So I’ve been wanting to start up a blog for a long time, but never quite got around to it. It looks like today is the day, so here goes… I will mainly be writing about all things climbing and travel, but I can’t promise that my love for dogs, pastries, and gender equality won’t make it’s way in here as well.
To start it off, I am going to do a recap of this last fall in Salt Lake City. I am an environmental engineer in the Seattle area, but last year I spent three and a half months in Utah so I could be the project manager of a remediation project we had down there. This required me working 60+ hours per week while I was there, but I got to spend all of my time outside of work exploring all the amazing climbing that Utah has to offer.
First I will say that it was definitely hard to spend so much time away from my husband, my dogs, and all of my family and friends. That being said, it was also an incredibly exhilarating experience to be in a new place completely on my own. I met some really amazing people through climbing who made my time there so enjoyable. It was so refreshing to see how welcoming people were to me, and I think it really speaks to how great the climbing community is in general.
I spent most of my time climbing in Joe’s Valley, which is about a two and a half hour drive from Salt Lake. I generally worked 6 days a week, but often times on my one day off I would wake up super early and drive down to Joe’s and meet my new friends there for the day. Totally worth it. There is so much good climbing in Joe’s!!! I had originally intended to find a super hard project, like Finger Hut (v10), and spend my time projecting so hopefully by the end of the season I could get a send. This didn’t end up happening. I gave Finger Hut a couple goes, but got shutdown on the first really powerful move, and decided to move on and just climb a volume of moderates. Some of my favorite climbs that I did down there include Chips (v7), Stir the Pie (called v9, but felt super soft for the grade, still a really fun climb though!), Water Painting (v7), Low Tide (v6), and Dirty Harry (v7).
I also spent some time in Little Cottonwood, which is just outside of Salt Lake City, and I have to say, this is one of my favorite places I have ever climbed. First off, it’s granite, which being from the northwest is something that is near and dear to my heart. I also love that it is right outside of the city (being from the PNW, I have to drive at least two hours to get to any good climbing, so this felt like a special treat that I was able to get outside on workdays!). If you are ever in the area, it is definitely worth it to stop in Little Cottonwood for some bouldering. Some of my favorite climbs here include Barfly (v8), Baldy (v4), and Twisted (v4).
I have just finished up a 5-week training plan with Kris Peters from Training Beta, so in my next few posts I will write a recap of what I learned during this training. Happy Thursday!