Tag: Dave Krimstock

Paging Dr. Krimstock

In the process of transforming lives in the Expedition component of Jaywalker, both clients and staff occasionally get bent, twisted and broken. We do everything possible to mitigate risk and protect every participant from injury but sometimes excrement happens. When it does, it’s important to have staff and volunteers with medical training to care for an injured client. Medical training and the ability to apply those skills to a patient in the field are paramount. As a caregiver you may have a soothing voice, be able to do a healing voodoo dance or burn some nasty incense, but if you don’t know how to stop bleeding or treat for shock the patient is not going to be impressed or even alive to watch your gyrations. Prior to being visited by Santa Claus this past December, Yukon Cornelius, aka Dave Krimstock participated in a Wilderness First Responder course in Boulder. A…

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Dave K Celebrates 4

Dave K sober living

Today we celebrate 4 years clean and sober for Jaywalker Expedition Assistant Dave Krimstock.  It has been an honor for me to know Dave since he decided to come to Jaywalker.  When Dave first arrived, the seed of sobriety had only just been planted.  I watched him as he watered and nurtured that seed.  It got plenty of sun and started to grow and blossom.  Just like his facial hair, it needs to get trimmed and maintained from time to time.  Dave is like a beautiful recovery flower. He likely holds the record for most homemade chocolate chippers eaten on a consecutive basis.  My best guess is the number is around 75-125 consecutive days.  Endurance athletes are now calling this particular training method “The Kornelius”. Dave has amazing determination and focus as daily strengths.  He has the ability to shut out the negative thoughts and push his body beyond the…

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Pushing the Limits

Gunnison - climbing adventure sober retreat

One of the unique aspects of being involved with the Jaywalker community is the opportunity to try new things and push your personal limits, both in self improvement and in a physical sense.  When Lynn told me that we were going to do a multi-pitch rock climb in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, I was both excited and terrified.  I knew that being upwards of 2000 feet above the river below would push my limits as a rock climber.  This was my first climb where we would be going this far off the ground, and I was apprehensive to say the least.  After repelling down several hundred feet into the canyon, we came to the face of the cliff we were about to climb.  The only way out of the canyon was up this face, so I had to put all my fears aside and trust Lynn and Taylor. …

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Service Trip to the Maroon Bells

Solutions recent service trip was up near Aspen at the base of North Maroon; doing trail restoration with the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative.  We at Solutions are very familiar with car camping.  We’ve become quite adapt with our giant griddle for bacon and pancakes, my Neo-Air Dream sleeping pad, and trash bags that we can fill at will.  When I started planning the trip up to the Bells; I realized this was going to be much different than the usual car camping. Thankfully, I had Lodge Expedition Assistant Dave Krimstock to help me prepare.  The two of us got all the food ready, split the tents up, and packed the packs.  We got enough food to feed the equivalent of 30 normal people.  It was a lot of supplies (including shovels and heavy pick axes) to pack two miles up an inclined trail to get to base camp.  Luckily we had…

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Fellowship on Expedition

While expedition is a unique opportunity to explore new activities and challenge yourself physically, I have found that the fellowship gained during the down time is just as rewarding. On our recent expedition to Twin Lakes, the wind and rain tested our resolve as a group, yet each night we gathered around the campfire and enjoyed the fellowship that I have only found when around other addicts and alcoholics. The connections and friendships made during these trips have lasted and grown for me, as I am sure they will for each group of men.  Expeditions are a time to relax and unwind from the rigors of everyday treatment at the Lodge, yet every time I go on a trip the topic of recovery from the disease of addiction stays at the forefront. Every expedition I gain insight from the men, and I share my experience with them. This is the…

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Dave K Celebrates 3 Years

HE DID IT!!!!! HE ACTUALLY DID IT!!!!! Dave Krimstock has managed to not drink or use drugs for 3 years…  What makes this accomplishment all the more impressive is that Dave arrived in our community three years ago as a scraggly refugee of Boulder’s Bohemian mountain lifestyle. No one ever thought a bearded man from Boulder could possibly stay sober…  the odds were just stacked too high against him. But here Dave stands before you today, an outlier, a man who looked the odds makers in the face, laughed out loud, and bet on himself. When I first met Dave he was still trying to figure out how to properly use shoes. We were enrolled in the Jaywalker MIOP program together. He would show up every night, covered in dirt. At first I just chalked this up to his Boulder heritage, but I eventually found out that he had a…

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The Grand Traverse

Last Saturday I left Crested Butte Ski Resort at 12am to compete in a 40-mile ski mountaineering race. The goal was to ski from Crested Butte to Aspen in one go. Pre-race weather included two feet of snow which made it unsafe to continue over the highest passes due to avalanche danger.  Therefore, the course was changed to round-trip back to Crested Butte. My partner and I powered through the night with subzero temperatures and a brutal course. After completing three brutal climbs back to the finish, we knew we were in good standing, and ended up finishing in 10 hours and 9 minutes. This put us in 1st place in our age group (18-25) and 14th place overall. Reflecting on the race, I see many lessons from recovery that were key to my success. I had to let go of my will, live in the moment, and literally approach…

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