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2020 Vision

2020 Vision

2020 Vision…did you catch my pun?¬† ūüėȬ† A little dad joke-ish, but I thought it was fun.¬† Eyesight jokes aside, however, it’s time for a list of climbing goals for the new year! As always, these goals are subject to change as the rest of the year unfolds.¬† But looking ahead, this is what I’m aiming for in 2020. FINISH THE 12 WALL AT HAWKSBILL:¬† There are 3 routes left unsent for me on the 5.12 wall at Middle Hawksbill, and I would love to finish out the wall.¬† The first one, Manifest Destiny 12b, is¬† the only one of…Read the rest of this entry →

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2019 Year in Review

2019 Year in Review

As I sat down to write out my climbing goals for 2020, I realized that despite a lot of personal reflection on my 2019 accomplishments, I never really summed things up on the blog, particularly when it came to projects from this past fall.¬† Even though I stopped writing here long about the time the weather got good, I actually got out a lot this fall, so there’s lots to catch up on! One of my main goals for this year was to establish a firmer grip in the 12+ arena, particularly at the New.¬† Aside from the stray 13…Read the rest of this entry →

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Tweakend for the Weekend

Tweakend for the Weekend

“Mommy, what’s ‘bolt to bolting’ mean?” my 9 year old son asked me.¬† I hadn’t realized he had been listening to my conversation.¬† I was lounging at the base of the cliff, trying to summon the energy to give my project one last go before hiking out.¬† I was exhausted.¬† It had been a roller coaster of a day, hiking in to find ourselves in the midst of a foggy, misty drizzle that had made our slab warm-up a lot more exciting than we’d wanted.¬† Surprisingly enough, however, conditions on the 12 wall were primo.¬† The routes were steep enough…Read the rest of this entry →

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Spring Climbing Grand Finale…and Time for a Break!

Spring Climbing Grand Finale…and Time for a Break!

If you’ve been hanging around this blog for a while, you may be aware that our family generally takes a break from climbing twice a year, during the “off season.”¬†¬†I put that in¬†quotes for the term off season because here in the Southeast, it’s actually pretty easy to climb year round, so long as you chase sun/shade effectively.¬† In fact, some of my best¬† climbing days have been on a sunny winter day, or a cool cloudy day in late summer.¬† But generally speaking, prime conditions for climbing on a rope tend to happen during spring and fall.¬† That means…Read the rest of this entry →

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A Weekend Escape to the NC High Country

A Weekend Escape to the NC High Country

Although we’d had plans made¬†for the past few weeks already, I was pretty pleased when I saw that our weekend getaway to the NC mountains aligned with Charlotte’s first (of what will hopefully not be TOO many) 100 degree days. This particular escape was one of my favorite types of trips – a hybrid family/climbing/hiking weekend that makes for all sorts of fun and variety. After enjoying a gorgeous Grandfather Mountain view with our morning coffee, the CragDaddy and I headed up to the Linville Gorge for a “crag-date” at Hawksbill Mountain. ¬†(Thank you to Bebe and Papa Joe for…Read the rest of this entry →

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