We just returned from a long Thanksgiving trip to Red River Gorge and Red Rocks. I’ve been training a bit and feeling quite fit leading up to this trip, so I was excited to try some new climbs at the Red and revisit some old projects at Red Rocks.
At the Red we warmed up with a day at Military Wall where I finally sent Gung Ho, a 12b I attempted a couple years ago. We brought both girls out with us and they did great. Hazel even took a 2 hour nap at the crag one day in her Pea Pod tent! Ella made friends easily with the adults at the crag. One day, she inspired some folks to play the harmonica for her and chatted with them for a few hours by herself. She also climbed a bit, bringing her crag count to 5 states and 3 countries. I didn’t come away with any big numbers, but I had a good time attempting some harder routes.
In Red Rocks, I ended up with only 2.5 climbing days due to unforeseen circumstances. (Ella is in the Nutcracker and the teacher suddenly informed me that if she wasn’t in class for the rest of the month, they would kick her out of the show). So, I focused my energy on Twilight of a Champion, a 13a at the Trophy. I fell off the finishing jug twice! The conditions were not ideal- 70 degrees in full sun, second day of climbing in a row and I still got so close. If I had sent it, it would have been my first 13a since having Hazel. It also would have been a full 2 months sooner than the first 13a I did after having Ella. More proof that I recovered faster after baby #2 and that staying active while pregnant improves your recovery post-pregnancy.
I am hoping to get a few good days out at Smith in the next couple months to try my project out there. I’m feeling strong and light and I just might be able to hold on those crimpers long enough to send!