My buddies have been bugging me to go rock climbing with them for a while. On Saturday, since it was about 8 degrees outside I took them up on the invite and went to the Everett rock gym. We spent 3 hours there, taking turns climbing, belaying, and bouldering on the huge assortment of routes they offer. I think the best I was able to manage was a 5.9 that was easier than most of the 5.8's I did. Wicked fun way to spend a cold afternoon and totally rip your fingers and forearms. Of course, if I did it right, I'd use my legs more but where's the fun in that?
On Sunday I hit the trails at Caryl Park and Hale Reservation in Dover. I've ridden Hale before but never Caryl Park. There is a great assortment of trails and it is surprisingly close to JP so I think I will make it a more regular destination. Despite the snow and ice, the traction was actually really good. Aside from a few iced over areas, the trails were a total blast and we had no trouble keeping warm during our 2.5 hours. Thanks to Rob Bauer and my buddy Adam for showing me around.