Do you smell that in the air? It’s the wonderful scent of chalky hands, red velvet cupcakes and climbing! Tomorrow is the big day – Tally Rock Gym’s “Save the South” competition will commence with registration at 1:00 PM, and climbing from 2:00-6:00 PM.
We’ve been slaving away at the gym since last night. First, every hold and skinny strip of colored tape had to be removed from the bouldering walls. Everything was haphazardly scattered in the rubber gravel flooring, so I spent the next 12 hours organizing all the holds and picking up tape confetti while the boys began setting new routes. Yes, I’m a little OCD – but tell me that’s not pretty.
When I last left the rock gym, the walls were dotted with the initial batch of routes for the competition. I have never been so impressed with the setters of TRG; these problems are high quality routes with beautiful beta and smart movements. We’ve got everything from the most intimiating V2 I’ve ever seen to a fluid V6-7 that was inspired during the crew’s recent trip to Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in Arkansas (yes, the trip I bailed on).
I’m about to return to the gym for another session of comp preparations, but first I baked a couple dozen cupcake treats in three different varieties: red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, coffee crumble cupcakes, and funfetti cupcakes with chocolate icing and sprinkles.
The best part? During the competition, TheMorningFresh.com will have a special sponsored route. The first five people to send the problem will get an extra special baked good: red velvet cupcakes topped with crispy, salty bacon. Oh yes, Erick Delgado, you better get this! VooDoo Dog will also have a sponsored route, where the first three ascents will earn themselves a $10.00 gift certificate to the best hot dog eatery in town.
Rest well, climbers. Tomorrow brings a sunny day of hardcore climbing, stellar prize giveaways and a great afternoon spent at Railroad Square. Did I mention that the Cravings Truck will be in parked in the square all day for the Spring Day Festival for Autism Awareness?