I’ve always been drawn to stories. As a child, I walked into the homes and lives of my fellow tenants and listened to their stories. As an adult, I still do, as , a psychiatrist. It is sacred time. Their stories inform my world view and my writing.
Climbing is corporeal storytelling, a meditation of movement over stone that attunes me to my innards. Each climb becomes a story unfolding along the vertical path I’ve chosen. I learn things along the way: how to manage my fears, worries, and discovering the joys of living in the moment. Climbing has taught me how to trust others, including my climbing partners who hold my life in their hands at the other end of the rope. Climbing informs life and my writing.
My own stories, through writing, have helped me make sense of my life, of my world, and hopefully they will for yours too.
Fletcher’s writing appears in The Sun, Post Defiance, Mad in America, Climbing, Rock and Ice, and The American Alpine Journal among others. In addition, his work appears in dozens of medical journals.