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Monthly Archives: August 2011

From Gym Rats to Rock Hounds…

From Gym Rats to Rock Hounds…

It seems like a lot of our climbing recently has revolved around projecting some harder stuff, so it was nice to take a step back for a day with some local craggin’ on more moderate terrain with a couple of gym rats.  The forecast was for temps in the mid-90’s, but with Hurricane Irene baring down on the east coast, it also called for lots of cloud cover and 25 mph gusty winds, which we figured would neutralize the heat a bit.  Considering what folks just a few hours east of us at the coast were (and still are) dealing…Read the rest of this entry →

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Making your Cragbaby a good “Car-baby”

Making your Cragbaby a good “Car-baby”

Ah, the family road trip.  There’s nothing like an 8 hour car ride to get your family vacation started on the right foot!  If your climbing family is anything like ours (ie you don’t have an unlimited supply of cash, frequent flyer miles, or world-class climbing in your backyard) you are probably racking up more mileage on your bumper-sticker laden SUV than you’d like to admit.  And all that mileage adds up to a lot of hours in the car together…very close together, maybe even touching, since your tent, camp stove, and climbing pack are taking up the majority of…Read the rest of this entry →

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Birthday Bonanza at the New River Gorge!

Birthday Bonanza at the New River Gorge!

  Its that time of year again where I get older and wiser, which in our family means we fly north to the New River Gorge to celebrate.  In years past we’ve hit Summersville Lake (for the trip report on last year’s bash, click here), but this year we decided to stay in the gorge and climb away from the crowds.  The weather was (for August), spectacular – temps below 90 with decent cloud cover, and the only rain was in  quick passing showers on Sunday afternoon.  Had we been able to lift off that smothering blanket of humidity, conditions…Read the rest of this entry →

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Olde Providence Park: Urban Climbing is Just a Bike Ride Away

Olde Providence Park: Urban Climbing is Just a Bike Ride Away

I mentioned Olde Providence Park in a Green Hour post a few weeks ago, but since its turned out to be such a family favorite, I thought it deserved another shout out.  We were blessed to have a few mornings last week that were absolutely delightful – 70 degree, low humidity reminders that Fall is on the way, if we can just hold out for a few more weeks!  One one such morning Cragbaby and I decided to hop on the bike and head to the park for an early morning romp. Olde Providence Park is a little over 2…Read the rest of this entry →

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Sentimental Snapshots: Just a Year Ago

Sentimental Snapshots: Just a Year Ago

For the past several years now, my husband Steve and I have established a tradition – on my birthday weekend we head to Summersville Lake for a weekend of climbing, swimming, and overall merriment in the outdoors with whoever wants to join us.  Last year was a big one for me – not only did I officially turn 30, but it was the first birthday I ever celebrated with Cragbaby by my side. Considering that birthday number 31 came and went this past weekend (stay tuned for that recap later on in the week), it seemed only fitting for today’s…Read the rest of this entry →

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