"I am losing the precious days. I am degenerating into a machine for making money. I am learning nothing in this trivial world of men. I must break away and get out into the mountains and learn the news." - John Muir
As we all know, life can "get in the way" of true happiness. I invite you to follow my posts as I try to reconnect with nature as often as life allows. Then,
if so inspired, pick up a paddle or pack and join me on an adventure that makes everything else fade away. - firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, October 27, 2014
Horseshoe Canyon Ranch Climbing Trip
Jenna and Kevin and I headed down to the ranch after work on Friday. The place was packed but we found a moderately sloppy spot for our tents. The next morning Kevin and I moved our tent up the hill to a perfect spot as someone was packing up to leave. This was Kevin's first time climbing outside so he was super stoked! We headed to the Land Beyond because Jenna is obsessed!!
After an easy warm up and a route with a bit more of a challenge we went to try one of the new routes. I climbed to what I thought was the top of the route and set my drays. After they topped it I headed back up to clean. At that point I realized that one of the two bolts was a bit loose and had been replaced with a glue-in. Realizing I could not lower on this other bolt as there were no rap rings I rappelled down. Apparently this was not the top of the route, though we never could see two bolts at the top. I might have to get back on this one again next year. We got Kevin on Paul's Redemption so he could lead one and then climbed some new routes on the Kindergarten Boulder. I got in a quick free solo while they were finishing up.
Saturday night we cooked chili dogs over the fire and had a perfect evening of relaxing! Bob joined us at our camp fire and we listened to part of the Royals World Series game.
Toys for Tots (5.7) - L | Yo Sista (5.9) - L | KatJac (5.7+) - L | Paul's Redemption (5.7) - L | E-Kat (5.7) - L | Class Clown (5.4) - 1 | Owens Best Buddy (5.8) | Jewell Always Smiles (5.8+) | Emma's Got a Mullet (5.6) - L | Cows in the Mist (5.7)
We didn't get a lot in on Sunday, but I did get to knock off the trad route Narwhal on top rope! One more off my list :) We headed out and grabbed some dinner in Springfield on the way home. Turned out to be a great weekend!!
Pulp Fiction (5.8+) - 2 | The Bulb (5.9) | Narwhal (5.7) - 3 [A = Attempted | L = Lead | # = Note]
1. Free soloed and down climbed.
2. Jenna led first two bolts and I finished the lead after that.
3. Top roped off of the Piratas Putas anchors.
Labels: Arkansas, Climbing, Horseshoe Canyon Ranch
Location: Low Gap, AR, USA
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