The ladies of the trip getting together before calling it a day!

The ladies of the trip getting together before calling it a day!

Date: May 6th, 2017

Location: Mount Erie, Anacortes, WA

Author: Wendy Israel

Training Stage: Performance

Climbing Type: Sport Climbing

What a day for climbing! With clear skies and a projected high in the 70s, the NSM crew met at the Mt. Erie parking lot bright and early on a Saturday morning. We were not the only ones taking advantage of the great weather, while waiting for everyone to arrive, we talked to a Search and Rescue training group, a Young Life group and heard rumors of a huge group of Boy Scouts also in the area. But after short, but steep hike down to the Powerline Wall, we only shared the area with a few other small groups of climbers. The views from this crag are stunning!!

We had all levels of climbers on the trip and after introductions everyone self-sorted themselves into group based on what routes they wanted to climb. We had groups working on top-roping 5.8s - 5.9s and others crushing 5.10s on lead. Everyone I climbed with was super focused on climbing safe, answering each other's questions and providing support and encouragement. It seemed like everyone had a great time climbing at their own level but with just the right amount of encouragement to push past their comfort zones just  a little.

This was my first outdoor trip with NSM and I was incredibly impressed with every aspect of it and I can't wait for the next trip!!