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Everything is more ridiculous in Texas

February 10, 2014

We knew our first trip to Hueco would be hard to top.  But somehow we managed to do it.

The climbers: Max W, Erica, Max M, Esten, Art and Jackie

To celebrate Shark Max’s 30th birthday, we all escaped the awful northeast winter and went out to Texas.  Things that happened:

    • Being our typical selves, we were dumb and climbed til we were almost dead – 6 days in a week (not a record – we once climbed 7 days straight in Joe’s).  The Maxes sent a bunch of stuff as usual, Esten got revenge on a bunch of problems from the last trip, and the rest of us left with a lot of projects.  Photos at the end of the post.
    • We were lucky enough to have a guide for East Mountain and East Spur that could deal with and even match our ridiculousness.  Thanks for an awesome trip Adam!
    • The meaning of the name “Max” is now “Person who must be Sharpied.”  This was not even the full extent of it:
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    • Erica and I got into some major brawls with some rock:

IMG_4789.jpgThe Thin White Line turned red

  • Has anyone tried to hang glide using a crashpad?  The wind one day picked me right up by the crashpad sail and dumped me right into a cactus.  Ouch!!!

We interrupt this blog post for a public service announcement!
943337_890377544139_1199620316_nAs many of you may know, there are a lot of restrictions at Hueco – only 70 people at a time on North Mountain and guides needed for the other areas.  Hueco is a state park managed by the state of Texas, and they could impose even more restrictions if us climbers do not show the environment the utmost respect.  Even with the required guides, we still picked up a bunch of trash on East Mountain that was left behind, such as all these pistachio shells right by Dragonfly.

Please remember to try your best to practice Leave No Trace so that climbing access can be continued.  Thanks in advance!

And now, back to your regularly scheduled blog post:

  • We learned that “No Hoops in the Barn” at the Hueco Rock Ranch does not mean bball.  And people there are amazing at hula hooping.  (Don’t worry, they were hooping outside!)
  • The Straw-ber-rita from the last trip was replaced by Blk Berry (although plenty of Straw-ber and Cran-brrr ritas were also consumed).  Art is about to unfriend Max because of this.
  • We kind of threw the best going away party ever for ourselves.  Van up to the campfire, DJ Max Miller, hoops, flaming hacky sacks, and lots of pure ridiculousness.  This photo does not do it justice.
Last night dance party around the bonfire

Last night dance party around the bonfire

  • We really need to learn to actually pack up and get going when we need to.  It was a true miracle that we didn’t miss our flight.  Sickest send of the trip!
  • P.S. Despite what your internet might tell you, there is NO Ben & Jerry’s at the Atlanta airport. 😦

Look, we climbed!

Esten sending Dragonfly (V5)

Esten sending Dragonfly (V5)

Esten sending The Ides of March (V6)

Esten sending The Ides of March (V6)

Heading to Lunch Rock

Heading to Lunch Rock

Erica sending Orifice Affair (V1)

Erica sending Orifice Affair (V1)

Max W working The Wonder Dyno (V10)

Max W working The Wonder Dyno (V10)

Max W sending Hard Again (V3)

Max W sending Hard Again (V3)

Erica sending Dry Shave (V2)

Erica sending Dry Shave (V2)

Max W working Babyface (V7)

Max W working Babyface (V7)

Jackie working Pumped Full of Semen (V9)

Jackie working Pumped Full of Semen (V9)

Max sending Nobody Here Gets Out Alive (V2)

Max sending Nobody Here Gets Out Alive (V2)

Max M sending Sign of the Cross (V3)

Max M sending Sign of the Cross (V3)

Erica working Thin White Line (V3)

Erica working Thin White Line (V3)

A rock birthing Max M

A rock birthing Max M

Jackie working Lobster Claw (V5)

Jackie working Lobster Claw (V5)

Max M sending King Cobra (V6)

Max M sending King Cobra (V6)

Max M sending Dry Dock (V7)

Max M sending Dry Dock (V7)

Jackie working Ultramega (V8)

Jackie working Ultramega (V8)

Max sending Hobbit in a Blender (V5)

Max sending Hobbit in a Blender (V5)

Max W sending Bloody Flapper (V4)

Max W sending Bloody Flapper (V4)

Max M working Dean's Journey (V10)

Max M working Dean’s Journey (V10)

Max sending The Mexican Chicken (V6)

Max sending The Mexican Chicken (V6)

Jackie sending The Flexin' Texan (V1)

Jackie sending The Flexin’ Texan (V1)

Adm working Better Eat Your Wheaties (V8)

Adam working Better Eat Your Wheaties (V8)

Jackei working This is your Brain on Drugs (V9)

Jackie working This is your Brain on Drugs (V9)

Max W sending Jigsaw Puzzle (V5)

Max W sending Jigsaw Puzzle (V5)

Adam working Javelina (V8)

Adam working Javelina (V8)

Max W working New Religion (V7)

Max W working New Religion (V7)

Esten working The Vulgarian (V2)

Esten working The Vulgarian (V2)

Here are the rest of Art’s photos:

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  1. February 11, 2014 4:12 pm

    Reblogged this on Climbing Kodiak.

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