Today I say goodbye to a trusted partner in my creative endeavors. After 17 years my Dremel 395 died. I received it as a gift from my mom many years ago. It has been one of the primary tools that took me through college and into marriage. I can't even count how many projects my Dremel helped me complete.
Now that Carol and I run a woodworking business a Dremel is crucial to our efficiency, so I went to Menards and picked up a Dremel 4000. In the last picture you'll see one of the coolest and probably most dangerous tool accessories I've ever found. That is a miniature circular saw blade on my Dremel! That's how you take a cute little tool and make it a man's tool. The only thing that could make it better is if it said "Binford Tools" on the side.
Well, I was feeling so defeated last week! I was having soooo much trouble the week before with LIIFT4. ☹️ I have a very weak and unstable left hand and arm. 3 years ago I was in a very bad work accident and amputated two fingers on my left hand. Long story short, it’s difficult at the least to lift. Prior to my accident I used to be a power lifter. You cannot imagine how difficult it is for me not to be able to lift like before. 😢😢 So when it became to hard to get through my LIIFT4 workouts I felt like a failure! And also very weak! Then the depression got worse, I started hating myself and my body again. I can’t stand that I cannot be the old me again. So yesterday I decided to change and try 21 day fix. I have got to fight everyday, I have got to find the new me. I have to tell myself it’s ok that I couldn’t do one workout and switched to another. Thing is 21 day fix isn’t easy either, but I can do better with my hand and arm. So here’s to day 2 if 21!!👏🏻 I got this!!💪🏻 #strong#nopainnogain#hurtin#missingfingers#imstrong#21dayfix#nevergiveup#tryintolovemyself#stepmom#sweating
In this story from Alpinist 62, Sartaj Ghuman chronicles the adventures of Yasushi Yamanoi. At 53 years old, Yamanoi has survived multiple epics in the mountains. He remains a talented climber despite lost fingers and toes, broken teeth and bones and other severe injuries. He is on the long list for the 2018 Piolets d’Or for a first ascent he did last year with Takaaki Furuhata of a 5970-meter peak in India’s Zanskar Range. Ghuman was their liaison officer and, after meeting Yamanoi, he wanted to write about the low-key man who has been making significant high-altitude first ascents for decades—in pure alpine style. Read the story at Alpinist.com.
Did you know—only a small fraction of our many long-form stories from the print edition are ever uploaded to Alpinist.com. Be sure to pick up Alpinist 62 for all the goodness!
Yasushi Yamanoi is pictured here after a climb of Heaven (5.12d), Yosemite, in 2012; the missing digits were amputated a decade prior, after an expedition to Gyachung Kang (7952m). [Photo] Ryota Kumagai