For whatever reason Erik actually agreed to take us climbing up at Peterskill, so Zoe and I squeezed into the back “King Cab” seats of his Ford Ranger. This was Josh’s first outdoor top-roping and Erik’s first visit to Peterskill. We climbed some 5.7s and .8s at Enterprise Wall and then Josh and I dropped my rope off of the Oops wall where we climbed a 5.10+, to the right of the arete (Floops, I believe, 5.10a) with two cruxes. Our forearms burned.
These late Fall days have felt more like early Spring and the trips north each weekend to climb, hike, and be outside have helped in coping with the crush. The deciduous trees have been slow to change and yesterday Josh and I drove a red Toyota Matrix Zip Car to the Ice Pond in Brewster, NY and Bennett’s Pond in Ridgefield, CT for some serene bouldering.
Today is the last day for the Coen Brother’s film shooting in New York. The dream of desert living has to be tempered by a lack of desert fires. Uraguay I’ve heard is a nice place to be off the grid. A winery in the Pompas and an eco-tourism business in Patagonia? Zoe went down to DC. Am doing a day on Josh’s “Ghost Town”.