Sunday, March 2, 2008

Beer climbs

I finally got back out climbing today. My back is completely healed. I did a few short runs last week and felt great.

Not much to say about today. We went out to the beer climbs for an easy day. I think they are called the beer climbs, because you can climb them even if you have a beer belly. Or may it means they are so easy you can climb them drunk. Kim led up the left and I followed. We did a few laps and rapped out by 2pm.

It is amazing how fast you can lose climbing fitness. I was huffing and puffing by the top of the climb and felt kinda awkward. I need to go back over my notes from Ouray. I wrote down everything that I learned so that I can pick a few things to work on.

In two weeks is the Ice Pixies festival in Valdez. It will be my first time climbing in Valdez so I'm psyched. This post is boring. Here is an ugly picture from the beer climbs today. The approach is short but fun, because you have to free climb this low angle ice that weaves in and out of the trees and devils club.


Tom Smart said...

We have similar interests, and I enjoy reading your posts even when you think they're "boring." I considered moving to Soldotna a couple of years ago for reasons that I think are similar to the ones that brought you to Anchorage. In the end I didn't think it was best for my family. Hopefully one day I'll make it up ther to climb in Little Switzerland, Ruth Gorge and perhaps Denali. In the meantime, I enjoy reading about your pursuits.

Julie said...

Hey Tom,

I have to say moving to Alaska has been one of the best decisions I have made. Although I didn't have a family to think about.

You should definitely come up to climb. I haven't done many alpine climbs. Only non-technical peaks and local ice climbs, but I still plan on doing the Denali thing some day.