Friday, May 13, 2011

Return to the Red - Part 1

When we first left home last April, our first destination was the Red River Gorge in Kentucky. Back then living life on the road was shiny and new, I was terrified of trad climbing and we had no real clue what lay ahead of us.

A lot has changed since then, and even though our biggest improvement is probably in the time it takes us to pack the car, we were excited to come back and climb some classic trad routes that would have scared us away on our last visit.  It was also great to run into some friends from Ottawa who were also visiting.  Here are Max, Marita and Kristal hanging out by the fire.

The Red has about equal numbers of trad and sport routes, so we did a bit of both, as weather permitted.  We decided to warm up with a day of sport climbing.  Marita suffered through the cold and hung out at the top of one of the routes to take pictures of the rest of us.  Thanks Marita!

Here I am leading 5th Bolt Faith, 5.10c.

Max was climbing pretty hard.  Here he is during his awesome send of Jesus Wept, 5.12d.

Once it was dry enough we were in search of epic trad lines.  Here is Kristal leading what is probably the most popular trad route here, Rock Wars, 5.10a.  Thanks to the random climber we met who took these pictures.

Although most routes here are only one pitch, we were on the lookout for multi pitch routes to get on. It's always a little more satisfying when you actually climb to the top of something.  Here we are at the top of Fortress Wall, after climbing the easy 2 pitch classic, Bedtime for Bonzo, 5.6.

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