Prior to leaving NC for the summer I spent a few weeks taking advantage of how close I work to bouldering areas and was able to meet the Boone crew for quite a few afternoon sessions after school. When I initially left work I debated each time whether or not I would rather go take a nap or if I could manage to climb anything, but climbing inevitably won. I didn’t send anything hard on those days, but after a full day of work I was pleased to send anything at all! And every now and then I would put on my “try hard panties” and make a lot of progress on harder problems, which has me psyched on the fact that fall will roll around sometime and I will be back to living in a badass bouldering area.
If you’ve stuck with reading this post so far I appreciate your patience. The underlying reason for this post was to kick-off the Climbing Rap Battle with Melise and anyone else who is interested. A few weeks ago, my friend Melise shared her lyrical prowess at Grandmother Boulders. I was inspired to write my first round of lyrics the next day, as I sat for over two hours giving an English end-of-course retest. This attempt is pathetic, I know, but bear with me.
I’m really bad at rhyme and I struggle to keep time
but as a challenge from a friend I’ll ramble through from start to end.
You’ll notice I’m not tall; don’t even clear 5 feet at all,
sometimes my height might make me stall and then I take a wonder-fall…
from routes or problems, it matters not to me-
Southeastern temps guide me to climb seasonally.
I boulder when it’s cold ’til my digits do explode then I shift my game to sport and push ’til forearms scream abort.
Whining about temps, I think is kinda lame, cause we can’t control that- it’s Mama Nature’s sphere ‘o domain.
Your reason to climb is your will to find;
we’ve each got hidden factors within our own mind.
Fitness, competing, socializing, pleasure…
I hope whatever your reason you try with worthy measure.
To sum things up, spitting lines is not for me but I will climb them all day long with Southern hospitality.
It’s taken just about all of my patience to copy & paste blog posts to update this one, so I’ll wait just a bit to write a new post about my summer of climbing thus far. I left NC on Friday, 5/25 and stayed at the New until Tuesday, 5/29. I drove straight from the New to the Red, where I am living in my car at Miguel’s for pretty much the whole summer. Again, I’ll update on my next rest/rain day!