Monday, October 8, 2012

ropetrip reboot

Like Mitt Romney's campaign, the ropetrip got a little stale. So what do you do when what you're doing isn't working? You say you're gonna reboot it and be magically given a fresh slate. Now while I didn't throw 47% of you under the bus, I neglected to keep up on what's going on post-trip. Part of the reason we came home is because we really love fall in West Virginia. What we still believe is the best sandstone in the country at the Red River Gorge in Kentucky and the New River Gorge in West-by-God is mere hours away. We also have some pretty decent bouldering at Coopers Rock State Forest and some secret local spots that remain low-impact. My neighbor has a rather cool set of boulders right behind his house, and has given me free reign over developing whatever I want to. So far I've eyed up 6 or 7 decent routes that make this place my own personal outdoor training gym. Eric is back on the road, visiting a friend in Kansas then heading down to post up at the Red in Kentucky. While he's down there, some friends from Motown are going to join me for a 4-5 day trip. This weekend we're hitting the New again, and get to take whips on a brand spankin' new Sterling Rope. So while we're not exploring new territory, we're soaking up the best of what our favorite season has to offer in the always-inviting Appalachians.

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