It was nice outside all during the work week… and then it rained on Saturday. I had made plans for Saturday with several climbing friends three whole weeks in advance. But worry not, our plans were not foiled by the rain.
Backstory: I met a group of climbers at the climbing wall of our local YMCA. It’s no climbing gym, but is is well kept, and the Wednesday Night Adult Climb attracts a loyal crew of great climbers and above all great people. I got to know them just a bit this winter as I would utilize the wall for some of my endurance workouts. Many times the the topic of my Homewall would come up. And many times we discussed that we should all get together and climb at my house. So we made it happen.
As often is the case for climbers in the ‘Real World’, lining up schedules is often a challenge. I often have a hard enough time lining up schedules with just my wife and two sons. So to arrange for several families, we had to start early. Three weeks in advance. When we approached the 1-week mark, I was pleasantly surprised how many RSVP’d to attend.
I did tell them that I would grill for them. They all brought snacks, I fired up the grill and charred some meat product and we all had a great time. Even though it was cloudy and rainy most of the day.
The morals of the story are:
(1) Plan Ahead… WAY Ahead!!!
(2) Good people = Good times!!!
(3) Climbing is a very social activity and we feed off of the energy of those we climb with.
~ Climb 4 Real ~