I have been in the area of Clanwilliam, South Africa for almost a week now and have been adjusting to the culture quite quickly. The most difficult thing to adjust to is the temperature inside our house, which is always around 50 degrees Fahrenheit. I have been able to get plenty of good food at the local grocery store and I brought pretty much everything I need (accept some extra warm layers would be nice). Each of the climbing areas that we have been to in Rocklands so far have been very different. The first day we went to Roadside and it was so busy it reminded me almost of Flagstaff mountain in Boulder, CO, except for the rock was a million times better. The second day we went to 8 Day Rain and pretty much every boulder we came across was chalked up and graded. It was a short walk from the car and the parking area was easy to navigate. The third day we went to lower 8 Day Rain. This area hasn’t been explored much. Our car couldn’t even make it up most of the road so we had to park mid-way up and walk the remainder. We stumbled upon a great warm up boulder that had some sweet moderate lines as well. Then we continued on to an area that Paul had previously been to that had been established by Wills Young. My skin was hurting from all the crimping I had done the previous day so it was my rest day. After the boys did some climbing we set off to explore the area. We unfortunately didn’t find anything that hadn’t already been found previously. The following day was cloudy and raining off and on so we went to explore the sector around Livin’ Large. We found the boulder and a bunch of other beautiful boulders surrounding it but most of the boulders were unfortunately blank or extremely easy. I’m excited to check out the other climbing areas that Rocklands has to offer!
Paul and I leave for South Africa so soon! it's crazy! we have been running errands all over the place- doctors, cell phone stuff, car stuff, travel stores, international licenses, we havent even thought about what we are going to pack yet! we just found out today that we can each bring 66 lbs with us to south africa, meaning 66 lbs, including a crash pad and climbing stuff that should last us 2 years and 2 months! after recently shipping home three boxes that each weighed 25 pounds, filling and shipping back my car which was about 400 pounds and filling paul's car to the brim, it's crazy to think about how much we will be living without for the next two years. Luckily both of my parents have planned separate trips to visit us and we plan to have them bring us some stuff but the car we plan to buy in europe can only hold so much! it's gonna be such an exciting adventure and it doesnt even seem real!
I just got back from the bouldering world cup at the Teva games in Vail, Colorado. It was a great show and it was awesome to see a victory by Team USA. It was awesome to see some new boulderers emerge on the scene and do so well. Now I'm in Vegas and unfortunately cannot climb outside because it is so insanely hot. It's a shame to be here and not be able to visit Red Rocks, an area with so much rock to offer. Paul, my boyfriend, and I are heading to the climbing gym today to get in some training. We return to Boulder on Thursday morning and head out Friday for the east coast. It's gonna be a long drive and we are planning to stop and climb at the St. Louis gym. It's so hot everywhere in the US this summer that we will not be climbing outside much at all so right now the focus is going to be getting strong for South Africa. We're going to mostly train at Earth Treks Timonium gym, in MD but we are also gonna check out the Delaware rock gym and probably Brooklyn Boulders. Even though summer pretty much just started in Colorado we are already over the heat. Psyched to get strong and get outside in the cooler temps of Rocklands!
I just graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in Marketing and find myself without a job and soon without a home. This is oddly by choice, however, because I will be traveling to Rocklands, South Africa with my boyfriend this summer to boulder on established routes and to hopefully establish new routes. At the conclusion of that trip my boyfriend, Paul, and I will be flying to Paris, buying a car and spending the next two years traveling throughout Europe, Northern Africa, part of the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand, taking in the culture and languages and of course CLIMBING.