Earlier this month, four intrepid bay area climbers took the journey to the deep south in search of some of the best sandstone boulders in the United States.
Al Liu, a 32 year old Mountain Hardwear employee from Oakland, and Abel Eisentraut, a 41 year old cabinet maker from Oakland, flew from the bay area to Denver, where they promptly missed their connecting flight.
Eventually the pair, made it to Atlanta Georgia, where they met Ryan â€śSkippyâ€ť Gaunt, a 31 year old wind turbine rigger, and his coworker Eric Ruderman, a 34 year old from Santa Cruz. Ruderman and Skippy had flown into Atlanta from a job in Iowa to meet Al and Abel for a two week trip through the south.
While Al had spent some time in the south, and Skippy was a North Carolina boy, the other two had never explored the dirty south.
â€śIt was nice being back in the woods and leaves of the fall. People are real friendly and Chattanooga is a nice quiet town. There were churches everywhere.â€ť
The crew got great weather and only had one day of rain, on a planned rest day. At every restaurant they went to, the waitresses loved the motley crew of climbers. The trip was ideal. â€śThe sandstone. The slopers. Cooking over open fires in HP (didn't bring any gear). Had perfect weather,â€ť said Al, whoâ€™s favorite part of the trip was cooking over an open fire in Horse Pens with his buddies. There was â€śLots of bromance,â€ť said Al.
Al took great pictures of the trip. More of his photos can be found on his blog, here
Tags: Al Liu, Horse Pens 40, Little Rock City
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