Getaway Day

Getaway Day

For many of us who “work for the man” our time away from work for climbing is limited to weekends and the occasional week-long splurge.  This is what makes long weekends like Memorial Day and the upcoming Labor Day holiday so special.  The ability to tack on an extra day to your regular weekend roadtrip can make, for example, driving 16 hours roundtrip for a couple days of climbing at the Red River Gorge much more palatable, and thus such opportunities shouldn’t be wasted.

Unfortunately, events have conspired against my taking advantage of the long weekend for anything climbing related so I’m forced to live vicariously through you, the reader.  I’d be very interested to hear where everyone is going climbing this weekend so feel free to make me jealous share your plans in the comments.

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25 Responses to Getaway Day

  1. Julian September 3, 2010 at 7:55 am #

    I’m in your camp, Narc. Plans for the weekend include: getting rained on by Hurricane Earl at an outdoor wedding, sanding drywall, and painting. If the little baby Jeebus is kind I guess there’s a chance I could get out on Monday, but it’s so slim that it’s hardly worth thinking about.

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  2. steve Schultz September 3, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    You’re always welcome to join us tomorrow on the west bluff……

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  3. Egghead September 3, 2010 at 9:26 am #

    Hopefully at least 2 days at the Lake this weekend. (Well, 2 half days). When you have wife and a couple kids, your “day” really means part of a day. Turned 39 today Narc. I might trek today to Dodge this afternoon or Sunday and do SV again. So far I have age 36, 37, and 38. It’s my hope to do this problem at least once a year until I can’t do it anymore. Campfire one of the nights with marshmallows and beer with the neighbors in the back yard too. Hard to imagine the high tomorrow is 64, it was like 88 a couple days ago. Woohoo! ce

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    • Narc September 3, 2010 at 9:35 am #

      Happy birthday eggnuts! After the smarm of the last few days I was rather pleased to crack a window this morning and feel legit cold air. Always a good development. Best of luck with your SV attempts!

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  4. Mose September 3, 2010 at 10:16 am #

    Things are still sweltering in my neck o’ the woods… supposed to be 103 today and dropping to a brisk 92 by Monday, so climbing is pretty much relegated to the early morning unless I drive to higher elevations, and I can’t really drive anywhere ‘cause my wife is due to give birth at any moment and I’d like to stay in cellphone range. Sigh. Morning rope-soloing & afternoon house-cleaning? Actually, that sounds pretty good…

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  5. Doug Lipinski September 3, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    No climbing for me this weekend, parents visiting, but super psyched for the ever cooling temps on the front range! Sendtember has arrived.

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    • Narc September 3, 2010 at 2:52 pm #

      Doesn’t every weekend feel like a 3 day weekend when you drive like 15 minutes to go climbing outside?? Last year when we came to Boulder for ABS Nats it felt so foreign to do a bunch of stuff in the morning around town and then spend a few hours on Flagstaff in the afternoon pulling down. Totally foreign compared to driving all night, climbing a day and a half and then driving all night home. RAGE.

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      • Doug Lipinski September 3, 2010 at 10:44 pm #

        It’s definitely great to be able to do that, there’s really not even a comparison with a long weekend that includes 8+ hours of driving. Gotta take advantage while it lasts though. I’m moving to Gainesville, FL in January, the only state whose highest point is made of sand.

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  6. Dylan September 3, 2010 at 1:49 pm #

    I’ll be spending a couple of days up at Devils Lake, probably a day of routes and a day of boulders. Hopefully send a few old projects.

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    • Mark September 4, 2010 at 2:58 am #

      Strangely enough, I will too. Maybe its because Dylan and I have unfinished business. Like Anchorpoint (my beta = Narcs beta = uber tall beta).

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  7. brandon September 3, 2010 at 2:10 pm #

    climbing at the red river gorge just like every other day! probably going to hit up either the right side of military or bob marley after work on sunday.

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  8. Sean September 3, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

    Headed to bear creek spire for a few routes. Love the sierras (…hate the commute. Oh well.)

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  9. th September 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    Hopefully hitting up the DWS at Lake Nickajack, TN on Monday!

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  10. Andrew September 3, 2010 at 7:17 pm #

    Three days out in Leavenworth, WA to do some multipitch trad and boulder my brains out!

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  11. jeremy September 4, 2010 at 12:58 am #

    leaving for font tomorrow for 10 days!

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  12. CJS September 4, 2010 at 7:56 am #

    Temps are finally cooling off for those of us in the Northeast. Rumney Monday if I can get enough done around the homestead.

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  13. Servant September 4, 2010 at 9:05 am #

    First visit to RMNP for Chaos canyon bouldering, all the way from smokin hot Austin Texas

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  14. Joe September 4, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    Jeremy wins.

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    • paully September 4, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

      Looks to be like Briana wins. Although, can you go wrong with either???

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  15. Briana September 4, 2010 at 11:26 am #

    I quit my job working for the man and spent a few months in Thailand, a month in Finale Ligure, Italy and a week here and there in Switzerland and France. Next up is Southern Turkey and maybe Kalymnos, Greece and Suesca, Colombia if the money lasts!

    I guess that’s not really weekend plans, but weekends have become a bit irrelevant these days. Hope you all enjoy your holiday! Sorry yours was foiled, Narc.

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  16. Scott September 7, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    I spent the weekend at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch. Went up Friday and had 3.5 days of roped climbing and bouldering. I have apparently been bouldering WAY too much and have hampered my rope climbing. =/ I wasn’t able to repeat the climbs I did there in May.

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  17. Jeremy September 7, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    3 buddies and I drove 15 hours from Chicago to climb Devils Tower along with a a total round trip time of 38 hours which included stopping at our country’s wonderful way of respecting the rock, Mt. Rushmore. We climbed a 5.9- which took waaaay to long, and watched the sunset from the top of that beast. It got dark quick, and had to rap from an unknown route (thankfully we found the next rap stations) and made it through the boulder field just in time to see the milky way breathtakenly shining up the sky!!

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    • Donny September 8, 2010 at 10:29 pm #

      Was one of those three buddies you mentioned a guy named Eddie, by chance? I heard a remarkably similar story from someone (Eddie’s girlfriend) I climb with in Chicago. It sounded pretty excited (and scary) when she told me.

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  18. Narc September 8, 2010 at 7:17 am #

    Anyone that has touched real rock in the past 2 months wins…

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    • SP September 8, 2010 at 8:40 am #

      Climbed some inspiring runouts in the ‘dacks (R is not used lightly up there). Tons of mileage in the wilderness, with multi-hour approaches to some of the best stone I’ve touched (at least until we were rained out).

      Special weekend for sure. Now back to numerical goals for the next 6 weeks…

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