We are 75 days into our 365 day climbing day challenge and have climbed 20,935 feet so far. Recently we visited the Five Ten outlet in Redlands CA en route to some climbing in Joshua Tree National Park...
We have been looking forward to getting our new shoes from FiveTen and visiting Joshua Tree again (this time with warmer weather!) and so we chose to combine the two and hit up the outlet as we traveled from San Diego to JTNP. We were so excited to get our grubby mitts on some new climbing and approach shoes and to visit the nexus of footwear excellence! It was hard to believe we were there--but I have some pictures that say it DID happen!
We headed up into the park for some climbing and quickly found that it was super busy and we would have to change our plans a bit. Our friends, Ken and Naomi from NY were driving in to visit us and we were a bit concerned that this change would create a problem. We found that it presented an opportunity for us to share our project with more people in the long run and we still found plenty of room to climb.
It was super inspiring to watch Ken and Naomi climb--Ken hasn't climbed outside before and Naomi is a partial paraplegic. They took to it readily though and picked up friction climbing like it was nothing--it was really inspiring to see the reactions of onlookers as she walked up to the climbs with her crutches and then handed them off to Ken and started climbing. Ken made short work of crack and slab climbs which are usually tough for people to pick up.
In the end, I am psyched for our shoes, but more proud to have had the opportunity to share climbing with our friends, old and new. We are off to Zion and Moab next for some big walls and splitter cracks!