You Know You Are A Climbing Addict When....

1. You change your weekend plans half a dozen times during the week, in search of dry rock to climb.
Our plans for the weekend varied from a long weekend at The Red, a short weekend at the New, to finally a weekend at home. After rain, thunder, and even snow entered the forecast for our destinations, it was ultimately best to stay home! Luckily, we were rewarded by excellent climbing conditions both Sunday and Monday. While it may feel like less of a vacation to spend a long weekend at home, it is indeed nice to sleep in your own bed and nice on the wallet to stay put! Sunday at Rumbling Bald was a day for layering, as the weather vacillated from perfect short sleeve weather and a gentle hawk-soaring breeze, to needing to add a fleece and a shell on the way out when it turned chilly and blustery. Still, there was dry rock to be had and very few people around- a great day for climbing Seven Year Itch and Friday the 13th. Monday we enjoyed climbing in the Lake Lure area as well, but this time we needed some sunscreen despite waking up to a chilly morning. We snapped a few pics of Dave Sharratt doing a first ascent of an area aid climb.

2. You finish the weekend by checking out the weather for next weekend and start planning another climbing trip.

Let's hope there is more sunshine in the forecast for next weekend so we can have our pick of destinations. Of course, the comfort of home and the classic climbs of western North Carolina may keep us nearby!

PS- We found some climbing shoes at Rumbling Bald. Call the shop if you lost a pair!

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