Photo: Pockets of Resistance 5.12a NRG
With Kate silently sleeping, I sing-a-long to the radio as our rusty Volkswagon Golf hums toward Asheville. The thick green forest flies by the windows, never seeming to change. The first few hours slowly creep by. Just before I become impatient of feeling like the highway is a treadmill of consistent imagery, we hit the Smoky Mountains.
Mountains bring surcease to my mind as I begin to imagine. Spring break is here and I have a week to climb with my wife and best friend Kate.
We spent our first day back at Rumbling Bald. This place never gets old. As Asheville was being blanketed with snow, we were climbing in T-shirts and soaking up the sun (well….most people were. Kate, however, was wearing a hoody, a puffy, and a jacket. The girl is always cold!).
After spending a few days in Asheville and celebrating Kate’s B-day, we decided to shoot up to New River Gorge to climb with our friends Kelly and Stephen. Kelly and Stephen hail from Texas and they are not afraid to let you know it. Kelly climbs with incredible technique; the kind that can only be developed from years and years of experience climbing. Being an all-around superstar, Kelly learned to climb with the rest of the Team Texas comp-goers that are continually dominating the competitive climbing scene. Stephen coaches the kids at Triangle Rock Club and he is definitely one of the strongest climbers I know. One of the best things about these two is they don’t take climbing too serious. We were able to goof around, climb some rock, have a campfire, hangout with our dogs, and eat some good food in Fayetteville.
Photo: Blood Raid 5.13a – Stephen
Thanks for reading this short post. Life is good! Kate and I celebrated our 4th anniversary in New River. I’m so lucky to be married to my best friend. She keeps me happy and sane. It is amazing to have a partner that you can adventure with. I look forward to many more years of adventures with her.