Mt. Erie Climbing Just Us
It's been far too long since little man and I got out so with a break in the weather, and no work to be done (that we wanted to do anyway) Auden and I set out to get our rock on at Mt. Erie.
We're pretty blessed that this outdoor climbing spot is about an hour from our house just north of Deception Pass. There are a ton of routes and different little walls on the south face of Mt. Erie so we chose to hit the Crack Wall section where I've climbed before, and guessed we'd have the spot to ourselves. Sure enough when we got there around 10:30am, and then made the short 15min hike to the wall we found ourselves completely alone and pumped for such great weather. The wind was kicking up, but this little gem of a spot is totally out of the wind and a perfect spot for him to climb and not feel the pressure of other people.
I scrambled up the trail and around to the top of the wall where you can access about 1/2 the bolted routes from the top. I got a nice little top-rope setup going for him and after getting all geared up we were tied in and ready! Man, what can I say... he did great! All his perseverance and dedication that he's been putting in at the YMCA rock wall is really paying off. He scurried right up a 5.6 like it was no big deal at all. I think his biggest issue was that his little (sorry, not supposed to say little) hands just aren't "manned" up enough yet so after doing a couple routes his little (oops, I mean manly) hands were pretty beat up and sore. Lesson learned on my part, and next time I'll make sure and get him a thin roll of tape so he can tape his fingers up before we climb. That should really help.
We sat down for some snacks, and got in one last route before we called it a day. You know I was sitting there belaying him on that last route looking up just in awe of how blessed I am to have such an awesome little boy. He's tough, but gentle. He's aggressive, but kind. He's talented, but humble. He's determined, but aware of his surroundings. Have I mentioned how much I love being a dad?! Climb on little man! Climb on!