On April 5th, 2010 we picked up and left our old lives behind, committed to traveling and climbing for at least a year. The summer was highlighted by the many amazing destinations in California, plus some incredible climbing at The Needles in South Dakota and Devils Tower in Wyoming.
After returning home for a few weeks to recharge our batteries, we hit the road again in the fall. We found a boulder to climb in Saskatchewan, got rained out of Squamish, climbed spectacular desert towers in Utah and made our first visit to the stunning world of splitter cracks at Indian Creek.
143 Total Climbing Days
81 Bouldering - 52 Trad - 10 Sport
Distance Traveled: 39,945 km
After spending Christmas visiting our respective families, we departed again. Coming from Ottawa, there's nothing quite like climbing in 20 degree Celcius weather in Arizona in the middle of January. Highlights of the winter included the many multi-pitch classics of Cochise Stronghold and amazing return visits to Joshua Tree, Bishop, Red Rocks and Indian Creek.
We returned home in May for another break. Our year was over, but our traveling wasn't. We decided to keep going until September and switch it up by heading east instead of west. Climbing highlights included bouldering on the shore of Georgian Bay, bouldering on Dover Island off the coast of Nova Scotia, the unrivaled multi-pitch climbing at Cannon Cliff, and some spectacular climbing in the Adirondacks.
We also spent some amazing time traveling through Newfoundland, watching whales and icebergs, exploring sea caves, visiting Viking settlements, hiking in Gros Morne National Park, and cooking freshly picked mussels on the beach.
124 Total Climbing Days
49 Bouldering - 50 Trad - 25 Sport
Distance Traveled: 31,148 km