Cragmama "Not all who wander are lost…" JRR Tolkien

Free to Climb! Independence Day at Pilot Mountain

Daddy taking a break to hang with his little man

Token sleeping cragbaby pic 🙂

We decided to take advantage of the fact that we were in Winston-Salem by hitting up Pilot Mountain on Monday before heading back to Raleigh after the 4th of July festivities.  We met up with our friends Danny and Tracey in the summit parking lot at 9, surprised to find that it was virtually empty!  It was quite refreshing to be able to get on the routes we wanted without tripping over any red-helmeted boy scouts!  We didn’t even have to endure any wild rapelling shenanigans from the amphitheater from the meet-up groups!

Mommy talking to Canaan about crack climbing

This is what our day looked like!
My Husband’s Going to Kill Me – 5.7
Black Rain – 5.9
Devil in the White House – 5.10d
Turkey Shoot – 5.8+
Overhanging Hangover – 5.11b

Canaan practicing his fingerlocks.

It was a great day full of laughs and great climbing!  Canaan was such a good boy once again, and especially loved hanging out with Tracey again (she was our doula at Canaan’s birth!)  While everyone else was hard at work climbing, Canaan was working hard on his latest milestone – rolling over “the other way” – from his back to his tummy!  Not to be outdone I guess, he showed off his new move at the end of the day as we were packing up out gear and getting ready to hike out.

Is that a cow?!?


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“Not all who wander are lost.” —JRR TOLKIEN