December Blog - Arkansas
I am now done with my Fall Semester at CU. The weather here has been absolutely miserable and I am so psyched to be escaping the snow and cold for Arkansas. The weather in Arkansas has been relatively cold which was not what I had expected driving so far south. However the climbing here is well worth the suffering in the cold. So far I have had one full climbing day and one day of exploring. The day I climbed I climbed primarily on ranch property and managed quick ascents of both “the anti-hero” V13 and “love by few hated my many” V12/13. Both of which were great climbs and it was cool to do the first ascent of Anti-Hero after the hold break! I then headed to anther sector and flashed “bloody knuckles” V11. I gave “welcome to fight club” V13 two efforts and came agonizingly close on my second try. I was just too exhausted from the climbs before to manage the final two moves. I will definitely be heading back there in a few days to try and finish it up.
I checked out “lost in the hood” V14 today and took a rest day. My skin was fried from the day before and I was psyched on taking a rest day and seeing some of the harder classics off the ranch. Alex and I made the trek out to Cowell. The boulder that “lost in the hood” is on is the beginning of a cliff band that leads to a sport climbing wall called “the invasion wall.” The climb looks sick and I am really psyched to put some effort into it this trip. I also was shown an amazing project across the road that again amazed me. This thing truly is the next level and with some scrubbing of moss on the top out and some of the holds in the cave it will clean up very well! I am psyched on the return.
Tomorrow it is up to “Wood Grain Grippin.” I have seen the footage of the climb many times now and the psyche is extremely high for this one! Arkansas does not cease to impress and I look forward to seeing more as my trip continues.
In other news, I am officially one semester closer to being a graduate! I have one more full semester to go and a few online classes until I will have my degree from the University of Colorado at boulder. I never thought the time would come but I am going to be done in a matter of months and my world travels for the world’s best and hardest climbs will begin. First to South Africa, then to Europe, then who knows where...? I do not know where it will take me but I cannot wait to begin my travels! The last few months of school are going to be painful but it will not be long until it is all over!