Ben and I started our trip meeting friends in Arkansas and Hueco Tanks. From there we went to Bishop, Joe’s Valley, Maple Canyon, Rifle, Squamish, Canmore, and then we finished up the trip in Rumney. I was excited to return to Rumney. Rumney is the closest world class sport climbing destination to our home in Nova Scotia. We are there every summer during our school breaks. It’s was where we went on our very first rock climbing trip together and where we spent our honeymoon. It holds a special place in my heart and I was pretty excited to return there on the last lag of our trip. I was also interested in seeing how much my climbing has improved since the last time I was there. I was expecting to crush but was a little surprised at just how much I still had to work at things there. Yes, I was climbing stronger than ever, I could do moves that shut me down or gave me a hard time quite quickly and more easily, however actually sending the routes took much longer than expected. My excuses: Post-trip depression started to kick in; Fatigue; Humidity (end of August isn’t the best time of year to go to Rumney).
Regardless of my lack of “crushing”, I still enjoyed every minute of my time there. I was able to send my longest standing project EVER (Technosurfing) and sent a couple 12’s in a day (Flesh for Lulu and The Payment Plan). So the trip did end on a high note.
8 months flew by. September is here, which means back to reality. Our road trip is officially over and Ben and I are about to switch our focus from climbing to starting our professional careers (and I don’t mean climbing careers unfortunately). I’m not going to lie; I am not ready for the 9-5 work life. I love climbing and being on the road, however with student loan payments due and professional competency on the line, I just can’t put them off any longer. I’m trying to look at work as sort of a new adventure in our lives- a “project” to tackle. Who knows where it will take us- Calgary? Salt Lake City? Wherever we end up, you can rest assured that there will be climbing. Maybe we will see you in January! Take care! -Krissy