It was good to touch familiar rock, back in the usual stomping grounds. I havent posted much since we got home because I havent really been on the net much. I have the rest of the summer off of work, and have to go back August 12...so my goal has been to climb, paddle and bike as much as possible. I took a trip to Atlanta, to visit a friend, and ended up climbing at Boat Rock for a couple of days. I climbed Sleazy Slab finally, a V3 right beside the super classic Easy Crack. I was also fortunate to climb a couple of days at the North Side boulders of Looking Glass. Now is definitely the time to hit these boulders...nice temps, good shade and rarely a soul in sight. I also had a chance to climb at Granite City and do a little more exploring for new routes. In between all of this, I had a chance to climb on lake Keowee and Jocassee while I was kayaking. The changing water levels give up different climbs everytime I visit. I also had a chance to visit a quick upstate spot, the Big Eastatoe Bouldering wall, a spot I havent blogged about yet, but plan on very soon. Obviously, evident by chalk on the wall, there have been other people climbing at this little spot also. I was a little surprised, I have never seen any other chalk on this wall in the 15-20 years or so I've been bouldering on it.
My wife has planned a great trip to Boone for the last weekend in August...the Music on the Mountaintop festival on Saturday and bouldering on Friday and Sunday. My birthday is in a couple of weeks and this is the best present I could of asked for...climbing and good music! My honeymoon was absolutely incredible, and the climbing was once in a lifetime, but it is so nice to be back home, climbing in familiar territory! After seeing the quality in some of the European areas, I can honestly say that around here, we are blessed by good rock with world class routes.