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KCCC Spring Trip

posted May 12, 2014, 4:32 PM by Carol Fittell   [ updated Aug 11, 2014, 1:42 PM by Kansas City Climbing Community ]

Who: ~50 Members!
What: Rock Climbing, camping, pot-lucking, and camaraderie.
When: May ?? - ??
Where: Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, AR
Why: Semi-Annual Club Trip

Another year—another trip—to Horseshoe Canyon Ranch in the lovely Ozark Mountains of Northern Arkansas. The ranch, with its offering of over 400 routes, handled our monstrous group with ease as we split into smaller segments and blended in with (or stood out from) the rest of the crowds enjoying the fabulous weather and fantastic rock. The president headed to the West Side to climb cracks, a sizable group headed up the ever enticing short approach to the North Forty, and many smaller groups hoofed it across the canyon for the diverse offerings (and early morning shade) on the East Side.

Cliffs of Insanity

First climbs outdoors, first lead climbs, first lead falls, first route cleanings, first lead belays, and a serious amount of projecting went down on the east side, as I assume it did everywhere else as well. Much of the group got a decently early start, and were therefore ravenous by the time dinner rolled around.

Thanks to Bryan Schillig and Peter Chollet for making and cooking the delicious (or so I hear) chipotle stuffed burgers. Luckily for everyone, they actually brought the meat this time! It might just be me, but I’ve found climbers can talk just as much about food as they can about climbing, so dinner was basically non-stop chatter. After dinner we convened for this very official meeting:

·        KCCC Logo contest still open. Deadline June 30. Winner receives $50 and a year of membership. Pretty please send us your artwork! We might even put it on a t-shirt.

·        As usual we collected money for raffle tickets and handed out a sweet pack from Moosejaw, a daypack from Backwoods, and a water bottle.

·        There was another item on the agenda, but I don’t remember what it was… apparently it was super important.

Then, post meeting, we started our annual (details change each year) contest! Six teams of two had to audibly lead their blind-folded partner around the road and back up to the pavilion. No touching, carrying, pushing, or cheating allowed. Turns out, racing with a blindfold on while other blind people are racing next to you and people are cheering all around isn't exactly the safest thing. However, it is incredibly amusing to watch. Luckily, everyone made it through the gate with all their teeth still intact.

On your mark... get set... GO!

The three winners of the blindfold race advanced to the next round which had been kept secret. Bryan did the big reveal of three MASSIVE cans of Pork and Beans. A time limit was set for one minute as the teams chowed down. Remember, this was after a giant potluck of burgers and food. As the race began, Peter quickly pulled away as the obvious leader, swallowing cup after cup of pork and beans, not even bothering to chew. If you can imagine someone gagging, puking, swallowing, and crying at the same time, you can envision Peter’s agony. One team gave up (presumably after watching Peter down some beans) early in the race. For all of their efforts, Peter and his teammate Chuong won a bottle of Beano, a water bottle, and a locking biner. Good thing we compete for the glory, not the swag.

The rest of the night was spent dispersed at the many, friendly campfires. More climbing commenced on Sunday morning, and I think a few climbers even stayed through Monday. Another successful Spring KCCC Climbing Trip. Huzzah!

Vice President
Carol Fittell