Day two at the New

After another day spent outside at the crag, we showered, regrouped and headed over to Pies and Pints.

While waiting for the rest of the group, Kara and I had some beers at the bar.

I had the Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale by Brouwerij Van Steenberg of Belgium at 5.5% abv.


After that I had a beer that always reminds me of Pies and Pints because I always get one while I’m there. I had the Rogue Chocolate Stout by Rogue Ales of Newport, OR at 6% abv.


This beer will always reminds me of climbing trips!

Part II of Rafting!

Saturday, down at the New River Gorge, we climbed at Summersville Lake!


(Watch out, we know Karate!)

It has such a great distribution of climbs in all ranges of difficulty that everyone was able to climb what they wanted.

That night, to have another successful bonfire, we ordered out pizza from Pies and Pints. It worked out great!

Another Left Hand Milk Stout, can I go anywhere without it??


Split another big bottle of Rogue Chocolate Stout. Sebbie, the woman on the bottle, rocks!! Woot!


Mmm, delicious, thanks Kristen!


Yay, smores!

And of course, another Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. I am so predictable.


We all turned in kinda early since we had to wake up at 5:30am to go rafting the next day! I was super nervous because when we woke up it was freezing! I couldn’t imagine getting in the water!

chilly rafting morning

I even opted to wear the wetsuit, I was scared of the 61 degree water and 45 degree air temperature!

We had a blast! The rapids were awesome! I think we paddled a little too well and nobody really fell out. In the morning the air temps were so cold that the water actually felt warm in comparison, but it was the opposite in the afternoon and I started to freeze. I can’t believe how fast the day went on the water! Six hours later, and we were done. Successful rafting trip!

successful rafting

I was beat. Jack and I took turns passing out on the 5 hour ride home. It felt so good to get a hot shower and pass out.


Saturday we met up with some friends to climb and went to a new area! Fantasy Wall on Endless Wall.  Everyone was climbing super hard and having really good days! I thought the best climb of the day, for me, was Fantasy 5.8. It was a gorgeous crack climb, (4 stars)  I top-roped it, since its a trad line, but I think next time we are in the area, I might try to lead it!

But for dinner, we headed back to Pies and Pints, and guess what I ordered again?? Yeah, haha, the Rogue Chocolate Stout. (they had more hiding somewhere apparently)  I guess I’m a creature of habit.

So delish!

Short and sweet! Thats pretty much it, we chilled for a while and then all went back and crashed hard! I slept so well!

Summersville Lake and Pies and Pints

This weekend, we decided to take a break from triathlon stuff and get some climbing in! We left Wednesday night and made the 5 hour drive to the New River Gorge, WV.

Thursday morning when we woke up we knew all the popular climbing areas would be fairly empty so we decided to go to Summersville Lake.


We got some good climbs in, nothing too hard since both of us haven’t climbed in…months?? It was really nice to se Orange Oswald wall nearly empty!!


But after a day of climbing and swimming in the lake, it was time for Pies and Pints!


They have a pretty good beer list here but I always seem to have trouble getting porters and stouts. They didn’t have any on tap today because its not quite fall yet, and they only really carry one or two that sell out fast. (that tells me that they need more dark beers) I ordered the Rogue Chocolate Stout (which she told me was their last bottle, lucky me!).



Poured wonderfully dark with a beautiful creamy mocha head. Tastes of roasted malts, hint of vanilla, chocolate, hints of coffee. The mouthfeel was a bit thin though, I like my chocolate stouts to be thick and creamy. I usually only get this beer when I come to the NRG so its always a treat for me!

Jack branched out and got the Rogue Somer Orange Honey Ale on tap. I ended up having half of it, and he split my beer too since I ordered a 22oz.


I have to admit, for a wheat beer, it was damn good! I was tempted to order another one all for myself! I tried to look this beer up on beer advocate, but they said it was retired and no longer brewed. odd. Tastes obviously of oranges and honey and wheat. I didn’t get much else out of it, but it seemed pretty simple and refreshing.


The pizzas are amazing! We got half Grape and half Chicken Gouda.

And random picture of the night:


We were sitting outside and the sun managed to make it through the trees and I was suddenly in a spotlight! It was blinding!