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The Twinkie Experiment - Mike Rougeux

 
The Twinkie Experiment - Mike Rougeux
The Twinkie Experiment - Mike Rougeux
The Twinkie Experiment - Mike Rougeux
The Twinkie Experiment - Mike Rougeux
The Twinkie Experiment - Mike Rougeux
The Twinkie Experiment - Mike Rougeux
The Twinkie Experiment - Mike Rougeux
 
April 16, 2012 -  Mike Rougeux    
 

1500 miles, 1- 15 passenger van and trailer, 2 climbing teams, 4 coaches, 9 climbers, 11 crash pads, 28 pairs of climbing shoes, 30 twinkies and a Five Ten shoebox full of candy.  Of course this was going to be a sweet spring break!

 

Stocking up for the road trip

After a long season of competing in bouldering competitions the climbing team has been chomping at the bit to get outside and get their hands on some real rock!  While we love climbing on plastic and in competitions there is nothing like climbing outside, it takes us to some amazing places and we get to share some really fun and cool experiences with our fellow climbers.  This spring break the Bend Endurance Academy climbing team partnered with the Multnomah Athletic Club climbing team, loaded up the trailer and the van, and made the long trek to Bishop California.

The trip was made up of climbers ranging in ages from 9 years old to 17 years old and had six climbers who have qualified to compete at past national championships.  While there was impressive climbing talent across the group it was most impressive to watch everyone adapt to the nuances of climbing outside and camping.  Some of the climbers on the trip could count how many times they’ve climbed outside or camped on one hand! 

The crew spent an afternoon climbing in the Sads until dark and two days sampling some of the choices lines of the Happys including Solarium, Serengeti, The Hulk, and more.  The team spent the last day of the trip working our skin to the point of seeping at the Buttermilks sessioning Ironman Traverse, Buttermilk Stem, King Tut, and a slew of other problems.  

 

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