So after having a hard time the last couple of weeks with some small kidney stones and a severe infection, I'm feeling better and trying to get ready for boulder season. We recently bought some gym equipment and I've been working out a few times a week to try to drop some pounds and up my strength/endurance. Besides a little training at home, I have been so busy getting ready for the new semester at work and dealing with all sorts of random acts that need to be dealt with, that I haven't had as much of a chance to get out and climb as usual. I have a great schedule this semester though and can hopefully get a few days of bouldering in each week after work. I have had a chance to hit a few boulders in the last week, but nothing much worth mentioning...especially in this stifling heat, in between the intermittent showers. It really makes good sends harder to come by! Hopefully this weekend I'll get a chance to head out and climb something somewhere fun.
I don't know if you have a regular list of websites that you check daily like me, but I noticed just the other day on Greener Grass Publishing's website that the new Little Rock City/Stone Fort guidebook is due out in October. If you've been reading this blog for a while, then you remember Greener Grass sponsoring the Horse Pens Bouldering guidebook giveaway contest I had back a few months ago. I've been in contact with them again and it looks like they are going to be able to give me a couple of these new guidebooks to giveaway too! So stay on the look out later this fall for a new contest for the latest installment in the Greener Grass collection. If you've never been to LRC...whats your problem? Get your road trip plans together for the first cool day of fall and hit this place up. The sandstone is impeccable and the routes are some of the most classic in the Southeast. I was lucky enough to have LRC as my "local" (2 hour drive is local enough) bouldering crag back when my wife was at the University of Tennessee (in Knoxville). I got to go down there almost every week and sample some of the best routes I've sent or seen in the sandstone belt. Dragonlady V4 is still one of my favorite routes and the Mystery Machine boulder has some of my favorite routes of anywhere...Incredarete V1 (V3 SDS) is a classic no matter where you'd find it. Another benefit to getting this guide is the fact that a portion of the proceeds will be given to the SCC to help fund other projects and purchases. Click on over and get a copy on pre-order to save $5 and get it the same time the stores do in October.