Southeast Road Trip, Part 1: Horsepens 40

David and I decided practically last minute to take a road trip to the southeast. We were super excited because neither of us had been there and we had heard of the many amazing places to rock climb. Although our trip was short, we were able to climb a few days in one of the best places in the SE, Horsepens 40, just outside of Steele, Alabama (about an hour from Birmingham). Our friend Erwin was in town visiting family as well, and he was able to sneak out and join us the first day for an afternoon on the beautiful boulders.

Day 1:

The temperature was in the high 30s. Burr!

Getting ready to crush! Ha ha ha

The rock is slopey sandstone. Sticky. Yummy.

Erwin warming up

This is a lot harder than it looks! I should probably lay off the donuts.

Two tiny holds to another tiny hold

My turn

David tops out!

Day 2 (my birthday!):

Starting the day off with a good birthday breakfast!

The rock is SO weird looking.

Finding my own beta on Growing Stone V2

David cruises up the problem after a few tries. I’m so jelly.

One of the coolest formations we bumped into!

A view on top of Chandler Mountain

Hueco Tanks

David and I, along with 28 other climbers, went to Hueco Tanks State Park for a long weekend to go rock climbing. It was so fun! For those of you who have not been to Hueco Tanks, it is a huge formation of rocks 32 miles outside of El Paso. It is considered by many Native Americans to be a spiritual place, with hundreds of pictographs painted on rocks throughout the park. It just so happens that Hueco Tanks is one of the best bouldering areas in the U.S., some say, the world. With a little over 20 hours of driving for just a 4-day trip, we made the most of it. We climbed on some beautiful rock, spent evenings by the fire chatting with new and old friends, and breathing in the crisp desert air. Road trips like these reset my soul, and continually make me appreciate the natural world around us.

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