Belay Specs Blog

This blog has less to do with Belay Specs and more to do with our employee's climbing and outdoor outings.  We'll talk about exciting news about Belay Specs but we'll talk much more about the trips we've taken and the places we've checked out.  We'd like to share some of our experiences in the hope that they inspire you to check the areas out for yourselves. If you read about an area or activity in one of our posts and have questions on beta, route recommendations or anything else, leave a comment and we'll try to fill you in.

The reason for this whole trip was to go to April’s wedding. I met April when she was 18 and we quickly developed a friendly big brother/little sister relationship based on giving each other lots crap and being silly. April has always been amazingly mature for her age and I was excited to be able to see her get married and start her next big journey. I headed up to Indy around 1:00 pm on Friday after going present shopping and then heading back to Bram’s to pick up the suit I forgot. While I've passed through Indianapolis many times, I’ve never spent time there and didn't know what to expect. I got the church to help set up for the wedding and reception and found myself in this funky church come art studio and gallery called Harrison Center for the Arts. Evidently they turned the defunct school part of the church into art studios and a couple galleries. It was neat idea and brought the church into the surrounding community.

The Burrow by Justin Vining
After a night of decorating and giving Chris a fun, although completely honorable, last night of being a bachelor, we woke up a bit groggy and went to clean out Chris's apartment. From there I went off to Broad Ripple, an artsy area of Indy where I met up with my good friends Tuteur and Jesse at their friends art studio/house. I met Tuteur on one of my first trips to the Red and met his infectiously energetic wife years later when she was recovering from a nasty fall by hanging out at Miguel's with her walker. A few weeks later she was hiking with a cane to come hang out with us at the cliff. She is a serious trooper and a burst of energy. Tuteur used to live in Indy and was staying with his buddy Justin Vining, an art teacher, come lawyer, come artist. I met Justin at the same time as Tuteur but his focus has been more on school and art than climbing although he tends to boulder pretty well off the couch. He mostly works with paints and creates surreal landscapes and buildings like the one above.

Tuteur, Jesse and I got cleaned up and headed downtown to the wedding. We got all dressed up and headed to the wedding in an old gymnasium. Odd wedding venues like this seem to be gaining popularity and I am all for it. With a little decoration, this place was a rad setting for a wedding and the hardwood floors were great for dancing. 

The next morning I rose early and headed southeast towards Lexington hoping to hook up with friends for a day in the Red. Twenty minutes outside of Indy the promised rain started to poor down and I knew my hopes for the day were dashed. I rolled into Lexington a couple hours later and spent the day recovering from the weekend and trying to get ready for a week in the Red.

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