Sunday, January 31, 2010

just another winter weekend

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.


zack said...

How do you like the Ibis? I've wanted to try one, looks awesome.

rosey said...

I've enjoyed it. I don't ride it nearly enough but I am pledging to ride it more in 2010. It beats the hell out of the Santa Cruz Heckler it replaced, that's for sure.

I usually run a 650b front wheel during the summer and the slightly larger size has been good to keep the bb higher for the technical New England trails.

As configured it weighs in at 26.5lbs. Not too shabby for a bunch of parts from 2005 (minus frame and fork)