This climbing season has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean that we cannot smile fondly upon what was once was. In this stellar series of four trips, we had big, mostly two-van excursions that led to a historical amount of WilSkillers sending their first climbs or crushing PRs. Cuddle up with a cold Ale8 and uncooked Ramen (smothered in PB and/or honey) as we review the most top shelf-trip book entries and pictures. -Mabrahammer
High points: -Showing outdoor climbing to a lot of folks for the first time, a beautiful 5.10a crimpfest to finish up Saturday, onsighting the drive out of the PMRP, watching Sazzy B shred her third outdoor lead
Low points: -“What is LNT?” –Mark, Sunday. 1pm. [explicative]; olive oil? Eh, who needs it?
I’ve said it before, but this is my favorite place in the world. <3 -dyl
[still recovering from stoke, unable to write]
Although waking up each morning was difficult, you lovely people made it worth it. Everyone killed it this weekend and I’m so proud. Two beautiful days in amazing places with great people made this trip one to remember. -Scarano (Skeezy-P)
First time climbing outdoors ever + I had the BEST time. Shout out to everyone for bearing with me as a I learned how to belay, how to crack climb jargon, and a whole slew of other first. The beautiful views from the top and getting to know the AMAZING instructors + other students in this trip were totally worth waking to dogs wanting to play fetch and the fact that I won’t be able to use my arms for the next week. Morale is so high right now. <3Natalie H.
Good poops. -Zephyr (Diplo)
Frone Weihnachten (Merry X-mas), guys – it seems like Christmas has taken over Halloween and Santa himself came on the WilSkills climbing trip with us. He did a hell of a job leading the climbs—of course he did, he is in quite good shape from all the chimney climbing he does over winder break. for some reason though his heart is longing for another type of sport as one night he dreamt about baseball and apparently felt the urgent need to share this with all of us by sleeptalking. We also had a bunch of illegal immigrants sifting around the the campfire together with random pieces of furniture that eventually turned into some silly college students playing psychiatrist. We experience a great mix of German and American childhood by baking bread and smores on stickes over the fire. We found out that the best guacamole is made by at least three people who are swaying in a hammock while making it. I had a great time, best WilSkills trip and definitely not my last. -Alina