Saturday, October 22, 2011

Back at the Glass

At present, I am on the road to St. Louis with Susan for her half-marathon this weekend, the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon - St. Louis.  We departed early this morning from Tuscaloosa well before sunrise to ensure that we will arrive in time to pick up a race packet.  I am a little tired not just from the alpine start but also since I just returned from a three-day trip to North Carolina last night.

Filling up at a "marathon" gas station before leaving town this morning.
My business partner, Chris Latham, will be taking his AMGA Single Pitch Instructor examination in November, so we hit the road together so he could practice for his exam and get familiar with the exam terrain.  We spent most of our time in the Pisgah National Forest in Brevard, North Carolina, where conditions were cold, damp, and mostly sunny.  Since temperatures when we left Alabama were peaking in the 80s, the daytime highs in the 40s left my fingers and toes in a semi-permanent state of numbness.

Chris high on the second pitch of "Second Coming" (5.7)
Despite my grumblings about being cold, we had a great trip.  Chris got plenty of technical skills work and led what few dry pitches of climbing there were at Looking Glass Rock and Cedar Rock.  In the midst of our whirlwind 3 days, we even got to visit some old friends from Fox Mountain Guides - Adam Fox , Ron Funderburke, Karsten Delap, and Lindsay Fixmer. 

It was great to be back in Brevard and catch up for a bit as well as be back on my "home" rock.  Even better, though, was coming home to Tuscaloosa to see Susan and now heading to St. Louis to see her run.

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