So my 2 and a half weeks in the Red River Gorge have now fully come to a close. I had an amazing time there and really began to better myself as a sport climber. I pushed through mental and physical barriers that I had never even encountered before and now, at the end of the trip, see so many doors opening and the possibilities are endless. While I was there though it wasn't all just sport routes. I spent one day trying a very neat bouldering project that had yet to be climbed. It's in this crazy hobbit style cave and rides straight out the center compressing a massive sloping feature. At the end of the day I was able to make the first ascent of what I called Private Selection V13. This problem was probably one of the sickest blocs I have ever climbed and I can't believe it's in the red! Who woulda thought??
So after the Red I drove to Louisville, KY to pick up my good buddy Nick Duttle. Then we proceeded to drive 3.5 hours to the New River Gorge where we would spent about 6 days. We got a stint of some warm weather but things still got done. I was able to climb the ultra classic 5.14b Still Life and even got to bolt a new route! The New is an amazing place and I can't believe it still doesn't get the recognition it deserves. One day people will see... I can't wait to get back!
For now i'm back in Chattanooga climbing some classics and showing Duttle around. Then it's off to Boston for 10 days to check out some of the local bouldering and compete in the Darkhorse at metro rock. Psyche is high!