What; Valentine's Weekend 2017
Who: Mcnutterbutters, Reyes-Ortiz, Erika, and Us!
Where: Reimers Ranch, Treaty Oak Brewing and Distilling
When: Feb 11-12, 2017
It was an awesome weekend celebrating friendships, marriage, food, and pets...For a winter weekend, it was very warm. Got to visit the Reyes-Ortiz home for the first time and thought there place was awesome! Treaty Oak Brewing and Distilling is placed in a nice bucolic setting, family friendly, and their spirits are pretty good. Beers are session style brews...
We climbed Reimers Proper on Saturday, cimbing at Shortcake and Dr. Suess Wall and we Climbed At Northshore on Sunday.
Anywho, it was a great relaxing weekend and everyone enjoyed each other's company. We missed a few of our people on this trip...but hopefully we can all get together soon.
Until next time Friends!!! BTW, its interesting seeing the transformation from Hugo to Carlos...
What: Ouray Ice Climbs
Where Ouray Ice Park, Ouray, CO
When: January 27-29, 2017
Who: Shaun Spry, Pan Blanco, Victor Sanchez, Glenda and Hugo Reyes Ortiz, Lauren Lay, Yours Truly.
Climbed in several areas in the park, including School Room, New Funtier, Fiver Fingers, Pic O Vic Area, and more...We climbed primarly WI4 ice with a couple WI5 routes in finger areas. This was my third time out to the park and it was the rest of the crew's first time ice climbing...they all loved it.
In our vacation to CO this winter, we drank at DAM Brewery, Ouray Brewery, Ourayle Brewery, Eddyline Brewery, and Wynkoop Brewery. Favorite drink of the stay was Black Eddy IPA from Eddyline. Fantastic.
On our last day in CO, we had a great morning session at North Table mountain where we sampled the greasy Basalt...oh the years and years of climbing at this place. Fortunately for us, one of our local climbing areas is full of greasy polished limestone so we felt comfortable climbing on this.
My friend Lauren (in the blue and glasses), joined us from Fraser, CO and it was a blast hanging with her. She is full of energy and has an infectious "go-get'em attitude"...it was fun being around her. I also think Hugo is out of shape...;)
So...Ouray is just the best. Been fortunate to visit many areas in this state and I keep coming back here and saying the same thing..."It's my favorite!" I've been here in Summer, Winter...and it doesn't matter. This place is incredible. From the town, to the canyons, to Yankee Boy Basin, Million Dollar HWY, and more...this place has a special place in my heart.
Anyways...don't have much of a trip report for ya...what you need to know is this...Ice climbing 2017 was awesome. From the first day climbing at -8 degrees, to the 1,925' of total ice climbing, and our good friend Evan Williams congratulating us on each route...this was an amazing experience. Our boy Victor here turned 31 years old on the trip and we sang him the worst, half ass rendition of Happy Birthday anyone could of ever gotten. Oh yeah...we also shared a hot tub dip with a stranger in what looked like pee water. But it was hot and it felt great...
So all I have left is pics to enjoy...I know you guys like sharing stories and having an easy place to show your photos...I hope you can reference this post. Enjoy!
Celebrated the new year with friends and family! Spent three days climbing Erock and Reimers...was a great way to kick off the year and spent quality time outdoors.
Reyes-Ortiz, McNeely's, Truby's, Hardins, Hendrixs, and us!
Another wonderful year with wonderful people seeing wonderful places. 2016 was definitely a year of growth. I have watched my girls get a bit older.
...a bit bolder...
more loving and caring of their relationships...
My Sarah is still putting up with me...lovingly and selflessly. She continues to support me in my pursuits...albeit a mountain or chasing down a beer im looking for. She is supportive and allows me to dream and make those wishes a reality.
She continues to be the best Momma to our Girls. She loves them, takes care of them, and supports them in every way. She is kind, sweet, and the best role model you can ask for.
2016 is the best I hope for, and the most I want of each year...I want daughters who grow and explore, a loving and supportive wife, and a Momma the girls can learn so much from. I ask for more of the same in the year to follow. I want the girls to be stretched out of comfort zones...to get stronger and braver...for my marriage to deepen...and to be a man that Sarah and the girls are proud of.
I look back on the year...and I am grateful for:
Friends...for Family....for my mom and dad...for neighbors...For NPN...for community...for wild places...good food...good beer...homebrew beer...mountains...trails...trees...camps...fires...ice...smores...coffee...sleeping bags...partners...rainstorms...rivers...creeks...wildlife...and more.
In 2017...I have some more goals. Hopefully they come to fruition. Some are loftier than others...more than anything else...I hope to continue to build a community of people who can rely and trust each other...hold each other accountable...love on one another...and learn from our many mistakes. I hope that we can be transparent with one another...and learn to work through good, bad, and ugly. I look forward to whats lies ahead.
Shots below are my favorite climbs, goals attained of 2016:
goal #1 For Whom Bells Toll in Arkansas in January
Goal #2 Supercrack of the Desert/Indian Creek, Utah
Goal #3...Scarface in Indian Creek, Utah
Goal #4...Namaste in Zion National Park
Goal #5...Finally completing the 4 Pass loop on third attempt
In 2017...Im looking forward to taking friends Ice Climbing who have never been...climb on Devil's Tower...and hopefully climb the Grand Teton. Right now, I dont have a specific climb/project I have in 2017, but that might change if I find a climb I really want to send.