered my life.
(PS: Zoe's full registered name, reflecting her multi-national and multi-cultural environment, is Zoe Grietje Peschard van Fraassen.) Zoe soon acquired a playmate, puppy Emma (full name: Emma Tietje).
More dogs have come along since then, and I plan to post more photos.