The mystical land known as my 20s has been an incredibly interesting journey, from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. One such high was experienced a couple of years ago on the road- dirtbagging, travelling, living a minimalist lifestyle and climbing from sun up til sun down. It was my very first time roadtripping out of a van- a trusty old ’97 GMC Safari named Bette. It was through Bette that I travelled to Nevada for Red Rock Canyon- climbing four amazing days through a Vegas heatwave. I can still remember the excitement as I approached an area known as The Black Corridor, a well traveled area for moderate single pitch sport climbs. Or the adrenaline I felt as I braced myself for any potential rattle snakes enroute to my climbing destination. The verdict was that four days was not enough and that I’d have to come back to Red Rocks to experience more of the amazing sandstone- all red of course! This was two and a half years ago.
As I was heading home from Red Rocks, a stop was made at Zion National Park in Utah. Zion was one of those places that’s been on my bucket list for ages, and I was so incredibly happy that I, believed, had this chance to step foot inside the park. What neither myself or my climbing partner at the time realized was that you needed to take a shuttle into the park, as we were there during peak season. Zion and Utah was a small stop for us as we journeyed back home. As a result of this, we just didn’t have enough time to try and get into Zion. Two and a half years ago, the closest I was to crossing this off my bucket list was getting to the entrance of the park.
Fast forward two and a half years later, new life experiences, climbing in other destinations and a diploma later, I will finally be revisiting Red Rocks and Zion National Park. This time, with a new set of wheels and a new climbing and adventure buddy, Ali.
Ali and I will be leaving mid-December on a solid- yet somewhat of a whirlwind- two week adventure. Unlike the last trip, in which all of our climbing consisted of sport climbing and bouldering, this trip will be spilt between hard sport climbs and fun trad routes.
We’ll be in Red Rocks for six days and eventually make our way to Zion on Christmas Eve- after experiencing a walk down the Vegas strip and playing penny slots the day before Christmas! 😉 A short drive to Zion from Red Rocks, and we expect to be at Zion National Park in the afternoon on Christmas Eve sometime.
By Christmas, Ali and I will be climbing some fun trad routes in Zion. Zion isn’t a destination that either Ali nor I know many climber friends to travel to. This is exactly why we wanted to go- to explore something new. Something different. We have four glorious days of climbing and hiking planned, and I couldn’t be more excited. This is the first time that I’ll be away from home for the holidays, and I do have to admit, as Christmas decorations were being put up around the house, it was somewhat sad to think that I wouldn’t be here to partake in the yearly traditions. However, after some disappointing events, I decided that leaving to do something that Im passionate about would help me refresh, refocus and help with ringing in the new year with a more positive outlook on life.
After two and a half years, Im revisiting the freedom of the open road and finally crossing off that bucketlist item. I cannot wait to get reacquainted with those red rocks- and as always, updates will be made here for a look into my adventures! Stay tune.
Life on the road, to be continued.