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Southern Sandstone - Angela Payne

Southern Sandstone - Angela Payne
Southern Sandstone - Angela Payne
Southern Sandstone - Angela Payne
October 14, 2012 - 

Alpine bouldering season in Colorado finally came into its prime a few weeks ago, but after falling on my project over and over again, I needed to take a break.  I wanted to have a week or so to do nothing but no-pressure, fun climbing, and I knew the Southeast would be the perfect place for just that.  So, I joined my boyfriend and a few other friends (who were already in Chattanooga) for seven days of sandstone, BBQ, relaxation and laughs.  

I have spent a good amount of time in the Southeast over the past 15 years, but I never get tired of it.  This time around, we spent most of our time at Rock Town, but we also visited Little Rock City/The Stone Fort and Dayton Pocket for one day each.  All of the climbing I did was as fun as southern sandstone scaling always is, but a few boulders stand out as especially note-worthy.  My favorite boulder at Little Rock City was not a boulder at all, but rather a goofy little "stupid human trick" my boyfriend created after we were done climbing.  We spent a good deal of time flailing around and laughing while trying to turn ourselves around on a small rock ledge without falling off.  It was great fun!  There are, of course, tons of other high-quality boulders there, but I only spent a short amount of time at that area this time around.  

My favorite boulder at Rock Town was a neat little problem called Burst of Joy.  The beginning of the boulder was technical, followed by a nice jump to a jug and a slightly tenuous top-out.  This was a problem I hadn't tried on previous trips, so I was psyched to try something new that also happened to be super fun.

Dayton Pocket is a small area outside of Chattanooga that sits alongside a beautiful river.  On previous trips, I had spent most of my time climbing on the roof there that offers great gymnastic climbing on neat honey-comb shaped holds.  We visited the roof again this time, but also explored some of the other boulders.  I was able to climb a fantastic arete problem right on the river called Riverdance.  The rock-quality on this problem is superb, and the compression climbing is incredibly fun.  It is a true gem.  

My trip has come to an end, and I definitely feel like I got the break I needed from attempting to climb at my limit.  The southern sandstone was as fun and beautiful as always, and I'm sure I'll continue to come back to enjoy everything these areas have to offer.  Now, I hope to return to Colorado feeling refreshed and motivated to seize the remaining days of the alpine season!


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