Climbing In Snake Den


So this past week has been yet another rough one. My grandfather who had been ill for the past few months took a bad turn and sadly passed away on Thursday.  Hopefully this will be the last death in my family for a while but I can’t let it stop me from doing what I love. I find that climbing (or any hobby) really helps take my mind off of things. When I’m climbing it feels like all my problems just go away and I don’t thing about them. In fact I feel as if it may even make me climb a little harder because I know my loved ones are watching and I want to show off how far I have came to them. Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 12.48.04 PMOver the weekend I decided to take a little trip to Snake Den Park. It’s only about a minute drive from my house in Johnston and I can even walk there through the woods if I wanted too. Unfortunately the people living on the farm behind my house don’t like me doing that since I would have to cut through the farm to get there. Anyways, I have done some top roping there before so I decided that this time I would check out some of the bouldering. I actually had a lot of fun and found that the there is a lot more bouldering then I expected. I’m not entirely sure of the rating for each rock that I bouldered but I could probably guess based on my experience. The one down side is the fact that not too many people actually climb in there anymore so a lot of the rock is very loose and I’m constantly throwing broken rock off of the rock. A few times I almost took a sketchy fall that could have left me injured but it’s funny how much of a better climber you become when your life or injury is on the line.  Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 12.48.13 PMAnother thing about climbing in Snake Den is that since not too many people climb in there anymore there is a lot of dry moss growing on the rock that gets all over you when you climb. It may not be a big deal to some people but for a girl like me its pretty annoying. Especially when it starts to go down your shirt into your bra.

I also noticed some more top roping spots that I didn’t see last time I was there so I do plan on going back sometime soon to do some big wall climbing. I will also be back to boulder but I think I might check out some other spots in the mean time.  There are actually a lot of cool places to climb in RI especially when it comes to bouldering. I do plan on doing a lot more outdoor climbing this spring and summer than I did last year. Being in the gym is fun and all but climbing outside is so much better and is a completely different feeling.  Just being outdoors alone makes it even better for me.  I see so many people just being gym rats and climbing in the gym all summer long and hardly getting outside. How can anyone be a good climber if they haven’t had that much outdoor experience?  Does anyone else feel the same way?

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