Monday, May 2, 2011

Code Black

The last week has been interesting to say the least.  We happened to be camping outside of Chattanooga when the tornado storm system blew through.  Needless to say we didn't go climbing that day.

We waited out the first tornado warning sleeping blissfully unaware in our tent.  Thankfully all we saw of that one was a torrential downpour.  Once we got up and headed into town we realized what was going on.  Our quest to find a post office turned into a mini tour of the city, encountering many downed trees, closed roads and power outages.  By our fifth post office we finally found one with power.

We spent the rest of the day waiting out the subsequent tornado warnings in a grocery store, a Walmart, a Chinese restaurant and a McDonald's.  It all blew through by around 11pm, and were finally able to go comfortably go back and sleep in the tent.  Which managed to survive quite well despite the many downed branches and a nearby toppled tree.

We spent the next few days bouldering at our favourite golf course/boulder field, Stone Fort.  They apparently had a large Easter Egg hunt among the boulders over the Easter weekend.  It was fun to find the left over eggs, which all contained delicous candy, in the nooks and crannies of the boulders.

Despite the conditions not being as ideal as during our last visit, we still had a great time enjoying the huge variety of climbing.  Here I am working the moves of the amazing hard slab, Space, V8.

Kristal on the interesting and fun, Black Carpet, V4.

One of the more intimidating (and awesome) lines here is the tall, somewhat terrifying and aptly named, Tall Crack, V2.  Here is Kristal preparing for and climbing on it.


  1. You should come to Yosemite, the weather is awesome!

  2. By the way, Chelsea and I LOVE the picture of Kristal with the Easter eggs

  3. Thanks Laura! You and Chelsea would have loved hunting for the Easter eggs.