A pair of climbing shoes in your backpack provides a special kind of possibility. The collaborative nature of the sport combined with the growing homogeneity of global subcultures almost guarantees a friend and an adventure in an unfamiliar place. A three-day stop in Austin this summer turned into a week-long exploration of what has become one of my favorite cities in the US, thanks in part to a group of climbers who brought me to the limestone crags in the Barton Creek Greenbelt.
Climbing at night is the ultimate in vertical mind training. Being suspended forty feet in the air by a rope I couldn't see and a rock I could only feel gave intention, trust, and purpose to my movements at a level that my daylight-climbing self only dreams of.
Thanks to Claudia, Renee, Captain and friends.