I just took my first spring stroll around Golden. As I opened the door, as if on cue with the calendar, I smelled the sweet scent of blooming flowers in the air. Ahhhhhhh what a feeling! As our preparation for the climbing season continues, we took our first trip of 2015 down to Shelf Road for a bit of real rock, camping, and campfires under the stars.
We have just finished the power phase of our workout and are starting to transition into the power endurance phase. This will have been the longest stretch that we’ve dedicated to just power and bouldering and man it showed. Seems like we could hold onto small holds but lacked endurance and felt a bit awkward on the rock. Looking forward to getting back into the flow and regaining endurance – this time hopefully with added strength!
We got to spend a great weekend with Nate and Kari who we met during our very first visit to Shelf. Along with their dog Dani we had a pleasant weekend under the stars and nearly full moon. The days were warm in the sun and manageable in the shade. Most of the snow was gone but hung-in on shaded slopes. Hopefully we will be headed back this way again next weekend.
Aside from the climbing, it just felt really good to be back out and camping again. To save money in the summers with a reduced income we don’t travel as much and find ourselves sticking closer to home in Clear Creek. It may have been November since our last camping/climbing trip! The feeling we get in these remote and beautiful places serves to recharge us mentally and spiritually. It’s impossible to visit a place like Shelf, drive its dirt roads, soak in the sun, feel the fresh breeze and silence without feeling immediately relaxed. A world away from work. A world away from traffic and all the hubbub – but exactly where we want to be.