New Years: Two Thousand Ten

Happy New Year to all.  I hope this year brings you many sends with great friends.  Ryan and I went to the bald on Friday to meet up with some good friends.  The most notable would have to be Grimbo.  It was his first day bouldering at the Rumbling Bald!  There were many familiar faces and everybody was glad to have the day off.  Ryan climbed his first v5, Redneck Riviera and also knocked off Shady Grove.  I ripped a hole in my middle finger on Redneck.  It seems only I can pull off a stunt like that.  I climbed Clumsy Waiter and was able to get some revenge on Bruce’s Problem at the end of the day.

Friday night Cade rolled in from Columbia and we went downtown to get a couple of beers.  We started off at the Thirsty Monk.  Zach and I started talking about climbing and began downgrading everything.  Fortunately he was wise enough to recognize this potential disaster and nipped it in the bud before it got out of hand.  As climbers we must realize that not everybody enjoys this type of conversation.  After that the crew split up, some going to a dance party, some not so much.  We went to Barley’s to ring in the new year and enjoyed a couple good beers of draft.  After this we went back to my mom’s house to crash.  It was a pretty uneventful new years but I must say it was quite pleasant waking up without a hangover.

It rained all day long on Saturday so we hung out at my mom’s house and then went over to Rosetta’s Kitchen before we headed home.  They had Buchi Fire on draft which was amazing.  Mmm mmm good.  After that we hit the road.  My finger felt pretty worked after all of the bouldering on Friday –time for some rest.  Damn fingers aren’t worth a damn!

Recent Searches

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I just pulled up the weather to check out the forecast for Lake Lure this weekend.  The “Recent Searches” caught my eye.  I thought it was kinda funny…Do these destinations (besides Columbia) seem vaguely familiar?  Where do you find yourself climbing lately?

Get your drive on, get your climb on.

West on Hwy 26

This past Friday I drove up to Asheville, NC and this time it was special.  My mom lives there!  It took me about 2 1/2 hours to get up there.  As I walked in the door I was greeted by my mom, my sister (Megan) and an ice cold Bell’s brown ale.  Life is good.  Well, it wasn’t long before those women put me to work.  Both of their computers needed doctoring so off to work I went.  30 minutes later momma rang the dinner bell.  I knew I was in Asheville because we had wild Alaskan Salmon, organic broccoli and some kind of new-age rice.  I managed to work on their computers, drink beer and get MFR (myofascial release) from my mom all in the same night.  She’s a good therapist, even while she watches 60 minutes.

Saturday morning I woke up to hot coffee and organic oatmeal with banana puree.  Whoa, these women really know how to take care of a man…if only they were not related to me!  So I ate and hit the road, rumbling bald bound.  Even though I got crushed I had a great day bouldering.  We got on a bunch of classics like Coffee Yogurt, The North Carolinian, Grease Pit and several more.  After climbing we headed up to the Wedge Brewing Co.  I had a fantastic brew named the Iron Rail IPA that I highly recommend.  We were feeling good after slugging that 7% brew on an empty stomach.    Next I met up with my family and we went to Carmel’s.  First impression, overpriced.  Last impression, still overpriced!

Sunday I woke up to a few inches of snow.  I hit the road around noon and scooted back down to Columbia.  Now that I gots some family in Asheville I’ll probably be up there a bit more.  It’s bald season baby!

Jon is a North Carolinian - v5