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Jan. 29th, 2016
WRITTEN BY: Michael Fisher
Thank you so much to Static Climbing, who made this trip possible. Their chalk bags and brushes are a must have for any climbing trip and we highly recommend their hand made craftsmanship to any climber.
As climbers and wanderers we never truly know where we are going to end up. Time away from the outdoors only makes the mountains call louder and with a much needed vacation from school in hand, my fiancé Samantha; friends, Dan Davis, Chris Fogarty, Jess Shim, and I found ourselves amongst the Sandstone boulders of Stone Fort, Tennessee.
With five days of sun and unseasonably warm temps we set off on the eight hour drive to Stone Fort. Throwing in an alpine start had us bouldering by the end of day one, with the three amigos sending Super Mario (V4) and Chris sending The Wave (V6) and Tennessee Thong (V7). This turned into a perfect cake to top with 4 more days of sending.
The following days were met with a lot of joy, and a lot of pain. Everyone sent the classic V3 “Ribcage” which has an almost addictively cool hold to pull the crux on; basically a half of a ribcage! Chris, Dan, and I climbed the extension, “Sternum” (V5), which climbed outright using a big sternum shaped pinch. Chris then cruised “Robin’ the Tooth Fairy” (V9) and his first (V10), “Lured Undercling”. Many projects were left unfinished though, calling in the back of our minds to be taken down with more tries and more skin.
As we collected our thoughts and readied for the return to the city life, and classes, a silent vibe could be felt through all of us. We had come to boulder and test our strengths, and had not only been rewarded with success, but with failure. While each send boosted us to keep climbing, it was this craving for unfinished projects that kept us coming back to the crag. We packed our bags and readied for the eight hour car ride home, and planned our next trip, to finish projects, and start new ones.