Friday, May 21, 2010

Birthdays and Belays at Shelf Road

For my 25th birthday last weekend, three girls and three dogs packed into a tiny car with all of our climbing gear and drove down to an area in southern Colorado called Shelf Road. The weather was hot and sunny but cool in the shade, making for perfect climbing weather on the extensive vertical limestone cliffs.

This was my first all-female climbing trip and it was a very different experience- the dynamic was much more relaxed yet I felt inspired to try much harder and take some bigger falls. We all suffered from some mysterious, villainous pollen that was causing us horrendous allergies, but despite all the sniffing, sneezing, and nose-blowing, the trip was a great success.

Many climbs were climbed in the heat of the sun, many beers were drunk under the crescent moon, and we returned home with sore fingers, already planning our next trip back to Shelf.

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