2016 Ten Sleep Climbing Festival

2016 Ten Sleep Climbing Festival

Rock Climbing, United States, Wyoming
This year, our summer road trip ended with a stop ino Ten Sleep, Wyoming over the Fourth of July. We've spent the last few Fourth of July's in Ten Sleep, yet somehow we had no idea that there was an annual Ten Sleep Climbing Festival that goes on every year. #climberfail. So, after a super fun day of limestone climbing, we headed to the Ten Sleep Brewing Co., where the event was being held, to see what the fuss was about. We arrived shortly after it began, and the parking lot was more than halfway full. There were tents set up all over the grounds, as well as the super fun stupid human tricks that climbers crave. Ten Sleep has a population of almost 300 people, so it gets a little…
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Day Trip to Shelf Road – The Gem Wall

Day Trip to Shelf Road – The Gem Wall

Colorado, Dog Friendly, Rock Climbing, United States
A few weekends ago, Christian, our friend Martha, and I headed down to Shelf Road for a day trip. While it was slightly late season, we figured if we found a shady wall we might be able to squeeze one last trip in. We decided to check out The Gem Wall, which is part of the Vault, for some 5.10-5.12 climbing. For most people, you can chase the shade and climb at Shelf Road well into May, but I usually call it quits mid April because of the wildlife. The bees and wasps at Shelf become quite plentiful as it gets warmer and I'm not sure I want to find out what a trip to a Canon City hospital is like. Anyways, it was a good call because weather was…
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Weekend Getaway | Sport Climbing at Shelf Road

Weekend Getaway | Sport Climbing at Shelf Road

Colorado, Rock Climbing, Traveling, Trip Report
A weekend getaway is sometimes just what you need to keep your weekend warrior sanity. [caption id="attachment_87" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Christian, Amber and Derek hiking into the Vault at Shelf Road[/caption] This past weekend, Christian and I jumped into the car with Savannah and headed down for a two-day weekend adventure on the Shelf Road limestone sport climbing cliffs located just outside of Canon City. We met up with two new climbing partners and spent Saturday at the Vault. We expected to find crowds of climbers and burning sunshine. Instead, we were greeted with a photogenic blanket of clouds and a crag all to ourselves. It's amazing that on a super crowded weekend, when every single campsite was taken and every single parking lot was overflowing, we were still able to find…
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Weekend Getaway | Crack Climbing at Indian Creek

Weekend Getaway | Crack Climbing at Indian Creek

Rock Climbing, Traveling, Trip Report, Utah
"Every time we talk about this, it makes it harder to go to work on Monday morning..." His words describe a feeling I know all to well and were in response to a simple joke. I laughed at him as he huddled over a camping stove in the middle of a Moab city park, while he cooked us rice and beans for the 5 hour drive home. "We use to romanticize about the day we'd be cooking rice and beans out of the back of our van and here it is" I joked. But the truth is, we loved every moment of it. Even our dog, Savannah, laid in the sun with her tongue wagging smile, watching us as we tossed a Frisbee near by. Content with being in that moment, accompanying us…
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