On Saturday I went with some friends to Grayson Highlands State Park for a day of rock climbing. It's been over a year since I've climbed outside, so I was super stoked to get on some real rock. I suppose fall has officially begun, for the weather was perfect: bright blue skies, temperatures in the mid 60s, dry. I brought a sketchbook with me but promptly forgot it in the car. It was probably wishful thinking anyhow, believing I'd have the opportunity to sketch my friends climbing while I sat on the ground. The reality is that I was on the rock as much as possible and I only sat down to eat and switch out shoes.
My good friend Ryan, who has bouldered at Grayson a few times, led the way. We climbed multiple boulders, some easier than others. I fell a lot and my skin is shredded, but I can't wait to go back to finish up a few V3s and V4s that I couldn't complete. For those of you unfamiliar with rock climbing, check out this wikipedia page for some information about the different types and how the difficulty grading works: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_climbing