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.

It was still raining this morning but I had made plans to meet up with my buddy ScoBro at Torrent so Bram and our friend Terri headed down to the Red. Torrent used to be a mega popular crag and was “loved to death” when Dr. Bob bought the property in the late 2007. The super short approach and the quality and quantity of routes made Torrent popular and the hoards destroyed the underbrush and cut trails all over. The area was closed to climbing for a few years which allowed trails to be built and the undergrowth to recover. The area now limits its access to folks staying at the cabins and to those who wake early enough to snag an online day pass.   A few new routes have gone up at Torrent in the past year and it’s a great place to climb in wet weather.

We warmed up on Bandolier (5.11a) and then ScoBro and I went around to the right side of the crag to get on Pork and Bondage (5.10c), a new addition to the crag. Not a fantastic climb but not bad. I always enjoy getting on new routes and there was definitely some thought provoking moves on this one. I headed back around to the main amphitheater to hear cries of joy as Bram had just sent Bare Metal Teen known as one of the hardest 5.12a’s in the Red. He sent it on his first go of the day, shocking considering he hadn’t been on it in months and had no expectations of actually being able to send it today.


The other new route at Torrent that I wanted to get on Situational Awareness (5.11c) an incredibly steep traversing route that Blake Bowling put up. The route has potential of being a good route but it is currently pretty friable and a couple of my attempts ended with broken holds. I finished my day with a burn up Bare Metal Teen and we packed up.

BramsExhaustOn the way out, half of the exhaust system on Bram's Subaru fell off. He'd just had a new seal put on it and evidently the rust they had scrapped off was structual. We drove a few miles to The Rock House to get some dinner with the exhaust scrapping along the road. The Red River Rock House opened after I left last year and I wanted to check it out. They offer a pretty limited but delicious menu with great burgers in a very nice, bright setting. Bram wasn't about to drive back to Lexington with the exhaust dragging and luckily the guys at the Rockhouse were kind enough to give us a hanger and lend us some tools. We drove the car onto the concrete slab out front, blocked the wheels and crawled underneith to secure the exhaust for the ride home. With the exhaust fixed we headed to Miguel's where Bram dropped me off for a week of climbing and camping. I crawled into my bag exhausted and was serenaded by a few dozen frogs in the pond next to my tent and slept like a rock.

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As much as I enjoy the clear image of my partner climbing, I'm actually more pleased with the amount of peripheral vision I have when he takes a fall.  Belay Specs make catching on a project so much nicer!

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