Today, I am thankful for our first climbing adventure of 2008. Our goal of climbing outdoors at least once each month regardless of the season hasn't changed.
S, T and I last climbed outdoors a month ago when we spent the afternoon bouldering in Ute Valley Park. We spent New Year's Eve at a private party at the indoor climbing gym where we climbed, bouldered, ate but did not drink.
Today's adventure took us back to our beloved Red Rock Canyon. We almost aborted the trip, however, due to the blustery conditions. Luckily, we ran into fellow climber, Bruce, in the parking lot. He advised that we would be okay as long as we climbed on the west canyon wall.
So, despite the very windy conditions, S and I each made eight ascents on familiar routes on The Whale. I felt very fit and strong but a little out of practice. S climbed very well. T also had a good time, chewing on his favorite scrub oak branches and catching a few rays of winter sun.
For this blessing, I am grateful.