As I sat down to write my first “quarantine” blog post, I happened to glance back at my most recent blog post prior to this one – all about the climbing goals I had for this year, 2020. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. So much for that. Anyway, I haven’t written anything up until now because, to be honest, I just couldn’t summon the motivation to. But over the past few weeks, I’ve stumbled upon a couple of good books for climbing families that I think are worth sharing sooner rather than later. The first book I’d…Read the rest of this entry →
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Last weekend was Memorial Day Weekend, which meant it was time for our 5th annual climbing trip to the Obed Wild and Scenic River. Usually this trip marks the start of the humid sweatfest that is otherwise known as summer climbing in the Southeast…but we actually lucked out with a spring-ish weekend. Nights were cool, and midday highs were in the low 80’s with very little humidity. Definitely the best Memorial Day conditions we’ve ever had! But when the whole family is involved in the climbing experience, there’s a lot more to great “sending conditions” than just weather. Without wasting too…Read the rest of this entry →
If you read last week’s trip report from Grayson Highlands, you may remember that lately we’ve been struggling with bad weather woes, as well as securing climbing partners. Climbers sans kiddos can wait until the last minute to make their plans, and just head out the door on a whim to wherever conditions look best…we can’t! For us, no partners means no climbing, so we’ve got to be proactive and plan ahead. This time around, we ended up with a good-sized group for 2 out of the 3 days. The weather forecast wasn’t stellar, but it ended up being a…Read the rest of this entry →
Family tradition mandates that we spend Memorial Day weekend climbing and camping at the Obed Wild and Scenic River, an area just outside of Knoxville, Tennessee, and this year was no exception. Despite my excitement to get on a rope again, I was a bit apprehensive about the logistics. It was only our 2nd time roping up with Baby Z, and roped climbing can be a lot harder to manage than bouldering at this age since I can’t always just hop right down to get to her (although if I’m not there someone else always is.) Additionally it would be Baby Z’s…Read the rest of this entry →
I am really excited about this week’s trip report – first of all because I love reporting on new places to explore and play, and secondly because I love giveaways! Jocassee Gorges in Upstate South Carolina is a hidden gem filled with lakes, boulders, trails, and one of the largest expanses of roadless wilderness on the East Coast! Seriously, if you’re a southerner trying to find a Sasquatch, this might be the place! I’d known about the area for a while now through fellow climbing blogger, Brad Caldwell (who also happens to be one of the co-sponsors of the giveaway!)…Read the rest of this entry →