On the morning of December 2nd I received a text.
Seth: “Hey Tyler, would you be interested in a last minute trip to HCR? 40% chance of rain…”…Hueco looks dry…”
Tyler: “Never been to Hueco. About the same distance. I could take a half day off tomorrow. Ive done worse climbing trips- used to short weekend-ing it…”
Seth: “If you’re down, I’m down.”
Tyler: “Lets do it.”
And that is generally how many of my climbing trips begin- un-planned, spontaneous quick decisions that lead to 60 hours of driving, climbing, camping and pure bliss. Back for work Monday morning.
Being my first time to Hueco and Seth’s first time to the North Mountain, we decided to tour the area- sending every moderate we could get our hands on. With a multitude of climbers and pro’s alike, we were in heaven at the tanks (Just around the corner from us Nalle Hukataval was sending “Esperanza” v14- check it out here:
A number of problems we got on include but aren’t limited to:
t-bone shuffle, no one gets out of here alive, 100 proof roof, the icarus boulder, ghetto simulator, sign of the cross, choir boys, 99 heroin balloons, fern’s roof, dean’s trip, any many more. The climbing was superb and the weather cooperated just enough. Thanks to the amazing climbing community for providing directions to boulders, some beta, and plenty of encouraging motivation. Also thanks to Backwoods for always providing the best in outdoor gear and apparel. (www.backwoods.com)
10 hours of driving in thick fog and rain, setting up a tent in the rain at midnight friday evening- wake up. Head to Park HQ and find we are numbers 9 & 10 of 10, on the walk-in list for the North Mountain. climb all day saturday with beautiful sunshine- dinner. sleep. wake up. Climb at the north mountain 3 hours sunday morning- rain. pack up in the rain. drive 10 hours back to Austin. In the rain.
Stay motivated and GO OUTSIDE,