Climbing and Hiking are Synonymous – Guest Post

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Even if we don’t get to climb and we just hike, I don’t care, I’m happy as long as we’re in the mountains. That’s what my friend told me a few days before we left for our first outdoor climbing trip. We were heading to the mountains of North Carolina with no knowledge of the climbing, other than what we’d scoped out online. No guidebook, no beta(information and advice about a particular climb) from friends, nothing.

After arriving in Asheville, we were smart enough to pop into the local outdoor store, get some beta about the area, and a guidebook for the bouldering at Rumbling Bald. 45 minutes later and we were at the trailhead, ready to get our hands on some real rock for the first time. We strapped on the backpack and crash pad and started trekking along the trail to the boulder field.

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The first section was downhill that quickly turned into a quick uphill hike that lasted at least 15 minutes until we finally reached the boulder field. We climbed, hiked to different boulders, and repeated that process for three days straight.

At the end of our trip we had technically only climbed, but when I look back on it, I get the best of both worlds being a climber. I get to do what I love and climb, while also getting to hike. I mean the approaches to these climbing crags can be anywhere from a quick 5 minute stroll through the woods to a couple hours that allow adequate time to rethink the choice in climbing crags.

When you’re a climber, you realize that climbing and hiking are synonymous and you get to enjoy the best of both worlds at the same time. Sometimes the climbing even pales in comparison to the hike and the best part of the day is the hike.

Don’t tell my friends I said that!

About the Author: Justin Fricke is an office dweller by weekday and rock climber, hiker, surfer, cyclist, runner, and all around adventure junkie by night and weekend. The Weekend Warrior is where he keeps records of all his adventures, gear reviews, tips and tricks. You can also find him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Adam Nutting relishes being an avid backpacker, hiker, and all-around adventure junkie. While he currently spends his time hiking in the backcountry of southern Arizona, he grew up in Missouri, where he was naturally inclined to spend as much time as he could outdoors. Adam’s passion for the outdoors grew as he climbed the ranks of the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts, eventually attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

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