Wednesday, April 13, 2011

to Albuquerque and beyond...

After a month of Idaho hospitality and experiencing what 562 inches of snow per year felt like, we packed away our skis and returned to the southwest.  Driving south, we watched as winter shook out her last few feet of snow on Utah, and before we knew it we were back in the desert.  Our friend and mentor, Sarah Councell, lives outside of ABQ and it was from her futon where we enjoyed this past weekend.

Sarah lives outside of ABQ on a beautiful parcel owned by her employer, Albuquerque Academy.  She serves as the current caretaker of the property, and in return is provided with a fantastic house in a beautiful canyon! With her own private set of boulders and a small, mountain waterfall, she resides there with her garden and her fiance, Dan.  We felt really fortunate to catch up with Sarah, while be able visit such a  special place and take in the beautiful views...

We spent Saturday clipping bolts along side the Rio Grande on some very cool New Mexican basalt.  The climbing was really interesting, with sharp, clean edges and cracks.   Somewhat reminiscent of the Gunks, but with bolts abounding.

All in all, Albuquerque was wonderful and it felt really great to do some cragging after a month of skiing, especially with Sarah! 

until next time...

1 comment:

  1. There is no chalk on those holds...How do you know where to put your hands?