Good news: went climbing; Bad news: it was wet. Not too wet, but definitely damp. My one goal for this little trip was to try the route Still Life. I was hoping that’s its small stature and bouldery nature would lend themselves to my climbing style. Maybe this is true, maybe not. I did try it but it was the wettest route on the wall and after climbing halfway up it I decided I didn’t want to go any higher. The holds were eating chalk and I was struggling to keep my feet on the wet wall. Instead, I tried some of the classic routes at the Coliseum like Apollo Reed (5.13a) and The Pod (5.13b). The routes were really fun – I always forget how enjoyable routes can be. It was fun watching everyone else climb as well. Alex Johnson was also hanging around and doing well on every route he tried. I wish I got some photos but I accidentally left the camera in the van – rookie mistake for sure. We were starving after a day of climbing and where else would we go to eat in Fayetteville, WV but Pies & Pints – the local pizza joint.
Pies & Pints has great specialty pies like the Cuban – a pork, pineapple, jalapeno pie with a white base – and the Balsamic Chicken. I don’t like it as much as Lupis – the local joint in Chattanooga – but they make a damn good pizza. We hung out at the event afterwards, talking to partying climbers, celebrating the 20th birthday of the Access Fund, and enjoying the famous Dessertapalooza. The line of amazing desserts up for grabs was staggering and climbers were coming away with heaping plates of cake, cookies, and other assorted sweets. The best thing I had was a sort of chocolate and peanut butter cake on a little stick. It’s difficult to describe but it was seriously tasty.