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. Over 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. Another 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?