For a few weeks now, my friends Anthony and Jeanna have been talking about Maple Canyon- a place to climb where the rock is very grippy (a good thing) and the routes (the path you take up the rock) are fairly easy, compared to other areas near where we live. Since Chris was working multiple 12-13 hour days on a big project and couldn’t spend time with me, I decided to join Anthony, Jeanna and their new dog Pandy for a one nighter camping/climbing trip in Maple Canyon- just about 2 hours from our house.
We left after work on Friday, and set up in the dark at our campsite around 10pm. This is after 3 stops on a 2 hour drive. We had to get some food at the grocery store, dinner at Sonic and stop at Walmart for a tent. Anthony forgot the tent poles for his tent, and realized this when we were 15 minutes from the campsite. We stopped at Walmart and got a $35 tent, which he returned a few days later. We set up our campsite and went to bed- nothing exciting. The tent was not quality, but it was only one night.
This is my very first lead climb outside. Unlike top rope climbing, with lead climbing you anchor your rope as you climb. There are bolts in the rock and you clip a carabeiner into the rock and put your rope through it. On this route, I had 4 spots where I had to put my carabeiner and rope in. In this photo, I have one done, 3 to go.