On March 28th, Dennis & I moved into our new(ish) home. After searching for 2 months, we were happy to have compromised on a style & type of home. We decided to buy in a planned community. And, as much as I dislike the idea, in the end I think it will work out just fine. We do not want to spend lots of time maintaining a yard, or the house, so this situation is ideal. (more…)
Archive for March, 2008
It had been too long a time since I climbed at the RRG (Red River Gorge), and so I flew back to climb with Barry. We had gorgeous weather on Friday (mid 60s), not so great weather Sat (mid 40s) and contrary weather (low 30s) on Sunday. It was the first time I stayed at True North Outfitters Hostel, instead of the comforts of a private cabin. It turned out a group of folks from MI came down and met Barry & I, and rooming with them was fun.
The Players: Barry, Mark & Jenny (from Indy), Climbergirl
The Place: Eldo Canyon – Redgarten Wall & Windy Ridge
The Climbs: The Bulge (5.7), Windy Ridge (5.7), Tagger (5.10a), Cest La Vie (5.9+ but more like a 5.10-)!
The Time: 10am-1:30pm
I met Barry & his friends’ Mark & Jenny in Eldo for the day. Barry had to get back to Indy, so we stopped short of a full day of climbing. Mark & Jenny moved on to J-Tree to round out the end of a fabulous road trip. The day started out super cold (29 dF and foggy), and warmed up to just cold (upper 40s). But, the rock was warm to the touch as it had seen morning sun.
On March 1st, Dennis & I drove down to Shelf Road for a day of fun in the sun. The forecast was for a beautiful day, so we were eager to get outside. It ended up being a half day, as my elbows started hurting around 3pm. Climbing was fantastic (a little chossy), but the routes were fun.
I ended up climbing the following routes at the Dawn Wall: Chompin’ at the Cholla (5.9)**, Six More Bottles of Basco (5.10b)** (2x), and Don’t Be Messin’ with Ma Moves (5.10c/d)** Picture is of me at cleaning the anchors.
We got there around 10 am and by then, the crag was packed. There were ropes on virtually every moderate climb. In some areas, people were already waiting in line, reserving their spot in the que with their ropes. (more…)