This weekend was full of volcanoes, battered fingers, lovely 70 degree weather, and drinking. I went on a road trip to New Mexico, Socorro to be exact, to surprise and support a friend’s PhD Defense and another friend’s Thesis Proposal. Let’s say, I learned a lot this weekend.
The rooms used were super small and my camera made such a loud noise. I unfortunately didn’t take many pictures because I didn’t want to be a major distraction. However, I suppose I didn’t take many pictures over the weekend anyway. Ah, sometimes such is life. After the Friday of information overload and congratulations, we had the weekend to ourselves to climb at Box Canyon.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get any pictures of Julien climbing his 13a project because he tore a tendon in his left ring finger during a redpoint attempt. He’ll heal fast though I’m sure.
My project for the weekend was this route. The crux was heinous and took a bit of projecting to figure out. Although, it still didn’t make it feel any easier and the 70 degree weather made the rock hard to hold onto in some spots. I was able to work on it with my women in crime: Sara and Danielle. The newly dubbed Dr. J was our rope-gun. Thanks =). I was able to get the route clean, but only on top rope the last time through before my hands were obliterated. Volcanic rock will do that to you. Literally. See for yourself.
This climbing balm is my favourite from all of the balms I’ve tried. It promotes skin renewal and I am able to comfort my volcano-bitten hands and bridge the love/hate relationship between my two passions: climbing and swimming. Besides, the balm is made out of a UK kitchen by some ol’ chaps name Oli and Tom. Pretty great, right?
Over all, it was a great weekend of mixing friends, meeting new people, road tripping, and thoroughly enjoying life. Good luck to Sara on her Masters Defense in January and to Dr. J’s Post Doc travels to France.
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