Hey Everyone! We left Colorado Springs two Saturdays ago, and it took us two days to drive across country to Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Arkansas. On the way over we stayed the night in Tulsa! We didn’t spend too much time there, except to really just stay the night. However, thanks to Cathy’s sister Tricia, we did visit the Center of the Universe….who knew it was in Tulsa!! Basically, there is this anomaly in the middle of the city where if you stand in this one exact spot, when you speak your voice sounds like it is echoing, but only to you, to everyone else it sound the same. It is really weird, because they can’t really explain it……so you feel like you are at the Center of the Universe!
That afternoon we settled into our camp spot at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch. For those who don’t know, the Ranch is a great place to climb, and it hosts a 24 hour climbing competition every year in September ( http://twofourhell.com/24HHH/Home.html ). I didn’t do it last year since we were overseas, but I did compete in 2010 and 2011, and my climbing partner Chris and I are doing it again this year. So we are here at the Ranch early to get some more endurance training in, and get some of the routes dialed down. Here are a couple of shots of life at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch.
Chris and I are going for a new personal record for our team this year, so we have been working hard. As a man over 40 now I know that if you work hard you need to also rest. Cathy and I have taken a couple of days off and done some exploring around the Ozark Mountains. On one day we did some scenic drives, and there was not a lot to see, but we did get a good shot towards the end of the drive.
On the other day we had a good workout in the morning at a really nice park in the town of Jasper. It was right on the Buffalo River, which can make your workout a little nicer!
We then headed to a classic Arkansas hike called Hawksbill Crag. A really nice hike through the woods with some really good views at the end.
The past coupe of days we have spent climbing some more, and doing a little more exploring of some of the new crags at the Ranch. Cathy has really turned up her game, and has been leading a bunch of routes and lead her first 5.10b route today! Here are couple of pics from the past couple of days.
We are going to spend tomorrow doing a little climbing, then it will be rest time to make sure the body is in tip top shape for the comp. It starts this Friday at 10am, and we climb until 10am Saturday! Our team name this year is “He’s 40….I am not!”…..needless to say, I did not come up with that one! Wish us luck and we will post how we did after the comp.