Spring is definitely the best season of the year. It can be fickle, but that just makes you appreciate the nicest days even more. By the summer and fall we are all spoiled. A beautiful day in March, April, or May feels extra special. Recently, Jessica and I took advantage of a short break in the weather to head out into the woods near our apartment.
Besides just getting outside, I had a two goals for the hike. First, I had a new daypack I wanted to test out before the summer. Second, and I may or may not have forgotten to mention this goal to Jessica when I was convincing her to agree to the hike–there was a big boulder in the woods that I had scouted out. And I was climbing up that puppy!
I joined a climbing gym last August and have been getting increasingly more into the sport. Having developed some confidence on the indoor wall, I was excited to try making my way up some real rock. I don’t own a rope (or at least I didn’t when I went on this hike). So, my only real option was bouldering. Bouldering is the term for a type of climbing where you climb lower heights without a rope. So, I threw on my shoes and caution to the wind.
Since I am pretty sure my mother makes up a majority of the readers of this blog, I want to assure everyone that this was perfectly safe. The boulder is about 10 feet tall, and I wasn’t trying anything to crazy here. A fall would likely not have hurt anything other than my pride.
This boulder is mentioned in a guidebook for the local area. It notes a different number of routes up the rock of varying difficulties. Without a crashpad (which is exactly what it sounds like) I stuck to the easiest few, and made my way to the top a few times.
This was a very fun outing. I am hoping to share many more outdoor trips as the weather continues to warm.