Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Hocking Hills Trip Report

Last Sunday, 11-2-08 Dan, Joel, and myself were given the chance to lead a trip into the Hocking Hills Climbing and Rappelling Area, and what a trip it was!
It all started with Joel calling me around 7:55 a.m. to tell me that I should have been there a half hour ago, and that he needed me to help him prepare, funny thing was, trip leaders were told to meet at 8:30… apparently someone missed the daylight savings memo.
A half hour later, Dan and I arrived to find the most luxurious conversion van 1987 had to offer. Christened the paddy wagon, it came stock with a power sofa, T.V. with VCR, and two, count em, two tape decks. Awesome.

We got geared up, loaded down, and we were off with 4 students who wanted to see what southern Ohio has to offer. After the short hike in, we set up ropes on rectangle rock, and everyone gave it a shot, one after the other. Along with some fun top rope routes, we did a little bouldering, and general hanging out.
Shane just happened to be hiking through with his gear and decided to introduce us to his puppies and spend the rest of the day with us. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and between good weather, good climbing, snacks, and awesome leadership it turned out to be a great day.

As we packed up, we realized we had picked up a couple strays, none of us wanted to leave the poor dogs out there, so we loaded them up with the ropes and crash pads and made a pit stop at the ranger station. (Also, Joel needed to go boom boom).

By Dustyn

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