Heading Out

After a long day of climbing, the last thing you want to do is walk a mile or two uphill, but it makes the food after that much better.

Pleasant Overhangs

Bruce looking very pleased after the traverse pitch on one of my favorite Seneca climbs, Pleasant Overhangs.

Craggin' Classic at the New River Gorge

The American Alpine Club hosts a series of climbing festivals called the Craggin' Classic around the country - we went to the one in the New River Gorge. We got there a few days early to get some climbing in before it would become too crowded.

One of the Climbs we had in mind was Orange Oswald (5.10a). In a previous trip, Rebecca had attempted it as the last climb and wasn't able to complete it. We rushed to it first thing in the morning to give it a go.

Rebecca resting near the crux. Photo by Carol.

She got the redpoint!

After the send. Photo by Carol.

The group at waiting for a seat for Secret Sandwich Society, at the Grove. One of the best parts about climbing is the beer and the food after.

Bobby on the start of Fantasy.

The party at the last day of the festival near a few bouldering problems.

Booze & Boulders - Can't go wrong.

First Seneca Climb

Rebecca and I decided to climb the Green Wall  for our first Seneca Climb. A 5.7 sounded like a nice easy way to get into Seneca - it ended up being not as casual as I'd like to admit. Anyways, we made it to the top ... and back down. Here is a gif Google Photos made of Rebecca coiling the rope.

Seal Rock

We were in Boulder, CO one day, and we decided that we should climb one of the iconic Flatirons. Many were closed due to Raptor Nesting, so we chose to climb the East Face North Side of Seal Rock, rated at a cool 5.4. I noticed that the Flatirons were very popular for soloing, but I had trouble understanding why.

Soon enough, I found myself doing 50 feet run-outs, and putting gear in because "I probably should". At parts, I was literally jogging along the rock. God forbid, I'd be seen with a generous double-rack on this climb.

Nonetheless, we fully (& well protected) enjoyed the 4 pitches of Seal Rock w/ great views of Boulder, CO.

We made it to the ground just in time to meet up with our friends for lunch.

The rappel might have been scarier than the climb.