We’re in the city lovingly referred to as Chatty, our final leg of the “True South” bouldering exploration. We had our first day of climbing at Stone Fort yesterday and it, yet again, lived up to all the hype. Met some locals, fell a lot, and even sent a little (highlighted by Byron’s first V6 of the trip, The Wave); we are incredibly psyched to get back on the gritty sandstone tomorrow (as long as the rain subsides). More on Chattanooga soon, but first…Episode 4 is ready for your viewing!
Our newest video is based on a conclusion we came to after leaving Hueco Tanks, Texas: every day in Hueco Tanks, someone you’ve never heard of does something impressive. There’s also usually someone hyper famous doing something along the same caliber, but that’s basic Hueco knowledge. This video is about Alban Besnier, mostly because he climbs strong, has a great attitude, and generally impressed us. The first day we climbed with Alban and his travel companion, Caroline, we went on a tour to East Mountain and he sent Liane, Sunshine, and Mojo – all in his signature shorts. He sent almost everything he touched that day, which was awesome to see, but what impacted the three of us the most was his spotting. Even though he climbed more than the rest of the climbers in the tour group combined, he was still an attentive and good spotter to each of us. That commitment blew us away and we each changed our spotting strategies because of his – you can read more about this in the Hueco Wrap Up blog post.
Without further ado, here is Alban from France crushing! And, after that, the story of how we got our groove. Oh yea.
Alban from France (RV Project Episode 4) from ByronWolter on Vimeo.
We meant to start the road trip around January, peak season for climbing. For those of you who have kept up with the blog, you might remember the many setbacks we had before we even got on the road: finding a trailer, multiple car breakdowns, and then top it all off, I got sicker than I have been in many years. Needless to say, we got off to a rocky and late start. We were disappointed that we would not be in Hueco for the top climbing temps, but were excited that we would be there for the Hueco Rock Rodeo. Read more…