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Putting in Work

 

It’s all starting to come together this Spring.  We are getting consistent trips to the New and previous hard routes are starting to feel easier.  My regular partner, Gaelyn, was back in action this weekend and we went straight down Friday night so we could catch a late dinner.  Saturday was going to be the prime condition day and even though it turned out to be quite hot, t…

A Couple Routes Go Down

 

I was riding solo this past weekend.  Gaelyn had some previously scheduled activities so I hit the road Friday after work to hightail it down to the New.  The weekend weather looked stellar even though it had been a bit wet all week.  I got down in time for a late dinner at The Secret Sandwich Society, one of my favorite stops.  Saturday, Chris and I hit First Buttress at Upper…

Spring Day at Coopers Rock

 

Perfect days are what we live for.  No matter what sport you do, when the weather is stellar and the sun is shining in your face, it doesn’t get any better.  You could fall off your project, crash your bike, not catch any fish, or get worked in a rapid in your boat, but if the air is crisp and the sunglasses are on, nothing else matters.  This past Sunday was one of those days.  W…

Skratch Labs Review

In this video, I review my favorite drink mix, Skratch Labs.  I love their stuff and no longer get dry mouth while climbing!  I feel better all day long while drinking Skratch.  I review the Daily Electrolyte Mix, Exercise Hydration Mix, and HOT Exercise Hydration Mix.  Buy some Skratc…

Exploring Death Block

Thanksgiving was right around the corner and we were hosting family.  Chores, cleaning, shopping, and cooking had to get done, so we opted for a day trip down to Coopers instead of a weekend trip to the New.  Coopers has been good to us in the month of November!  We went back to Tilted Tree Area but wanted to check out Death Block, a cluster of boulders we hadn’t explored yet.  We started…

Cold Clouds and Coopers

 

We had two choices this past weekend.  On one side of the coin, we had a cold, high in the mid 30’s, but sunny Saturday.  The other side was a cloudy and slightly “warmer” with highs in the low 40’s Sunday.  We chose the higher temps and lack of sun, and drove down to Coopers for a day trip on Sunday.  We arrived around 10 AM to find the parking lot for Tilted Tree Area empty.

Chasing Rays

 

It’s that time of year again where the leaves are on the ground, the days are short, and the rock doesn’t warm up until noon.  When late Fall arrives, we drive down to the New on Saturday morning.  There’s no sense in rushing on Friday after work to get down Friday night and wake up early.  The rock is freezing and warm-up routes turn to numb-hands-why-am-I-out-here routes.  W…

Sun and Grit

The weekend weather for the New River Gorge was not looking good.  Clouds, a high percentage of “wintery mix”, and cold.  On the other hand, the forecast for Coopers Rock was looking perfect on Sunday.  Whenever the weather gets dicey during late Fall or early Spring, a day trip to Coopers is a welcome alternative.  It’s only about an hour and 45 minutes from our house, making for an easy…

Two More on Bridge Day

 

It was Bridge Day.  The typical “Wet Virginia” weather was looming and threatening climbers and BASE jumpers alike.  We hit up Rico Suave Area, part of Kaymoor.  It was cloudy and cool, but still dry in the morning; perfect Fall climbing weather. As we warmed up, the temperatures seemed to be dropping as the day progressed.

Rico Suave Arete (10a) – One of the best bolted…

Team Machine

By mid week, several days before our recent weekend trip down to the New, my palms were already sweating.  Looking at the forecast, it was almost perfect:  mid 50’s temps and sun.  Once the temperature dips in the Fall, the friction is unreal.  The sandstone at the New River Gorge feels like Velcro and projects go down!

We went down Friday night so we would have a full day on Saturday.

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