Red River Gorge Part II

I know these next pictures are all about climbing and not about beer, but I’m going to shamelessly put them up because I am ridiculously proud of myself!

But first I would like to thank Ryan for professionally building me a cheater rock so that I could reach the start holds on the climb!

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This was my first 5.11c climb, called On Beyond Zebra. I didn’t make the whole climb clean, but I faced my fear about falling and really pushed myself. I’ve never climbed anything so overhanging!

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Halfway up the climb, there was a big ledge, which was a great rest, but moving out from under the ledge and trusting that you would find handholds and make it to the next bolt was hard! If I had fallen, it would have been huge! But I really manned up and went for it!

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At this point I was just cruising for the anchors, but I was so happy they were in sight!

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Success!

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Hiking out there’s a cute arch! (Its Hobbit sized!)

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Of course we went to Miguel’s for pizza and celebration beers!

While waiting for my pizza I had a Dominion Baltic Porter by Old Dominion Brewing Company of Delaware at 6.8% abv.

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Of course Jack brought some of his favorite go-to beers, and of course I snuck one. Roasted malts, chocolate and licorice. Hints of vanilla and caramel.Smooth mouthfeel, creamy.

I also finally got to try Lubrication by Clown Shoes Brewery of Ipswich, MA at 6% abv. Roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, molasses. Not much sweetness, bitter notes. Unfortunately thin mouthfeel and dry finish.

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A very successful end to a week of climbing!

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