Trip report: Horse Pens 40

My boyfriend and I decided we wanted to do something cool as a last hurrah before me left, so we headed south to climb in Alabama at Horse Pens 40, a very well-known bouldering spot with excellent rock and slopers galore. It was about a 12-hour drive and we hit some traffic and didn’t arrive until about 10:30 at night, but it was worth it when I woke up bright and early the first morning and unzipped the tent to see the sun just coming up over the boulders. That first day was gorgeous – sunny and 60 degrees – but the next few days hit highs around 45 and were generally overcast and windy. Luckily, the nights and mornings weren’t too cold, and there was ample opportunity for some great campfires.

In terms of what we climbed, I – being the beginner and my first time on real rock – was stuck on V0s and V1s, which was fine. The rock was just so nice and it was so awesome to finally be climbing real live boulders, I didn’t mind not being able to get any V2s. It was just a fun learning experience, and the rock was just so great. Did I mention the rock? Sticky but not sharp. Glorious huecos. Sticky slopers. Very very smooth slopers. Some tall things to climb. Did my first slab problems. Met some cool people.

We climbed for five or six hours a day, nothing crazy, pretty lax actually. For the last two days, his elbows were really bothering him, so he ended up not climbing all that much. Which was lame, but also meant that we could spend all day working on me.  😛

That pretty much sums it up: great rock, ok weather,


DSC_0237Classic HP40 slopers.DSC_0245 DSC_0253 DSC_0277 DSC_0291 DSC_0305 DSC_0311 DSC_0312 DSC_0330 IMG_1329 IMG_1333


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