Bouldering – Bishop

So, 10 days in California.  It was a blast, and really the first road trip I’ve done in a few years!  It was nice, even if we did just drive through the night.  Things always get a little interesting when you hit the road or the skies, but something about the road just seems more adventurous!

To make things slightly more adventurous, Kaya hitched a ride with us unexpectedly as well! 

Since we knew we’d be spending time with family for part of the trip (aka, not camping) we knew the dog could be a bit difficult.  Plus we were driving in a tiny Honda Civic with a massive boulder pad (what she’s sitting on in the photo above). Unfortunately, Kaya got off to a bit of a rough start with the kennel owner, though, and he wasn’t comfortable keeping her for 10 days :(. 

But we all got comfortable and hit the road!

And, like I mentioned last time, we ended up in Bishop, CA for some great bouldering!  We climbed at three different spots within 20 miutes of town. 

the Buttermilks…

the Happy’s…

and the Sad’s…which I only shot right before sunset…

And this was the best camping spot ever.  We got there at night and Jesse hinted at how awesome the views were but I was still blown away…

And here are some climbing highlights.

Some randoms of Jesse.

And some of the problems, I climbed…

This first one gave me hell and I never did make it to the top.

This next one was really fun and took a lot of tries, but eventually I got the moves and made it to the top.

And this was the last problem I did in Bishop.  A V0 (easiest rating except for a VB, V-beginner) highball problem.  It was lots of fun even though I swore at the top out, because I didn’t see the hude holds at first ;).

And that’s it!

Right now I’m hanging out in a hotel in Tulsa on my way to see some friends in Birmingham for Thanksgiving, and then on to Richmond, where I grew up.

Back soon with some funny stories from the road!

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30 Days Ago

30 days ago I did something kind of scary…  30 days ago, I resigned from my job.  It’s hard to believe, but it was quite a few months ago I decided that I want to do a few more things in life before I really settle down to focus on a career.  I want to travel and experience more than a full time job could afford, so I’m off. 

I’m going to be living the proverbial dream (at least my version of it ;)) and that excites me in a way I haven’t felt since, ironically, I moved to Wyoming (for the job that I left 30 days ago) without knowing a soul. 

Personally, I want to know that I’ve lived as much as an ambitious, adventurous (and jobless!) 26 year old can before I settle down.  I want to push my limits and have the freedom to pick up and go wherever my wallet and imagination can afford for a little while. 

So that’s what I’m doing.  Right now, my passion is rock climbing and I’ve moved to a smaller town in Wyoming at the foothills of the Wind River mountains.  This place is sport climbing heaven and there’s some killer back country snowboarding around as well for the off days from climbing this winter!

I could end up in many different places in the next year, but here a few plans/ideas that are constantly evolving. 

I do know that I’m road tripping to Texas for a one month, epic climbing trip in February.  We’re going to Heuco Tanks and we’ll be traveling in a kind of luxury that could only be experienced in a beauty like this.

The Van

Yeah!

Then in March I could end up in the Caymen Islands or New Zealand for some climbing shenanigans.  The scales are tipping towards NZ right now, since that was the original plan, but we’ll see how the fledgling plans for the Caymens shake out.  If NZ is in the cards I’ll probably hop over to Australia for a bit as well.  Otherwise…

Who knows :).

That’s the beauty of all of this.  For now, I do know that I’ll be traveling to some great spots, meeting some awesome people, and living my life to the fullest. 

Anyways, what did I do on the last day of my “career job?”  Besides eating an absurd amount of cake and pie and saying many goodbyes?  Well, I didn’t just drive over to climbing heaven and set up shop right away.  I took a bit of a road trip. 

After driving throughout the night for 13 hours, through southwestern Wyoming, Utah, and the Nevada desert, this is where Jesse and I ended up.

 

We spent 10 days climbing at the bottom of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Bishop, California!  Bishop is a bouldering mecca.  People travel from all over the world to climb on these rocks.

 We also visited some of each of our families in San Diego and LA for a good 2 ½ days off from wrecking our muscles and finger tips ;).  One hell of a way to kick it all off!

I’ll be back with another post with many more pictures from the trip!