Over Thanksgiving I decided to forgo football and over-eating to go to the desert and climb in Hueco Tanks, TX. Paul and I packed up the Prius and drove down, stopping on the way at the Hard Rock Casino to eat lunch and gamble.
Let me just put it out there, I don’t like camping on a climbing trip. I like camping but only for about two days. Any longer and I feel achy, tired, dirty, and just plain gross. Thus I was relieved when we pulled into the Hueco Hacienda. ( http://www.huecohacienda.com/) The Hacienda is cush. The rooms are as comfortable as any hotel. And the beds, woah, prepare to get the best sleep of your life. There is a full kitchen, with pots, pans, dishes, and Tupperware for guest use. Mary, one of the proprietors of the Hacienda, had North reservations for guests already set-up. She and her husband Rocco even made an amazing Thanksgiving dinner for us. We didn’t have to forgo the over-eating after all.
The first day we hooked up with our local bros, Trevor Turmelle and Sam Kelly. Trevor is a native Texan and Sam, she is a transplant from Boulder, CO. These two are not only amazing rock climbers but overall some of the most welcoming, funny, kind, and generous people you could ever meet. As locals they know all the newest and best boulder problems as well as the hot spots in town. They even showed us my new favorite warm-up wall, the Lower Forgotten Wall.
Sam and Trevor are incredibly fun and motivating to climb with. They do not vibe anyone out, or take themselves too seriously. They are only interested in climbing on amazing stone.
Throughout the week the four of us climbed on some classic problems, Hobbit in a Blender, Animal Acts, and Sex After Death. Animal Acts is known as the Slashface of V5 and is possibly the coolest V5 in the park. Sex After Death is a V8 that I had never seen before. It is a straight up crimp line on neat rock. The crux for me was a big right-handed bump move followed by a left-handed cross. My send go I grabbed every crimp perfectly and the moves didn’t feel that hard. I was psyched to have done some of the classics in Hueco.
Hueco Tanks is amazing. There is too much rock for just one post. Stay tuned for bro tours part deux!